Maharashtra Tourism

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About Maharashtra

Maharashtra

The state of Maharashtra is located on the west coast of India and reaches deep into the centre of peninsular India. Maharashtra shares it is borders with Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Goa. The coastal strip along the Arabian Sea, flanked by the hills called Western Ghats on the east is a culturally distinct region called Konkan. Commercially, Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur are the best-developed cities.

 

Mumbai, or Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra, the biggest metropolis and the financial capital of India, with the country's biggest stock exchange. The coastal city occupies land reclaimed from what used to be seven separate islands. Cosmopolitan Mumbai is home to all: from fishmongers to the country's topmost industrialists; from colonial buildings like the Gateway of India or Victoria Terminus to vibrant pubs and night-life; from dwindling ethnic communities like Parsis to the ever-growing Hindi film industry popularly called Bollywood.

 

Maharashtra is known for its caves, some of which date back to 200 BC. The Buddhist paintings in the rock-cut Ajanta and Ellora caves (Aurangabad district) are World Heritage sites. Closer to Mumbai in the Sahyadri hills are the hill stations of Matheran, Lonvala and Panchgani cool places to retreat to when the plains and coast of Maharashtra become hot and humid. Maharashtra also has its important religious places: the town Pandharpur is the shrine of Vithoba, Maharashtra's most popular saint; Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Aurangabad is the seat of India's most famous 20th-century holy figure; the city of Nashik is one of the four places in India where the great Kumbh Mela is held.

 

The Konkan Coast offers some of the more unspoilt beaches in the country and huge sea-forts made by Marathas in the 18th centruy: Kolaba Fort at Alibaug Beach, Murud-Janjira Fort at Murud Beach, Sindhudurg Fort at Tarkarli Beach. These coastal sites are conveniently connected by the Konkan Railway.

 

Ganesh Chaturthi, in the month of August, the day when the Elephant-headed Lord Ganesha was born, is the most celebrated festival in Maharashtra.

 

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Maharashtra Traveller Reviews

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Pravin Ghule

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  • Pravin Ghule
  • Lives in Latur
  • 16 photos
  • 16 Reviews
  •  157 helpful votes
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"A complete trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2014
Maharashtra located in central India has everything a traveler want. From amazing Mumbai and Ionian areas to Mahabaleshwar, Ashtavinayak Darshan. From ajanta and ellora to tadoba. Visual treat with tasty food and good connectivity with good people.
Must see places
- Marine drive, CST, Jugular beach, Siddhivinayak temple
-essel world, Matheran, Malshej That, Alibaug
- lonavala, mahabaleshwar, Ashtavinayak, pandharpur
-ellora and ajanta, ghrishneshwar and daulatabad fort
-tadoba, Nagpur,
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Manasa Reddy

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  • Manasa Reddy
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
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"A nice place for every one"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 17, 2014
Infact a trip to Maharashtra will please all the youngsters as well as elders. It's because people who like to have trip romantically and of course for the people who go on a religious and relaxed trip can visit a number of places here. We can see many old forts, mughal gardens around and many number of piligrimage places like temples. Many wonderful scenaric places like MAHABHALESWAR, LONAVALA, KAHADALA and many more romantic places are there for newly married couple to enjoy the nature. It is just an awesome trip with no words to describe. Finally undoubtedly we can go to all the places to visit in and around maharashtra with a great enthu.
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Sabu T

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  • Sabu T
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  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 5 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
  •  11183 readers

"Very good experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 21, 2014
The Konkan is a coastal strip of land bounded by the Sahyadri hills on the east, and Arabian Sea on the west. It is a land where mythology breathes side by side with economic growth, a land with rich mineral resources, dense forest cover and a landscape fringed with paddy, coconut and mango trees. The formidable terrain to be conquered and the short construction period meant that the project could only be completed with the help of several technological innovations. Try Alphosa mango juice and ethnic food
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Swapnil Oak

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  • Swapnil Oak
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"a lovable and memorable experience in my life"

  • Posted May 29, 2013
All sight scenes were good. One drawback is that no place for shopping nearby to it and travelling to resort is also critical one so must have own car while going there

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No nearby place for shopping.

Activities & things to do: Not more to do there.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Good spot new married couple should visit once.
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Sathya Natarajan

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  • Sathya Natarajan
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  • Lives in Pune
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"Travel Maharastra"

  • Posted Mar 5, 2013
Beaches, Forts, trekking , places of worship- name anything you can see them.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Take a trip to Konkan and you would never get board. Trek through Harischandragad, Walk to Pandarpur. Places of worship like Nashik etc..

Activities & things to do: Take a trip to Konkan and you would never get board.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can reach Most of the destination in this state,by hired cab. But take a person who knows local language as people take extra care if you know their local language otherwise you end up confusing them too.
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Abhijeet Rajput

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  • Abhijeet Rajput
  • 1 Review
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"Melghat ka mela"

  • Posted Nov 25, 2011
Melghat is one of the best site for natural people who specially tour for tourism.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Kolkas.

Activities & things to do: social activity.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By bus and by train.
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Vidya Landge

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  • Vidya Landge
  • Lives in Pune
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"Kanheri Math"

  • Posted Feb 3, 2010
It is 25-30kms from Kolhapur towards Banglore.it is a best place to show the children. They have prepared scluptures of BARA BALUTEDARS in a village.A real village model of India is shown.the expressions of the scluptures are worth seeing.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: As it is MATH ,mahaprashad of rice,dal,one vegetable&a sweet is distributed among the visitors.It is free of cost.For shopping we can visit the shopping center there.Cotten sarees are the best here.The price is less too.

