Maharashtra, the second most popular state in India,is not only a wealthy state in terms of GDP, wealth and power but it is also a popular destination for tourists. Here is a guide to Maharashtra to plan your trip to the wonderful state.
From mountains to beaches, temples to wineries, Maharashtra is full of diversified culture, historical monuments and tourist destinations. Mumbai is the Capital of Maharashtra and also the financial hub of the country. Mumbai is also referred to as “The New York of India”. It is the most cosmopolitan city in the country.
This vibrant city is full of entertainment, nightlife, restaurants, beaches, food and tourist places. Bandra-Worli Sea Link is the long bridge that connects central and south Mumbai. The city is full of romance when it comes to taking a walk at Marine Drive. Once known as the Queens Necklace, this long walk is best suited for lovers and couples. Other tourist attractions in the capital of Maharashtra include the following:
ChhatrapatiShivaji Terminus in Mumbai is a heritage site built by English. This site is now made part of the railway station and millions of people go through it every day.
Mumbai’s Elephant God Temple known as Siddhivinayak Temple is a famous tourist attraction.
Built for King George V and Queen Mary of England, the Gateway of India is another monument to visit right opposite Taj Towers and TajMahal Hotel.
Visit the Flora fountain in HutatmaChowk, South Mumbai and enjoy the pleasures of a Roman goddess.
Other places to visit in Maharashtra include:
The Ellora and Ajanta caves where rock is hand carved to make several incarnations. The 29 caves of Ajanta and 34 caves of Elloraare full of impressive history and Indian heritage.
A ferry ride from Gateway of India will take you to the ElephantaCaves which are solely dedicated to the Indian Lord Shiva.
The beaches in Maharashtra tell a tale of their own. BasseinBeach, JuhuBeach, Madh Island Beach, ChowpattyBeach and Kihim and MandwaBeach are some of the best beaches in the state. These beaches are crowded on weekends and hundreds of family and friends visit them to enjoy the sea and the sand.
Holy sites in Maharashtra include the ShirdiSai baba, situated in a small town near Ahmednagar. Nasik is another very significant city of Maharashtra. This is famous for its wine and production of grapes. The city is one of the four holiest cities in India. The SinhastaKumbhMela is held here every 12 years signifying the importance of Indian culture and heritage. Nasik wineries are also renowned country wide and are a famous tourist attraction.
Muslims holy shrine of Haji Ali Mosque is also situated in Maharashtra. Thousands of people visit this holy place for prayers and as a tourist attraction.
The hilly area of Matheran in Mumbai is a summer retreat for the locals of Maharashtra. The area is dedicated solely to peace, tranquility and relaxation of body and soul. It is a non-vehicle zone and not even bicycles are allowed in the area.
Pune, Nasik, Thane, Nagpur, Kolhapur are other famous cities of Maharashtra each havetheir own importance. The state of Maharashtra is rich in culture and Indian heritage.