Maharashtra

 

Maharashtra, India's third largest state of and second most populous, stretches from the west coast to the interior regions, from the gorgeous greens of the little-known Konkan Coast right into the parched innards of India's beating heart. Within this massive framework are all the sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences of India.

Its climate too varies with its geography. Maharashtra contains India's most industrialized region, the Mumbai-Pune belt. Agriculturally too, the state is one of India's more advanced and well-irrigated. The northern and eastern parts of the state, however lag behind the western region.

Main Tourist Destinations in Maharashtra

Mumbai

 

The eastern equivalent of New York City and Los Angeles and the financial capital and entertainment (Bollywood) capital of the country, Mumbai is constantly abuzz with activities. It has a very active nightlife for those inclined towards urban modes of entertainment. Some places of interest to include on the must-watch list are: Gateway of India, The Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a humongous architectural stone structure built by the British more than 200 years ago, Girgaon chowpati (beach), Downtown Mumbai - reminiscent of the 19th century British architecture. Some pristine beaches can be found towards the south of Mumbai, for e.g. Madh island beach. Elephanta Caves, carved out of a giant stone on an island are a short ferry away into the Arabian sea.

Pune

 


Undoubtedly the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra, Pune is said to be the educational center of India. Pune has forts dating back to the seventeenth century such as Sinhagad, Purandar, Shaniwar Wada (a weekend residence of the Peshwas) and Lal Mahal (the red palace), residence of Chhatrapati Shivaji maharaj. Pune has many beautiful temples which are visited by thousand of devotees. Amongst them are Parvati temples, Chaturshringi Temple, Pataleshwar and many temples of Lord Ganesh in the cross roads of the peths..

Aurangabad

 

This city lies in the central parts of Maharashtra and is one of the most popular cities that figure on the international tourist map. The city is situated in the beauty of nature. On the outskirts lie the caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Both are internationally renowned for their intricate carvings of Lord Buddha in stone. Ancient Buddhist life has been depicted in delicate stonework. There are other famous tourism places like Bibi Ka Maqbara(The Taj Mahal of deccan), Daulatabad Fort, Panchakki, Sunheri Mahal and a lot of more places.
 

Nagpur

 


The winter capital of the state senate is a wonderful city. With a tradition of producing the best Oranges, this city would be a great place to visit during the winter. Nagpur being in the heart of the country has a Zero Mile monument which is a milestone from which the distances of major cities were calculated. The city also has a beautiful stupa at Deekshabhoomi-the place where under the leadership of Dalit leader Dr B R Ambedkar thousands of dalits embraced Buddhism. Another important place to visit is Tekadi Ganesh mandir on Sitabuildi fort complex.

Adventure Tourism in Maharashtra

  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife Safari
     

How to reach

By plane

Maharashtra has five airports - Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Aurangabad among which Mumbai is the most busiest airport in India.

By Railway

Maharastra is also well connected with other parts of India by the Indian Railways. Mumbai is the headquarters of the Central and Western railways while Nagpur, which is close to the geographical centre of India has rail connectivity with all the metro cities of India.

By Road

Many national highways run through Maharashtra.

 

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