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Aga Khan Palace - Pune: On Nagar Road, this Palace is also recognized as Kasturba Gandhi Memorial or Kasturba Samadhi. This palace was built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III and was donated to India in 1969 by Aga Khan IV.

Ajanta-Ellora Caves - Aurangabad: The Ajanta caves are 108 kms north-east of Aurangabad .The caves are carved in the rock face which is in the face which is in the form of a horse-shoe through which flows the stream Waghora. Situated in these beautiful surroundings are 30 Buddhist caves some unfinished comprising of either viharas (monastic halls) or chaityas (chapels) containing important examples of Buddhist architecture. Despite its age, most of the frescoes and sculptures are remarkably well preserved .Natural light illuminates the caves at certain times of the day which leave you awestruck by the sheer brilliance of its architectural splendour. The Ajanta caves are placed in the World Heritage List of Monuments & a true "Wonder of the World”. The Ellora caves are 29 kms Noth-West of Aurangabad. These rock-cut caves were constructed between sixth to the tenth century A.D & are included in the World Heritage. There are about 34 caves-12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu, 5 of Jain faith.

Bassein Fort - Thane: A Portuguese stronghold till 1739 when the Marathas took over, Bassein Fort is a place you should not miss on your tour of forts in Maharashtra.

Bibi Ka Maqbara - Aurangabad: Bibi Ka Maqbara is the tomb of Begum Rabia Durani, wife of Emperor Aurangazeb. The monument is an excellent example of Persian Architecture.

Bombay Natural History Society - Mumbai: This private institution was established in 1883, A unique centre, its behavior are manifold and involve publications like the Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, usual newsletters and books on Indian animals, birds and nature.

Daulatabad Fort - Daulatabad: Almost 800 years ago, Daulatabad, then called 'Devigiri' was a thriving city. It was founded by Bhillamraja of the Yadava dynasty in 1187 AD. Later, the fort of Daulatabad passed through the hands of several dynasties in the Deccan.

Elephanta Caves - Mumbai: One of the major attractions of Maharashtra, the Elephanta Caves is located near the metropolitan city of Mumbai.

Flora Fountain - Mumbai: Flora fountain stands at a busy five-point intersection in the heart of the commercial fort area. The beautifully sculptured fountain was erected in the memory of the Governer, Sir Henery Bartle Edward Frere, as a tribute for his contribution towards the building of Mumbai.

Gateway of India - Mumbai: Mumbai's most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city.

Haji Ali Mosque - Mumbai: This mosque is located in the causeway protruding into the Arabian Sea. The white mosque is the tomb of Saint Haji Ali. Haji Ali was a rich Muslim who renounced the world and proceeded to Mecca.

Janjira Fort, Maharashtra - Murud: Built in the Janjira Fort was built by the rulers of the Ahmed Nagar under the patronage of Emperor Malik Amber in the 15th century AD.

Jehangir Nicholson Museum of Modern Art - Mumbai: Jehangir Art Gallery is situated at Kala Ghoda locality of Mumbai, Maharashtra. Constructed in 1952, this art gallery is the most prestigious and modern place for Indian artistes in the city.

Karla, Bhaja & Bedsa Caves - Lonavala: Karla Caves about 10 kms from Lonavla is the site of the biggest Chaitya cave in India dating back to 80 B.C.Carved inside are a numeral of inscriptional records in Brahmi characters giving the names of donors who contributed for the excavation of this cave.

Kesari Wada - Pune: Telltale signs of modern civilization stare one in the face. Cement dampers stand outside the courtyard where once Sayajirao Gaikwad, the prince of Baroda state used to live.

Khuldabad: 22 Kms. From Aurangabad. Khuldabad is called the "Valley of the Saints" because of a large-scale Sufi migration to this spot a number of hundred years ago.

Lal Mahal - Pune: In its present renovated avatar, a formation of the Pune Municipal Corporation in 1983, the Lal Mahal resembles more a sandstone- red palace, than a traditional Wada.

Mani Bhawan Mahatama Gandhi Museum - Mumbai: A memorial to Mahatama Gandhi, who stayed at these premises a number of times between 1917 and 1934. It contains a collection of books on and by the Mahatama.

Mastani Mahal - Pune: Legends about Mastani and her presumed stay at Shaniwar Wada apart, it is most certain that Bajirao I did build for her a palace at Kothrud. Laying waste in the wilderness, the Mahal was recreated by Pune's 'Kaka' Dinkar Kelkar.

Murud Janjira Fort - Murud: The island fort of Murud Janjira is a well-known architectural heritage from a lesser-known dynasty that has stood unconquered for centuries.

National Maritime Museum - Mumbai: National Maritime Museum is situated in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The museum conserves the historical assets of India obtained from other countries and models of ships built in Mumbai.

Panhala Fort - Panhala: A well-liked hill station destination, Panhala is also famous for its Panhala Fort that was host to Shivaji and his entourage during the height of his glory.

Raigad Fort - Raigad: This is the very heart of Maratha country -- Raigad, the capital of Shivaji's kingdom. Strategically perched atop a wedge-shaped block of hill, split off from the Western Ghats and inaccessible from three sides.

Raja Din Kelkar Museum - Pune: Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is in Pune, Maharashtra. The museum has nearly around 20,000 collections of objects paintings, handicrafts, armour-suits, musical instruments and many other objects of art and artifacts collected from all over the world.

Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum - Kolhapur: Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum is at fresh Palace in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Curious and interesting set from the possessions of Maharaja Shahaji Chhatrapati like guns, trophies and clothes are potted here.

Shri Bhavani Museum - Aundh: Shri Bhavani Museum in Aundh, which is 48 km from Satara in Maharashtra. The museum has 500 miniature paintings of all major schools - Jaipur, Kangra, Mughal, Punjab, Bijapur, Pahadi and Maratha of the period between 15th and 19th century.

Sinhagad Fort - Sinhagad: Where valour is etched on every stone and the soil has turned red seeped by the blood of martyrs! From the time when a Koli chieftain, Nag Naik stoutly defended this fort (AD 1328).

Victoria & Albert Museum - Mumbai: Adjoining the Victoria Gardens, this museum built in the Greco-Roman style houses archaeological finds, maps and photographs depicting the history of Mumbai.

Victoria Terminus - Mumbai: A major landmark of Mumbai city is the Victoria Terminus, designed in Italian Gothic style by Architect F. W. Stevens. Recently renamed as Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, it is one of Mumbai's most prominent buildings and architecturally one of the finest stations in the world.

Vijaydurg & Sindhudurg Fort - Kunkeshwar: Once naval bases, Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg bear testimony to Maharashtra's martial supremacy during Shivaji's reign.