Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Ellora

Kailasa Temple

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...

Top ChoiceNational 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...

Top ChoiceCave in Ajanta

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta’s caves line a steep face of a horseshoe-shaped gorge bordering the Waghore River. Five of the caves are chaityas (assembly or prayer halls) while others are viharas (monasteries with attached residential...

Top ChoiceTemple 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...

Top ChoiceFort in Murud-Janjira

Janjira Fort

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,...

Top ChoiceMonument in Aurangabad

Bibi-qa-Maqbara

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,...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceAsian in Pune

Malaka Spice

Maharashtra's shining culinary moment is a fury of Southeast Asian fantasticness; trying to choose one dish among the delectable stir-fries, noodles and curries – all strong on seafood, vegetarian options,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Pune

Joshi's Museum of Miniature Railway

Inside the small Soudamini Instruments factory in eastern Pune is what is claimed to be India's only miniature city, the lifelong obsession of model train enthusiast Bhau Joshi. In short, it's one of the world's...

Top ChoiceNorth Indian in Lonavla

Kinara Dhaba Village

A bit of a dhaba Disneyland, but therein lies the fun. About 5km east of Lonavla, near Karla and Bhaja caves, is this fun-for-all restaurant/entertainment venue. Dine under traditional shamiana huts amid festival...

Top ChoiceMulticuisine in Mahabaleshwar

Grapevine

Way too hip for Mahabaleshwar, this classy restaurant/wine bar is unmissable. Chef/owner Raio's culinary pedigree includes Taj Hotels and his creative takes on Parsi and fresh seafood are divine. The monstrous...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Lonavla

Lion Point

This wildly panoramic viewpoint 12km south of Lonavla is one of the resort town's best non-kitschy sights. On a clear day, small waterfalls are visible among the lush green conical hills and the deep, cinematic...

Top ChoiceSouth Indian in Pune

Savya Rasa

This modern, fiercely regional South Indian restaurant champions the best of India's bottom half and isn't afraid to tell you if you are ordering the wrong bread with the wrong curry. Listen to the staff and...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceMaharashtrian in Nashik

Divtya Budhlya Wada

If you're looking for a spicy kick in the gut, this local hotspot is the place to come for authentic Maharashtrian food that'll make your nose run. Under an atmospheric, lantern-lit bamboo canopy, locals devour...

Top ChoiceBreakfast in Nashik

Sadhana

This rustic institution on the edge of town serves Nashik's best breakfast of champions, misal pav – an unusual Maharashtrian dish prepared with bean sprouts and pulses, topped with flattened puffed rice, crunchy...

Top ChoiceHomewares in Pune

Studio Coppre

This craft revival project cofounded by four women champions the dying Indian art of handcrafted metalware from artisans in Pune, the Konkan Coast and Rajasthan. You'll want an extra suitcase for the gorgeous...

Top ChoiceCafe in Nagpur

Breakfast Story

This stylish all-day breakfast-only hotspot in a residential building 7km southwest of the centre is worth a diversion. English, American and Belgian breakfast combos, sandwiches, pancakes and waffles, along with...

Top ChoiceAsian in Nashik

Malaka Spice

This excellent branch of Pune's best restaurant is hands-down the most scenic spot to dine in Nashik wine country, with postcard-perfect views across Vallonné Vineyard, Lake Mukane and the dramatic Sahyadris...

Top ChoiceJazz in Pune

Shisha Cafe

It's a magical atmosphere anytime, but live jazz Thursday nights at alfresco Shisha are a Pune institution. Snuggle up on Iranian-style lounges downstairs or reserve a seat at a marble table under hanging Arabian...