1 Nasik

Pilgrimage centre and capital of India’s nascent wine trade, this city is a fascinating combination of ancient and modern.

2 Ellora caves

A World Heritage Site that features breathtaking Hindu, Buddhist and Jain caves carved from solid volcanic rock, as well as the stunning Kailash temple.

3 Ajanta caves

Hidden in a remote horseshoe-shaped ravine, Ajanta’s caves contain the finest surviving gallery of art from any of the world’s ancient civilizations.

4 Gandhi ashram, Sevagram

Learn about the great man’s life and beliefs at the last ashram he lived in.

5 The Konkan coast

This stretch of coastline remains relatively unspoilt with several appealing places to stay, including the small port of Murud-Janjira.

6 Miniature train to Matheran

Fantastic views across the Western Ghats are revealed during the switchback train journey up to this former British hill station.

7 Pune

Known as the “Oxford of the East”, this sophisticated city is home to an absorbing old town, a riveting museum and some excellent places to eat and drink, plus the Osho ashram.

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