Located in the Deccan region of the sub-continent, Maharashtra is a home to many of India’s famous attractions. Maharashtra is defined by its architectural heritage and is also known as the ‘Land of Rocks’. Apart from the beautiful iconic sites, it is also popular for its beaches, lofty hills, wildlife sanctuaries and lively metropolitan cities. The colorful culture and friendly people makes this place one of the top tourist destinations of India. Here is a list of places to visit in Maharashtra.
Ajanta & Ellora Caves: Listed as a World Heritage sites by the UNESCO, Ajanta and Ellora caves are a perfect example of intricacy and artistry of the Ancient Indian Architecture. Located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, these historic rock-cut wonders are India’s most visited tourist attraction. There are 34 caves at Ellora and 29 caves at Ajanta and they are filled with beautiful paintings, artistic wall murals and intricately carved sculptures. These caves were once used as prayer halls and even today, the slight fragrance of incense still hangs in the air.
Shirdi: Shirdi is a small town located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Thousands of devotees and tourists visit the temple town for a darshan of Sai Baba at the Samadhi temple. Apart from the Samadhi temple, devotees also visit surrounding temples and tourist spots like Khandoba Temple, Gurusthan, Dwarkamai Mosque, Chavadi and Lendi Garden. People across religions visit this holy town all through the year to pay their respect and take blessings of Shirdi Sai Baba. Burning incense sticks on Thursdays and Fridays is considered very auspicious and devotees believe that doing so will rid them of illness and ailments.
Elephanta Caves: Located only 10 km away from the concrete jungle, Elephanta Caves is located on a picturesque island off the Mumbai Coast. The rock-cut caves date back to 5th century and was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees worshipped the Lord by chanting mantras, doing aarthi and lighting incense in the caves, until the Portuguese destroyed the temple in the 1500s.
Nashik: Nashik, the holy adobe of Lord Rama, is a city located 170 km away from Mumbai. This is one of the four holy places where the famous Kumbh Mela is held. Nashik, also known as the city of temples has more than 100 temples, caves and forts, making it one of the top tourist destinations of India. The whole city has a scent of sweet smelling flowers, fragrant incense and sandalwood paste because of the numerous temples in the vicinity.
Fragrance and Incense have always been an integral part of our culture and it continues to be! Explore these beautiful destinations of Maharashtra India and enjoy the magnificent splendor of ancient India!