Konkan is the one of the best tourist attractions in Maharashtra. Its natural beauty is the main reason tourists are attracted. Here you can find Glorious beaches, Forts, and lots of places to hangout. PLACES TO VISIT IN SINDHUDURG: Kunkeshwar Temple and Beach, Bhogave Beach, Shiroda Velagar Beach, Tondavali Beach, Tarkarli Beach, Vayangani Beach, Nivati Beach, Sagareshwar Beach, Mochemad Beach, Chivla Beach, Pargad, Bhagvati Temple, Sonurli Devi Mauli Temple, Yogiraj Babumama Keni Math, Dungobachi Rai Math, Purnanand Swami Math, Shree Sansthan Ashram, Rameshwar Temple, Vengurla, Vetoba Temple, Atmeshwar Temple.
Mumbai (also known as Bombay) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India. Along with the urban areas, including the cities of Navi Mumbai, Thane, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2009, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia. The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were home to communities of fishing colonies.
In 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, a new state of Maharashtra was created with Bombay as the capital. The city was renamed Mumbai in 1996. PLACES TO VISIT: Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, Victoria Terminus, Chowpatty Beach, Haji Ali Mosque, Elephanta Caves, Juhu Beach, Mani Bhavan, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Siddhivinayak Mandir, Rajabai Clock Tower, Flora Fountain, Nehru Planetarium, Kamala Nehru Park, Kanheri Caves, Town Hall, Jehangir Art Galery, Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Powai Lake, Nehru Science Centre, Mahalakshmi Race Course, Royal Opera House, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumba Devi Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Stock Exchange, Bolywood. TOTAL UP AND DOWN KMS FROM SHIRDI: Approx. 750 Kms
Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan Shanishingnapur's legend in Taluk Newasa of District Ahmednagar is famous, far and wide, as the shrine of countless devotees. The number of its unbelievable miracles finds its place of pride in The Guinness book of World Records. God Shani occupies the seventh place in the constellation of the nine grahas which control the world. God Shani exerts more power than the power of gravity itself. Therefore, when we think good or bad thoughts and make plans, they reach God Shani by the strength of his power. Thus, good results in good. And bad begets bad results soon.
Among the people of Maharashtra and India itself, the greatness and grandeur of Shani Shinganapur if spread far and wide. But the fame of God Shani has reached far and wide, even beyond the seven seas. After the darshan of this world famous Devasthan and God Shani. TOTAL UP AND DOWN KMS FROM SHIRDI: Approx. 150 Kms
Situated on a rock of oval shape near the port town of Murud, 165 kms south of Mumbai, Janjira is one of the strongest marine fort of India (the word ‘Janjira’ is a corruption of the Arabic word Jazira for island). The fort is approached by sailboats from Rajapuri jetty. The main gate of the fort faces Rajapuri on the shore and can be seen only when one is quite close to it. It has a small postern gate towards the open sea for escape. The fort has 19 rounded bastions, still intact. There are many canons of native and European make rusting on the bastions.
Now in ruins, the fort in its heyday had all necessary facilities, e.g., palaces, quarters for officers, mosque, a big fresh water tank, etc. On the outer wall flanking the main gate, there is a sculpture depicting a tiger-like beast clasping elephants in its claws. This sculpture, its meaning difficult to interpret, appears on many fort-gates of Maharashtra. TOTAL UP AND DOWN KMS FROM SHIRDI: Approx. 580 Kms
Aurangabad is a city in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India. Aurangabad is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The city is a tourism hub, surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as Bibi Ka Maqbara. The administrative headquarters of the Aurangabad Division or Marathwada region, Aurangabad is nicknamed City of Gates and the strong presence of these can be felt as one drives through the city. Recently, Aurangabad has been declared as Tourism Capital of Maharashtra. By population it is the 5th largest city in Maharashtra, after Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik.
PLACES TO VISIT: 1. Bibi Ka Maqbara (Mini Taj Mahal), Panchakki - Water Wheel (Shrine of a saint Baba Shah Musafir) 2. Ellora Caves (Ellora has 34 caves in all, 12 Buddhist AD 600–800, 17 Hindu AD 600–900 and five Jain AD 800–1000) 3. Shri Grishneshwar Temple (Twelfth Jyotirlingas of Lord Shankara) 4. Shri Bhadra Maruti Temple (Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, this temple is one of the few where the idol of the Lord is found in a reclined posture) and 5. Daulatabad Fort TOTAL UP AND DOWN KMS FROM SHIRDI: Approx. 300 Kms
Come to the World Heritage Site Ellora cave temples, located 30km from Aurangabad. The epitome of ancient Indian rock-cut architecture, these caves was chipped out laboriously over five centuries by generations of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks. Ellora has 34 caves in all: 12 Buddhist (AD 600–800), 17 Hindu (AD 600–900) and five Jain (AD 800–1000). The grandest, however, is the awesome Kailasa Temple (Cave 16), the world’s largest monolithic sculpture, hewn top to bottom against a rocky slope by 7000 labourers over a 150-year period. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is clearly among the best that ancient Indian architecture has to offer.
Historically, the site represents the renaissance of Hinduism under the Chalukya and Rashtrakuta dynasties, the subsequent decline of Indian Buddhism and a brief resurgence of Jainism under official patronage. TIMINGS: All days of the week except Tuesday 9:00 Am to 5:30 Pm VISIT DURATION: 3 to 4 Hours TOTAL UP AND DOWN KMS FROM SHIRDI: Approx. 220 Kms
On this holy pilgrimage of the Jyotirlingas of Lord Shankara, the last one, without which the pilgrimage will not be considered as complete, is the twelfth Jyotirlingas, of Grishneshwar. About 30 km towards the west side of Aurangabad, there is a village called Verul. In this village there is a place of pilgrimage called Shivalay, when the great Holy Trilinga of Grishneshwar is located. This was originally a settlement of the Naga tribes. The place of the Nagas is Bambi, which is known as Varul in Marathi Varul gradually changed into Verul and is known by this name only. River Yelaganga flows here.
The name Verul is derived from Yelaganga, on whose banks the village is located. There was a king by the name Yela here. The capital of his kingdom was Yelapar, or Yelur or Verul. TIMINGS: All days of the week 5:00 Am to 12:00 Pm and 4:00 Pm to 9:00 Pm VISIT DURATION: 1 to 2 Hours TOTAL UP AND DOWN KMS FROM SHIRDI: Approx. 220 Kms
Ajanta is world's greatest historical monument recognised by UNESCO located just 105 kms from Aurangabad City of Maharashtra, India. There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries. These caves were discovered in AD 1819 and were built up in the earlier 2nd century BC-AD. Most of the paintings in Ajanta are right from 2nd century BC-AD and some of them about the fifth century AD and continued for the next two centuries.
All paintings shows heavy religious influence and centre around Buddha, Bodhisattvas, incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas. The paintings are executed on a ground of mud-plaster in the tempera technique. TIMINGS: All days of the week except Monday 9:00 Am to 5:30 Pm VISIT DURATION: 2 to 3 Hours TOTAL UP AND DOWN KMS FROM SHIRDI: Approx. 500 Kms