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WESTERN INDIA - GOA

Capital:
  • Panaji
Location:
  • Western India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Places in Goa:
  • Baga Beach, Baga Beach, Arambol Beach, Palolem Beach, Calangute Beach, Butterfly Beach, Colva Beach, Benaulim, Mobor Beach, Bats Island, Divar Island, Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, Dona Paula, Mangueshi Temple, Mollem National park, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Arvalam Waterfalls
What to See in Goa:
  • Spice Plantations visit, Casino Cruise, Lamgau Caves, Verna Springs, Overnight Houseboat Cruise, Date with Butterflies with Trekking at Rajnagar, Elephant Splash and Wash at the Jungle Book in Goa, Elephant And Village Plantation Tour In Goa, Rafting at Valpoi River in Goa, Experience Chorao by Cycle in Goa, Mollem National park, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Arvalam Waterfalls
Accessibility
  • Goa's international airport is Dabolim, at a distance of 29 km from Panaji, on the coast near Vasco Da Gama. Most domestic airlines operate in Goa apart from chartered private airlines operating from UK and Germany. Reaching Goa by train is easy from Mumbai (490 km), Bangalore (430 km), and Delhi (1,874 km). Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka state transport corporations operate from the Kadamba bus stand at Panaji.
Temperature:
  • 33° C (maximum) and 19° C (minimum)

GOA TOURIST PLACES

Baga Beach

Discovered by the Hippies, Baga became an important stopover on the Hippie trail during the sixties and seventies. Years after Hippies popularized it; Baga continues to retain the ethos and characteristics of the movement minus the decadence associated with it. Baga is located in North Goa, 16 km from the state capital Panaji. Calangute Beach is to its south and Anjuna Beach to its north. The Baga river skirts the sides of the beach, ultimately to flow into the Arabian Sea.

Bogmalo Beach

Bogmalo in Goa is known for its water sport activities and its scenic beach. Bogmalo has transformed from a quaint fishing village to a tourist hotspot and attracts a large number of visitors. Located about nine km from the port town of Vasco da Gama and four km from Dabolim airport, Bogmalo is an ideal base for exploring the whole state because of its location.

Dudhsagar

One of the most scenic waterfalls in India, Dudhsagar literally means ‘Sea of Milk’. Though perennial, the beauty of the waterfall increases multi-fold during the rainy season. Dudhsagar Waterfall is situated inside the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary in Sanguem district of Goa close to the border with Karnataka. It is about 60 km from state capital Panaji.

Elephant ride and splash in Goa

Elephant ride and splash: India is known for its elephants and if you fancy riding one and also being splashed on by one, you can try it out in Goa. While water sports are very popular in Goa, this isn’t that famous and one has to travel a little to experience elephant ride and splash. It’s fun to be splashed with water by an elephant!

Panjim

The capital of Goa lies on the southern left bank of the Mandovi river that skirts the town and makes for a beautiful setting. Panaji, earlier Panjim, is among India’s most scenic state capitals. This is a small yet fascinating city, filled with tiled roofs, tree-lined avenues and bridges. It was also called Nova Goa (New Goa) for a short period under Portuguese rule. The state in western India is known for its beaches, colonial buildings, cuisine and the easy going lifestyle.

Se cathedral

Known to be the largest church in Asia, the Se cathedral built was in the 16th century and is a celebrated building of Goa. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese underAfonso de Albuquerque over a Muslim army, leading to the capture of the city of Goa in 1510. Since the day of the victory happened to be on the feast of Saint Catherine, the cathedral was dedicated to her.

Shantadurga Temple

Located at the foothills of Kavlem village in Phonda district of Goa, the Shree Shantadurga temple is one of the popular pilgrimage centres. The temple is dedicated to Shree Shantadurga, the goddess of peace. Durga, who is often portrayed exuding fury and aggression, appears in a gentler form in Goa. Shanta, in Sanskrit, means peace. According to Hindu mythology, the goddess got her name after she settled a quarrel between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

Terekhol Fort

The Terekhol Fort lies on the northern tip of Goa near the Terekhol River. Often wrongly spelt as Tirakol or Tirakhol, the fort was built by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle of Sawantwadi in the 17th century. The fort was rebuilt in 1764 when the Portuguese Viceroy Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida captured it. In 1788, the fort got legally incorporated in Goa.

