Explore Maharashtra
Maharashtra
The land of entrancing history

Maharashtra is an epitome of India's rich culture and history. It is adorned by serene beaches, forts having a unique story to tell, tranquil religious places, enigmatic mountains and hill stations. Visiting Maharashtra is like living through its history which leaves you spellbound with its enchanting tourist destinations. Places in Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Igatpuri, Pune, Raigad, the Konkan belt, and each part of Maharashtra portrays a different story interwoven to form a beauty which is unbeatable. 

Cities
Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Ahmednagar, Satara, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nanded
Climate
October | Cool |
November | Cool |
December | Cold |
January | Cold |
February | Cool | The temperature in these months varies between 12 degree to 25 degree Celsius which is perfect to make the most out of your trip.
March | Warm |
April | Hot |
May | Hot |
June | Humid |
July | Wet |
August | Warm |
September | Cool | Tropical conditions prevail in Maharashtra and the hill stations are not that cold all year round but the astounding views make up for these climatic flaws.
Things to do
  • If you want to experience nightlife then Mumbai's Marine drive is the place for you as it is crowded with people 24/7. If you love street shopping then Crawford Market, Colaba Causeway and Fashion street will leave you spellbound with the variety of clothing and accessories.
  • If you're a nature person then explore Mumbai's Sanjay Gandhi National Park which is home to several species and numerous caves with age-old carvings.
  • Besides exploring street food and street shopping you can also try Kayaking, Yacht cruise, boating, fishing and river rafting.
  • In Pune, apart from visiting famous historical spots in the old city, you can take an evening stroll in Koregaon park, fly a plane at the Hadapsar Gliding Center, relax at the scenic Khadakwasla Dam, and trek to the famous Sinhagad fort.
  • For connoisseurs of liquor, one of India's leading wineries, Sula Vineyards, is located in Nashik which offers personalized and informative wine tours.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

Maharashtra offers a mixture of bustling city life like in Mumbai and Pune and a peaceful and traditional lifestyle in the Konkan belt. You could plan a whirlwind tour covering major cities, a beach or two and a hill station in 7 to 10 day, or you could plan to explore each facet of the state - city live, hills, heritage, and religious - in separate trips each lasting several days.  

Mumbai is the financial capital and one of the most popular cities of Maharashtra. Victorian Gothic style British architectural monuments like the Rajabai clock tower, Taj Mahal Palace, and Gateway of India reflect the city’s historical links. The beaches including the Juhu Chowpatty, Versova and Aksa are the best places to de-stress with a breathtaking view of sunrise and sunset. Mumbai is also home to one of the biggest film industries in India - Bollywood. In Mumbai, you'll find peace in chaos and wouldn't want to leave this magical city.

Pune is a hub for IT, education and automotive industries. Pune is known for the mystical monuments like the Shaniwar wada, Sadashiv Peth, Nana Peth, Dagdusheth temple, and the majestic Aga Khan Palace. There are some of the premier institutes of India including the National Defence Academy, Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), the National Film archives located in Pune.

The western coastline of Maharashtra, the Konkan belt offers a bounty of pristine beaches. If you are looking for serenity then Alibaug, Kashid, Devgad, Vengurla, Murud and Karde are some of the beaches adorning the Konkan region which you must visit. They are surrounded with lush hills and tranquil waters which provide magical vistas.

There are numerous forts in Maharashtra with a story of their own. The Murud-Janjira fort, Raigad fort, Sindhudurg fort, and Pratapgad fort tell many heroic stories of Maharashtra simply through its majestic grandeur.

The magnificent Ajanta and Ellora caves located near Aurangabad and Elephanta caves near Mumbai share the mystic quality of the forts. There are 30 Buddhist caves at Ajanta and famous rock-cut caves in Ellora are adorned by beautiful paintings and sculptures. The beauty of Elephanta caves has bestowed upon it the title of ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO.

Maharashtra also has some of the best crafted pilgrim sites and temples. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple, Someshwar, Gondeshwar and Aishwaryeshwar temple in Nashik, lord Shiva temple in Harihareshwar, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple in Ganpatipule, Shirdi temple, Siddhivinayak temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Mahalakshmi temple, and Mount Mary church in Mumbai enchants you with their serenity and intricate architecture.

The hill stations in Maharashtra deserve a special mention as they are the perfect amalgamation of nature and history. Some of the most famous hill stations located in diverse towns of Maharashtra are Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Panchgani, Igatpuri, Khandala, Amboli, among others. Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau located near Satara. There are several vantage points like the Sunrise point, Lodwick point, and Monkey point which offer breathtaking views. During the monsoon, waterfalls such as Dhobi Falls and Lingmala Falls add to the unforgettable splendour of the place. Matheran, also known as the 'pedestrian' hill station, is known for its pollution-free environment. The tiny train that transverses narrow pathways to the top offers stunning views.

Cuisine
  • Your trip to Maharashtra is incomplete without sampling its variety of cuisines. Every meal is a blessing to your taste buds as it is a graceful mixture of spices, experience, culture and history. Few of the traditional Maharashtrian food dishes that you must try are ...
  • The vada pav of Mumbai and misal pav of Pune
  • Fish curries and rice in the coastal belt
  • Spicy mutton curry of the east
Costs
  • The meal prices can vary but an average meal usually costs around RS. 650 per person.
  • The cost of a sim card ranges from Rs. 199 to Rs. 500.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Other need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • January
  • February
  • October
  • November
  • December

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 7 - 10 days

Known For
  • Wild Life
  • Beaches
  • Mountains
  • Forts
  • Temples
  • Hill Stations
  • Caves
Areas to Visit
  • Mumbai and Pune
  • Konkan belt beaches
  • Deccan plateau Forts around Pune
  • Ajanta & Elora caves near Aurangabad
  • Hill Stations - Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Panchgani, Igatpuri, Khandala, Amboli

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