Ten Excellent Places in Maharashtra to Visit
Posted on September 20, 2022 by Ghoomophiro
Maharashtra is one of the biggest and most prosperous states in the country. It has a rich history and great Maratha culture; the remnants of which are still sprinkled around this state. While a complete list of must-see tourist attractions would be beyond the scope of any article, today we are going to make a non-exhaustive list of must-see list places in this state.
Let us get started with the list;
The first must-see place in Maharashtra is Aurangabad. Called the tourist capital of Maharashtra, Aurangabad is famous for Ajanta, and Ellora Caves is also one of the most famous tourist spots in the country. These caves offer tourists some of the best pieces of art. The complex is adorned with magnificent paintings, and sculptures from Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Ajanta mostly boosts paintings made on walls while Ellora is more of a sculpture work and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both these caves are located in the Aurangabad district. Named after the infamous Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, the city has some other tourist attractions to offer as well including Bibi Ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Grishneshwar Temple, etc.
Sai Baba is a sage that has acquired deity-like importance in the Hindu religion. He is believed to have arrived at Shirdi in Nasik district and spent six decades here before dying in 1918. It is thus hardly a wonder that Shirdi has a magnificent temple dedicated to him. The temple is one of the most important pilgrimage centers for Hindus.
The next must-see place on this list will hardly come as a surprise to anyone. The capital of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India, Mumbai, has been called the land of dreams – being home to the Bollywood industry. The city also has numerous tourist attractions – too many to be listed exhaustively here. Some of the most important of these tourist attractions include The Gateway of India, Elephanta Island (a UNESCO Worl Heritage Site) Marine Drive, Taj Mahal Palace, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Kanheri Caves, etc. We can’t go further without recommending the street food here which is just yummy.
4. Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani
The next must-see place in Maharashtra is Mahabaleshwar. Mahabaleshwar is the picture-perfect go-to hill station of Maharashtra. It is one of the best places to explore the beauty of the Western Ghats. If you will like something even more stunning, we recommend the astonishingly beautiful Panchgani. Taking its name from the five hills surrounding it, the valley is a perfect place full of sunset and sunrise points.
Is it possible to create perfect and beautiful hill stations artificially? Lavasa Corporation is trying to do that by building what is rightly being called ‘India’s newest hill station’/ The project is styling itself on the Italian town Portofino and is spread over seven hills, an area of 25000 hectares. This human endeavor to create a home in the untouched cradle of nature is worth exploring.
The next-must-see place in Maharashtra is something for adventure lovers – Kolad. It is full of all kinds of sporting opportunities and has several beautiful waterfalls, meadows, etc. to boost.
When one thinks of sea beaches in Maharashtra, it is natural to think of Mumbai or Alibaugh, however, these sea beaches may also be too crowded. Kashid is located in the Konkan region and has a relatively quiet sea beach popular for its white sand and thus a much better candidate for this list of must-see places in Maharashtra.
Nasik is a religious Hindu city, It owes its popularity mostly to the fact that it is home to the famous Kumbh Mela that is held every 12 years. A less-known fact is that Nashik is also a perfect wine-tasting destination.
The next must-see place in Maharashtra, Pune is fast developing into a strong strong metropolis. The city always has had a rich educational system which has made the first prime minister of the country and great freedom fighter, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru called it the ‘Oxford of the East. It has several excellent tourist attractions including Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace, the Osho Ashram, Katraj Snake Park, etc.
10. Tadoba National Park
The last must-see place in Maharashtra to make it to this list is the Tadobe National Park. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is the perfect place for wildlife enthusiasts wishing for a tiger sighting. Some of the exotic animals you can expect to find here include leopards, gaur, nilgai, sloth bears, dhole, sambar, barking deer, small Indian civet, jungle cats, chausingha, honey badger, chital, etc.
The above list of tourist attractions in Maharashtra is not at all exhausting. Numerous awesome places didn’t make the cut.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There are several questions people ask that relate to Maharashtra and its must-see places. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on this subject:
Question: How to reach Maharashtra?
Answer: Maharashtra enjoys a good connection with the rest of the world by air, road, rail, and (sometimes) water. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai is one of the biggest airports in the world. Several other major cities have their own airports too. Shirdi, Nagpur, Nashik, and Pune are some of the other cities with international airports.
Question: What is the best way to travel within Maharashtra?
Answer: All the major cities in Maharashtra are well-connected with each other via road and public transportation buses.
Question: What to eat in Maharashtra?
Answer: Maharashtra has a rich cuisine that everyone should definitely try. One should also try street food from Mumbai. The oranges from Nagpur are legendary and should not be missed.
If the reader has any other questions, they should feel free to ask them in the comments below.
The Bottom Line
One can easily wrap up the above discussion by concluding that Maharashtra has a great number of tourist attractions and it may require more than one tour to see them all.