Must-see attractions in Maharashtra

  • Mahatma Ghandi Photo Art Gallery

    This once small museum across the street from Sevagram Ashram was undergoing a major renovation and expansion at time of writing and is expected to reopen…

  • Cave 12

    Cave 12, the huge Tin Thal (Three Storey) Cave, is entered through a courtyard. The locked shrine on the top floor contains a large Buddha figure flanked…

  • Cave 30

    Cave 30, the Chhota Kailasa (Little Kailasa), is a poor imitation of the great Kailasa Temple and stands by itself some distance from the other Jain…

  • Sita Gumpha

    Sita is said to have hidden in this cave-like temple while being assailed by the evil Ravana. You’ll have to stoop and shuffle your way into the cave as…

  • Kala Rama Temple

    The city’s holiest shrine dates back to 1794 and contains unusual black stone representations of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. Legend has it that it occupies…

  • Ambala Lake

    On the road to the temples you’ll pass the delightful Ambala Lake, lined with small Narsimha Temples in which mourners typically release the ashes of…

  • Cave 11

    Cave 11, the Do Thal (Two Storey) Cave, is entered through its third basement level (undiscovered until 1876). Like Cave 12, it possibly owes its size to…

  • Shrimat Chatrapati Shivaji Museum

    This simple museum is dedicated to the life of the Maratha hero Shivaji. Its collection includes a 500-year-old chain-mail suit and a copy of the Quran,…

  • Pataleshvara Cave Temple

    The curious rock-cut Pataleshvara Cave Temple is a small and unfinished (though actively used) 8th-century temple, similar in style to the grander caves…

  • Khasbag Maidan

    Professional wrestling bouts are held sporadically between November and May in this small arena a short walk south of Motibag Thalim. It's behind the…

  • Cave 34

    The final temple, the small Cave 34, also has interesting sculptures. On the hilltop above the Jain temples, a 5m-high image of Parasnath looks down on…

  • Cave 5

    Cave 5 is the largest vihara in this group, at 18m wide and 36m long; the rows of stone benches hint that it may once have been an assembly hall.

  • Cave 7

    Cave 7 has an atypical design, with porches before the verandah leading directly to the four cells and the elaborately sculptured shrine.

  • Cave 14

    Cave 14, the Ravana-ki-Khai, is a Buddhist vihara converted to a temple dedicated to Shiva sometime in the 7th century.

  • Shree Ganpatipule Mandir

    This seaside Ganesh temple houses a monolithic Ganesh (painted a lurid reddish-orange), supposedly discovered 1600 years ago.

  • Jangali Maharaj Temple

    Adjacent to the Pataleshvara Cave Temple is the Jangali Maharaj Temple, dedicated to a Hindu ascetic who died here in 1818.

  • Cave 2

    Cave 2 is notable for its ornate pillars and the imposing seated Buddha, which faces the setting sun.

  • Cave 33

    Cave 33, the Jagannath Sabha, is similar in plan to 32 and has some well-preserved sculptures.

  • Cave 8

    Cave 8 is the first cave in which the sanctum is detached from the rear wall.

  • Cave 9

    Cave 9, located above Cave 8, is notable for its wonderfully carved fascia.