Maharashtra India - Guide to Maharashtra Tourism India
Maharashtra was created with the integration into the Indian Union after India’s independence. Meaning Great Nation, the state is the third largest state covering a large portion of the subcontinent, home to the second biggest population, reaching over 96 million. Beside its population, Maharashtra is also home to some amazing sights including ancient forts, divine temples, stunning beaches, colourful festivals and diverse cultures. All this with a dazzling backdrop of mountains that stretch for as far as the eye can see, usually swimming in a sea of mist.
The state of Madhya Pradesh borders it to the north and Chhattisgarh to the east, making Maharashtra not only accessible to the south but the north as well while occupying a large amount of coastline. With Mumbai as its capital, this state has a lot to offer being India’s business capital, elevating the states cosmopolitan nature.
Maharashtra has several major airports connecting the state with the rest of the world, two of which are situated in Mumbai to accommodate the large amounts of people entering the major city. The others can be found in Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Sholapur. When planning your visit, remember that summer can be very hot making winter the best option for travelling. The monsoons are expected in June and usually extend into September. Overall October is considered the most pleasant time for travellers.
Once arrived, the caves are a great place to start your exploring. The Ajanta caves comprise of thirty caves, often described as India’s most magnificent Buddhist caves. Created amongst a huge rock, the caves were assembled to provide a peaceful praying place for Buddhist monks. The caves show excellent craftsmanship with intricate carvings and sculptures. They have become a UNESCO World Heritage Site to preserve the paintings in particular that were perhaps made as far back as the 7th century AD portraying different aspects of the Buddhist religion.
Another popular cave is the Bhaja caves which can be found in the Aurangabad District. Within you can see some amazing sculpture work with delicately crafted images sketched into the walls. The art forms almost a biography showing events of Lord Buddha’s life. If you have the opportunity, look to the right of the temple toward the pillar sporting three lions – a wonderful piece of woodwork.
The forts of Maharashtra are also worth venturing away from the cities to see. The Devagiri Daulatabad is one just 11km from Aurangabad sitting upon an isolated hill. It is a demanding sight with three rows of defensive walls created from solid rock to keep enemies out. The other is Raigarh, a good 27km north of Mahad. What are left of the main structures within the fort are mainly the remains of the buildings. Do not miss the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji while you are here. You can also see Takmak Tok from this site, a cliff that in history served as an execution area where prisoners were dropped into the ravine below.
For a more action packed adventure, try your hand at snorkelling or diving where you can even get taught. With warm temperatures and clear waters, it is a great place to start your underwater experience.
You are sure to need a relaxing time after all your excursions and there is no better place than the beach to lie back and relax. There are two beaches in particular that will take your heart. Dahanu Bordi is found in the Thane District beside a serene town. The beach reaches a good 17km in length, creating plenty of white sand to sink your feet into. Ganapatipule is another spectacular beach located at the Konkan Coast. Here you will find clean sand and clear water surrounded with coconut palms and mangroves. You can laze on the beach, or find one of the several tracks for a casual walk to soak in the atmosphere.
All in all Maharashtra is a great place to travel to, experience the metropolis of Mumbai then explore its outskirts.