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Maharashtra tourism related information including its beaches, hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, etc.

Top 4 Hill Stations in India, Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty, Lonavala

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Top 4 Hill stations in India region-wise are Shimla in the North, Darjeeling in the East, Ooty in the South and Lonavala in the West.

St. Michael's Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in IndiaSt. Michael’s Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in India.

Shimla, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Shimla in North India is situated in Himachal Pradesh state. Shimla hill station offers panoramic view of the Himalayas. Its considered as the best hill station in India. There is a ropeway to Shimla from downtown.

Shimla is at around 223 miles from New Delhi, the capital of India. Shimla is well connected by roads. Kalka railway station is the nearest broad gauge railway station. Kalka station is connected to Shimla by Kalka- Shimla narrow gauge railway line. This railway line is a UNESCO World heritage site and is part of “Mountain Railways of India” along with similar narrow gauge lines at Darjeeline and Ooty. New Delhi airport and railway stations are well connected to other parts of the world.

Darjeeling, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Darjeeling hill station in West Bengal state is a beautiful hill station in the Western India. Darjeeling offers view of the Lesser Himalayas. Darjeeling Tea is a famous Geo-patented tea from this region.

New Jalpaiguri railway station near Silguri is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling at around 50 kilometers distance. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway starts from here. Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport at around 90 kilometers distance from Darjeeling hill station.

Ooty, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Ooty hill station in Tamilnadu is a beautiful hill station in the South. Ooty is also known as Udhagamandalam or Udhagai. Ooty is part of the Nilgiri mountains or Blue mountains.

Coimbatore is the nearest city with airport at 86 kilometers away. Coimbatore junction railway station is the nearest major railway station which is connected to other parts of the country. Mettupalayam is the nearest railway station on the broad gauge. Very few trains go to Mettupalayam. Heritage Mountain railway to Ooty starts from Mettupalayam.

Lonavala, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra state is another beautiful hill station in the Western part of India. Its part of the Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. Khandala hill station is an adjacent twin hill station at around 3 kilometers from Lonavala hill station.

All trains stops at Lonavla railway station. Pune city is the nearest major city with an airport, at around 64 kilometers distance. Mumbai is another major city at 104 kilometers away from Lonavala hill station.

Khandala, Buddhist Caves, Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves, Hike

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Khandala is a hill station is near Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra state, India.

Khandala Valley
Khandala Valley

Khandala hill station is located on the Bhor Ghat, which lies in between the Konkan plains and the Deccan Plateau.

This hill station is famous for hiking to Duke’s Nose, which offers excellent view of Khandala and Bhor Ghats. Tiger’s Leap is a tourist spot which appear as a tiger leaping into the valley. Amrutanjan Point, Karla caves and Bhaja caves (Rock-cut Buddhist Caves) at 16 kilometers distance, Bhushi Lake, etc, are some of the other prominent tourist attractions here.

There is an Ancient Jail at this hill station, which was built in 1896.

How Do I Go to Khandala Hill Station?

Khandala Hill Station is at around 3 kilometers from Lonavala, a famous hill station on the Western Ghats. Mumbai – Pune Expressway connects this hill station to Mumbai and Pune cities. Karjat is at around 7 kilometers away from this hill station.

Khandala railway station (next station to Lonavla station) is the nearest railway station. there are suburban trains between Lonavala and Pune stations. Pune International airport is the nearest airport.

Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary, Natural World Heritage Sites

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Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is the first wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra established in 1958 as Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary. It was the the private shooting area of the erstwhile Maharaja of the princely state of Kolhapur. It’s also known as Bison Sanctuary, as Indian bison alias Gaur (Bos gaurus) numbering around 1091 were seen here as per 2014 count . It is situated at the southern end of the Sahyadri hills, the Western Ghats. Its a natural World Heritage Site notified by UNESCO as Sahyadri sub cluster of Western Ghats. for category ix and x.

Malabar Grey Hornbill  at Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary
Malabar Grey Hornbill at Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary

Tributaries of Krishna River; Bhogavati River, Dirba River, Dudhganga River, Kallamma River and Tulshi River, flows through this wildlife sanctuary. Maharastra State Highway number 116 passes through the center of this wildlife sanctuary. This wildlife park is spread over an area of 351.16 square kilometers.

Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is having backwaters with side roads, where one can go for bike riding. Rautwadi waterfalls is situated at around 55 kilometers from Kolapur. Radhanagari Dam over Bhogawati river is situated in this sanctuary. Trekking is very popular in this sanctuary.

How Do I Go to Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary?

Radhanagari Sanctuary is situated at around 45 kilometers from Kolhapur railway station. There are regular buses from Kolhapur to the wildlife sanctuary.

The nearest airport to the wildlife sanctuary is situated at Pune. The distance is around 300 kilometers.

Accommodation Near Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary alias Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary

Forest department maintains a rest house called “Dak Bungalow”. There is also a dormitory here owned by the state forest department.

Chandoli National Park, Maratha Kings Shivaji & Sambhaji

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Chandoli National Park is situated in Kolhapur District, Maharashtra state, India. The National Park is spread over 317.67 square kilometers.

