Top 10 Tourist spots in Maharashtra

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Maharashtra is like a big canvas painted with distinct colors and patterns to offer a likable picture for the world to see.The word Maharashtra is derived from the Sanskrit words Maha meaning Great and Rashtra meaning Nation, thus rendering the name Maharashtra (Great Nation). Mumbai is the capital of the state. The main cities in the state are Mumbai,Pune, Thane, Nasik, Lonavala-Khandala Hill Station, Mahabaleshwar Hill Station, Matheran Hill Station etc. Enriched with multi-hued culture and glorious history, Maharashtra adds indelible charm in a country that is as India. From its folk dances and music to its palatable cuisine, from its enchanting architecture to its resplendent art and craft, Maharashtra has a created a world full of opportunity for travel enthusiasts to explore. Indian most famous film industry Bollywood is placed in Mumbai. There are many tourist destinations in and around Mumbai. Even one day trips Mumbai is also may be amazing and energetic for a tourist.

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The land of Marathas Maharashtra is the 2nd most populated and the 3rd largest state in India. The state is also the richest state in India and  contributes 13.3% of the country’s GDP and 15% of the country’s industrial output. The Krishna, Godavari, Bhīma etc. are the revers that run through Maharashtra. The state is bordered by the Arabian Sea and the primary language spoken here is Marathi. It is thus a major state in India which has tons of places and attractions a tourist must explore.

 

1.Mumbai

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Mumbai is the largest city and the capital of Maharashtra. It is also the, most populated city in India and the 5th most populated city in the world. The city that we see today 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.Famous places in the city are Bollywood, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Essel World, Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Marine Drive, Nariman Point, Water Kingdom, Hotel Taj, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Haji Ali Mosque etc.

     2.Aurangabad

 

The culture of this town is heavily influenced by the Mughal and the Muslim culture of Hyderabad and Marathi and Urdu are the main languages spoken here. Aurangabad is named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and is one of the most prominent tourist places in Maharashtra.

The city is a tourist hub, surrounded with many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves as well as Bibi Ka Maqbara. Aurangabad is said to be a ‘City of Gates’. Traditional Himroo fabric, which has a blend of both cotton and silk, is found here. Paithani silk saris, and traditional handloom shawls are the major attractions in this factory. Famous places are Ajanta-Ellora Caves, Panchakki, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Kali Masjid and Jumma Masjid, Salim Ali Lake etc.

3.Matheran

The city is famous for its cool and less humid climate and is a popular summer retreat for the population of Maharashtra. another great hill station located at the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, Matheran is located at an elevation of approximately 800 meters above sea level.

4.Lonawala

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Lonavala is among the top hill stations in Maharashtra and also one of the famous Tourist places in Maharashtra. This is also among the best tourist places to visit near Mumbai & Mumbai & Pune.Lonavala is famous throughout India for the hard candy sweet known as chikki. Lonavala has been blessed with valleys, hills, Milky WaterFalls, Lush Greenery and pleasant cool winds. Khandala has been blessed with nature’s beauty in abundance. The natural splendor, combined with peaceful surroundings, makes the hill station the perfect holiday spot. Today, Khandala is counted amongst one of the most visited tourist destinations in India.

5.Mahabaleshwar 

 

 

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Mahabaleshwar  is a hill station in Maharashtra and is located at the Western Ghats. The city is a famous summer retreat for the people in Mumbai and is famous for its lakes and trekking hotspots.The average elevation of the place is approximately 1,353 meters above sea level and is the source of the Krishna River.This prettiest hill station is often referred as the “Queen of Hill Stations” in Maharashtra. It is also known as the “Kashmir of Maharashtra”. The tourists are enthralled by its exotic greenery, beautiful gardens and breath-taking scenery.

6.Kolhapur

The city of Kolhapur is located at the banks of the panchganga River and one of the princely states of the Marathas. Kolhapur is situated on the banks of river Panchganga and is known as ‘Dakshin Kashi’. The name Kolhapur is famed all over India and abroad by the common names of most demanded items like Kolhapuri Chappal, Kolhapuri cuisine and Kolhapuri gur(jaggery). Irwin Agricultural Museum, Mahalaxmi temple known as Dakshin Kashi and Bahubali Jain temple are some of the nearby attractions.The special ‘Kolhapuri slippers’ and the kolhapuri cuisines are worth trying out. The best time to visit the city is during any of the major Hindu festivals like Holi, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, vijaya Dashmi and navaratri.

7. Solapur 

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The city is located at the Deccan plateau and enjoys a moderate and dry climate most of the year. solapur is located on the Karnataka state border and the main language spoken here are Marathi and kannada.Solapur is also called as Textile City and is also famous for being the leading manufacturer of beedis(South Asian Cigarette). Akkalkot has the famous mallikarjun temple where many lingayat devotees worship daily.

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Other places of interest are Maldhok Bird Sanctuary, Sambhaji(Kambar Talav) Lake, Siddheshwar Temple and Lake, Nannaji Wild Life Sanctuary, Solapur Fort(Bhuikot Castle) etc. The Siddeshwar Temple is an ancient temple built in the 6th century and is visited by an average of 35 lakh pilgrims in a year.

8.Alibaug

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Alibag was developed under the Naval Chief of the Maratha Ruler Shivaji. Alibag is surrounded by sea on all 3 sides. It is not only a sun city but also an amazing weekend location. The city shot into prominence after Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built the fort of Kulaba. The town is renowned for its clean waters, sand like beaches and fresh air.Alibag is an astonishingly beautiful place and nature appears to be at its best. It is particularly fantastic during the rainy season. The attractions can be covered in a day or two and there are also worth visiting as they a brilliant facilities. The various temples are also worth visiting as they display a brilliant Hindu Maratha architecture.

9. Panchgani

Panchgani is a famous hill station and municipal council in Satara district of Maharashtra. panchgani is one of the popular Tourist places in Maharashtra and also an ideal weekend getaways near Pune for a 2 day trip. It is located amidst five small hills, from which it derives its name(panch in marathi means five).

The Panchgani hill station is known for its unpolluted air and it is believed that the oxygen content in atmosphere is more here compared to other regions. The ambience is very cool and calm and the exquisite environment is a perfect background for rejuvenation and curing of illness of body and mind.

10.Ratnagiri

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Ratnagiri is a sea port located near the Arabian Sea in the State 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 almost once in every 3 years.Maharashtra contains a rich cultural and historical importance.This is one of the most beautiful areas in the entire Arabian Sea coastal region. Adventurous travelers, holidaymakers and nature lovers are drawn to this beautiful paradise. It has green hills, deep valleys, and emerald green paddy fields. There are a number of stunning beaches. It has its own specialty of summer fruits like mango, Konkan, jackfruit, cashew nuts, jambulam, karvandas etc. There is a regional specialty-Konkani food, made from rice, fish and coconut. It has a wide variety of wildlife, vegetation and birds.

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These relatively unexplored places to visit in monsoon in Maharashtra have the right mix of appeal and challenge to leave you enticed and pumped. Explore more as you plan a trip to the unexplored haven in the Ghats!

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