• Country: India
  • Region: West India
  • Formation: 1 May 1960
  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Largest city: Nagpur
  • Area: 307,713 km2
  • Population: 112,372,972
  • Literacy: 82.9%
  • Average Climate: 12°C – 34°C

Tourist Places and Travel Destinations in Maharashtra

Travel Guide To Maharashtra: Visit The Place For It’s Cultural Heritage

Tourism In Maharashtra

It is the land of great warriors like Aurangzeb, Bajirao and Chhatrapati Shivaji. Rich in cultural heritage, Maharashtra is also known for poets and writers.

The state has several popular Hindu places of pilgrimage including Hazur Sahib Gurudwara at Nanded, Sai Baba shrine at Shirdi and Dikshabhumi at Nagpur.

There are six tiger reserves and many wildlife sanctuaries in the state such as Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary, Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandoli National Park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.

History

Maharashtra was ruled by several empires of the Satavahana dynasty, Rashtrakuta dynasty, Western Chalukyas, Mughals and Marathas.

From the middle of the 17th century to the early 19th century, It was the reign of Marathas until East India Company seized it. The great warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji was known to be the founder of the modern Marathi nation.

Marathas continued to gain power under the leadership of Peshwas after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, that led to the downfall of Mughal empire.

During the third Anglo-Maratha war, Peshwa Bajirao II was defeated and British East India Company conquered more areas. BG Kher became the first Chief Minister of the tri-lingual Bombay Presidency in 1937.

Location

Located in the western region of India, Maharashtra is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana, Goa, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Fairs And Festivals

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated with cultural and religious events in Mumbai and Pune is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and culminates in processions to immerse the deity in water. The weeklong celebration is worth visiting on the day of immersion at Mumbai in August/September.

Best Time To Visit

If you are planning to visit famous hill stations in Maharashtra namely Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Chikhaldar and Toranmal, then period between September and June is perfect.

How To Reach

Maharashtra is well connected to different cities with four modes of transport- air, road, rail and sea. It’s capital city, Mumbai has both domestic as well as international airports. Since many cities of Maharashtra are located on the banks, so you can easily reach there through ships.

Tourist Attractions

Temples at Ellora is worth visiting. You can visit in March and be the part of Ellora festival. If you prefer beaches, then Murud-Janjira, Malvan, Ganapatipule and Kashid in the Konkan region are relatively unspoilt. If you get an opportunity, visit Kumbh mela which is held every 12 years in Nashik. Ajanta caves, Elephanta caves and Gateway of Mumbai are other major attractions.

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