About District

Ahmednagar district lies in the central part of Maharashtra. It is the biggest district in terms of area and population. The climate of this district is characterized by hot summer and general dryness during major part of the year except during the south west monsoon season, when there is relative humidity is between 60% and 80% thereafter it decreases. Ahmednagar district was derived by the name Malik Ahmed who was the chief founder and it was under the kingdom of Nizamshah in A.D.1494. Ahmednagar district was established after the end of Peshwa rule in A.D. 1818.

The geographic coordinates of the district extend from 18O2' to 19O9' North Latitude and 73O9' to 75O5' East Longitude.

Topography

The district is bound on the north and north-western part by the Nasik district, on the south by the Sholapur district, on the south-west by the Pune district, on the west by the Thane district, on the north-east by the Aurangabad district, on the east by the Beed district and to the southeast by the Osmanabad district.

  • Nasik and Aurangabad on the north.
  • Solapur and Pune on the south.
  • Thane and Pune on the west.
  • Beed and Osmanabad on the east.

Considering the gigantic geographical spread, there are various land forms founds in Ahmednagar district. These different types of land forms in the region constitute its physical set-up. The physical setting of Ahmednagar district represents the following divisions:

  • Western Hilly Region: The main Sahyadri range touches Akole Tahsil in the western area of Ahmednagar and forms this main range three spears viz. Kalsubai, Baleshwar and Harishchandragad. Kalsubai is the highest peak of Sahyadri range
  • Central Plateau Region: -Parner, Ahmednagar Tahsil and parts of Sangamner, Shrigoda and Karjat taluka are included in this region.

The region of northern and southern plains: It includes northern Koperagaon, Rahata, Shrirampur, Rahuri, Newasa, Shevgaon and Pathardi talukas. This is the region of the Godavari and the Pravara river basins. Parts of the southern talukas of Shrigonda, Karjat and Jamkhed are also included in this physical division. This region covers basins of the Ghod, Bhima and the Sina rivers.

Rivers and Dams

The district has two main rivers, Godavari and Bhima. Pravara is the tributary of Godavari. Mula, Adhale and the Mahalungi are the important tributaries of Pravara. The southern part of the district consisting of Parner, Ahmednagar, Pathardi, Shrigaonda and Karjat tehsils constitutes the Bhima basin with the tributaries Kukadi and Ghod. Among the rivers, the Pravara, Mula and Godavari have been a boon to this district.

Mula and Bhandardara dams are the large irrigation projects. Waters from Gangapur Upper Godavari Canal in Nasik District, Ghod and Kukadi projects in Pune District are used to irrigate the land in Ahmednagar District.

Visapur, Adhala, Pargaon, Ghatshil, Mandohol, Bhojapur, Mahe Sangavi and Seena are the medium irrigation projects.

Tourist Places

Shirdi

The holy Shrine of Sai Baba at Shirdi in Rahta tahsil is very famous and thousands of devotees from Maharashtra and from far off places of India visit Shirdi. It is located approximately 296 km from Mumbai. The nearest railway station is Kopargaon (15 km) on Manmad-Daund section of Central Railways.

Shani Shingnapur

It is situated in Nevasa taluka and is well known for the Shani temple. Devotees from all parts of India as well as around the world flock to this Temple throughout the year. Devotees prefer to visit the Temple on Saturdays and on the no moon night of every month. That is when the temple experiences the maximum crowd.

Cavalry tank museum

Located at a distance of 4 km from Ahmednagar city on the Ahmenagar-Solapur highway was established by the Armoured Corps Center & School, Ahmednagar in Feb 1994. It is the only museum of its kind in Asia & houses about 50 exhibits of vintage armoured fighting vehicles. The museum has a rich collection of tanks used during different periods. The exhibits are from Germany, Russia andBritain from the period of World War II. The Indian Centurion tank destroying Pakistani Patton in 1971 war is also exhibited in this museum.

