Mumbai draws its legacy mainly from the British Raj. The first "outside" interaction of the city is recorded way back in sixteenth century with the Portuguese in the times of Vasco da Gama. The Portuguese gifted the Bombay islands to England King Charles II on his marriage with the Portuguese princess Catherine. The British impact on the city is still apparent in its architectural heritage. The Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus, Old Colonial-era buildings, and Elephanta Caves are must visit places.
Situated on the Konkan coast and accessible from Goa and Mumbai, Sindhudurg was a strong naval base of Marathas. The serene and spectacular Sindhudurg is rife with relics of the past including temples and forts. Beaches at Sindhudurg, unlike commercialized beaches, are much better, cleaner and lovely. The Sindhudurg Fort bears testimony to the valor and chivalry of the Marathas especially during the rule of Shivaji.
Life is a beach, literally, in Goa. With a myriad of unspoilt and clean beaches with serene surroundings and picturesque setting, Goa is invariably the first choice of every nature lover. No wonder, the state is one of the most haunted places in the world. Attractions galore as also the fun time while in Goa. The only problem is choosing from beaches dotted along the 131-km long coastline with each one as alluring as anything. However, for practical purpose here's a convenient popular list of few of them: Anjuna, Arambol, Bogmalo, Candolim, Colva, Varca, Majorca, Vagator and Mandrem.
Located in the south western parts of Maharashtra, Kolhapur is a cultural city with ancient and medieval heritage to boast of. Being located on the banks of the river Panchganga adds distinct serenity and beauty to the town. The city is replete with temples and cultural centers and guests visiting it can truly feast on the grand heritage of music, dance, drama and even handicrafts. Kolhapur is home to several spectacular attractions; the New Palace, Shalini Palace, Mahalaxmi Temple and Rankala lake are just a few of them to name.
Founded by Malik Amber in 1610, Aurangabad was named after Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, the last of great Mughals. The city has a brisk track record of development and has been regarded as the fastest growing cities in the world. Aurangabad is also the gateway to world famous heritage sites of Ellora and Ajanta. The myriad tourist attractions of Aurangabad include: Bibi ka maqbara - the tomb of Aurangzeb's wife, Panchakki - the water mill with an underground water channel, Khuldabad, Daulatabad fort and UNESCO world heritage sites Ellora - situated 30 km northwest of city, and Ajanta lying northeast of Aurangabad.
Legend has it that Rama made Nashik his home during his 14 year exile. From 15th to 19th centuries the city was under Mughal control then known as Gulshanabd, city of gardens. When Peshwas got control of the city in 1818, the city got its present name. Nashik has been on tourist map, especially of religious nature, since ages. There's plenty to see at Nashik: Gangapur Dam - a beautiful site, Dudhsagar fall - a natural fall near Gangapur, Numismatic museum, Pandav Caves, bird sanctuary and vineyards.