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.
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.