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Located in the western part of the country along the Arabian Sea, Maharashtra is third largest state of India. It shares its state boundary with Gujarat and Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli to the north-west, Madhya Pradesh to the north and north-east, Chhattisgarh to the east, Andhra Pradesh to the south-east, Karnataka to the south and Goa to the south-west; however, from west, the Arabian Sea limits its boundary. The state Maharashtra is the second most populous first-level administrative country sub-division of the world. The capital city Mumbai is the largest city and financial capital of the country India.

By the time of 17th century, Chhatrapati Shivaji took the command and Marathas established their rules. Furthermore, Marathas expanded their territory beyond the Maharashtra region; however, after the third Anglo-Maratha War, the Maratha Empire lost its regime and most parts of the Maharashtra came directly under British Raj as part of Bombay State

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However, after the independence, the Marathi speaking people demanded the unification and asked for one state leaded by the Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti. But the difficulty was very large geographical area of the state that may create problem in governance. Nevertheless, finally in the year 1960, the Marathi speaking region has been made a state known as Maharashtra.

Geographically, the state has plain, plateau, mountain and coastal areas; the Western Ghats also known as Sahyadri, are a hilly range that run parallel to the western part of the state and along the coast of Arabian Sea. Located nearby the Nashik City, Kalsubai is the largest city of the Sahyadris Range. Sahyadri Range is also source of many peninsular rivers and waterfalls. Deccan Plateau lies in the east of Sahyadri. The major rivers are Godavari, Krishana, Narmada etc.

Maharashtra Tourism

There are dozens of tourists’ attractions with various features; you can enjoy here highly modern city Mumbai, at the same time, there is also remote villages in the state. The world famous heritage Ajanta and Ellora are the must visit places. Along with National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, there are various distinct attractions in the state. This is the reason that Indian state Maharashtra is the most preferred tourists’ destination for foreigner tourists; in addition, as per the 2010 data, it is 4th most visited state in terms of domestic tourists. Furthermore, it has over 550 forts including over 20 Sea Forts, 720 km of coastline, the implausible Western Ghats and wonderful wildlife and camping possibilities.

Major Tourists’ Attractions in Maharashtra

Cities of Maharashtra

Mumbai: Located at the coast of Arabian Sea, Mumbai is the largest city and financial capital of India. The city is equivalent of US cities Los Angeles (because of being a film city i.e. Bollywood) and New York (because of being business centre of the country). Nightlife of Mumbai is quite popular. However, some of the most preferred tourists’ attractions of the city are Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, The Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Architectural Stone Structure, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Hanging Gardens, Mahalaxmi Temple, Haji Ali Shrine, Chowpati Beach and many more.

Pune: More popularly known as the cultural capital of state Maharashtra, it is one of the educational centres of the country India. Major attractions of the city are Lal Mahal (the Red Palace), Parvati Temples, Chaturshringi Temple, Pataleshwar Temple and many more. The city has also various scenic landscapes. Above all, one of the greenest cities of India, Pune is also known as the ‘Queen of the Deccan’ and ‘Oxford of the East’. It is also popular of Asho Ashram.

Aurangabad: More popularly known as ‘tourism capital of Maharashtra, Aurangabad is one of the most visited tourists’ centres in Maharashtra. The major attractions are Ajanta and Ellora caves. In these caves, the ancient Buddhist lives on the stone have been depicted.

Nagpur: Located in the western part of Maharashtra it is the winter capital. The senate of the state is pretty mesmerizing. Nagpur is the orange city of India. Major attractions of the city are stupa at Deekshabhoomi, Tekadi Ganesh mandir on Sitabuildi fort complex, Maharajbagh zoo, Futala Lake etc.

Nashik: Located in the Western Ghats, on the western side of the Deccan peninsula on the bank of the River Godavari, it is one of the sacred places of India. The city of temple has picturesque landscapes. Trimbakeshwar, located nearby Nashik is centre of one of the Jyotirling of lord Shiva. Above all, city produces grape on large scale, which are largely used in making wine; hence, it is the “Wine Capital of India”.

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Satara: Located in the western part of Maharashtra it is a popular tourists’ destination. Major tourists’ attractions are Mahabaleshwar, Wai, Panchgani etc.

Other popular cities are:

• Kolhapur
• Amaravati
• Buldhana
• Chandrapur
• Jalgaon
• Ratnagiri
• Sangli
• Solapur
• Thane

Hill stations

• Lonavala
• Mahabaleshwar
• Khandala
• Amboli
• Lavasa
• Matheran
• Panchgani
• Chikhaldara
• Igatpuri
• Jawhar
• Karjat
• Panhala
• Toranmal

Religious Places

Shirdi: Located nearby Nashik, it is the temple of Sai Baba. It is one of the most visited religious places in Maharashtra.
Tuljapur: Known for Tuljabhavani Temple
Shegaon: Known for Gajanan Maharaj Temple
Hajiali: It is located in south Mumbai

Adventure Tourism

There are various adventure activities in Maharashtra for adventure lovers such as:

Paragliding: It is not only a competitive adventure sport but also recreational that thrills paragliders.
Gliding: It is one of the thrilling and refreshing activities air sport adventure. While gliding, pilots fly unpowered aircraft, which is known as gliders or sailplanes. It uses natural currents of rising air in the atmosphere to remain airborne.
Rock climbing: Rock climbing is such kind of activity that requires physically and mentally strong people. So, the physically and mentally strong people who have endurance and agility can enjoy rock climbing the fullest.
Scuba Diving: A scuba diving is underwater sports; you need swimfins attached to your feet and gas kit to breath. You can enjoy various marine lives on your scuba diving tour in the water.
Snorkelling: Snorkelling is a popular recreational under water activity. It is very refreshing that also give you relief from tiredness.

Other Popular Adventure Tourism

• Kayaking
• Canoeing
• Trekking
• Wildlife Safari

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