Maharashtra is a diverse state that attracts visitors with ancient cave temples, forts, mountains, wineries, spirituality, and beaches. Here are these top Maharashtra tourist places :-
- Ahmednagar Fort :
Ahmednagar Fort is one of the best designed forts in the entire state of Maharashtra. At the same time, it is also counted amongst the impregnable forts of India. The fort is situated in the Ahmednagar district and dates back to the year 1559.
- Ajanta Caves & Ellora Caves :
Ajanta Caves are one of the most magnificent Buddhist caves in the whole of India. They are situated at a distance of approximately 100 km from Aurangabad and 40 km from Jalgaon. Counted amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra, these caves have been found to date back to the 2nd century BC. Ellora Caves are situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of approximately 30 km from the city of Aurangabad. Founded in the period between 5th century and 10th century AD, these caves were declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a number of years back.
- Chowpatty, Juhu & Marine Drive Beach :
Chowpatty Beach is situated at the northern end of the Marine Drive, near the Malabar Hill of Mumbai. It is the place where you can come and enjoy, after a hard day at work. The serene waters of the sea, combined with the cool sands of the beach, let you relax completely. Juhu Beach is the most popular and most visited beach of the Mumbai city of India. A flat beach, it is situated in the heart of the city and remains crowded with visitors round the year. Marine Drive Beach is situated along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea and stretches right from the Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. The two ends of the beach come across as completely contrasting, with the Nariman Point being a concrete jungle and Malabar Hill being resplendent with nature’s beauty.
- Sinhagad Fort :
Adding to the attraction of the Pune city is the Sinhagad Fort, which lies in the vicinity of the city. The fort stands perched on a hill, at an altitude of approximately 700 m above the landscape that surrounds it. The height at which the fort stands has resulted in its being very popular.
- Iskcon Temple :
Situated near the magnificent Juhu Beach of Mumbai, the Iskcon Temple sprawls over an area of approximately 4 acres. Also known as the ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple’, it is counted amongst the most popular and most-visited temples of the city.
- Gateway of India :
Mumbai’s most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. The structural design of the Gateway of India is constituted of a large arch, with a height of 26m. The monument is built in yellow basalt and indissoluble concrete. The structural plan of Gateway of India is designed in the Indo-Saracenic style.One of the most prized possessions of the country, the Gateway of India is situated on the waterfront in South Mumbai. Anyone coming to Mumbai from this harbor is greeted by the huge monument.
- Haji Ali Dargah :
Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by Hindus and Muslims alike. It is basically the tomb of Haji Ali, a wealthy merchant who renounced all the worldly possessions and became a saint, after he returned from a pilgrimage to Mecca.
- Khandala & Lonavala :
If you travel to the Khandala hill station of Maharashtra, one thing is for sure – you will fall in love with it at the very first sight. Situated at a distance of approximately 101 km from the Mumbai city of India, the hill station is visited by most of the tourists who visit the Dream City. Lonavala hill resort lies nestled in the Sahayadri ranges of Maharashtra. It is perched at a height of approximately 625 m and is located at a distance of around 96 km from Mumbai and 62 km Pune. Lonavla comes to life during the monsoon season as the countryside turns lush green with waterfalls and ponds. It is famous throughout India for the hard candy sweet known as chikki and is also a major stop on the rail line connecting Mumbai and Pune.
- Alibag :
Alibag is a very picturesque town, situated along the west coast of India. It is a municipal council that falls under the Konkan region of Maharashtra and is counted amongst the popular weekend getaways from Mumbai. The town forms a part of the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Mandwa Beach and Kihim Beach are situated near Alibag, the beautiful hill station in Maharashtra. Both the beaches have been gifted with fabulous locales and extremely tranquil surroundings. This is what makes them a popular haunt, especially amongst the city dwellers.
10. Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary :
Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Amaravati district of Maharashtra and forms one of the popular excursions from the Amravati city. The sanctuary forms a part of the sole hill station of the Vidarbha region, characterized by beautiful lakes, serene lakes and cascading waterfalls.
– BY PRATIKSHA TRIVEDI