During the colonial rule, the British developed many hill stations throughout India and in Maharashtra to escape heat during the summer months.Most of these are located on the hills of the Sahyadri range of the Western ghats and close to the largest metropolitan areas in state, namely Mumbai and Pune.Chikhaldara and Toranmal are two places that are located on the Satpura range which runs east to west on the border between Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.Popular colonial era hill stations in the state include
Chikhaldara -in satpur mountains
Igatpuri -On Main Mumbai -Bhusawal railway line
Karjat- On Main Mumbai -Pune railway line
Khandala -On Main Mumbai -Pune railway line
Lonavala -On Main Mumbai -Pune railway line
Mahabaleshwar -Summer capital of Bombay presidency during the British raj
Matheran – linked to the main Mumbai -Pune railway line with a narrow gauge mountain train.
Panchgani -Close neighbour of Mahabaleshwar with many boarding schools.
Lavasa is a very recently developed township and is under private control.
Maharashtra boasts of a large number of popular and revered religious venues that are heavily frequented by locals as well as out-of-state visitors.Some of the popular places are:
Vithoba temple, Pandharpur is the main center of worship for the Hindu deity Vithoba, believed to be a local form of god Krishna or Vishnu and his consort Rakhumai, There is also a small temple of Shri. Vitthal-Rukmini, which is as old as the main Vitthal-Rukmini Mandir, in Isbavi area of Pandharpur known as Wakhari Va Korti Devalayas and also known as Visava mandir.They are the most visited temples in Maharashtra. The Varkaris start marching from their homes to the temple of Pandharpur in groups called Dindi (procession) to reach on Aashadhi ekadashi and Kartiki ekadashi, all the Warkaris and the group called Dindi, first stop at Wakhari Va Korti Devalayas, Visava Mandir, Isbavi, Pandharpur. A dip in the holy river Chandrabhaga on whose banks Pandharpur resides, is believed to have the power to wash all sins. All the devotees are allowed to touch the feet of the idol of Vithoba.
Shegaon, resting place of Gajanan Maharaj, the late 19th/early 20th-century religious figure
Akkalkot, Temple /Matha dedicated to 19th century Swami Samarth.
Shirdi,temple of Sai Baba – a hugely revered late 19th/early 20th century with global following.
Tuljapur, Temple of Goddess Bhavani
Kolhapur, Temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi or Ambabai
Mumbai, Mahalakshmi temple in south Mumbai,
Mumbai, Haji Ali Dargah, a popular mosque built in the sea off the coast of Worli,
Mumbai, Mount Mary church in the suburb of Bandra
Pune, Osho International Meditation Resort. It attracts visitors from other parts of India and abroad.
Nanded, Hazur Sahib Nanded Gurudwara,the resting place of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh
The Statue of Ahimsa, a 108 ft idol of first Jain tirthankara Rishabhanatha carved in monolithic stone was consecrated at Mangi Tungi in February 2016, . It is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest Jain idol in the world.It has become a major pilgrimage and tourist destination.
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