Introduction: Hello friends and travelers, today we will know how to spend a holiday in Maharashtra and a complete Maharashtra travel guide. Maharashtra is popularly called as ‘Gateway to the heart of India’. It is the third-largest state in India and the second most populous state for tourist attractions. A visit to Maharashtra gives you a pleasant and beautiful memory as it is adorned by the beautiful ranges of the Western Ghats with high mountains which disappears into the morning mist and the sprawling belt of the Konkan coast mesmerizes your eyes by its white beaches. What are we waiting for? let start our journey through this Travel Guide of Maharashtra.
A beginners place for Maharashtra travel guide
The tourist attractions in Maharashtra include Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Khandala, and Panchgani; along with some serenity in beaches like Ganpatipule Beach, Shriwardhan Harihareshwar Beach, Madh Island Beach, Tarkarli Beach, Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach and Vengurla Malvan Beach are the best beaches where one should not miss when they visit Maharashtra. India’s most prominent caves include Ajanta Ellora Caves in Aurangabad, Elephanta and Kanheri Caves in Mumbai and Pandavleni. Along with this, there are many religious places to visit in Maharashtra. You have to plan 5 days trip to Maharashtra to visit all these places. This is one of the top tourist destinations in India.
Best time to visit Maharashtra
Monsoon season (June to August) is the best time to visit Maharashtra.The temperature ranges from 25-28°C during this time.
Top places to visit in Maharashtra
The top tourist attractions and places to explore inMaharashtra includes the following
- Mumbai: Mumbai is the 5th most populous city in the world. It is the place of tourist attraction as it has the collection of the following places to visit- Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Haji Ali shrine, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Markets of Mumbai, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Siddhivanayak Temple, Beaches of Mumbai, Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Flora Fountain, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, and Fort Bassein. The best time to visit is from October to May.
- Aurangabad: It is famous for its history, heritage and its monuments and the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora which are the National Heritage Sites. The main languages spoken here are Marathi, Urdu, and Hindi. The places to visit in Aurangabad includes-Ajanta caves, Ellora Caves, Devgiri Fort, Ghrishneshwar Temple, Khuldabad, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary, Jama Mosque, and Aurangabad Caves.
- Kolhapur: It is located on the banks of the Panchganga River and is considered as the Heart of Maratha Empirewhich is famous for various historical monuments and cultural heritageof the Marathi people. The best time to visit the city is during major Hindu festivals like Holi, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijaya Dashami, and Navaratri. It is mostly famous for Kolhapuri Slippers. The places to visit in Kolhapur includes- Mahalaxmi temple, Jyotiba Temple, Rankala Lake, Chhatrapati Sahu Museum, and Panhala Fort.
- Mahabaleshwar: Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located at the Western Ghats. It is famous for its lakes and trekking hot spots. The famous places to visit in Mahabaleshwar include- Pratapgarh Fort, Pratap Garden, Afzal Khan Tomb, Old Mahabaleshwar, and Bhawani Mandir.
- Solapur: It is located on the Karnataka state border and the major languages spoken are Marathi and Kannada. The ancient temples and lakes are the great places of tourist attractions in Solapur. The places to visit in Solapur include- Akkalkot Swami Maharaj Temple, Shri Siddheshwar Temple, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Solapur Fort, Pandharpur Temple.
- Matheran: It is a famous hill station with beautiful nature views and is situated at the Western Ghats. The train ride to Matheran gives you a special experience of intoxicating surroundings with a slow ride that will give you ample time to experience the views. Places to visit Matheran include- Echo Point, Louisa Point, Charlotte Lake, Alexander point, and One Tree Hill.
- Alibag: It is a historic seaport where it is famous for its white sandy beaches and is often unpopulated and cleaner than Mumbai Beaches. The places to visit in Alibag include-Alibaug Beach, Nagaon Beach, Kanakeshwar Forest, Janjira Fort, and Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple.
