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Offbeat Tracks in Maharashtra (A Travel Guide): Forts, Temples, Hill Stations, Sanctuaries, Waterfalls, Museums, Lakes, Jungles

Offbeat Tracks in Maharashtra (A Travel Guide): Forts, Temples, Hill Stations, Sanctuaries, Waterfalls, Museums, Lakes, Jungles
$23.50
Item Code: IDJ765
Author: Milind Gunaji
Publisher: Popular Prakashan Pvt. Ltd
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 8171546692
Pages: 260 (Illustrated throughout in Color and Black & White)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.4"
Back of the Book

Into the Secret Heart of Maharashtra

The fiery Maratha warriors were masters of this sugged terrain. Actor, writer Milind Gunaji, inheritor of their intrepid spirit, sets off on the road less taken in Offbeat Tracks in Maharashtra. He goes where no conventional guidebooks have gone before. To sapphire lakes in emerald settings like the Kakuli and Kalote lakes, which lie uncelebrated, right in Mumbai's backyard. Or the unknown fort of Kohoj and the unsung Mhaismal hill station.

For quick reference there are boxes which will tell you where to stay, how to get there, what to expect and when to go. There are snippets and slices of history to enhance your experience.

Let this book be your guide as you travel to discover why this is truly Maha Rashtra, the Great State. This book is designed by Subhash Awchat.

About the Author

A qualified engineer, Milind Gunaji is well known as an actor having acted in many films which have won both commercial and critical acclaim in India and abroad. He is also a well known travel writer and photographer with three photo exhibitions to his credit. He anchored one of the most popular Marathi travel shows on television. His other books are Mazi Mulukhgiri, Bhatkanti, Maza Goa, all in Marathi. He is working on a book based on his experiences in the film industry. His other hobbies include singing, sports and music.

Preface

For me traveling puts me in touch with my essential self. Away from the world of glamour and are lights, I feel one with nature. Alone in a cave under a starlit sky you are small and insignificant, confronting the mysterious universal force.

My romance with nature started early. I traveled all over India as a child with my father and later, alone as a teenager. Maharashtra holds a very special place in my heart. I have traversed the length and breadth of the state(armed with my many cameras, six to date) by motorcycles, my sense of wonder and joy my travels have brought me with a wider audience.

Many people have helped me bring this book to the reader. My dear friends, Uddhav Thackeray, Subhash Awchat and Jagdish Maali. Also Anusha Srinivasan, Santosh Kolhe, Subha Gadkari and Dr. Ravi Rupawate, the camera and crew of my travel shows, my colleagues from Bhatkanti, Nitin Vaidya of Alpha Television, Uma Prabhu, Dilip Majgaokar and the publisher of this English book Harsha Bhatkal plus other friends who have helped me in this endeavour. I thank them all.

CONTENTS
FORTS10-87
The Unknown Fort of Kohoj/Harishchandraged/Karnala Fort and its Surroundings/Avchitagad/Ghosalgad/Talgad/Murud Janjira/Korlai/Kathingad or Tung/Koraigad/Tikona/Panhala/The Peaks of Gorakh and Machhindragad/ Gambhirgad/Rajgad/Torna/Sinhgad/Rajmachi/Sudhagad/ Raigad/Pratapgad/Lohagad-Visapur/Sajjangad/Naldurg/Dhakoba/ Prabalgad/Dhodap/Mahuli/Chandan-Vandan/Jeevdhan/Pandavgad/Hadsar/Purandar/ Ajinkyatara/Shivneri/Devgiri/Kothligad/ Chanderi/Manikgad/Bhairavgad/Alibag/Sindhudurg/Vasota/Vishalgad
TEMPLES88-119
Kankeshwar/Pateshwar/Saptashrungi/Tungareshwar/Kundal: A religious place of Jains/Shri Gondeshwar Temple at Sinnar/Shegaon/Theur/Trimbakeshwar/The Temples of Chaul/Ranjangaon/Pali/Ozar/Siddhtek/Mrutyunjeshwar/ Morgaon/Marleshwar/Mahad/Lenyadri/Kukdeshwar/Jyotiba/The Shiva temple of Ambarnath/Amruteshwar of Bhor/Amruteshwar of Ratanwadi/Ganapatipule
HILL STATIONS120-151
Chikhaldara/Mandhardevi/Varandha Ghat/Meera Hill/Igatpuri/Ajoba Mountain and its Surroundings/Aahupe Ghat/Mahabaleshwar/Matheran/Khandala/ Lonavala/Tadgaon, Uddhar, Unhere/Khodala, Jawhar, Mokhada, Devbandh, Suryamal/Bhimashankar
JUNGLES, SANCTUARIES & NATURE PARKS152-189
Dajipur Sanctuary/Sagreshwar/The man-made forest of Sagareshwar/Nandur Madhyameshwar/Vikramgad/Bilya Mountain/Pal-
LAKES, RESERVOIRS, HOT SPRINGS, WATERFALLS, C
Tapola Lake: A Mini Kashmir/Gadeshwar Lake/Kalote Lake/Kaas Lake/Kakuli Lake/Bhandaradara/Upper Vaitarna/Manikdoh/Bhoj Lake and Kukdeshwar Lake/Vandri Lake and the Hot Springs at Sativali/Hot Springs at Sav/Nadhal Lake/Mulshi Lake/Bhilawale Lake/Devkop Lake/The Surya River Area/Savne Lake ath the Foothills of Manikgad/Sakhre Lake/Dabhosa Waterfall/Waterfall near Vihigaon Village/Pallu Waterfall/Pandavgad/Thoseghar/Kuna Caves/Ajanta Cav
MUSEUMS AND UNUSUAL PLACES OF INTEREST232-256
The Lokmanya Tilak Museum/The Satara Museum/The Karmakar Museum/The Wood Exhibits of Kolad/The Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum/Kapuskar/Joshi Miniature Railway Museum/The Dr. Ambedkar Museum and Memorial/Naney Ghat/Darya Ghat/Mastani Lake/Doorshet/Manikdoh
INDEX (in alphabetical order)257-260

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