One of the major attractions of the city of Ahmednagar, this is an ancient fort and a favourite of adventure lovers. This is mainly famous for the Konkan Kada which is like a challenge for trekkers and also the temples inside. The Harishchandra Temple inside is a favourite of tourists and the other temples here include the Nandi and Shivline Temple. This fort covers a large area and encompasses a number of other ancient buildings and palaces. The three peaks here are the Taramati, Rohidas and Harishchanra and the Taramati peak is the higehest one. The Harishchandragad Fort is on the Malshej Ghat banks of the Junnar Region. As you reach the top of the peak and stand in front of the fort, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful views of the Malshej Ghat, Jivdhan, Nane ghat, Kalsubai and many other places. So if you want to make your tour a little more thrilling then this is a must visit.
We started from pune by 9:15 am with in between stops for picking medicines and chocolates n snacks and also petrol near waked and drove our two wheelers towards lonavala on state Highway. The road was near empty with no major vehicle passing through. We drove for good 1 hr 30 mins. And reached lonavala main market. We went on state Highway searching for a right turn. But couldn't trace it.. So went back and took the route shown in the map. There is no major signage put to reach this place and that's why we were struggling to reach.While driving we came across a lake just 15 mins drive from lonavala market.. We went ahead as we were late for trekking.. The road ended near one of resorts and ahead to us was only muddy uneven rubble road slopping downwards.. We were not sure whether this was the route throughout and enquired with local people. They said the entire road is this way and down below after 20 mins it will become level but also I formed us about other route from khandala side. We had one pulsar and another aviator.. We were not sure whether aviator will be able to reach on such route.. We decided to head back.. She did some time near the lake and take lunch at lonavala main market and start from khandala side.We then reached the lake.. It was blue and clear water.. There were many trees forming an beautiful amalgamation of landscape..
Korlai fort houses a modern Lighthouse which is managed by Indian Navy. This high tech lighthouse makes sure that the ships are guided properly to their destinations. Korlai light house tour will cost 30/- per head and is done by a ex service man. Korlai fort is on the back side of the lighthouse and is a good hike up some 100 stairs. View from the fort of mighty Arabian sea is mind boggling and worth a view.Note:- Areas looking like parking lots on the way are actually places where the fishermen dry their catch so please do not park vehicles on them. ALso if your car is air conditioned its advised to have windows shut as one may not like the fish smell that fills the area.Once done from Korlai fort we headed to Kashid beach. Amazing place to spend weekend. Worth the additional 40km drive. Quite, serene beach with family mostly coming there. Unlike Alibaug beaches are clean. We stayed in a hotel that was prebooked via referral and we could manage a good deal for a day stay.Dinner was without doubt Fish for non vegetarians and for few veg food was served. Post dinner all of us took to the beach enjoyed the cool breeze, saw candle balloons been flow high. Strolling down the beach relaxed all. At night it was UNO time and singing and dancing. Everyone enjoyed the sunset, drive alongside beach.Next day morning two of us who managed to get up early, headed to find another local beach nearby and strolled for some time. Saw fishermen begin thier day and enjoyed the cool sea breeze. Heard water crashing against the rocks, birds chirping off. Once everyone was done we headed to breakfast and were headed to the beach from where plan was to head for Mumbai again. Cars were returned to BKC compound and we had to only pay for additional 40kms. Zoomcar services unless you breakdown or crash the vehicle are amazing and i would recommend the same to people who don't wanna take their own vehicle.
This is the most important hill station of Maharashtra and was once the Summer Capital of the state during the British Raj. As you reach this place you will be welcomed with the dense greenery, lush flora and cool mountain breeze. You will need atleast 5 days to complete the whole tour as there are a number of place in and around Mahabaleshwar to see and enjoy. The name Mahabaleshwar in Sanskrit means "The God with the most strenghth". The motorable roads at every point of this city are extremely well laid and helps connect each place with one another. the main attractions here are the Central Market known as Malcolm Peth firstly. this lies in the heart of the city and is filled with old bungalows and offices, restaurants and shops. The Morarji Castle is in which Mahatma Gandhi lived in 1945. Next is the beautiful Venna Lake where you can enjoy boating, fishing and pony rising. The Panchganga Temple is also very attractive. this is also the place from where the five rivers of Venna, Savitri, Krishna, Gayatri and Koyna flow. The other attractions here are Holy Cross Church and OPratapgad Fort among many others. The monsoons are not a good time to visit. When you visit this beautiful hill station do not forget to carry a few light woollens along.
