Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, is best known for its fast-paced capital, Mumbai (formerly Bombay). This sprawling metropolis is the seat of the Bollywood film industry. It also has sites like the British Raj-era Gateway of India monument and cave temples at Elephanta Island. To the south is the rustic, beach-lined Konkan Coast. In the city of Pune, Aga Khan Palace is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
1. The massive roadway
Maharashtra has the largest road network in India at 267,452 kilometres. 17 National Highways connect Maharashtra to six neighbouring states. The length of National Highways in Maharashtra is 4688 kilometres. Maharashtra has a large state highway network. 99.5 per cent of the villages in the state were connected by all-weather roads as of March 2018. The Yeshwantrao Chavan Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the first access controlled toll road project in India was made fully operational in April 2002.
2. Say no to doors!
Shani Shingnapur or Shingnapur or Sonai is a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated in Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district, the village is known for its popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god associated with the planet (graha) Saturn. Shingnapur is 35 km from Ahmednagar city.
Shingnapur is also famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Despite this, officially no theft was reported in the village.
3. The station of two states
Navapur municipality is situated on the border with the state of Gujarat. It is approximately 100 km both from Surat and Dhule. Rangavali River passes by Navapur. The railway station of Navapur is built in two states; one half of it is in Maharashtra and the other half is in Gujarat. Even a train which halts at Navapur Railway station is stationed half in Maharashtra and half in Gujarat. The municipality is overlooked by hills on one side. Navapur is the developing city in nandurbar district.
4. Honesty is the best policy!
Maharashtra has the largest proportion of tax payers in india.
5. The hustle of rush hour
Mumbai locals were built to hold 1700 passengers, but they often carry three times that number in the rush hours
6. Land of Saints
Some of the renowned saints of maharashtra are Shree Swami Samarth, Shree Sai Baba, and Shree Gajanan Maharaj, Tembe Swami and Narsing Maharaj.
7. The Mysterious Lake
Lonar Lake, also known as Lonar crater, is a notified National Geo-heritage Monument saline soda lake located at Lonar in Buldhana district, Maharashtra, India, which was created by a meteor impact during the Pleistocene Epoch and it is the only known hyper velocity impact crater in basaltic rock anywhere on Earth.
8. The Snake village
Shetpal in Sholapur district is known for snake worship. Each house in this village has a resting place for cobras in the rafters of their ceilings. No cases of snake bites have been reported in this village despite snakes moving about freely in every household.
9. First Indian navy
The Idea of navy was introduced by Shivaji Maharaj. His admiral kanhoji angre is regarded as the Father of Indian navy. Shivaji Bhonsle was an Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan. Shivaji carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire. In 1674, he was formally crowned as the chatrapati (monarch) of his realm at Raigad.
10. City of Gates
Aurangabad is known as the city of gates. A total of 52 gates were built around this city in the medival era, of which only 13 survive today.
11. Nagpur rich city
Nagpur is not a capital city, yet our country’s entire gold assets are kept in the reserve bank of india nagpur
12. Inventor of Badminton
13. The first rail network
The first passenger train in India ran between Bombay (Bori Bunder) and Thane on 16 April 1853. The 14-carriage train was hauled by three steam locomotives: Sahib, Sindh and Sultan.
14. The place where Ramayana started
As per Ramayana, Nashik is the location on the banks of Godavari river where Laxman, by the wish of Lord Rama, cut the nose of Shurpanakha and thus this city was named as “Nashik”.The city located about 190 km north of state capital Mumbai, is called the “Wine Capital of India” as half of India’s vineyards and wineries are located in Nashik.
15. Too many to fit in!
Dharavi is a locality in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is considered one of the largest slums in Asia. Dharavi has an area of just over 2.1 square kilometres (0.81 sq mi; 520 acres) and a population of about 700,000. With a population density of over 277,136/km2 (717,780/sq mi), Dharavi is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.