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Maharashtra | India | Asia

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:

Location Popularity
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
Amboli Hill station
Amravati Temples. Known as ‘Abode of Lord Indra’
Aurangabad Ajanta & Ellora Caves and UNESCO world heritage sites
Bhandardara Hill station
Bhiwandi Textile industry. Known as ‘The Manchester of India’
Bondla Wildlife
Bordi Beach
Dhule Temples
Diveagar Beach and Hidden Treasure
Ganpatiphule Beaches
Guhagar Beaches
Harihareshwar Beaches
Kamshet Paragliding
Karjat Trekking and Rafting
Khandala Hill station
Kolad Camping, Rafting and Adventure Sports
Kolhapur Famous for Kolhapuri chappal, jewellery and cuisines
Kunkeshwar Beach
Lonavla Hill station
Mahabaleshwar Hill station
Malwan Beaches and Wildlife
Manmad Sikh pilgrimage center
Matheran Hill station
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
Panchgani Hill station
Pandharpur Temples
Panvel Bird sanctuary and trekking
Pune Education center
Ratnagiri Beaches
Shirdi Sai Baba temple
Shrivardhan Beaches
Tarkarli Beach
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.

Popular Festivals:

Festival Month
Makar Sankranti January
Ratha Saptami January
Banganga Festival January
Elephanta Festival February
Shivaji Jayanti February
Ellora Festival March
Gudhi Padwa Usually March
Maharashtra Day May
Vat Purnima May - June
Palkhi Festival Starts from June
Jiviti Puja July - August
Nag Panchami July - August
Pola Festival Usually August
Narali Purnima 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
Tripuri Purnima November
Kalidas Festival November

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ankita Popli Ankita Popli
I am an art lover, a Graphic Designer by profession, an Artist by hobby, a Leisure Travel Blogger and Loves Photography. You may catch me at ankita@commuteworld.com.


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