Known by titles such as 'Jewel of the Sahyadris' and 'Pride of the Sahyadris', the Khandala is another beautiful hill station along with its twin station Lonavala. It is smaller and calmer than Lonavala. The beautiful waterfalls, hiking and trekking trails, quaint and tranquil sceneries all make up for an exotic treat to the eyes and soul. The nearest tourist attractions are the Nagphani, Tiger Point, Bhushi and Valvan Lake, Tugauli among many other beautiful locations.
The Shaniwar Wada Palace was commissioned in the year of 1729 when Peshwa Baji Rao I ruled Pune. The scale on which this construction was carried out reflected the Peshwas larger than like attitude. The place is filled with tanks, fruit trees, sprawling courtyards, halls where the ruler would hold an audience, office rooms and a large portion where the Peshwa would stay. This place has a total of five gates each with a distinct name - Ganesh, Dilli, Narayan, Khidhi, Mastani and Jambhul darwazas. The place is royal and majestic and one cannot afford to give it a miss. The authorities also conduct a light and sound show.
Grab a kulfi or lassi from the stalls (Prakash ,Sai etc) just outside the gurudwara, to get away from the summer heat and head towards Nanded Fort.Though only remains are left but still worth a visit. Sensuous Godavari River encloses the fort on three sides.We walked around the place on foot.This was the MINI PUNJAB, a rare thing in southern part of India. On the way we saw many complexes for visitors to stay at a very cheap price too. There were many shops selling traditional punjabi dresses and other accessories which one can totally buy.Lastly,we visited the gurudwara beside river ghat. After attending evening aarti, We sat beside the river to watch the sunset.
Lonar - The world’s largest and the only hyper velocity impact crater in basalt rock is to be found nowhere else but in Incredible India.Lonar lake is a rare tourist attraction in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This lake which is both saline and alkaline in nature is named after the demon, Lonasura. Locals claim that the crater was the demon’s den and the lake’s murky water (whose density is actually 7times more than the sea water) results from its spilled blood. Studies suggest that the crater was formed 52,000 + 6,000 years ago, when a meteor crashed into the earth at an estimated speed of 90,000kmph, weighing 2million tonnes creating a hole that was 2km wide and 150m deep. The periphery of the lake is about 7km which is surrounded by a lush jungle. The forest itself is a treat for birdwatchers with a lot of migratory and local birds such as shelduck, black- winged stils, wood peckers, parakeets, robins, peacocks & peahens coming in the month of December. One doesn’t have to go to Khajuraho temples to witness the erotic sculptures on temple walls. The forest has plenty of such temples which were built back in the days of Chalukya’s Dynasty between the 6th and the 12th centuries. You can also sight hyenas, chinkaras, barking deers, langoors, mongoose, monitor lizards, snakes, weird but brilliantly colored insects if you’re a wildlife lover. There are a lot of precious stones on offer around the lake and the temples. At certain parts at the bank of the lake you can smell the H2S gas and at others your magnetic compass just wouldn’t work. With so much on offer it was on The Herbal Monks bucket list and we weren’t disappointed a bit. Lonar has a lot on offer to explore and yet remains the road less travelled. How do you get to Lonar? The Herbal Monks started their journey from Mumbai to Lonar at midnight on a Friday night and we chose to drive down. It is safe to say that it is easily a 10hour drive from Mumbai including a meal and a few tea halts. From Andheri take the Western express high way. Then via JVLR catch the NH3 up to Nashik. Just before Nasik turn right from pillar number 18 under the bridge and catch the Nagpur – Aurangabad Highway. You can also go via Devlali. We would suggest to use Google maps after Aurangabad as the road is confusing and Google maps are very accurate. However, if you’re going by road the last 60 – 80km the surface of the road is not very good. We reached Lonar by 11am and were driving a Wagon R, the point being you don’t really need a SUV. By flight the closet airport is Aurangabad which is about 160km away from the lake. You can hire a cab from there to reach the lake. By rail the closet station is Jalna