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Tourism of Maharashtra

Maharashtra has many wonderful tourist destinations, which allures tourists of all hues. Maharashtra is a beautiful land of great diversification, which encapsulates numerous temples, beautiful beaches, magnificent forts, countless mountains, and a colourful cultural mosaic that is pluralistic and vibrant, in its ambit. The state, with its many idyllic locales, has emerged as an ideal tourist destination.

Maharashtra's climate is a tropical monsoon type. The average temperature varies from 25 to 27 centigrade throughout the year. Hence, it is very convenient for the tourists to visit Maharashtra anytime in the year. The official language of Maharashtra is Marathi. However, the communication in Hindi and English is also very common in the urban areas of the state. Hence, the tourists will not face much difficulty in communication. All these factors give tourism in Maharashtra a fillip.

Furthermore, the transportation facilities in Maharashtra are also very convenient. There are airports in Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Sholapur and Aurangabad. Different cities in the state are well-connected with roads and railways. Private taxis and cars are also available on hire to explore different cities. Maharashtra houses many good hotels that provide excellent accommodation facilities.
You can explore Maharashtra's main attractions during tourism of Maharashtra which include:

  • Cities of Maharashtra

  • Caves

  • Beaches

  • Hill stations

  • Forts

  • Temples and other landmarks

  • Wildlife parks

Cities of Maharashtra

Maharashtra has several small and big cities. Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, is known as the financial capital of the country. It has great commercial importance and is a home to many small and large industries. Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens and Chowpatty Beach are the important tourist attractions of Mumbai. Other important cities in Maharashtra are Pune, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Amravati, Jalgaon, Solapur, Chandrapur, Thane, Nashik, Khandala and Aurangabad. Pune is the second largest city and the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The main attractions in Pune are Shaniwarwada, Parvati Hill and Temple, Sinhgad, Saras baug, Khadakwasla Dam and Aga Khan Palace. Nashik is one of the holy cities in Maharashtra.

Caves and Forts

Tourism in Maharashtra
is incomplete without its caves and forts. Maharashtra is a perfect place for those who want to explore the past. It is blessed with hundreds of prehistoric caves and more than 350 forts. The remnants of such mighty forts represent the valour and glory of the brave Maratha warriors. Some of the popular forts in Maharashtra are Daulatabad Fort, Ghodbunder Fort, Sinhgad, Raigad, Bassein Fort, Murud-Harnai, Murud-Janjira, Panhala, Sindhudurg and Vijaydurg. Tourism of Maharashtra is incomplete without visiting these forts. Many treks can be arranged on these forts.

Beaches
Maharashtra has about 720km long sea-shore, ranging from Bordi and Dahanu in the north to Goa in the south. You can enjoy sunbathing and some thrilling water sports on the pollution-free and serene beaches of the state. Some of the most popular beaches in Maharashtra are Ganapatipule, Tarkarli, Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar, Velneshwar, Manori and Gorai, Vengurla-Malvan, Dahanu-Bordi, Mandwa and Kihim and Juhu Beach.

Hill Stations
If you want to spend your summer holidays in cool, pollution-free atmosphere, close to the nature, then you must visit the hill stations of Maharashtra. Maharashtra has some beautiful hill stations such as Matheran, Amboli, Lonavala, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Malshej Ghat, Panhala, Panchgani and Toranmal.

Museums
Some of the amazing museums in Maharashtra are Bombay Natural History Society, Bharata Itihasa Samshodhak Mandal, Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, Nehru Science Center, Jehangir Nicholson Museum of Modern Art, Prince of Wales Museum, and Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum.

Temples
Maharashtra has a number of temples which are thronged by devotees year-round. Ganapati Tample in Ranjangaon, Kala Rama Temple in Nashik, Mahalakshmi Temple of Kolhapur, Tryambakeshwar Temple at Tryambakeshwar near Nashik, Siddhi Vinayak temple in Mumbai, can offer some of the important religious sojourns for the tourists.

Wildlife parks

Maharashtra has a number of natural parks and wildlife sanctuaries which can afford you wonderful glimpses of an exotic array of wildlife. Melghat Tiger Reserve, Dajipur Bison Sanctuary, Tadoba National Park, and Navegaon Forest Resort are some of the destinations where intrepid tourists can view wildlife in their wild glory. Bison, wild deer, neelgai, gawa, crocodile, sambar, rare migratory birds, and of course the tiger can be found in these forests, all in their natural habitat. Your jeep can ride through their unspoiled territory in the day; or you may opt for a night safari to see them at their wild best.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/15

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