Brief about Maharashtra:

India’s third-largest state, Maharashtra, is located in the western part and is one of the most popular tourist spots. It is visited by hundreds of tourists every year; not only from India but from foreign countries as well.

Maharashtra is best known for its fast-paced capital city, Mumbai. It has the treasure of Ajanta and Ellora caves. It is the home of the largest Indian film industry, Bollywood.

It is bordered by Gujarat to the northwest, Madhya Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the east, Telangana to the southeast, and Karnataka & Goa to the southwest. On the west, the state is covered with the Arabian Sea.

Top attractions and their popularities:

AhmednagarAhmednagar fort and temples
AkolaTemples, monuments, cotton production, pulses, oil, and textile mills. Also known as ‘Cotton City.’
AlibagBeaches and coconut groves
AmboliHill station
AmravatiTemples. Known as ‘Abode of Lord Indra’
AurangabadAjanta & Ellora Caves and UNESCO world heritage sites
BhandardaraHill station
BhiwandiTextile industry. Known as ‘The Manchester of India’
DiveagarBeach and Hidden Treasure
KarjatTrekking and Rafting
KhandalaHill station
KoladCamping, Rafting, and Adventure Sports
KolhapurFamous for Kolhapuri chappal, jewelry, and cuisines
LonavlaHill station
MahabaleshwarHill station
MalwanBeaches and Wildlife
ManmadSikh pilgrimage center
MatheranHill station
MumbaiBollywood city, beach, and religious sites. Known as ‘The City of Dreams’
NagpurOranges. Known as ‘The Orange City
NandedSikh pilgrimage center
NashikThe religious site, Kumbh Mela and Wine
PanchganiHill station
PanvelBird sanctuary and trekking
PuneEducation center
ShirdiSai Baba Temple
Thane33 Lakes. Known as ‘City of Lakes’

Best time to visit:

Parts of Maharashtra are favorites for heavy monsoons. The ideal time to find the beauty of Maharashtra is between October to March. Ganesh Chaturthi festival time is the peak travel period here.

Popular Festivals:

Makar SankrantiJanuary
Ratha SaptamiJanuary
Banganga FestivalJanuary
Elephanta FestivalFebruary
Shivaji JayantiFebruary
Ellora FestivalMarch
Gudhi PadwaUsually March
Maharashtra DayMay
Vat PurnimaMay – June
Palkhi FestivalStarts from June
Jiviti PujaJuly – August
Nag PanchamiJuly – August
Pola FestivalUsually August
Narali PurnimaAugust
Pune FestivalAugust / September
Ganesh ChaturthiAugust / September
Marabats and BadgyasAugust / September
Gokul AshtamiAugust / September
NavarataSeptember / October
Kojagiri PurnimaSeptember – October
Tripuri PurnimaNovember
Kalidas FestivalNovember