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MTDC’s New Offerings In Maharashtra

- Aarti Kapur Singh

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Travelers from across the globe are pouring in every day to discover new destinations in the state. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has constantly worked to offer an enriching experience to the visitors. The six resorts that were built by MTDC in the last five years at Sakoli (District Bhandara), Ambhora (Nagpur), Mozari Point Chikaldara (Amravati), Bodhalkasa (Gondia), Gaganbawda (Kolhapur) and Kunakeshwar (Sindhudurga) have immense potential to allure visitors from across the globe and help MTDC to promote untapped destinations. The details of these resorts, and how to reach them are as follows:

1. SAKOLI
Sakoli is a small town in district Bhandara of Maharashtra. From cultural and historical spots, natural beauty, adventure, and entertainment activities there are several exciting prospects for travelers to discover Sakoli. Just a few kilometers away from the Chulbhand river and surrounded by ponds and lakes, Sakoli is located on the Mumbai-Kolkata national highway.
How to get there:
 By Road: It is 101-km from Nagpur, travel time is approximately 2 hours and all
kinds of public transports are available, one can opt to hire private vehicle as
well.
 By Rail: Nearest railway station is Nagpur, and it is well connected with all major
cities.
 By Air: The closest airport is Nagpur, and it is well connected with cities like
Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik.
Things to do and see:
Andhalgaon, known as the dark village in Bhandara tehsil, apart from being a
major supplier of Kosa silk cloth is also famous for its weaving industry and
manufacturing silk-bordered clothes.
 The Gondumari Palace, 10km away from Sakoli, is a place of historic importance and visitors can discover the past with the memorials there.
Explore the wildlife of Nagzira National Park and Navegaon Bandh Bird
Sanctuary.
Where to stay: MTDC has leased out its property to M/S Tuli Hospitality Pvt Ltd and is an ideal destination for visitors looking for homely comfort and relax at the same time.
2) KUNKESHWAR (SINDHUDURG)

Kunakeshwar is positioned in the Devgad taluka of Sindhudurg district, about 14-km away from Devgad and 438-km from Mumbai. Kunakeshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the hillock facing the sea, where we can see a scenic sundown.
The temple was built in the 12th century and has a 10m stone wall separating the
temple from the sea.
How to get there:
 By Road: State transport buses from Devgad, Kankavli, and Malvan go to
Kunakeshwar on a regular basis, visitors can also opt for hired private vehicles
for this hour-long journey.
 By Rail: Nearest railway station is Kankavli, which is around 51-km away from
Kunakeshwar.
 By Air: The nearest airport is Panaji, Goa.
Things to do and see:
The Rock Cave, 1-km east of Kunakeshwar Temple, is a place of tourist attraction. The idols of this cave are carved out of black stone.
At the coastline of Mithbav and Tambaldeg bird watchers get to see an attractive variety of winged creatures. This beach is calm and has less chaos as it is not amongst the regular trips of the tourists. Kotkamate is a small village situated 15-km away from Kunakeshwar. This temple was renovated in 1725 by Kanhoji Angre the admiral of Martha Navy. The temple has sculptures of goddess Shri Bhagvati.
Where to stay: Kunkeshwar Resort (MTDC) in Sindhudurg offers a holistic view of its pristine beaches away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
3) MOZARI POINT, CHIKHALDARA
Mozari Point is situated in a picturesque setting with a deep valley on three sides. It offers splendid views of sunrise and sunset. This point is 2-km away from Chikaldara district headquarters. Visitors can also approach the Devi Point area and west side of Gawilgarh Fort which provides magnificent views.
How to get there:
 By Road: Public transports are available from Nagpur, Badnera, and Akola.
 By Rail: The nearest railway stations are Badnera and Akola which are almost
80-km away from Chikhaldara. Several trains from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur halts
at both Badnera and Akola junction.
 By Air: The closest airport is at Akola, which is 150 km away from Mozari
Chikhaldara. It is well connected with other major airports like Mumbai, Pune,
Nagpur and Ahmedabad.
Things to do and see:
 Gugamal National Park spread on 1673.93 square km was built in 1974. It is a
small part of the Melghat Tiger Reserve.
 Bhimkund-Kichakdara is fenced with lush green background from all sides. Bhim- Kund is nearly 3500 ft. deep and visitors take bath to wash away their sins.
Panchbol Point is 4-km away from Bir Lake. The five hills edges are linked naturally with several valleys to form a huge valley. This point is known as Five
Eco Point.
Gawilgrah is located on a Chikaldara Plateau, which was recognized in the 12th
century by a Gawali King, kin of Yadavas of Devgiri.
Wan Sanctuary has hugely spread in dense and dry forests. Many wild animals
like tigers, sambar, leopards, barking wild dogs and deer are seen here.
Semadoh Lake is must visit spot in Chikhaldara, situated in front of the Gugamal
National Park, it provides amazing amenities for boating and fishing.
Where to stay: MTDC Mozari Point Resort has very spacious rooms with neat and hygienic ambiance. The restaurant offers decent and homely food.
4) AMBHORA
Ambhora Village is situated on the bank of Wainganga River in Kuhi Taluka 75-km away from Nagpur. The key attractions of Ambhora are the shrines on the confluence of the three rivers — Wainganga, Kanhan, and Amba. Overwhelmingly beautiful, Ambhora is home to Shri Harinath Temple and Ambatitthak Buddha Vihar which have major pilgrim footfalls at least thrice during festivals annually.
How to get there:
 By Road: State transport buses are available from Nagpur to Ambhora and
visitors can hire private transports too.
 By Rail: Nearest railway station is Nagpur which is around 75km away from
Ambhora and it is well connected with all major cities. State transport buses are
available from Nagpur to Ambhora and visitors can hire private transports too.
 By Air: The closest airport is Nagpur, it is well connected with major cities in the
country.
Things to do and see:
 Markanda, a shrine devoted to Lord Shiva and a scared place of worship for
Hindus, is in the middle of Chamorshi which is situated on the bank of
Wainganga river.
Tadoba, called the Jewel of Vidarbha because of its rich tiger reserve, is the
oldest national park in the state.
 Ambakhori, situated on the bank of Pench River, is the main attraction with its
waterfalls and forests.
Where to stay: MTDC’s Holiday Resort Ambhora is an ideal destination for the
travelers to experience the nature’s ecstasy.

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