Top Places to Visit in Maharashtra

The Land of the Marathas, Maharashtra is a complete tourist destination and a delight for those fond of traveling. Maharashtra has a number of iconic attractions. Main tourist places in Maharashtra include Hill stations, Ajanta and Ellora caves caves, Shirdi, Mahabaleshwar, Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and many more list of great forts along with nature, adventure and religious tourism.

If you'd like to explore beyond Maharashtra popular tourist attractions, here are the Best Places to Visit in Maharashtra to inspire you!

Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai earlier known as Bombay is the capital of Maharashtra state, India. Mumbai got its name from a local Hindu Goddess "Mumbadevi", and "Aai", means "mother" in Marathi. A city of diverse nature and multi-cultural lifestyle, Mumbai is a city of dreams, witnesses a large tourists all over the year for sightseeing, pilgrimage as well as seeking employment opportunities.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Mumbai are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Gateway of India, Haji Ali Dargah, Elephanta Caves, Prince of Wales Museum, Girgaum Chowpatty, Marine Drive, Bombay High Court, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Taj Hotel, Siddhivinayak Temple, Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Jehangir Art Gallery etc.

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Aurangabad

Ajanta Caves Aurangabad is an important tourist city in Maharashtra state of India. It is globally known as a favourite destination because Ajanta and Ellora Caves which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bibi ka Maqbara is also famously known as the second Taj Mahal. There are 30 Buddhist caves at Ajanta dated from 2nd century BCE to 6th century CE with beautiful sculptures and paintings. The Lonar lake, world's third largest crater lake is located in Aurangabad. Another place worth visiting is the Grishneshwar Mandir, about 35 kms from Aurangabad which is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in & around Aurangabad are Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Devgiri Fort, Ghrishneshwar Temple, Pitalkhora Caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Lonar etc.

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Kolhapur

Mahalaxmi Temple Kolhapur is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra, situated on the banks of the river Panchganga. The land of magnificent temples, Kolhapur is the religious pride of Maharashtra. It is a historic Maratha city, with the Mahalakshmi temple forming the focus. It has incredible archeological & cultural heritage, magnificent temples, forts, monuments, gardens and lakes.

Kolhapur is world famous for Kolhapuri Chappals & Jaggery. Marathi is the primary language of communication, however people are well versed with Hindi and English as well.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Kolhapur are Mahalaxmi Temple, Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum, Rankala Lake, Jyotiba temple, The Kopeshwar Temple, Gaganbavada, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir, Panhala Fort, Maharaja's Palace, Rautwadi Waterfall, Gagangiri Maharaj Math Temple etc.

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Mahabaleshwar

Elephant's head - Mahabaleshwar Mahabaleshwar is the larqest hill-station of Maharashtra. This scenic hill station derived its name from Lord Shiva which means, God of great power. It is one of the popular hill stations in Maharashtra which is beautifully nestled in the vicinity of the Western Ghats. Mahabaleshwar is simply a tourist's paradise. As a highest hill station in the Western Ghats, the place offers amazing views of the lovely valleys. It is famous for its year round lovely weather, strawberry farms, soaring peaks, lush valleys and abundant flora.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Mahabaleshwar are Elephant's Head Point, Pratapgarh Fort, Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple, The Carnac Point, Babbington Point, Bombay Point, Connaught Peak, Dhobi Waterfall, Elphinstone Point, Lingmala Falls etc.

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Solapur

Siddeshwar Temple Solapur is a city located at a distance of 460 km from Mumbai in Maharashtra on the banks of river Sina. The city shares its borders with the south indian state of Karnataka and Hyderabad city. The ancient temples and lakes are great place to visit in Solapur. Siddheshwar Temple is an ancient temple built in the 16th century located at the heart of the city is main tourist attraction of Solapur. Surrounded by lake from three sides this ancient temple is must see if you are visiting Solapur. There are 63 lingas in the total temple complex. The main languages spoken here are Marathi and Kannada.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Solapur are Shri Siddeshwar Temple, Akkalkot Swami Samarth Maharaj Temple, RuKmini Temple, Bhuikot Fort, Mallikarjuna Jain Temple, Parasnath Jain Temple, Revansiddeshwar Temple etc.

