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
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. The best time to visit Maharashtra is from the months of October to February. The temperature in these months varies between 12 degree to 25 degree Celsius which is perfect to make the most out of your trip.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cool
  • March — Warm
  • April — Hot
  • May — Hot
  • June — Humid
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cool
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life

Maharashtra offers a mixture of bustling city life like in Mumbai and Pune. Mumbai is the financial capital and one of the most popular cities of Maharashtra. If you want to experience nightlife in Mumbai then 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. Mumbai is also home to one of the biggest film industries in India - Bollywood. Besides exploring street food and street shopping you can also try Kayaking, Yacht cruise, boating, fishing and river rafting. Pune is home to 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. 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.


History & Heritage

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. Victorian Gothic style British architectural monuments like the Rajabai clock tower, Taj Mahal Palace, and Gateway of India reflect the city’s historical links .Pune is known for the mystical monuments like the Shaniwar wada, Sadashiv Peth, Nana Peth, Dagdusheth temple, and the majestic Aga Khan Palace.


Mountains/Hill Stations

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. 


Vineyards

One of India's leading wineries, Sula Vineyards, is located in Nashik. It offers personalized and informative wine tours. 


Beaches

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. The beaches in Mumbai including the Juhu Chowpatty, Versova and Aksa are the best places to de-stress with a breathtaking view of sunrise and sunset. 


Wildlife

Sanjay Gandhi National park is home to several species and numerous caves with age-old carvings. The forest cover is home to several wild animals and birds including exquisite migratory birds. The 2400-year-old Kanheri Caves is the prime attraction. It is the closest you'll be to nature even though it's located between a bustling city. Tadoba is Maharashtra’s oldest and largest National Park. It is rich in flora and fauna. It is reckoned as a haven for animals such as Tigers, Indian leopards, Dhole, Striped Hyena, Small Indian Civet, Sloth bears, Nilgai,Sambar, Spotted Deer, Chital, Barking Deer, among others. The Jungle or Tiger Safari in an open gypsy is the prime attraction of this national park.


Temples/Places of Worship
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. 
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.  Start your tour in Mumbai exploring the vibrant city and the various heritage monuments it houses. You can spend two days here and before you leave visit Marine Drive to experience the true spirit of Mumbai. Pune is within 3 to 4 hours from Mumbai so that could be your next stop. You can spend a day here exploring your places of interest. From here explore Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad and the Konkan belt to experience every facet of Maharashtra. End your trip at the serene Mahabaleshwar hill station becoming one with nature. 


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. The vada pav of Mumbai, misal pav of Pune, fish curries and rice in the coastal belt and spicy mutton curry of the east are just few of the many traditional Maharashtrian food dishes that you must try.
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
  • Forest trails in Vidarbha towards the north
  • Metro cities of Mumbai and Pune
  • Forts across the Western Ghats
  • Beaches in the Konkan belt towards the south
  • Ajanta & Ellora Caves near Aurangabad
  • Hill Stations across the state - Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Panchgani, Igatpuri, Khandala

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