Water sports

Water sports in Goa: Goa has an array of water sports available for those who have the heart for it. All kinds of activities including Parasailing, jet skiing, banana rides are available at several Goa beaches. You can get a good deal if you choose more than one sport, and each one offers a unique experience.

GUJARAT


GOA MAHARASHTRA

WESTERN INDIA - GUJARAT

Capital:
  • Gandhinagar
Location:
  • Western India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Places in Gujarat:
  • Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Kutchh, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara / Baroda, North Gujarat (Ahmedabad)
What to See in Gujarat:
  • Kankaria Lake, Gir National Park And Wildlife Sanctuary, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Great Rann Of Kutch, Marine National Park, Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, Porbandar Beach
Accessibility
  • Gujarat has 10 domestic airports apart from an international airport at Ahmedabad. Most of the domestic airlines operate out of Ahmedabad connecting it to rest of the country, Gujarat has a good railway network that not only connects the state internally but connects the state to other places in India also, Gujarat has a better road network than most of the other Indian states and they are in a fairly good condition. The total road length in the state is 68,900 km out of which 1,572 km is the share of National Highway, making the state easily accessible.
What to Wear
  • Cottons in summer, woolens in winter
Languages:
  • Gujarati, Hindi, English
Temperature:
  • Maximum Temperature : 42°C
  • Minimum Temperature : 14°C

GUJARAT TOURIST PLACES

Akshardham Temple

Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, Gujarat is a large Hindu temple complex inspired by Pramukh Swami, the current spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. Located in the capital of Gujarat, the complex was built over 13 years and is a tribute to Swaminarayan and his life and teachings.At the center of the 23-acre complex is the Akshardham mandir, which is built from 6,000 metric tons of pink sandstone from Rajasthan.

Bhuj

Known as the Jaisalmer of Gujarat, Bhuj is the most important city in the Kutch region of Gujarat. The city was ravaged in the earthquake of 2001 which left a huge area destroyed and in shambles. Bhuj was the capital of the former princely state of Kutch. The city gets its name from the Bhujiyo Dungar hillock that overlooks the city about 3 km from the city centre. The city is spread around the fortified hill that has the Bhujiya Fort atop the Bhujiyo Dungar hill.

Dwarakadheesh Temple

The main temple at Dwarka, situated on Gomti creek, is known as jagat mandir (universal shrine) or trilok sundar (the most beautiful in all the three worlds). Originally believed to be built by Vajranabh, the great grandson of Lord Krishna, more than 2500 years ago, it is a glorious structure seeming to rise from the waters of the Arabian Sea. Its exquisitely carved shikhar, reaching 43 m high and the huge flag made from 52 yards of cloth, can be seen from as far away as 10 km.

Gandhi Ashram

One of the epicenters of India’s freedom struggle, Sabarmati Ashram near Ahmedabad was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and the laboratory for his experiments in truth and non-violence. Situated along the bank of the Sabarmati River, the Ashram was originally called the Satyagraha Ashram. During his stay in South Africa, Gandhiji had set up two settlements – Phoenix Settlement and Tolstoy Farm – devoted to his principles of Satyagraha (passive resistance).

Kankaria lake

Kankaria Lake is a multisided lake that was built by Sultan Qutab-ud-Din in the year 1451 A.D. It is basically an artificial lake with thirty four sides. Lying on the south eastern side of the Ahmedabad city, the lake also has a fascinating island summer palace. People are of the say that Kankaria lake of Ahmedabad was often visited by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir along with his wife Empress Noor Jahan. Read on to know more about the Kankaria Lake in Ahmedabad, India.

Kutch hub

Kutch district is a district of Gujarat state in western India. Covering an area of 45,652 km², it is the largest district of India. Kutch literally means something which intermittently becomes wet and dry; a large part of this district is known as Rann of Kutch which is shallow wetland which submerges in water during the rainy season and becomes dry during other seasons. The same word is also used in the languages of Sanskrit origin for a tortoise.

Laxmi Vilas Palace

Cultural capital of Gujarat, Vadodara was the capital of the princely state of Baroda. Baroda state was one of the largest and richest princely states. No wonder then that Vadodara boasts of several palaces, notable among them being Laxmi Vilas and the Nazarpabaug Palace. Lakshmi Vilas Palace is the largest private residence in the world and bigger than the Buckingham Palace. The Fateh Singh Museum within the Laxmi Vilas Palace houses paintings by Raja Ravi Varma.

