India's third largest state, Maharashtra, is located in the western part and is one of the most popular tourist spots. It is visited by hundreds of tourists every year; not only from India but from foreign countries as well.
Maharashtra is best known for its fast-paced capital city, Mumbai. It has the treasure of Ajanta and Ellora caves. It is the home of largest Indian film industry, Bollywood.
It is bordered with Gujarat to the northwest, Madhya Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the east, Telangana to the southeast and Karnataka & Goa to the southwest. On the west, the state is covered with the Arabian Sea.
Top attractions and their popularities:
|Ahmednagar||Ahmednagar fort and temples|
|Akola||Temples, monuments, cotton production, pulses, oil and textile mills. Also known as ‘Cotton City’|
|Alibag||Beaches and coconut groves|
|Amravati||Temples. Known as ‘Abode of Lord Indra’|
|Aurangabad||Ajanta & Ellora Caves and UNESCO world heritage sites|
|Bhiwandi||Textile industry. Known as ‘The Manchester of India’|
|Diveagar||Beach and Hidden Treasure|
|Karjat||Trekking and Rafting|
|Kolad||Camping, Rafting and Adventure Sports|
|Kolhapur||Famous for Kolhapuri chappal, jewellery and cuisines|
|Malwan||Beaches and Wildlife|
|Manmad||Sikh pilgrimage center|
|Mumbai||Bollywood city, beach and religious sites. Known as ‘The City of Dreams’|
|Nagpur||Oranges. Known as ‘The Orange City’|
|Nanded||Sikh pilgrimage center|
|Nashik||Religious site, Kumbh Mela and Wine|
|Panvel||Bird sanctuary and trekking|
|Shirdi||Sai Baba temple|
|Thane||33 Lakes. Known as ‘City of Lakes’|
Best time to visit:
Parts of Maharashtra are favourite for heavy monsoons. The ideal time to find the beauty of Maharashtra is between the months October to March. Ganesh Chaturthi festival time is the peak travel period here.
|Gudhi Padwa||Usually March|
|Vat Purnima||May - June|
|Palkhi Festival||Starts from June|
|Jiviti Puja||July - August|
|Nag Panchami||July - August|
|Pola Festival||Usually August|
|Pune Festival||August / September|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||August / September|
|Marabats and Badgyas||August / September|
|Gokul Ashtami||August / September|
|Navarata||September / October|
|Kojagiri Purnima||September - October|
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