Maharashtra, is the third largest and most prosperous state in the western part of India. It is bordered by Madhya Pradesh , Gujarat, Telangana, Chhattisgarh ,Goa, Karnataka and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The capital of the state is Mumbai. It is a diverse state that attracts visitors with various hill stations, ancient cave temples, mountains, religious places, forts, wineries, spirituality and beaches. The state has a unique location of being situated between the the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, which makes it a biodiverse region rich in flora and fauna. Ganesh Chaturthi is the famous festival celebrated here.
Mumbai, the home of Bollywood film industry and the financial capital of India is the capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai is diverse, multi-cultural, vibrant and has the most lavish home and one of the biggest slums in the world. It is known for its fast paced lifestyle, extreme standards of living and the making of dreams. Mumbai also has a pulsating nightlife with unforgettable bars, clubs, pubs, live music venues, and traveller hangouts with a huge number of historical monuments, places of worship, beaches etc. There is always something to do in Mumbai With several of movie theatres, theme parks, art galleries and shopping spots. Marine Drive is a 3 kilometre inverted C-shaped six lane long boulevard which stretches from Nariman Point to Malabar Hills, running along the coast of the Arabian Sea. It features many high-end hotels and restaurants. One of Mumbai’s star attractions, Chowpatty Beach in north of Marine Drive is lined with restaurants and street vendors, where you can enjoy street food like pao bhaji, sev puri, bhelpuri, batata puri, chaat and fresh green tender coconuts. EsselWorld is one of the largest amusement parks in India and popular recreation hotspot, matching international standards in terms of facilities and attractions. Other popular attractions in Mumbai are Gateway of India, Shree Siddhivinayak mandir, Versova Beach, Juhu Beach and Malabar Hill.
Matheran is a hill station located at an elevation of approximately 800 meters above sea level at the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. This serene place is famous for its less humid and cool climate and is a popular summer retreat for the people of Maharashtra to relax, away from any noise and pollution. The British influence on the architecture is well preserved by the officials and is pretty evident. The most unique thing about Matheran, is that all vehicles are banned here even bicycles.The scenic toy train ride to Matheran is of special mention with a slow ride giving ample time to experience the intoxicating and soothing surroundings.
Nashik, is in the north west of Maharashtra some 202 km from Pune and 185 km from Mumbai. Nasik is famous for its pleasant climate and picturesque surrounding. It is a city of contrasts, On one hand, it’s a sacred pilgrimage destination, on the other it is home to the biggest winery region in India. It is encircled by nine hills on the banks of river Godavari. Nashik has been mentioned several times in Hindu Mythology and has become one of the four most holiest places in India. The world renowned and greatest of all shows in India, Maha Kumbhmela also happens here every 12 years and attracts tourists from all over the world. The important aspect of Kumbh mela is the unity amidst diversity that occurs in this sacred occasion. The town has many tourist attractions including gardens, museums and a huge array of sacred ancient Temples regarded highly important in the Hindu mythology.
Lonavla about 96 kilometers from Mumbai and 64 kilometers away from Pune, provides an eclectic blend of history hills and adventure. Lonavala is a popular misty monsoon destination with salubrious climate and lush green surroundings. Attractions include forts, lakes, lookouts, dams and waterfalls (during the monsoon season). Lonavala offer breathtaking sights of the hills and valley and the tiny villages tucked in the folds. About 6.5 kilometers from Lonavla, is Rajmachi Point, one of the best points, which commands a view of Rajmachi fort and the surrounding valley.The ancient rock-cut Karla caves are also worth visiting.
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located at the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. The city is a famous summer retreat for the people in Mumbai and is famous for its lakes and trekking hotspots. Indeed, the place is great and bountiful, rewarding the visitor with a mix of old-world charm, breathtaking natural beauty and modernity. Winding roads, Soaring peaks, breathtaking valleys, lush flora, a cool breeze at all times, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and a main street full of shops. Go trekking, fishing, boating, horse riding, or take in the views at one of the many sightseeing points and lookouts. It offers a rejuvenating mix of antiquated charm in its colonial buildings and ancient temples. major attractions in Mahabaleshwar are Venna Lake, Mapro Garden, Arthur’s Seat, Elephant’s Head Point, Pratapgad and Parsi Point.