- Pune: It is famous for its culture, Peshwas, history, and education. It is considered as the most important educational, cultural, and economic hub in Maharashtra. The places to visit in Puneinclude- Western Ghats, Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati, Shivneri Fort, Shanivar Wada, Aga Khan Palace, Parvati Hill, Rajgad Fort, Lal Mahal, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, and Sinhagad Fort.
- Nashik: It is famous for temples, forts, and culture. It is situated in the north-western region of Maharashtra and is located on the banks of River Godavari which originates here. The places to visit in Nashik include- Trimbakeshwar Temple, Pandavleni Caves, Panchvati, Muktidham temple, Dugarwadi waterfalls, Anjaneri Mountains, Saptashrungi, Kalaram Mandir, Kapaleshwar temple, and Ram Kund.
- Ratnagiri: It is famous for the Arabian Sea, Mangoes, and Beaches. The place is mostly famous for Hindu Mythology and its temples and also different breathtaking natural phenomena like Rajapur Ganga which is the collection of 14 pools of water which appear almost once every three years. The places to explore in Ratnagiri include- Ganapatipule Beach, Marleshwar temple, Guhagar beach, Ratnagiri Light House, and Shri Devi Bhagwati Temple.
- Shirdi: It is the most popular pilgrimage sites in Maharashtra. It is situated at a distance of 58 Km from Manmad, 82 Km from Ahmedanagar, 90 Km from Nashik, 180 Km from Pune, and 258 Km from Mumbai. Shirdi is one of the holiest places in India and also the most popular pilgrimage where one should include in there trip. It is well known as the Land of Sai.
The other important places to visit in Maharashtra include- Malwan, Amboli, Lavasa, Kashid, Malshej Ghat, Jejuri, and National Parks like Tadoba National Park, Chandoli National Park, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, other places include- Elephant’s Head Point, and Rajmachi Fort, etc.
You may also check the Goa Travel Guide.
How to travel to Maharashtra
You can travel to Maharashtra by all modes of transportation- Road, Rail, Air, and Sea.
Airports in Maharashtra
The major airports in Maharashtra include – Chhatrapati International Airport of Mumbai, which is connected to Sharjah, New York, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Ahmedabad, Mauritius, Jaipur, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Munich, Frankfurt, Muscat, etc. The other International airports are located in Nagpur and Pune which are connected to various cities in India. The domestic Airports are located in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, and Kolhapur.
Railway stations in Maharashtra
The major railway station Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is connected to various cities across India. The other railway stations are located in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, and Amaravati.
Maharashtra is easily accessible by road as it has National Highways such as NH13. NH16, NH17, NH3M, NH4, NH7, NH9, NH6 and many others that pass through the state.
Things to do when you visit Maharashtra
These things one should not miss when you visit Maharashtra. Some of these include- Sightseeing tours, Bicycle tours, heritage walks, pilgrimage tours, and shopping, trekking, silk weaving center, Bombay Store in Aurangabad, Flower Gallia of Mumbai, Wildlife safaris, Marine drive, Food Tour, and adventure sports are the major things which will give you an adventurous, thrilling, pleasant, unbeatable, interesting experiences.
Food to taste and restaurants in Maharashtra
The irresistible Maharashtrian dishes include the World Famous Pav Bhaji, Poha, Vada Pav, Puran Poli, Misal Pav, Modak, Ragada Pattice, Bharli Vangi, Sreekhand, Sabudana Kichdi, Rassa, Sol Kadhi, Pithla Bhakri, Aamti, Bhelpuri, Basundi, Kairi Cha Panha, Aamrus, Kadhi, Bombil/Bombay duck.
What type of accommodation is available in Maharashtra
Maharashtra is well known for land of contrast where you can find towering 5-star hotels and also accommodations for shoestring budget travelers, you can also find resorts, budget hotels, a concept of homestay also flourished in Maharashtra. These accommodations offer you a pleasant staying experience in Maharashtra. Hope you enjoyed the Maharashtra travel guide, have a pleasent trip to the great Maharashtra.
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