Once a most powerful maritime State, some of its sturdy forts rise from the sea itself. So do some of its rich rock sculptures and carvings such as the Elephanta caves, a short ferry ride beyond the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Magnificent frescoes on cave walls and figurines sculpted from rock faces adorn the Ajanta and Ellora caves, speaking of art in its most excellent forms. Pune, close to Mumbai, is one of the most prominent centres for music and theatre.
Place To Explore
Mumbai, Elephanta Caves ~ a short ferry ride from Mumbai, Aurangabad, Ajanta and Eliora - a virtual gallery of ancient Buddhist and Hindu art in the midst ofjungles, Lonar crater - formed by the impact of a meteorite nearly 50,000 years ago, Mahabaleshvi/an Lonavala, Khandala, Nashik, Pandharpur; Pune, Shirdi, Kolhapur, Murud-Janjira, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Amravati Beaches: Bassein, Dahanu-Bordi, Tarkarli, Ganpatiphule, Malwan, Vengurla, Alibag, Murud, Harihareshvi/ar, Srivardhan, Kelva, Aksa, Arnala, Manori, Gorai, Juhu, Madh Island, Mandwa-Kihim, Marine Drive-Chovi/patty, Marve, Manori