Maharashtra is the third largest State in India facing the Arabian Sea in the Western part of the country. It has lots of tourist attractions — numerous caves, picturesque hill stations, virgin beaches, revered holy places, and wildlife in plenty. With all such attractions, Maharashtra exudes a mesmerizing aura which is hard to ignore.
Most attractive tourist spots in Maharashtra
Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, is also the financial capital of India. It is often termed the ‘Dream city of India’ for its plentiful resources. The worth seeing sites in the city are the Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens, Mahalaxmi Temple, Haji Ali Shrine, Marine Drive and beaches of Juhu and Chowpatty. The city of Mumbai is also famous for the headquarters of the Bollywood. The Essel World in Mumbai is the most sought-after spot for the children. The entry ticket varies from children to adult. However, there is a discount on the ticket for the senior citizens. Stunning examples of colonial British architecture can be found all over the city. It also has a pulsating nightlife with unforgettable live music venues and traveller hangouts.
Pune is well known as the ‘Queen of the Deccan’ and ‘Oxford of the East’. It is worth visiting for its rich historic past as well as dazzling modern charm. The green hills and beautiful lakes of Pune surely mesmerize the visitors.
Aurangabad city owes its name to Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, who made it a viceregal capital to rule over Deccan. Here, the emperor Aurangzeb built Bibi-ka-Maqbara as a tribute to his mother Mumtaj. It is an initiation of the famous Taj Mahal in Agra. Pan Chiaki and the Darwazaas are examples of exceptionally skilled architecture of the bygone days.
Ajanta and Ellora are particularly famous for heritage sites. A plethora of 29 rock-cut Mountain Caves stands as an unforgettable symbol of architectural and artistic achievements of the country. The mural paintings in Ajanta and the sculptures in Ellora along with their picturesque location would cast a spellbinding effect on the visitors.
Elephanta Caves is a host of caves located on an island and the Arabian Sea. The caves, dating back to 450 to 750 AD, display fine sculptures depicting the glory of Lord Shiva, and these are declared a UNESCO World Heritage. Regular motorboats from the boat jetty from the Gateway of India would take the visitors to the island.
Ganapatipul is a small village in Maharashtra which has a long stretch of beautiful beaches. A beach itself named Ganapatipul is the most beautiful and stunning of all the beaches. The sun-kissed beaches in the backdrop of lush greenery seem to be in an eternal love affair in chaste lands of Ganapatipul. Besides, a Ganapati temple is located at the beach.
Mahabaleswar, Lonavala and Khandala are beautiful hill stations. There is also a temple in Mahabaleswar, and it is also a renowned spot of honeymoon. The clean air, calm surroundings, placid lake and cascading waterfalls offer a retreat in striking contrast with the bustling cities.
Panchgani, the famous hill station surrounded by five hills, is a heaven on earth. The place has absolute beauty and picturesque surroundings. This hill station is quite popular among travellers. Besides, there are some farmhouses of rich and famous personalities in Panchgani.
Shirdi is a town located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Devotees from across the world visit the Shirdi Sai temple, built over the samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. Besides this, temples Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Mandola temple, Sakori Ashrang and Changdev Maharaj Samadhi can be visited when one travels to Shirdi.
Matheran is the closest hill settlement to Mumbai. It was discovered in 1850 by the British during their occupation in India and subsequently developed into a popular summer retreat. At the height of 800 meters above sea level, this serene place provides a cooling escape from the summer heat. However, the most unique thing about it that makes it so special, is that all vehicles are banned there—even bicycles. It is a soothing place to walk on foot and to relax away from any noise and pollution. You may get there by taking the scenic toy train.
Pench National Park, sprawling over an area of 257 sq. km in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hill ranges offers a splendid opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife in the spectacular natural setting.
Tadoba National Park was overlooked by tourists until recently because it was off the beaten track and lacked accommodations. However, these days it is gaining a fast reputation as one of the best tiger reserves to see a tiger in the wild.
Thus Maharashtra offers varieties of tourist spots to attract tourists to the country and abroad.