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 Maharashtra a state in the western region of India.  It is the second most populous state after Uttar Pradesh and third largest state by area in India.

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2  Maharashtra a state in the western region of India.  It is the second most populous state after Uttar Pradesh and third largest state by area in India.  Maharashtra, being a part of India, boasts of a rich cultural heritage.  The culture and legacy of the state is truly reflected though it's numerous forts, palaces, caves, shrines and museum.  The saints and philosophers who have graced this great land have also added to its historical inheritance.

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4  Raigad was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji's kingdom situated in the modern day near Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra.  The Maratha king Shivaji made the fort his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of a Maratha Kingdom.  It has a famous wall called "Hirakani Buruj" constructed over a huge cliff.  In 1818 the fort was bombarded and destroyed by East India Company, using cannons.

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6  Bibi Ka Maqbara is a maqbara located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.  The Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is a beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb.  This mausoleum is believed to be constructed by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother between 1651 and 1661 A.D.  This mausoleum is a replica of the famous Taj Mahal.

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8  The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai.  The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens.  The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in  It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen.

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10  The Global Vipassana Pagoda is the world’s biggest pillar-less stone dome.  The center of the Global Vipassana Pagoda contains the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. The height of the dome is approximately 29 meters and inside of the pagoda is hollow space which serves as a very large meditation hall.  One of the main objectives of this magnificent monument is to give information about Vipassana meditation to visitors.  Hence, it also serves as a monument of peace and harmony.

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12  The Kas Plateau is situated at the Sahyadri hills near Satara.  This plateau is well known for its unique biosphere, high hill plateaus and grasslands.  During monsoon season, especially in the month of August, the plateau comes to life, with picturesque view of various types flowers that carpet the floor of the plateau.  As per the Forest Department Board at Kas Plateau, there are more than 150 or more types of flowers, shrubs and grasses found here.

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14  The Ajanta Caves located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.  The Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra are 31 rock-cut cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BC.  The caves include paintings and sculptures considered to be masterpieces of Buddhist religious art.  All the rock-cut caves had paintings on verandahs, inner walls and ceilings, these reveals some of the most beautiful masterpieces of world art.  There are also symbolic Buddhist mounds called Stupas, and cells for monks called viharas.  The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983, the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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16  An architectural marvel of modern Mumbai, the Sea Link is much more than an ordinary 'bridge'.  It links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai.  The Bandra–Worli Sea Link, officially called Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link.  It is a cable-stayed bridge with pre-stressed concrete- steel viaducts on either side.  BWSL was designed as the first cable-stayed bridge to be constructed in open seas in India.  The Bandra–Worli Sea Link is the first infrastructure project in Mumbai to use seismic arresters.  Seismic arresters enables the sea link to withstand earthquakes measuring up to 8.0 on the Richter scale.

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