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Kuda caves are ancient rock-cut caves situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra.Quite a remote location, Kuda Caves are Buddhist style caves built around 2100 years back.There are 26 caves with assembly hallway and inscriptions on the wall! It’s an ideal day trip for adventure and history lovers!
Maharashtra is a state in western India with Mumbai as its capital. Nagpur is the winter capital of the state. Enormous natural resources, fertile black loamy soil and an entrepreneurial inclination make it the most industrialized Indian state. Mumbai is a vibrant, cosmopolitan metropolis. It is one of the wealthiest, most developed and the second-most urbanized state in India.
Bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Mumbai shares border with the Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana, Goa, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The best time to visit Maharashtra is between September and April as it rains like the devil from June to September; the period between September and June is perfect for a trip to the hill stations of Lonavla and Mahabaleshwar. The winter months are pleasant and evenings are cold to chilly. Average summer temperatures through the state hover between 22-39 degrees centigrade.
Maharashtra has endless options for sightseeing; profusion of ancient Hindu, Jain and Buddhist rock-cut monuments lie strewn across the state; the finest of these are located near Aurangabad. It is the ideal base for a visit to the World Heritage cave sites at Ajanta and Ellora. The landscape of western Maharashtra is punctuated with hilltop forts. Visit Mumbai and Pune that pulsate with life and are the industrial, academic and cultural seats of the state. For a cool retreat to beat the summer heat, visit Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Matheran, Lonavla and Khandala. If you prefer the sea and sand, besides the much famous Juhu beach in Mumbai, you may check out Murud-janjira, Malvan, Ganapatipule and Kashid for being least frequented and the relative unspoilt beauty of the beaches. Visit the ‘orange city’ – Nagpur, also the third largest city of the state after Mumbai and Pune. Nashik is the pilgrim city and famous for hosting Kumbh Mela every 12 years other than Haridwar, Allahabad and Ujjain.
You can enjoy paragliding, parasailing and trekking as outdoor activities in the state of Maharashtra. Panchgani is ideal for the adventure freaks.
Shop to your heart’s content at an assortment of busy markets which sell hand-woven fabrics and textiles, foreign goods, and knick-knacks at best bargains.
Maharashtra cuisine covers a wide range from mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, bajra, vegetables, lentils and fruit form staple food of the Maharashtrian diet. Some of the popular traditional dishes include puran poli, modak and batata vada. Pav bhaji and vada pav are Mumbai street food that became popular in the last fifty years. Meals are served on thali.
The Konkani and Varadhi varieties use a lot of seafood and coconut in their preparations.
Try some of the following when in Maharashtra – pohey (you’ll find many varieties here), misal pav topped with batata bhaji/pohey/chewda/farsaan/raw chopped onions and tomato, pitla bhakri, sabudana ki khichdi, bharli vangi or stuffed eggplant, aamti or maharashtrian lentils, taambda/pandhra/varhadi rassa and chilled mango shrikhand for a tasteful closure to a stomach-filling, impressive meal.
Maharashtra hosts many festivals and special events. For the traveler in pursuit of the out-of-the-ordinary insight into the cultural heritage of Maharashtra, the Ellora festival (Indian classical dance), the Prithvi Theatre Festival, the Sur Singar (Indian classical music) and the Music, Dance, Drama Festival held in Mumbai, as well as religious festivals and fairs like the Kumbha Mela at Nashik; Id, Parsi New Year, Easter, Christmas, and Hindu festivals of Holi, Diwali, and Ganesh Chaturthi showcase the state’s multi-cultural diversity. Ganesh Utsav is a big celebration for the Maharashtrians and is a 10-day long festivity; the festival is dedicated to the elephant-headed Lord Ganesh (worshipped for bringing luck and prosperity) and is celebrated with cultural and religious events in the major cities like Mumbai and Pune. On the final day, it culminates in processions to immerse the deity in water. The week-long pageant is particularly worth visiting on the day of immersion at Mumbai in August/September.
The state is a confluence of population movements from within and outside the country; multi-cultural, multi-ethnic Maharashtra represents a mosaic of religions, cultures, and lifestyles not found anywhere else.
Maharashtrian artists have made major contributions to Indian Classical Music. Cities like Kolhapur and Pune have been playing a major role in preservation of music like Bhavageet and Natya Sangeet; vibrant folk forms include Powada, Bharuds and Gondhals.
Marathi dance forms draw from folk traditions; Lavani, Koli dance forms are very popular in the state.
Mumbai is a prominent location for the Indian entertainment industry like films, television series and theatre.
From handloom weavers who create intricate patterns in silks and cottons to leather workers who make the comfortable and ubiquitous ‘kolhapuri’ slippers, Maharashtra has many crafts to tempt visitors. Silk ‘Paithani’ sarees take years to make and cost a fortune, but are treasured heirlooms.
The vibrant state of Maharashtra offers a variety of shopping options. All the major cities have something special to offer. From sarees to leather shoes, from souvenir to jewellery, from paintings to attires, Maharashtra presents an array of products to choose from. Head to Kolhapur for Kolhapuri chappals or jewelry; Mumbai and Pune are the two popular shopping destinations – pick anything from brass statues, attires, himroo shawls, beautiful paithani silk sarees, accessories, etc.
Nasik, Pune, Aurangabad are places to buy jewelry. Narayan Peth sarees, Paithani sarees, lacquer ware, Kolhapuri chappals, worli tribal paintings are must-buys.
From malls to local marts, there are a plethora of items and places to shop in Maharashtra.
Pune, Sholapur and Kolhapur are places where the traditional nine-yard sarees are made and can be bought in either silk or cotton. Hand-crafted ceramics, textiles, home-furnishings are good buys too.
Marathi is the official language; Hindi and English are spoken extensively across the state, especially in the cities. The cosmopolitan culture of the place promotes English and Hindi as effective languages for communication. As in other states, in Maharashtra too, many regional dialects are spoken in the rural pockets.
Have a fun-filled, exciting vacation with friends and family in Maharashtra!
By Road: Murud is the nearest bus stop. It’s well connected to Mumbai with regular state transport bus services. From Murud hire private cabs to explore the caves.
By Train: Roha is 24 kms and the nearest rail head. It’s well connected to Panvel, Nidi and others on Panvel-Roha route.
By Air: Mumbai airport is the closest airport. It’s one of the busiest airports in the country with flights of all the major airlines domestic as well international.GET DIRECTION
Carry water and light food stuffs are standalone eateries are rare except few roadside joints.
September is the perfect month to visit this place!
26 caves have prayer halls, epigraphs on the walls, mandapa, garbhagriha,vestibules, chaitas, viharas and separate cells for mediation are the major attractions of these architectural marvels!
Kolad: A perfect place for river rafting, Kolad is located 130 kms from Mumbai and a great place for adventure enthusiasts!