Possessing a humble poise in its demeanor despite the legendary tales that speak of a glorious past, Miraj charms you with its simplicity. From its sleepy, old neighborhoods and marketplaces to its slowly emerging modernized face, every facet of this ancient city emits a composed harmony that instantly wins you over. The mellifluous rhythms of classical music reverberate through the very essence of the city, upholding its age-old traditions. Dating back to the 9th century, this illustrious city has witnessed the splendid victories as well as the rueful defeats of many powerful rulers, including the Bahamanis, Marathas, Mughals and Peshwas.
Located in the ‘desh’ province of southern Maharashtra, as a part of the twin cities of Sangli-Miraj, it continues to fascinate travelers even today.
The revered musical tradition of Miraj is its crowning glory. The city has contributed numerous invaluable artists to the field of music and performing arts. Visit one of the local theaters in the city to enjoy several enthralling performances of Hindustani Classical music. Miraj is also popular as a prominent supplier of classical music instruments such as sitar, sarod and tanpura. A visit to one of the local manufacturers of these instruments will give you a glimpse of the traditional skill and techniques used in their making.
The Khwaja Meer Sahib Dargah is an important site of religious and historical importance in Miraj. Built more than 500 years ago, this holy site is an inseparable part of the city’s culture. The annual festival of Urus celebrated here is attended by Muslim as well as Hindu devotees. The celebrations include performances paying ode to the musical tradition of Miraj.
The government operated city buses link the major areas in the city and also connect it to the twin city of Sangli. Auto-rickshaws can be easily hired from any part of the city and are convenient means of traveling within Miraj. Tourists can avail of the services of the several car rentals in the city to hire a private taxi or car. This is the best way of moving around if you are visiting the city for sightseeing.
You can reach Miraj through train.Miraj Jnis one of the most popular train stations in Miraj.On an average about 71 trains pass through Miraj on a daily basis.Kolhapur to Miraj, Satara to Miraj, Sangli to Mirajare some of the most popular routes to Miraj with 79, 70, 68 trains weekly respectively.
By road Miraj is surrounded by Ichalkaranji, Athni, Chikodi which are 15.59 km, 28.17 km, 28.65 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.