Marathi Culture and Festivals

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Beaches: Maharashtra's Konkan coastline, along the Arabian Sea, stretches for approximately 480 miles, from Dahanu in the north to Goa in the south. The lovely beaches are completely unspoiled, and many are idyllic, with soft golden sand, coconut palms and clear turquoise waters. They are safe for bathing, and the coastal climate is pleasant for most of the year. Many beaches, including Dahanu and Ganapatipule, are accessible by train or bus from Mumbai.

Forts: There are nearly 350 forts in Maharashtra, it is said that forts are the glory of Maharashtra. Most of these forts are associated with the great Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. (Forts are listed in this blog).

Hill Stations: The Mountains get a makeover in the monsoon season, turning them to various shades of green, with low moving clouds and misty peaks. Many hill stations like Matheran, Mahableshwar, Panchangani, Panhala are now full of tourists but still worth visiting to enjoy the rains and the cool breezes. Plenty of these hill stations are accessible by trekking and a good experience for the family to enjoy nature at the grass roots level and away from the ever connected world of video entertainment that we city slickers are hooked on to.

Cultural Tourism: There are innumerable cultural treasures, including temples, monasteries, palaces and medieval hill forts as well as more than 20 arts and history museums. One of the most unusual is the Siddhagiri Museum ( in Kolhapur. Maharashtra is well known for its cave temples like the Elephanta Caves, while The Ajanta and Ellora cave systems are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And of centuries, Maharashtra is known for its classical music, literature, world class dramas, and in the past few decades, the globally known Bollywood movies.

Adventure Tourism: This tourism is getting popular nowadays, you can go trekking and rock climbing in the Sahyadri Mountains and the Panshet Dam area of the Ambi River offers opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking and jet-skiing. The Sindhudurg coastline is a good scuba diving area, with a diving school at Tarkali. The Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, Chikhaladara Wildlife Sanctury, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctury, Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary, Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali, Mumbai are a few of the many such nature preserves.

Deccan Odyssey: A train comprising of 21 luxuriously coaches inspired by the imperial carriages used by the Maharajas for traveling. The Deccan Odyssey Luxury Train Tour was first introduced in 2005 as a joint collaboration between Indian Railways & State Government of Maharashtra with onboard services managed by world famous Taj Group Of Hotels. From Oct 2014 onwards, The Deccan Odyssey Train has been chartered by a private tour operator & scheduled to operate on Ten Different Journeys across North, West & Central India.

Military Monuments: Maharashtra was the territory of the Mahari kings, who constructed numerous forts to protect and govern their lands. Around 350 of these survive today. Standing 130 miles south of Mumbai, Raigarh Fort was King Shivaji's capital city and remains an impressive sight today. Located dramatically on the top of a huge hill, the fort was originally reached by a steep pathway, although you can take a less challenging ropewalk today. Look out for the remains of buildings, a marketplace and Shivaji's throne at the top. On the coast 316 miles south of Mumbai is Sindhudurg, another Shivaji's forts. The 48-acre site is surrounded by almost 2.5 miles of massive walls. On a parapet at the entrance gate you can see what is reputedly Shivaji's palm and footprint preserved in the lime mortar.

Colonial Monuments: India was known as "the jewel in the crown" of the British Empire, and several good examples of colonial-era monuments still survive. In Mumbai, the former Victoria Terminus, today known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, is a huge railway station designed in the style English/Gothic architecture with some Indian touches and UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage site. The Gateway of India, one of Mumbai's most famous landmarks and just walking around in the D.N. Road/Fort area of Mumbai is a visual history of the British colonial period

Maharashtra or the Great Land with its history, culture, philosophy, art, aesthetics, ancient temples, and the list goes on - invites you to visit and preserve the Marathi heritage