Oriental Garden Lizard in Chandoli National ParkOriental Garden Lizard in Chandoli National Park

Sahyadri Tiger Reserve consists of Chandoli National Park in full along with Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. Sahyadri Tiger Reserve has 9 tigers & 66 leopards, as per the last count.

The National park is near to Chandoli Dam. The National park is situated at the intersection of Kolhapur District, Ratnagiri District, Sangli District and Satara District. Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary also borders Chandoli National Park.

Historic Prachitgad fort and Bhairavgad fort built by Maratha kings Shivaji and his son Sambhaji maharaj are seen inside the National Park. Bhavani temple ruins are also seen here.

The National park is rich in flora and fauna. 122 Bird species, 23 mammals species and 20 amphibians and reptiles species are found in this park. Royal Bengal tigers, Indian Leopards, Indian bison, sloth bears and Indian giant squirrels are seen here.

How Do I Go To Chandoli National Park?

Peth Vadgaon at 60 kilometers, Sangli at 75 kilometers, Kolhapur at 80 kilometers, Uran Islampur at 35 kilometers, Karad at 55 kilometers and Sangmeshwar at 40 kilometers distance are some of the nearby towns. Mumbai is at 380 kilometers and Pune at 210 kilometers distance from the National Park, Distance given may not be accurate.

Karad is the nearest railway station, Sangli, Kolhapur, Miraj rail junction are other nearby railway stations. Miraj rail junction is well connected to other parts of the country.

Karad airport is the nearest one. Sangli New Airport and Kolhapur airports are also nearby airports to the National Park. Pune airport is the nearest International airport.

Accommodation in Chandoli National Park

Irrigation department has a Rest House with 1 VIP suite, 4 Ordinary suites and a dormitory with 16 beds. For bookings please contact office of the Executive Engineer, Irrigation Department at Mandur.

Lavasa City Hill Station, Planned City Near Pune

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Lavasa is a planned hill station city spread over 100 square kilometers in private sector near to Pune, on the lines of Portofino, an Italian town.

Lavasa city Pune
Lavasa city near Pune

Lavasa hill station near Pune is located on the Mulshi valley, part of Western Ghats. A total of seven hills are there in the planned city hill station. Two planned towns are in progress out of the total of 5 towns. Many residences, hotels and city center are complete.

Manchester City branded football academy and a golf course are part of the planned city. A Theme park is also part of the project. There is a plan to have a University also in this city.

This city on 25,000 acre of land is not yet complete and it has run into controversies ranging from environmental to corruption.

How Do I Go to Lavasa Hill Station?

This planned city cum hill Station is at a distance of 1 hour drive from Pune. Mumbai is at 3 hours drive from Lavasa; first among the planned cities in India.

Birla Mandir, Birla Family Tree

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Birla Mandirs are a group of temples constructed by the Birla family (Birlas) across India. Birla Mandirs exists at New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kurushetra , Shahad, Bhopal, BITS Pilani,Jaipur, Patna, Akola, Varanasi (2 Birla Mandirs at Varanasi), Renukoot, Nagda, Brajrajnagar, Gwalior and Alibaug,

Birla Mandir construction is still going on at some places and the family believes in continuing the work.

Birla Mandirs at Delhi and Bhopal

Laxminarayan Temple alias Birla Mandir at New Delhi
Laxminarayan Temple alias Birla Mandir at New Delhi, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939

Birla Mandir at Bhopal
Birla Mandir at Bhopal

Birla Mandirs at Delhi and Bhopal were constructed to fill a void. i.e These cities had no big temples. Delhi temple confirms to Nagara style of architecture, even though it was built using modern technology.

Architecture of Birla Mandirs Other Than Delhi and Bhopal

Most of the other Birla temples are built using marble or sandstone, in either Chandela Style of Architecture or Solanki Style of Architecture, both of which existed in the 10th-12th centuries.

Birla Mandir at BITS Pilani

Birla Mandir at BITS Pilani campus is made of white marble and is a replica of the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho. Gwalior Birla Mandir is a replica of the Konark Sun Temple.

Birla Group of Companies

Birla Mandirs across India are from Birla Family, who owns the Birla Group of companies. Birla family group is one of the leading business groups in India. Birla family members are the descendants of Seth Shobharam. Birlas belong to Pilani, a town in Rajasthan and are Marwari community, a community known for its business skills across India.

Birla Family Tree

Kumar Mangalam Birla, a fourth generation member of the Birla business family, currently heads the business after the demise of his father Aditya Vikram Birla in 1995. Aditya Vikram Birla is the son of Basant Kumar Birla ( Basant Kumar Birla is the grandfather of the current group head, Kumar Mangalam Birla and is currently the chairman of BITS Pilani) and grandson of Ghanshyam Das Birla. Ghanshyam Das Birla is the son of Baldeo Das Birla and grandson of Shiv Narayana Birla. Shiv Narayan Birla is the son of Seth Shobharam and grandson of Seth Bhudharmal.