Maharashtra attractions

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Ellora

Kailasa Temple

One of India’s greatest monuments, this astonishing temple, carved from solid rock, was built by King Krishna I in AD 760 to represent Mt Kailasa (Kailash), Shiva’s Himalayan abode. To say that the assignment was da…
Top Choice Cave in Ajanta

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta’s caves line a steep face of a horseshoe-shaped gorge bordering the Waghore River. Five of the caves are chaityas while others are viharas. Caves 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 and part of 15 are early Buddhist caves, whil…
Top Choice National Park in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

One of the best places to see tigers in India, the seldom-visited Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, 150km south of Nagpur, is now much more accessible thanks to the upgrading of state highways. Despite not drawing the c…
Top Choice Museum in Pune

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

An oddball of a museum that’s one of Pune’s true delights, housing only a fraction of the 20,000-odd objects of Indian daily life painstakingly collected by Dinkar Kelkar (who died in 1990). The quirky pan-Indian co…
Top Choice Fort in Murud-Janjira

Janjira

The commanding, brooding fortress of Janjira, built on an island 500m offshore, is the most magnificent of the string of forts that line the Konkan coastline. This citadel was completed in 1571 by the Siddis, descen…
Top Choice Monument in Aurangabad

Bibi-qa-Maqbara

Built by Aurangzeb’s son Azam Khan in 1679 as a mausoleum for his mother Rabia-ud-Daurani, Bibi-qa-Maqbara is widely known as the poor man’s Taj. With its four minarets flanking a central onion-domed mausoleum, the …
Top Choice Museum in Kolhapur

Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum

‘Bizarre’ takes on a whole new meaning at this ‘new’ palace, an Indo-Saracenic behemoth designed by British architect ‘Mad’ Charles Mant for the Kolhapur kings in 1884. The madcap museum is a maze of countless troph…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Kolhapur

Mahalaxmi Temple

One of Maharastra’s most important and vibrant places of worship, the Mahalaxmi Temple is dedicated to Amba Bai (Mother Goddess). The temple’s origins date back to AD 10, but much of the present structure is from th…
Cave in Karla & Bhaja Caves

Karla Caves

Karla Cave, the largest early chaitya in India, is reached by a 20-minute climb from a minibazaar at the base of a hill. Completed in 80 BC, the chaitya is around 40m long and 15m high and sports a vaulted interior …
Temple in Ellora

Ellora Cave Temples

The saga of the hammer and chisel comes full circle at the Unesco World Heritage–listed Ellora cave temples, located 30km from Aurangabad. The pinnacle of ancient Indian rock-cut architecture, these caves were chipp…