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Raigad - Mix of Hindu and Buddhist architecture
Situated above the sea level at a height of about 2,851 meters, Raigad is located in the south-western state of Maharashtra in Konkan district. It is stretched over an area of about 7148 sq km and covers the dense forest and Sahyadri hills lying in the Western Ghats. The town came to known as Raigad, because of headquarters that are situated along the Rairi ranges. The term Raigad, which means ‘'the king’s fort’, is perfectly apt for the city as its symbolic features and ancient history make it unique.
For tourists there are many interesting features, namely the magnificently built monuments, its rich tradition and culture, as well as the rocky terrain, which make the town one amongst the best places for tourism in India. A major attraction among tourists is the Gharapuri or the renowned Elephanta which depicts the Hindu and Buddhist art form and caves built during the medieval periods. Along with this, there are Boratyachi Nal and the magnificent Raylingi and Lingana ranges, which offer exciting outdoor activities, like trekking, mountain climbing etc.
For nature enthusiasts, the town has diverse vegetation and flourishing flora fauna which gives the glimpse of a paradise. In addition to this, you can observe the celebration of many festivals and folk arts, namely Koli dance, Keertan, Bharud and Bhajan which are quite famous here.
Other highlights of the town comprise of its uniquely built forts, among which the Samadhi of Shivaji, Purandar, Tikona, Sinhagad, Vichitragad and Lohgad are some of the best structures and worth watching.