Maharashtra is the wealthiest state in India. Maharashtra is located in the west of India, bounded by different states like the state of Madhya Pradesh to the northeast, the state of Chhattisgarh to the east, the state of Gujarat towards the north and northwest, state of Karnataka towards the south, Andhra Pradesh to the southeast and Goa to the southwest. The Arabian Sea flows towards the west of this state
Only 10kms off Mumbai Coast, the beautiful Elephanta caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located on an island in the Arabian Sea.
Aurangabad is home to the celebrated World Heritage cave sites at Ajanta and Ellora. The mural paintings in Ajanta and the sculptures in Ellora mesmerize the tourists.
Pune is the “Queen of the Deccan” and “Oxford of the East”. Pune has everything – beautiful scenery, rich historic past and a dazzling modern charm.
Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Matheran (100 km from Mumbai), Lonavala, Khandala and several other hill stations attract tourists to Maharashtra.
The biggest city of the Vidarbha region is Nagpur, famous as the ‘orange capital’ of India, for its abundant production of the fruit. 75 km southwest of Nagpur is Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram at Sevagram (‘The Village of Service’), which later became the pivot of the Indian Independence movement.
On the banks of the Godavari River is the pilgrim city Nashik. The riverbank here is lined with bathing ghats and temples. The famous Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years, when millions of pious Hindus come here for a holy dip.
Devotees from across the world visit the Shirdi Sai temple, built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. Besides this temple, there are other significant religious sites to visit. These include
- Narsimha Mandir
- Kandoba Temple
- Shani Mandir
- Sakori Ashram
- And Changdev Maharaj Samadhi can be visited when one travels to Shirdi.
The Pench National Park in the Satpura hill ranges offers a splendid opportunity to see a variety of wildlife amidst natural setting.
The state has a number of beaches in the Konkan region – Murud-Janjira, Malvan, Ganapatipule and Kashid.
The Sahyadris is ideal for trekking in Maharashtra. Para-sailing and paragliding are other adventure activities. A visit to Mumbai’s ‘Chor Bazaar’ is a unique experience.
The period September-June is perfect for a trip to Maharashtra.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with utmost grandeur. Ellora Dance Festival, Sur Singar and the Prithvi Theatre Festival lend an insight into the rich cultural heritage.