Located 237 kilometers from Pune and 377 kilometers from Mumbai, Kolhapur serves as an important travel hub to explore other places and offers abundant tourist attractions also. The historical and cultural city of Kolhapur is famous for its Panhala Fort, a wildlife sanctuary and Mahalaksmi Mandir being the most revered shrine in the state and draws millions of pilgrims each year. The famous Kolhapuri slippers originated from here. With heavy rainfalls during the monsoons the climate is pleasant all year round. The best time to visit the city is during major Hindu festivals like Holi, Diwali, Navaratri, Ganesh Chaturthi and Vijaya Dashami .
Alibag is a coastal town and is famous for its white unpopulated sandy beaches. It is the closest beach getaway to Mumbai, accessible by a ferry ride. There is a fort just off the beach that is now in ruins. The Western Ghats line the other side of the city giving it a unique character of blue ocean and greenery, free of pollution and noise. Alibag is a place for relaxed vacation. Alibaug is home to homestays, getaway resorts, farms and small resorts that cater to Ex-Pune and Ex-Mumbai getaway seekers. Alibaug area is known for its Sea Food and Coastal Cuisine. The various temples display a brilliant Hindu Maratha architecture which are also worth visiting . Major tourist attractions in Alibag are Murud- Janjira, Kolaba Fort, Korlai Fort and Underi.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
The rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora, located near Aurangabad are the pride of Maharashtra. There are 29 caves at Ajanta dating back between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD and 34 caves at Ellora dating between the 6th and 11th centuries AD. While the Ellora caves are popular for their extraordinary architecture, Ajanta caves are rich in paintings and sculpture. The most amazing thing about these caves is that they were crafted with only a hammer and chisel by hand. Aurangabad city is a tourist hub with many monuments such as Bibi Ka Maqbara, Gates of Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves and Daulatabad Fort.
Konkan coast refers to the tract of the western coastline of India which falls under the states of Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka. It is bound by the the Western Ghats on the East and Arabian Sea on the West. This Coast offers a bounty of beautiful beaches, such as Ganapatipule Beach, Tarkarli Beach, Dahanu-Bordi Beach, Velneshwar Beach, Kashid ,Diveagar and Dapoli beach. Extraordinary in its beauty, glowing green, uncrowded stretches of loveliness, the Konkan coast is very special. Ganapatipule Beach is one of the most spectacular beaches here. This is one place where rock less sea water, clean atmosphere and the fresh green coconut trees makes the place so attractive and beautiful that even the hot afternoons seem so refreshing and pleasant.
The Land of Five Hills, Panchgani is a distinguished hill station in Maharashtra. The climate here remains pleasant and stable throughout the year and the place pulsates with amazing natural beauty and picturesque locations and greenery. The environment is uncontaminated and pristine. Many people chose this place to enjoy and relax in fresh air as it is assumed that oxyen content in atmosphere is quite high in Panchgani. Its loveliness multiplies with the coastal plains at one side and backdrop of mountains on the other. Panchgani is a perfect destination for beauty lovers as the ambience is very soothing, serene and cool. Panchgani is full of pleasing spots and exciting places. The calm and quiet view point is the major attraction with impeccable cleanliness. Panchganga Mandir, Table Land, Venna Lake, Lingmala Falls, Wilson Point, Mount Malcolm, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Sydney Point, Dhom Dam and Bombay Point are other prominent attractions of the city.
With so many tourist attractions, a huge number of hotels have emerged to cater to Maharashtra tourism. Be it a leisure trip or business trip, one would find an array of hotels to suit all taste and pockets. Be it a budget hotels or five star hotel, Maharashtra offers plenty of places to stay.
The state has two airports Chattarpati Shivaji International Airport and Santa Cruz Domestic Airport. All public and private airlines, like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air India, Air Sahara, Kingfisher Airlines, Air Deccan, Spice Jet operate regularly to and from Mumbai. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most important Railway Station of Maharashtra. A large number of trains link the city to other important states and cities of India. There are railway stations in Nagpur, Kolhapur, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati, etc. There are a number of State Highways and National Highways crisscrossing Maharashtra. One can easily get taxis and buses from the numerous cities in Maharashtra to travel within as well as outside the state.
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