Activities & things to do: you can enjoy watching the village life there.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Kolhapur take the banglore highway,after 25-30 kms take a right turn to famous KADSIDDHESHWAR MATH.It takes 45 mins from Kolhapur.
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North Star

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  • North Star
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Pandharpur"

  • Posted Mar 29, 2009
Pandharpur is a pilgrimage destination and the main attraction is the Pandurang / Vitthal / Pandhari (Lord Krishna) Mandir.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: I went there with my parents. My father in particular wanted to go to the temple and had been wanting for a long time. And that was the main driver. We drove down on NH4 (Mumbai - Pune expressway; 'MPE') and then cut across Pune city to reach NH9 (Solapur road / Pune Hyderabad road) and drove down to take a right about 25 km before Solapur.

MPE is a great motorable road the morning drive to Pune was pleasant. We reached Pune city by around 915 AM and it took us about 30 mins to navigate through the city's roads to reach NH9. NH9, till about some distance is a 4 lane road, but traffic is dense, slow with plenty of two wheelers. Go slow to be safe! After a while the road narrows down to two lanes with plenty of truck traffic on it. Driving becomes a game of cat and mouse - flitting between trucks and buses, lowering gears, hitting the throttle and then slowing down back into the lane (or long line!). Road quality deteriorates off and on - and there are stretches where roads are being relaid.
The small cut off from NH9 to Pandharpur is a two lane road but is smooth and very motorable.

On the way back, I chose to drove to Satara on SH74. This is a decent enough road, but can be really lonely on some stretches. But the road is so good at times for a state highway that I could drive past 100 kph without concern. Caution is however advised as there are some reports of roadside burglaries (See team BHP website for example). After hitting Satara, we took a break for some snacking / breakfast. Satara is on NH4 and from there on the drive back is pleasant and smooth.

Activities & things to do: The temple is worth a visit certainly. But check for festivals and other events on the Hindu calendar before you head. Some times it can get crowded quite a bit. I am not too much of the religious type to believe in all the make believe rituals that are peddled around in our temples. But there are significant things that have happened around this holy place. Typical temple in many ways when it comes to people like the touts and all. In fact for a first timer some of the interactions on average can be unpleasant.

The Bhima river has plenty of water in it. If you have time on hand, you could have a picnic at a nice spot. In fact there is a nice dam on the way on NH9

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: - Decent places to have food once you cross Pune are non-existent practically on NH9.
- We stayed in a hotel called 'Hotel Kinara'. Typical hotel in a small city. Decent when built but run-down with very little in maintenance spending.
- Food is a huge issue in Pandharpur. There is not one clean place that I could find. But maybe you will be luckier!

Destination visited: 21st Mar 2009; Distance - to and fro from Mumbai is c. 850 km.
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"Jawhar - tribal hill (station?) in Thane dist"

  • Posted Feb 17, 2007
Different. Best during or just after the monsoons. This is strictly for nature lovers without fancy expectations. The State Govt could do a lot to enhance Jawhars potential as a tourist destination.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Kavdas lake 6km after Charoti on the way to Jawhar, ringed by mountains. Further down is the bigger Dhamani dam. Stop anywhere, cut through the forests and enjoy the peace, wildflowers, butterflies and birds. Just before Jawhar is a deep rift valley on the right side. A gentle valley is on the left side. These are better Sunrise and Sunset points than the garbage strewn Sunset point in the city. The Raja's palace cashew orchards are worth walking through. The old wooden ruined palace is also worth seeing. A small lake just 4km outside Jawhar on the Silvassa Rd is nice to walk around. Go further 20km to Dhabosa falls - truly spectacular reminds one of Blue Lagoon. Bad roads.

Activities & things to do: Rambling through the valleys and plateaus outside Jawhar is rewarding for butterfly and wildflower lovers. The town is strewn with garbage so its much better to go outside the town limits. The whole area could be re-forested and cleaned up. Climate - pleasant due to elevation 600m.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Mumbai by road go via NH8 to Charoti phata - right turn about 40km till Jawhar. Or NH3 to Bhiwandi phata, left to just after Wada (Malhar vill.) and left again about 19km through to Jawhar. Simple meals available at restaurants near busstand. Hotel Pushpanjali or Govt. Guest House are the only quiet, decent hotel but no meals.
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Anupam Saurabh

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  • Anupam Saurabh
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Explore beaches, forts and Western ghats with this map of Konkan"

  • Posted May 30, 2006
I had picked this hand drawn map at Srivardhan a few years ago. It has helped me explore the coastline with all road details and distances marked. This is not to scale but is more useful than other maps.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No shopping here, just sightseeing at each of the locations.

Activities & things to do: Enjoy the sea forts, hill forts, beaches, cool breeze and sun.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Use the Mumbai-Goa highway for most of the jouney and then take the shortest route to coastal destination. If you have your own vehicle, try the coastal roads for splendid views.The finest beaches are at - Kashid and Ganpatipule. Just enjoy the white sand and waves. Other beaches may have black sand and rocks so be careful.
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