January 23, 2017 Travel Advisor 4Comment

Commonly referred as the Land of Marathas, Maharashtra is the third largest state in India. Maharashtra offers a diverse mix of ancient caves, forts, mountains, beaches with a modern day living style. Being in the western region of India, Maharashtra is blessed with an abundant supply of natural resources and the significance of this region is also mentioned in the ancient history.
Let explore this beautiful state of India and look at the top 10 destinations.

1. Mumbai 

Maharashtra Tourist Destinations - Mumbai

Considered as the financial capital of India, Mumbai is a city which never sleeps. Bollywood keeps Mumbai famous all around the world. The city includes historical architectures from the British era to modern day marvels which supports the lifeline of this fast moving city. Enjoy the local flavour or experience the luxury this city has something to offer for all.

2. Ajanta & Ellora Caves

Maharashtra Tourist Destinations - Ajanta

Ajanta & Ellora caves are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art consisting of rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which were crafted by hand. The caves include paintings and sculptures describing the Jataka tales. These twin sites are recognized by the Archaeological Survey of India as “the finest surviving examples of Indian art”. It is also recognized as world’s greatest historical monument by UNESCO.

3. Konkan Coast

Maharashtra Tourist Destinations - Konkan

If you are looking to relax, the Konkan coast of Maharashtra is the right place to be. Covering multiple beach destinations overlooking the Arabian sea this coastline also provides a taste of the local cuisines. The beaches also provide a variety of water sport options to experience.

4. Lonavala & Khandala

 

Maharashtra Tourist Destinations - Lonavala

Located on the Western Ghats, Lonavala & Khandala are popular hiking getaways near Mumbai. The various trekking locations and viewpoints allow some magnificent views of the entire valley. It is a popular monsoon destination with its lush surroundings making it a exciting weekend getaway from nearby cites. Attractions include forts, lookouts, lakes, dams, and waterfalls with a lot of thrilling activities.

5. Panchgani & Mahabaleswar

Maharashtra Tourist Destinations - Panchgani

Both of these hill stations are located at the Western Ghats. It is famous for its spectacular natural beauty, lush green scenery, Magnificent sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view. You can enjoy the local culture and cuisine and also experience a number of activities including trekking, fishing, boating, horse riding and many more.

6. Matheran

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Another hill station located at the Western Ghats is Matheran which 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.

7. Todoba National Park

This national park also has a tiger reserve which is located in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. It is considered as Maharashtra’s oldest and largest national park. The best time to see tigers is during the hotter months, from March to May.

8. Lonar Crator Lake

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Lonar Lake is a saline soda lake located at Lonar in Buldhana district of Maharashtra which was created by a meteor impact. This lake, which lies in a basalt impact structure, is both saline and alkaline in nature. This lake has a mean diameter of 1.2 kilometres (3,900 ft) and is about 137 metres (449 ft) below the crater rim.

9. Nashik

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Nashik is located in the North-Western region of Maharashtra and is located on the banks of the river Godavari. This is a prominent city as per Hindu Mythology and has been famous for being one of the cities that host the Kumbha Mela of India once every 12 years.

10. Pune “Shaniwar Wada”

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Pune is a sprawling city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It was once the base of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire, which lasted from 1674 to 1818. Shaniwar Wada was built in the 18th century and with the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the center of Indian politics during this period.

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