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Matheran

Matheran View Matheran is a hill station located very close to Mumbai. It is the smallest hill station in India. There isnít any kind of transportation that pollutes the environment. You can take a toy train from Neral station or you can take a cab to reach Matheran from Neral, cab will leave you 2 kms before Matheran. There are a number of lookout points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valley. The lush green beauty with serene environment makes it a perfect place to explore the natural beauty. Matheran is the one of the coolest hill station in India. Being a hill station it is pleasant almost throughout the year. In winter season matherans beauty increases considerably, full of peace mountains, beautiful sceneries etc. The best time to visit Matheran is from October to May when the weather is pleasant enough to enjoy sightseeing and explore outdoors.

Among the most popular spots of tourist interest in Matheran are Louisa Point, Neral-Matheran Toy Train, Panorama Point, Porcupine Point (Sunset Point), Charlotte Lake, Alexander Point, Echo Point, Rambaug Point, One Tree Hill Point, King George Point, Little Chowk Point, Belvedere Point, Rambagh Point etc.

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Khandala

Khandala Khandala is a beautiful hill station in the western ghats in state of Maharashtra. This place is located at top of Bhor ghat, a major ghat on the road link between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan plain. A small hill resort with natural beauty and finest weather, Khandala offers breathtaking views of the green surroundings. The place attracts visitors in large numbers throughout the year. Near it also Lonavala is present which is also a must watch and visit place where you can get the same places but with a different look. During the monsoons, both Lonavala and Khandala offer breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls and the surrounding mountains.

Among the most popular spots of tourist interest in Khandala are Celebrity Wax Museum, Rajmachi Fort, Lonavala Lake, Bhushi Lake, Bhaja Caves, Tigerís Leap etc.

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Nashik

Trimbakeshwar Temple Nasik is a northern city of Maharashtra located almost 186 Kms from Mumbai & 200 Kms from Pune. It is one of the four cities that hosts the massive Sinhastha Kumbh Mela once every twelve years. Nashik has a rich historical past, it is believed that Lord Rama stayed here during his 14 years in exile. The name Nasik was given to this City due to Lakshmana's act of punishing Shurpanakha. He cut her nose in this city & hence the name (Naasikaa is Sanskrit word for nose).

Nasik, situated on the Godavari River is known for it's picturesque surroundings and pleasant climate. It is rated as Semi-Hill-station due to its weather & the several mountains it is surrounded with.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Nasik are Trimbakeshwar Temple, Kalaram Temple, Saptashrungi, Anjneri Hill, Pandavleni Caves, Jain Mandir Nashik, Sita Gumpha, Kapileswara Temple, Brahmagiri Hill, Muktidham Temple, Sundarnarayan Temple, Ramkund, Coin Museum, Vihigaon Waterfall etc.

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Shirdi

Shirdi Shirdi is one of the spiritual and religious town dedicated to Sai Baba. It is situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, is where the saint Sai Baba lived in the latter half of the 18th century. Sai Baba first appeared in Shirdi in 1854 in the garb of a fakir, then disappeared for three years before reappearing to live in Shirdi for 60 years. Sai Baba died in 1918. A very attractive image of Sai Baba has been housed in the main Mandir, which is the 'Samadhi' of Baba. He always believed and professed Sabka malik ek hai (meaning one God governs all).

During a Shirdi tour, you must visit the Khandoba Temple, where Sai Baba initially took refuge, then Guru Sthan, where he preached to his disciples and finally the Samadhi Mandir, which houses his tomb.

Shirdi is about 285 kms from Mumbai. It is accessible by rail upto Nashik and Manmad and even by air upto Pune/Aurangabad - and thence by road transport.

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Lonavala

Bhushi Dam Lonavala is a popular hill station located in Maharashtra in the city of pune. It is around 70 kms from Pune and approx 100 kms from Mumbai. Lush green mountains, small waterfalls and ancient caves makes Lonavala mini paradise and perfect destination with the climate being superb. Karla and Bhaja Caves are located 11 kms from the town. These 2nd century rock-cut cave temples are the oldest and finest Buddhist sculptures.

Among the most popular places of tourist interest in Lonavala are Ryewood Park and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Bhushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Tungarli Lake, Karla Cave, Lohagad Fort etc.

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