Places to visit in Mahad

When you travel to Mahad, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Mahad, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Mahad to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Mahad things to do can include exploring Mahad attractions and visiting the places of interest

Raigad is the capital of the Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's kingdom. This is also where he died. The fort is placed on top of a wedge-shape hill. It cannot be accessed from three sides and is split off from the western ghats. Fables of heroic deeds and incredible valour of the great Maratha ruler are imprinted on each pebble of this fort.

The Raigad district's Sahyadri mountain range is home to the hill fortress Raigad Fort. It is housed at about 2,700 feet elevation above the sea level. One needs to climb more than fourteen hundred steps to reach this magnificent fort. The Gibraltar of the east is another famous name given to this fort. In the year 1030 the fort was built by Chandra Rao Mores. In the year 1674, the fortress became a capital of Maratha king ShivajiMaharaj. Alongside the fort remains the beautiful Ganga Sagar Lake, which is a man-made lake. In front of the main market, avenue is where a statue of ShivajiMaharaj is erected; this avenue also leads to Shivaji's Samadhi and JagdishwarMandir. 

Jijabai was the mother of the King of the Maratha Empire Shivaji Maharaj, and is always credited and appreciated for Shivaji's greatness. This palace holds a very important place in the Maratha kingdom's history. Known as a lady of high values, Jijabai lived in the Jijamata Palace till she died here. The remains of the ruins of this then grand mansion remains in the present day as this monument was, unfortunately, destroyed during the British rule in India. The Archaeological survey of India is the ones who now protect this remarkable monument. Near the ruins of the palace is where the Samadhi of Jijabai is situated. The entire fort is a magnificent structure which can be seen from the mere ruins of the palace. 

The DBATU or Dr. BabasahebAmbedkar Technological University is a state university that is located close to Mahad, and the campus is worth visiting.

While travelling from Mumbai to Pune, this temple is located in Mahad on the transit way. This temple is known to be among the eight holiest shrines of AshtaVinayak in Maharashtra. The temple is devoted to Lord Ganesha and the temple celebrates a very famous legend here. It is believed that a ruler named Rukmangada once visited a Rishi or scholar named Vachaknavi. While the king visited, the spouse of the Rishi named Mukunda was attracted to the king. When the king knew about it, he refused her and left her in rage.

At a moment, the king of all gods, God Indra came down to earth in the cover-up of King Rukmangada and he accepted her affection which left her with an unlawful son Grutshmadha. After the son grew older and came to know the incident behind his birth, he prayed to Lord Ganesha to forgive the sins of everyone involved in the unlawful act. Hence, Lord Ganesha heard his prayers and granted him his wish by Varadavinayak of Mahad, which was earlier known as Bhadrakavana.

This temple has the shrine of Varadavinayak seated on a throne that faces east. The shrine is placed along with the stone images of his consorts Riddhi and Siddhi. It is said that the temple has a lamp that has been glowing uninterrupted for about over a 100 years.

Going to Mahad, visiting Raigad fort and not visiting the Raigad museum makes the entire tour uninteresting. The lower station of Raigad Fort is home to the Raigad Museum. The museum has been created with the assistance of the famous personalities in Maratha history like Shri Babasaheb Purandare and Sri Ninadji Bedekar. The entire museum showcases weapons, farm equipments, artifacts and photographs of the various other fortresses of the Shivajiempire. You can also take some time out and view a film show that is created by some historians about the Raigad Fort that will provide you with a preview of many aspects of the fort which will make your trip unforgettable and meaningful. 

The holy book of Dashbodh was written in these caves by Ramdas, who was a great Maharashtrian Saint. He wrote this holy book around a hundred years ago. This cave is situated in the Javali valley that is famous for its forts like Makarandgad, and Pratapgadh and its dense forest. These amazing valleys and forts have played a very crucial role in the epic history of Maharashtra. The Shivthar Ghal is filled with natural beauty and lush greenery even in the present times. If you are in Mahad, then this place has to be visited. 

Located near Mahad are the group of sculpted houses which were built by the Pandavas in one night, according to mythology. In actuality, these are the caves of Buddhist origin that were built during the reign of the Prince Vishnupalita Kambhoja. 

This is primarily a mountain pass in Maharashtra that cuts significantly across the ranges of Western Ghats. It connects the Satara District region on the Deccan plateau to the coastal Raigad District and Konkan region. It is among the very few linking roads between Ghatmaatha and Konkan in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The place is a must see as here you can witness the enormity of the vast mountains. 

Kolad is situated at a distance of 49 km from Mahad City. It is the only site that is open all round the year in India for white water rafting. If you are a beginner, then this will be a great rafting experience for you as you can learn the essentials of rafting here. Along with rafting there are many other activities that entertain the visitors. However, during monsoon Kolad remains a huge hit especially for white water rafting. 

This is a small town close to Mahad in the Raigad district and is great for exploration. It is located in proximity from the Raigad fort. The town is accessible from the Mumbai-Goa National Highly NH-17. You can visit the seaside resort towns of Harihareshwar and Shrivardhan when here. Visiting Lonere while in Mahad with the Mahad City tour guide is of importance because this is the college town of DBATU. The town is relatively small but is extremely beautiful, and one can spend an entire day exploring the town and knowing more about the history of  Dr. BabasahebAmbedkar and his struggles. 

Varying from the comparatively simple routes to difficult routes, if you are an adventure freak, then Mahad in the Raigad district offers you with a great opportunity of rock climbing. You can make your travel an interesting one by choosing an adventure filled route. This sport remains to be worth trying when in Mahad. The fast winds and scattered evergreen forests make it a very cool sport during winters and summers alike. Rock climbing is availed in forts like Mangad-Raigad Trek, Birwadi-Raigad Trek, Nijampur fort, Lingana Fort and Torana fort. Raigad and Mahad are a center of vibrant ancient forts and enlivening peaks since they are located in the lap of the Sahyadri mountain range.

So pack your rock climbing gears when you travel to Mahad. 

Jankalyan restaurant is among the famous restaurants available in the area. The other popular restaurants you could check out during your visit includes Kolhapuri Tadka Restaurant, Sai Tej Dining Hall and Om Sai Chinese among others.

A local special that is found everywhere in Maharashtra, but is more authentically prepared in this area is the Misal Pav. It is a very simple and basic dish that includes a fiery gravy which is cooked with sliced onions, lots of spices and beans, along with some Farsan and is eaten with some fresh bread also locally known as Pav. If you are not keen about excess spices tingling your palate then avoid it as this dish is extremely spicy.

Another authentic and mouth-watering dish that is popularly eaten in this area is BatataVada that is a simple dish made of potatoes that are fried with a spicy batter. 

Manisha Restaurants & Bar and Vihar Restaurant And Bar are two popular bars/ pubs in town. so make sure to visit on your trip. 

One of the most famous places to shop in Mahad city is the Kadam Bandhu Shopping Centre. Mahad is known for its typical Maharashtrian articles and items of souvenirs. You can take some typical and authentic Maharashtrian jewelry from here made of pearls, gold and precious stones. You can avail a wide number of items here.

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