Massive and rugged, Maharashtra the third largest state in India is bursting with a remarkable collection of caves,historic hotspots, pristine beaches lined with swaying palm trees and loads of bright green hill stations under the canopy of lush western Ghats. Also known as the 'Gateway to the Heart of India',Maharashtra is blessed with a scenic backdrop of the mountains on one side and has the beautiful Konkan coastal belt on the other. In a nutshell, Maharashtra tourism is exciting, enchanting andpicture-perfect.
Temperatures in Maharashtra rise up from March to May, when it can get uncomfortable, and heavy showers are not uncommon. The monsoon generally hits in June and lasts till September. So if you wish to travel Maharashtra, October to March would be the best time to visit Maharashtra, as the temperature at this time would be pleasant and dry.
Summers in Maharashtra start in the month of March and last till May. These months are the hottest with temperatures soaring between 22° to 40°Celsius. Monsoons reach in the month of June. The state receives extreme rainfall during the month of July and August. Winter is the best season to plan a holiday to Maharashtra.
Previously known as Bombay, Mumbai is the largest city and the capital of the state. Being the most populated city in India, this exciting destination has various places of interest that will bring an instant smile on any traveller’s face. Apart from being nicknames as the Manhattan of India, this city is also home to the famous Indian Film Industry i.e. Bollywood. Places to visit: Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Haji Ali Shrine, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Siddhivinayak Temple, Beaches of Mumbai, Chaupati etc.
Though the city is a little laid back as compared to Mumbai, it receives invigorating crowd for its high-spirited nightlife and exciting attractions. Known as the Land of Peshwas, Pune has always held an important position, both historically and culturally since the time of the great ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj. The ‘do what you want’ feel vibe will attract you here and fill your hearts with awe. Places to visit: Western Ghats, Shivneri Fort, DagdushethHalwaiGanpati, Aga Khan Palace, Rajgad Fort, LalMahal, Sinhagad Fort, Parvati Hill etc
If you are looking for a religious sojourn and a countryside ambience, then Nashik is beautiful place in Maharashtra. A visit to some of the holy places and historical attraction like MuktiDham Temples and Trimbakeshwaris the must thing to do here. However, to enjoy a relaxing and new experience, 30 minutes away from the heart of the city is Sula Vineyards where you can sip on some wine and feel like being in heaven with Gods. Places to visit: Anjaneri Mountains, KalaramMandir, Ram Kund, Trimbakeshwar Temple, Pandavleni Caves etc.
Just a few kilometres from Malvan, this place isperfect picnic spot in Maharashtra. Tarkarli is an ideal holiday for family holiday with kids and for honeymooners too. This destination is also a famous hotspot for water sports activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, motorboat rides along with other enthralling beach sports. Places to visit: Devbag, Sindhudurg Fort, Tarkarli Beach, Malvan Beach, Tsunami Island, Padmagad Fort etc.
Named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is one of the best holiday places in Maharashtra. Famous for its historical places in Maharashtra, like the ancient caves of Ellora and Ajanta, this picturesque destination also possesses some awesome places to spend solitary time with nature. Places to visit: Devgiri Fort, Khuldabad, BibiKaMaqbara, Jama Mosque, Aurangabad Caves, Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary etc.
Lavasa is an ideal place for honeymooners to visit because of its calming vibe, pleasing weather, colourful buildings and pebble streets that offer certain charm. Once you enter Lavasa, you may feel like being in a pretty little Italian town like Portofino. If you are looking for a quick getaway to see the nearby beauty of Lavasa, go for a trek to the surrounding wet forest and Mulshi Dam, for a more romantic and scenic sight Places to visit: Temghar Dam, Banboosa, Lakeshore Watersports, XThrill Adventure Academy etc.
The seldom-visited Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the best sightseeing places in Maharashtra. Located 150 km south of Nagpur, it is one of the best spots to get up close and personal with tigers and other wildlife.
Panchgani, Kamshetand Mahabaleshwarare few of the best locations for paragliding in Maharashtra. Paragliding is a courageous air sport that is gaining admiration in recent years. From October to end of May is best season for paragliding.
Apart with Parachute Gliding and Para Motor Gliding, Hang Gliding is one of the most thrilling adventure sports in India. Kamshet and Hadapsar Airfield are few of the famous training centres for adventure aero-sports tourism in Maharashtra.
Kundalika is a beautiful river initiating in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. The rafting experience is really awesome with a 13 km of stretch along with adventure activities like Kayaking, Boating and Canoeing.
Developed as one of the major tourist destinations in India, Malvan near Tarkarli is a famous destination for Scuba Diving in Maharashtra. Apart from being a famous historical place, it is quite popular for its water sports too. Its clear water and calm waves make it an ideal spot for Scuba Diving in Maharashta.