City Museum

This City Museum has started from the people collaboration; people themselves have collected antique artefacts and have donated it to the museum. This Museum has a unique collection of coins, miniature paintings, sculptures, weapons, turbans, manuscripts etc. of various eras. This museum has ten different sections arranged on the basis of era, art style, weaponry and so on.

Siddhivinayak temple, Siddhatek

This is the third Ashtavinayaka temple. It is situated on the banks of Bhima River in Karjat taluka.

Maldhok Bird Sanctuary

The Great Indian bustard (Maldhok) which is not seen at any other place is seen in Karjat, Shrigonde, Nevase talukas. This region has been declared a sanctuary for these birds. This sanctuary occupies space of nearly 300 hecters.

Blackbuck Sanctuary

There is a sanctuary for Black-Buck at Rehkuri in the Karjat taluka of the Ahmednagar district. The total area of this sanctuary is 340 hecters, wherein more than 400 blackbucks and 300 Chinkara antelopes can be seen.

Sandhan Valley:

This valley is also known as valley of Shadows. This valley is a marvellous wonder of nature in Sahyadri (Western Ghats). Sandhan Valley is positioned on the western side of the stunning Bhandardara region near village Samrad. This valley is 150 m deep and is filled with the water at most of the places throughout the year. Sandhan Valley is surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan & Kulang, Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai Mountain ranges.

Ghatghar dam

Ghataghar Dam and lake is situated in the Bhandardara area. This is located at the base of the Ajoba hills in very remote and dense forest. This place presents a stunning view of surrounding nature with high hilly area having lush greenery all around. The water in this lake is used for generating Hydro electricity. Ghatghar Dam is the India's first dam to be constructed by using 'Roller Compacting Concrete'.

Kanifnath temple

Kanifnath temple is located on top of the hill in village Madhi in Pathardi taluka. Shri Kshetra Madhi is a Sanjeevan Samadhi place of 'Shree Kanifnath Maharaj', one of the nine great nat.

Ralegan Siddhi

The village is a role model for the works in water conservation. The village is self sufficient. All the streets in the village are lit by solar lights, each with a separate panel. There are four large   community biogas plants and one of them is attached to the community toilet. There is a large windmill used for pumping water. Many of households have their own biogas plants.

Hiware Bazaar

This is another ‘model village' in the district. The village has managed to beat back drought and fight drinking water woes. In Hiware Bazar, they have implemented a drip-irrigation system throughout the village to conserve water and increase food production, and have avoided water-guzzling crops like sugar-cane and bananas. Soil and water conservation treatments - from contour blocking of rainwater, to afforestation, to trenching on private land, to built earthen structures and percolation tanks - all have played an important role in building this village.

Randha Waterfall

This waterfall is a 45 m high, situated at 10 km from Bhandardara (Wilson Dam) down the river Pravara. This is the third largest fall in the India. The water is used for generation of hydro power. Most people visiting Bhandardara especially come to visit the Randha Waterfall.

Umbrella waterfall

Umbrella waterfall is a water outlet for the Wilson Dam and is a picturesque spot below the Wilson Dam wall at Bhandardara. As this waterfall is created due to the water released from the dam, it is visible sporadically and only on some specific times

Kalsubai Mountain

Kalsubai Mountain is the highest mountain (1646 meters) of the Sahyadri range in Bhandar dara region in Akole Taluka. At the top of the mountain there is a small temple of goddess 'Kalsubai', a local deity and has an ancient well in its backyard. During the Navratri period, people from nearby region come here in large number, for all nine days.

Meherabad

Meherabad is a pilgrimage place which has a tomb of Avatar Meher Baba. Besides the tomb, there is a museum, photo gallery and library in commemoration of Meher Baba with a focus on preservation of the collection of Meher Baba's articles of clothing, writing, and many other items associated with his advent.A large number of devotees from all over the country visit here annually to pay their homage to Meher Baba.

The ancient name of Amravati is "Udumbravati", prakrut form of this is "Umbravati" and "Amravati" is known for many centuries with this name.

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