Kolhapur

Many cities in India are named after Gods and Godesses. Kolhapur is a rare exception. According to legend, it is named after a demon! The story goes, after vanquishing him, Goddess Mahalakshmi honoured his last wish and named the city after him. You can pay your respects to the Goddess at the Mahalakshmi temple on the banks of Panchganga river!

In the 3rd century BC, the city was an important centre of Buddhism. But a series of earthquakes razed it to the ground. It was restored to its former glory by the Rashtrakoot kings. During the British Rule, it was made a princely state under Shahu Maharaj, a magnanimous ruler who spared no effort in easing the suffering of his subjects. Not surprisingly, he has gone down in the annals of history as a messiah of the downtrodden.

Today, Kolhapur is a great blend of tradition and modernity. It is a prosperous city and has one of the highest per-capita income in India. So much so that it’s reported to have the second highest number of Mercedes cars in Maharashtra. Another striking feature of the city is its communal harmony. Since time immemorial, different communities have existed here without so much as a hint of strife.

Marathi is the lingua franca and the climate is part coastal, part inland. During summer, temperatures don’t go higher than 38 degree Celsius and winters are cool. Owing to its proximity to the Western Ghats, it receives heavy rains from June to September.

Kolhapur is synonymous with its special brand of footwear. So be sure to pick up a pair! It is as famous for its arts and crafts, colourful headwear, jewellery, and wrestling bouts.

Kolhapur is the city of palaces and gardens. You can take in the beauty of:
Shalini Palace – Currently a 3 star hotel, this palace was built for Princess Shrimant Shalini Raje, this palace was built in 1934. Nestled on the banks of Lake Rankala, it is surrounded by surrounded by towering palm trees, lush greenery and beautiful gardens. it is built of carved black stone and Italian marble. Stained glass arches and intricately carved doorways make it a breathtaking sight!

Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum – The New Palace that was completed in 1881 houses this museum. It is the repository of costumes, weapons, trophies, jewellery, embroidery and other equally interesting paraphernalia of Maharaja Shahaji Chhatrapati.

Bhavani Mandap – This historical landmark stands next to the Mahalakshmi temple. It is the temple of Goddess Bhavani. According to mythology, Goddess Bhavani is none other than Goddess Mahalakshmi’s elder sister and is revered by the people of Kolhapur. In the venue in yesteryears. In the yesteryears, it housed the offices of court officials and was the venue of many celebrations. Its Indo-British architecture is sure to take you back to the times of the British Raj!

Top News

Cops crack whip on illegal autos

Cops crack whip on illegal autos

17 offenders nabbed operating rickshaws without valid permits The traffic department has finally started cracking the whip on erring auto rickshaws that overcharge and refuse fares across the city. As part of the initial leg of the drive across the city, traffic cops have booked around 17 rickshaw drivers and owners operating ...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  0
Five solar rickshaws to go on-road

Five solar rickshaws to go on-road

The municipal corporation here has shortlisted five rickshaw pullers of the city for allotting them solar-cum-battery operated rickshaws. These will be allotted on Wednesday at a formal ceremony. A total of 10 solar rickshaws will be launched, though five more pullers are yet to shortlisted by the civic body, which is the nodal...
7 Dec, 2009 by admin  2
A good looking new tuk-tuk

A good looking new tuk-tuk

Tuk-tuk's are all over but we never use them. I hate the bargaining hassle with their drivers. Bargaining, in my opinion, is a waste of time and energy. Full article here...
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‘Not a single legal auto stand in national capital’

‘Not a single legal auto stand in national capital’

This is hard to believe, but there is not a single legally authorised stand for the 55,000-odd auto rickshaws registered in the capital, says a suit filed by an NGO that is working to improve the lives of auto rickshaw drivers. Full article here...
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Police take down illegal Autorickshaws with BlackBerrys in India

Police take down illegal Autorickshaws with BlackBerrys in India

In a drive against autorickshaws that have outlived their lifespan but are still plying on the city roads, the traffic police seized 78 autorickshaws on Thursday and Friday using BlackBerry phones under the traff-i-cop project. According to traffic police, there are about 5,000 such “scrap” autorickshaws plying in the cit...
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The Tuktuk

The Tuktuk

Doing a similar job to the taxi is Thailand's ubiquitous tuk-tuk (ตุ๊กตุ๊ก). So named because of the sound of their engine, these are motorized rickshaws and are popular amongst tourists for their novelty value. They are occasionally faster than taxis in heavy traffic as weaving in and out is easier, but genera...
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Auto-driver robs passenger

Auto-driver robs passenger

Sanjay Bhimrao Gadge (25) was looted by the driver of the autorickshaw he was traveling in , and two other co passengers at Kalyani Nagar in the early hours on Saturday. Police said that he took a rickshaw under the ‘share a rickshaw’ scheme to go to Chandan Nagar. When he boarded the rickshaw two people were already sittin...
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Tuk Tuk in Colombo - Sri Lanka

Tuk Tuk in Colombo - Sri Lanka

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