Maharashtra in the West has Mumbai as its capital with thriving cities like Pune in its fold with the Osho Ashram and other temples of great history. Maharashtra is most famous for Ajanta and Ellora cave paintings and Mughal relics in Aurangabad and the Elephanta Island just off Mumbai. The Marathas are as valiant as the Rajputs and legends of local heroes are many. Head off to the cool locales of Matheran or Lonavala or into Sula wine country in Nashik to take in both modern and ancient Maharashtra.
Can you leave Mumbai without experiencing the kitsch that is a Bollywood film shoot? Check around Colaba where casting agents lurk in cafe corners on the lookout for a foreigner for an extra role.
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Understand how the ancient caves bear testimony to religious tolerance with a mix of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain art and sculptures. All the grandeur in the paintings and rock cut art could not hold out on how irrevocably Buddhism and Jainism waned in importance in India.
No visit to India is quite complete without experiencing the rough and tumble of India's most exciting and ambitious. Discover Bollywood, shopping and why 22 million love their at once fabulously rich and poor city.
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Walk your way out of numerous misconceptions in Dharavi, a 530 acre mini city. Understand the resourcefulness of the people who turn everything dumped here by Mumbai into money!
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Discover the error-free network of mostly illiterate men and their ingenious delivery system for home-cooked meals from homes to offices. Amazing Fortune 500 companies and just about everyone that finds out about them alike!
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Tour India's first vineyard. Enjoy the wine and food here and relax at a cottage with a pool. Sula wine began when an Oracle techie from the US decided to quit and bring fine wine making to India and the rest is history...
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