Small hill station, popular for view points, water fall, forts, lakes, strawberries. Panchgani is less than half hour & is known for colonial British structures, Parsi houses, natural beauty & boarding schools. Its known for fresh and clean air.
Lonavala & Khandala -
Apart from points, Lonavala is famous for dam (e.g. Bushy dam), celebrity wax museum, Amby valley & chikki.
Khandala is famous for its misty mountains & reversing station (a spot used earlier by Railways but now a scenic point).
Historical city, famous for Ajanta & Ellora caves. Grishneshwar temple (one of the 12 jyoti lingas), Mausoleums of Aurangzeb and Bibi-Ka-Maqbara (mini taj mahal, built for Aurangzeb's wife).
Marks the commencement of spring season in north India & summer in western India.
Happens in Phagun Purnima. Celebrated for two days (Holi Dhahan & Dhuleti)
People light bonfire, circle, pray around it. They also sing & dance. Post this, they greet each other with gulal.
As per mythology, Prahalad, son of demon king Hiranyakashyap was made to sit in the lap of his sister Holika because he was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu which the king did not like. Holika was immune to fire. Holika sat on pyre with Prahalad, however, it was Holika who got burnt. This signified good over evil always wins.
People play with colors, water guns (Pichkari) & water balloons. They also do rain dance.
The city is a perfect combination of historical and the modern era. It holds the ethnic vibe from the time of Marathas and Peshwas who ruled the city.
For History lover:-
If one is a history lover, this city provides the perfect opportunity. Starting from Shanivarwada, built in 1732, it served as the seat of Peshwas. Even though the fort was destroyed in 1829, it still attracts tourists, especially after it was glorified in the film Bajirao Mastaani.
5 minutes from it is Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum which has a room recreated as Mastaani's taken from the Mastaani Mahal. The museum also has a lot of ancient, interesting stuff and is worth a go.
For Shoppers & evening lovers:-
For the street shopping lovers, Tulsi Baug is at walking distance from...