Best Destinations to Visit in Maharashtra
Maharashtra, the 2nd most populated state and the 3rd largest in India are located in the western region. The land of Marathas is bordered by the Arabian Sea and other Indian states such as Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, and Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Being in the western part of the India, the state is blessed with an abundant supply of natural resources and many other attractions tourist attractions.
Maharashtra is the 2nd most urbanised state and wealthiest state by GDP. The primary language spoken in its regions is Marathi. It also has the biodiversity zones that are rich in flora and fauna. Major rivers like Krishna, Godavari, and Bhima run through Maharashtra. The state is famous for hill stations, religious places, fashion, beaches, etc. that are must and worthwhile for every traveller to explore.
Formerly known as ‘Bombay’, Mumbai is the largest city and the capital of Maharashtra. It is also the most populated city in India and the 5th most populous city in the world. Currently, the city in front of all is a collection of 7 islands, which were joined into a single metropolitan through land reclamation techniques in the 18th century under the rule of the British East India Company. The city is often nicknamed the Manhattan of India and is home to the famous Indian film industry or ‘Bollywood’. Attractions like Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Haji Ali Dargah, Essel World, Worli Fort, and much more needs more than a week to explore in this city alone with a huge number of beaches, temples, and other historical places.
A sprawling city in the state of Maharashtra, Pune was once the base of Peshwas (prime ministers) of the Maratha rulers. Formerly known as Poona, it is the 2nd largest city and 9th most populous city in the nation. Pune is also known as ‘Oxford of the East’ because of the presence of various educational institutions in the city. While being in Pune, one can visit Shaniwarwada, Lal Mahal, Sinhagad Fort, Aga Khan Palace, and many other museums, parks, and zoos.
A beautiful hill station, surrounded by green valleys in western India near Mumbai, Lonavala is a getaway between Pune and Mumbai. Known for its production of Chikky (Hard candy), it is also the home of Indian Navy’s premier technical training institute. Tourism in Lonavala is continuous, but it goes on hype during monsoon because of its ideal location adjacent to Khandala. There are many places of interest to see in Lonavala like Rajmachi Point, Valvan Dam, Lonavala Lake, Duke’s Nose, Karla Caves, Tiger’s Leap, Lohagad fort, etc. that one can look for.
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in Maharashtra and is located in the Western Ghats. The average elevation of the place is approximately 1,353 meters above sea level and is the source of the Krishna River. The water originates from a spout that is shaped like the mouth of a cow and is situated at an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. The city is a famous summer retreat for the people in Mumbai and is known for its lakes and trekking hotspots.
Aurangabad is a destination named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. It is one of the most prominent places to visit in Maharashtra to relive the beauty of famous ancient monuments and the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora over here. The Mughals profoundly influence the culture of this zone nearby Mumbai. Main languages spoken in this region are Marathi and Urdu. Also, the city has various lakes and unique cuisines to go through while visit.
Another great hill station located in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, Matheran is located at an elevation of approximately 800 meters above sea level. The city is famous for its cool and less humid climate and is a popular summer retreat for the population of Maharashtra. The British influence on the architecture is pretty evident and is well preserved by the officials. The train ride to Matheran is of special mention as it is a slow ride that will give you ample time to experience the intoxicating surroundings.
Nashik is located in the Northwestern region of Maharashtra and is located on the banks of the river Godavari that also originates here. The place is mentioned several times in Hindu Mythology and has been famous for being one of the cities that host the Kumbha Mela of India once every 12 years. The town has a huge number of tourist attractions including museums, gardens and a huge array of ancient Temples, which are sacred and have been regarded highly important in the Hindu mythology.
The city of Kolhapur is located on the banks of the Panchganga River and one of the Princely states of the Marathas. The city is considered to be the heart of the Maratha Empire and is famous for its various historical monuments and cultural heritage of the Marathi people. The climate is pleasant all year round with heavy rainfalls during the monsoons. The best time to visit the city is during any of the major Hindu festivals like Holi, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijaya Dashami and Navaratri. The special ‘kolhapuri slippers’ and the Kolhapur cuisines are worth trying out.
Solapur is located on the Karnataka state border, and the main languages spoken here are Marathi and Kannada. The city is located on the Deccan plateau and enjoys a moderate and dry climate most of the year. The ancient temples and lakes are also a great place to visit in Solapur. The Siddeshwar Temple is an ancient temple built in the 16th century and is visited by an average of 35 lakh pilgrims in a year.
Alibag was developed under the Naval Chief of the Maratha Ruler Shivaji. It is a coastal town and is famous for its white sandy beaches, which are often unpopulated and cleaner than Mumbai beaches. The attractions can be covered in a day or two, and there are plenty of cheap and hospitable lodging facilities. The various temples are also worth visiting as they display a brilliant Hindu Maratha architecture.
Ratnagiri is a seaport located near the Arabian Sea in the State of Maharashtra. The town has been mentioned prominently in the Hindu mythology and is famous for its Temples. The place contains several different breathtaking natural phenomena like the Rajapur Ganga, which is a collection of 14 pools of water, which appear almost once in every 3 years. The old palaces and forts are also great places to explore on your trip here.
Located in the Western Ghats, Khandala is located between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The city is easily accessible and is a popular hiking getaway near Mumbai. The various trekking locations and viewpoints allow some magnificent views of the entire valley and the Western Ghats. The ancient rock cut caves of Karla and Bhaja are also a must visit along with the Bhushi Lake. The rock formations and cliffs in Khandala have been famous for ages, and it is a popular weekend retreat for the people of Mumbai and Maharashtra.
Lavasa Hill City is India’s first and largest planned hill city with a sprawling township spread across the 7 hills of the Mose valley of the Western Ghats. A theme park, Surrounding villages, Hotel and Spa and Sports facilities in Varasgaon Dam are the major attraction in Lavasa. Located in the picturesque landscape of the Sahyadri Mountains and is set amidst hills near Pune.
A famous hill station and a municipal council in Satara district of Maharashtra, Panchgani is renowned for many premium residential educational institutions. Scenic and beautiful in its own, this place was discovered by the British as a summer resort. Nestled in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges, Panchgani is a great diversion for travellers to and from Goa. Also, it has many attractions like Sydney point, Parsi point, Tableland, Mapro Garden, Devil’s Kitchen, and strawberry farms that are worth to visit.