Maharashtra is one amongst the most visited traveler destination in India. The terms Maharashtra, Maharashtri, Marathi and Maratha connotes the “Great State”. Loaded with waterfalls, shorelines, lakes, untamed life saves, caves, waterfalls, strongholds, royal residences, sanctuaries, exhibition halls, hill stations, and other authentic landmarks, the city of Maharashtra is one of the most developed states in India. With every one of its attractions, Maharashtra is aan amazing vacationer destination in itself and a joy for those enamored with voyaging.

Capital : Mumbai
Area Rank :
3rd
Official language :
Marathi
Population Rank :
2nd
Literacy :
82.9%
Bordered By :
Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa

UNESCO World Heritage Site in Maharashtra:

1. Ajanta Caves: Ajanta Caves is the fortune of Maharashtra state. Recorded under UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ajanta Caves are world’s most noteworthy historical monument with its 30 Buddhist cavern temples. A significant number of the caves have the most stunning appreciable carvings on the pillars, walls, entrance and at the passageways.

→Location: Maharashtra, India
→Built in: 2nd century BC to 6th century
→Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in: 1983

Phase I: 2nd century BC to 1st century BC
Caves 9 & 10: Chaitya Halls or shrines
Caves 12 & 13: Viharas or monasteries

Phase II: 5th century AD to 6 th century AD
Caves 19, 26 & 29: Chaitya Halls or shrines
Caves 1-7, 11, 14-18, 20-25, 27 & 28: Viharas or monasteries
Unfinished Caves: 3, 5, 8, 23-25, 28 & 2

2. Ellora Caves: Ellora Caves, also known as Verul Leni locally, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the northwest area of Aurangabad. It is amongst the most explored historical buildings in India. With a series of 34 Buddhist caves which dates back to sixth and tenth centuries AD, the Ellora Caves are a noteworthy complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cavern temples constructed by the Rashtrakuta empire and Yadav.

→Location: Maharashtra, India
→Built in: 600 to 1000 AD
→Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in: 1983

Buddhist Caves: 5th century to 7th century AD
Caves 1 to 12 at the southern end

Hindu Caves: 8th century to 10th century AD
Caves 13 to 29 in the middle

Jain Caves: 9th century to 11th century AD
Caves 30 to 34 at the northern end

3. Elephanta Caves: Situated on the Elephanta Island which is a hour long ferrry ride from Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves are a complex of antiquated cave temples which offers an awesome view of Mumbai’s horizon. The Elephanta caverns are cut perfectly which are rich in model content to devoted it to Lord Shiva. The board in which shiva is depicted as maker, destroyer and defender is called Maheshmurti.

→Location: Maharashtra, India
→Built in: 5th to 8th century
→Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in: 1987

Layout:

i). Main Hall
Ravana lifting Kailash
Shiva-Parvati on Kailash
Ardhanarishvara
Trimurti
Gangadhara
Wedding of Shiva
Shiva slaying Andhaka
Nataraja
Yogishvara
Linga

ii). East Wing Shrine
Kartikeya
Matrikas
Ganesha
Dvarapala

iii). West Wing Shrine
Yogishvara
Nataraja

4. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus): Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus, initially Victoria Terminus, is famous for its superb infrastructure which exhibits a blend of Victorian Gothic Revival and conventional Indian elements. It is nineteenth century railway station in Mumbai which was opened up in 1887, on the Silver Jubilee of Empress Victoria. A couple of months of diligent work drove Frederick William Stevens to plan this great architecture with cutting edge auxiliary and specialized arrangements.

→Location: Maharashtra, India
→Built in: 1887 – 1888
→Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in: 2004