Gir wildlife sanctuary

Junagadh has some scenic places like the Gir wildlife sanctuary and a famous ligrim place - the Somnath temple. The Bhavnath fair is an event worth attending. The Varaval beach is another picturesque holiday spot in Junagadh. These Junagadh pictures show you why you must visit Junagadh at least once. bhavnath-fair

Saputara

Saputara in Gujarat is located about 164 km from Surat, about 1000 m above sea level on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border. Blessed with natural beauty and bio-diversity, Saputara enjoys cool climate throughout the year and has much to offer in the form of gardens, parks and sanctuaries. Minimally commercialized and still unspoiled, Saputara is an ideal tourist spot to enjoy with your family. The hills and forests around the hill station are an ideal place for trekking enthusiasts. Trekking trails to Rajat Pratap and to Tridhara near Dhupgarh are very popular.

Sardar Sarovar Dam

The Sardar Sarovar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada river near Navagam, Gujarat in India. It is the largest dam and part of the Narmada Valley Project, a large hydraulic engineering project involving the construction of a series of large irrigation and hydroelectric multi-purpose dams on the Narmada river. The project took form in 1979 as part of a development scheme to increase irrigation and produce hydroelectricity.

MAHARASHTRA


GOA GUJARAT

WESTERN INDIA - MAHARASHTRA

Capital:
  • Mumbai
Language:
  • Marathi
Location:
  • Western India
Best Time to Visit:
  • September to April (coast); September to mid-June (hills)
Major Cities in Maharashtra:
  • Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Mahabaleshwar, Kolhapur, Nasik, Bhandardara, Ahmednagar, Akola, Amravati, Chandrapur, Jalgaon, Buldana, Thane, Satara
What to See in Maharashtra:
  • Bhimashankar Lonavla, Bhimashankar Trek Lonavla, Bushi Dam lonavala, Gateway of India, Haji Ali Dargah, Hanging Garden Mumbai, Kataldhar lonavla, lonavala-waterfall, lonavla, Mahabaleshwar Elephant Point, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Mahabaleshwar, Marine Drive Mumbai, TajMahal Hotel Mumbai, Siddhivinayak Temple, Tigers Point in Lonavala, Ratnagiri
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 20°C - 32°C
  • Winter (October to February): 10°C - 22°C

MAHARASHTRA TOURIST PLACES

Bhimashankar Lonavla

A pristine natural environment with hills, waterfalls and forests; a wild life sanctuary and an ancient temple! Bhimashankar offers the ideal setting to find spirituality. It is also the perfect place for adventure lovers with a plethora of treks. Moreover this is where you can find the shekru the giant flying squirrel which is also the state animal of Maharashtra. Nestled in dense forests, the Shiva temple in Bhimashankar is the sixth jyotirlinga and one of the most popular places for the worship of Lord Shiva.

Bhimashankar Trek Lonavla

Trekking in Lonavala is considered to be the most amazing trek experience by visitors. The Sahyadri range plies a great trekking trip to adventure enthusiasts. Deep wild rain-forest, head-high bushes, lost-and-found trails, small rivulets, remote tribal villages, eerie temples, green meadows, hidden waterfalls and a plateau of flowers are seen while passing through the trails of trekking. One can opt for a different trail as there are still many virgin unexplored spots to be explored.

Bushi Dam lonavala

The Dam is situated behind the hilly terrains and between Lonavala and I.N.S Shivaji. It offers a scenic view to the visitors in the months of summer when the water gushes out of the dam in rapid speed. The tourists come over to experience the waterfalls and the mesmerising view that the dam offers. Swimming is allowed in the dam but is restricted during monsoons due to precautionary reasons.

Gateway of India

It is one of Mumbai’s most striking monuments. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. Located on the Apollo Bunder road in South Bombay, it overlooks the Arabian Sea on one side and the iconic Taj hotel on the other.

Haji Ali Dargah

Popular for the mausoleum of Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, Haji Ali is located on a small islet in the Arabian Sea. Built in 1431, the dargah or mausoleum is one of the most popular landmarks of Mumbai. Over 30,000 people, cutting across religious faiths, visit the shrine every week. According to legends, the Sufi saint came to India to spread Islam. Before his death, he asked his followers to cast his body in a coffin into the sea and to bury it at the place where the coffin is found.