which is about 90km from the lake. You can hire a cab from the station or bus service to reach the lake. Where to stay in Lonar? There is only one hotel in Lonar which is the MTDC. We personally were supposed to camp at the lake but when we saw the pug marks of hyenas at the lake we decided to put our camp someplace else. MTDC was quite generous in allowing us to camp on their ground for free. A lot of campers actually do the same. The accommodation looks pretty decent for a family holiday. But the food isn’t really great throughout Lonar unless you’re planning to eat at a local’s place. Although there is a restaurant named Gulmarg near the MTDC where you get edible stuff.How many days are enough to explore Lonar? Lonar is a perfect place to be explored over the weekend. We would suggest you leave on a Friday evening or night and touch Lonar by 10-11ish in the morning. You can leave your car and belongings at the MTDC, have an early lunch and start exploring the crater by 12 which is barely a km away. Please take a guide for going around the area. It will take you 5-6 hours to explore the forest thoroughly. Just before dusk we suggest you leave the forest and had back to the MTDC. If you’re a wild life enthusiast post dinner you can venture out around the lake but do so in your car and not on foot. Next day early morning you can visit another very small crater nearby which was created by the piece of the same meteor and the few temples in the village. Post that you can have your breakfast and be on your way home after spending a truly informative weekend.What is the Sorrowful part about Lonar? Even after being the home to the world largest and only hyper velocity impact crater in basalt rock it’s occasionally visited only by a few trekkers and explorers and a few religious people who visit the temples from nearby towns and villages. Although majority of them are educated but they don’t possess the basic civic sense to not to litter around or write the names of their loved ones on temple walls and thereby maintain the beauty of this nationally important destination.Important Note: You can book your guide from the MTDC. Please ask for a guide named RAMESH RATHODE. He has very good knowledge of the region. He will charge roughly Rs.500/- for 3persons which is quite less considering his knowledge. You can take our word that if you decide to explore the place on your own you will neither understand nor enjoy the place. The best time to visit Lonar would be between December to February. Hope you have safe, green and clean travels in the future. (Please do not litter)Best Wishes,The herbal monks
This is the holiest place in Maharshtra and one of the holiest in all over Indoia. People from all over the country come here to take blessings from Lord Trimbakeshwara or Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India and it is said that whoever visits this temple attains salvation. This is also said to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha and the Godavari River and Brahmagiri Hills are situated here making this place pious like no other.
Dragon Palace Buddhist Temple
"The Buddha Park of Ravangla, otherwise called Tathagata Tsal, is located close to Rabong (Ravangla) in South Sikkim area, Sikkim, India. It was developed somewhere around 2006 and 2013 and highlights a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha as its center of attraction.The statue was consecrated on 25 March 2013 by the fourteenth Dalai Lama, and turned into a major stop by on the 'Himalayan Buddhist Circuit'. The statue of the Buddha marks the event of the 2550th conception commemoration of Gautama Buddha. The Buddhist circuit of this park was fabricated here under a State government venture, for boosting pilgrimage.The park region is perfectly finished making abundant walkway, gardens and space for guests to appreciate the quiet environment. The site summons excellent perspectives of the mountains and the profound climate of the area adds to the guest experience. The site likewise has extra base made for a museum meditation centre and for Buddhist gathering. "
Bombay High Court
The giant ancient architecture will mesmerize you. Many architectural features of the building lie in certain sculptures in odd nooks and corners of the walls and ceiling which display diverse art forms. The round and round staircase will make you remember the merry go round. The aesthetic look is the peculiarity of Mumbai High Court.