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Kolhapur

Our first stop was at the city of Kolhapur, one of the few ancient cities of India having been inhabited since before Christ and having commercial links with the Roman Empire.  It still remains a busy commercial city and is regarded as the Southern capital of the State of Maharastra.  It was ruled by Hindu Dynasties from the 10th to 13th centuries until being occupied by the Mughal Dynasties that ruled variously from Delhi and Agra.  Hindu control was resumed in the 17th century by the famous warrior Shivaji the Great who created the Maratha Empire.

Later his daughter-in-law Queen Tarabai was to continue repelling the Mughals, at the time led by Emperor Aurangzeb.  She is still remembered as the Warrior Queen and in a city famous for martial arts, both women and men participate.  The town produced Independent India's first individual Olympic Medallist, Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav in the sport of wrestling, gaining bronze in 1952.  There is a small statue to commemorate his achievement in the city.

 

 

A statue of Queen Tarabai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some general shots of the city taken while travelling on a coach from the train station to our various stops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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