Hanging Garden Mumbai

The Hanging Gardens, in Mumbai, also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, are terraced gardens perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park. They provide sunset views over the Arabian Sea and feature numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals. The park was laid out in 1881 by Ulhas Ghapokar over Bombay's main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence. When seen from the air, the walkway inside the park (Hanging Gardens Path), spell out the letters PMG(Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens) in cursive.

Kataldhar lonavla

Kataldhar is the destination of an amazing waterfall situated in the Ulhas valley at Lonavla in Pune district of Maharashtra. Located at Rajmachi Point which is about 6.5 km away from the main marketplace of Lonavla, the Kataldhar waterfalls is famous among trekkers for its mesmerizing beauty and stunning visuals. It is a tough task to reach the valley for those who have no previous trekking experience because the approach terrain is slippery and steep.

lonavala waterfall

During the monsoons, everywhere you turn, you see waterfalls in Lonavala. Why then a post called “Lonavala Waterfall”. This is the official lonavala waterfall, not just water which falls somewhere! A short climb after the Bushi Dam, you will come across a huge parking lot on the right with lot of shops selling the usual corn, pakodas and chai. From this parking lot, you have walk/trek/scamper down over the rocks to come to this waterfall.

lonavla

A popular hill station situated between Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Lonavala is known for its natural beauty and cool climate. Offering respite for those wishing to make a quick escape from Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala and its twin city, Khandala are the ideal getaway spots. Situated at 625 meters above sea level, Lonavala is 110 km from Mumbai and 60 km from Pune.

Mahabaleshwar Elephant Point

Another point with a magnificent view. It is located beyond Lodwick Point towards the extreme end of the hill, this point is accessible either on foot or by a pony ride from the parking lot. The parking lot is about 1 km from Elephant’s Point. The rock formations of the area are set in a way that is looks like an elephants head and trunk.

Mahabaleshwar Temple

Mahabaleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the important pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. The temple is situated in the Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar, which is about 6 km north of the main city. Built in the 16th century by the Chanda Rao More dynasty, this temple is a quintessential of the Hemadant architectural style of South India. Enclosed by a 5 ft high stone wall, this temple is divided into two areas, the sanctum sanctorum and the central hall. Swayambhu, which is the 500 years old self-originated lingam, is enshrined within the sanctum sanctorum.

Shirdi

Shirdi is a small town, which is located about 300 km from Mumbai. Situated in the heart of the sugarcane belt of the state of Maharashtra, Shirdi is one of the most frequented places of pilgrimage in India. At the heart of Shirdi’s economy is the Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir, shrine of the saint, Sai Baba. Hundreds and thousands of devotees of all faiths flock at the temple throughout the year, several of them opt to walk hundreds of miles over motorized transport to reach here in the winter months.

Marine Drive Mumbai

3 km long stretch is very popular among the people of Mumbai. Also known as Queen’s Necklace as the chain of lights along the stretch of Marine Drive resembles a string of pearls at night. Situated on the outskirts of Mumbai, it is less crowded than Juhu and Girgaum. Marve, Manori and Gorai are some other beaches worth a visit.

TajMahal Hotel Mumbai

The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace are dramatically intertwined. The hotel is Mumbai's first harbour landmark (built 21 years before the Gateway of India) and the site of the first licensed bar in the city. For more than a century, the Taj has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. To it is an world leader in hospitality and a favourite destination for discerning business travellers.

Siddhivinayak Temple

Shree Ganesh is the first to be worshipped before beginning any new project or venture as he is the destroyer of obstacles (Vighnaharta). This is Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple at Prabhadevi in Mumbai, a two-century-old Temple that fulfills the desires of the worshipers. The city of Mumbai is a mute witness to places of worship & historical interest, which are not only popular but also of archaeological importance.

Tigers Point in Lonavala

Tiger’s Point or Tiger's Leap is a prominent tourist attraction in Lonavala and offers splendid views of the valley. If you look closely, you can see an impression of a tiger trying to leap across the valley, which is why the vantage point has earned its name. The echo produced by rocks falling into the crevasse is another highlight of this point. During monsoon, a small natural waterfall is formed close to this point. If you are a nature lover, you're surely in for a treat.