Maharashtra is a state of contrasting variations. From the hustle and bustle of its glamorous metropolis to the quaint, rustic villages hidden in the meek interiors, the state offers multifarious experiences. The capital city, Mumbai, acclaimed for being a city that never sleeps, is a salad bowl of cultures by itself. Nevertheless, the soul of Maharashtra rests in treasures that often miss the stardom. From beautiful hill stations nestled in the Sahyadri Mountains and sprawling Konkan coastlines to magnificent forts and enchanting caves, there is much to explore. But a true Maharashtrian experience is not complete without a taste of the lip smacking goodness that authentic Konkan cuisine is sure to deliver.
A quiet little hamlet in the interiors of Mahrashtra, Shirdi is the resting place of the famous Hindu saint, Sai Baba. Its association with this renowned personality makes it a frequented pilgrim destination which attracts multitudes of devotees who flock to pay their tributes. The Sai Baba Samadhi mandir and the Sai Baba chavidi are at the heart of this popular place. The other popular landmarks that may be at part of one’s travel itinerary include the Dwarkarnai Masjid, Dixit wada museum, the Sai heritage village and much more. For a fun and thrilling experience, the Fun and Joy waterpark is just the ticket.
Once regarded as a ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’ for its quiet and untouched environment, Pune is now the second largest city in Maharashtra featuring a blend of traditional and contemporary influences. Regarded as the cultural capital of the state, it comes with an array of vivid experiences. It encompasses eminent heritage and pilgrim sites such as the Agha Khan Palace, Osho shram , Tulsi Baugh and the National War Museum. Its temperate and favourable climate that backs its natural environment draws adventure enthusiasts from around the city. It comes packed with a plethora of history but also offers a rather contemporary holiday experience.
Enthralling, Exciting, Flamboyant: These are some words that begin to describe the magnitude of the city that never sleeps. This city always seems to steal the starlight for many reasons. Be it the birthplace of Bollywood or the city of dreamers, this bustling city is always burning with a fiery energy that never seems to subside. Once regarded as a thriving centre of the British colonial era, it continues to uphold the heritage of the glorious past. It may not appeal to everyone at the face of it, but once one starts to explore the greatness that makes up this vigorous city, there’s no turning back.
Set across a sprawling plateau, Mahabaleshwar is a hill station that promises an exhilarating holiday. Endowed with plenty of greenery, cascading waterfalls, enticing valleys and a pleasant weather all year round, it is a perfect getaway for those who seek a refreshing holiday experience. This peaceful destination has much to explore which include Elephant’s head point, Elphinston point, Arthur’s seat, Lingmala waterfall and Connaught peak. Left unperturbed by much commercial activity, the serene environment will leave you star-gazed. But a must-do activity while in Mahabaleshwar is relishing the abundant produce of berries- especially the local strawberries- and their multifarious by-products.
Situated amidst lush green valleys and mountain ranges, this hill station in Maharashtra is a popular hit among tourists. Its favourable climate and subterraneous landmass makes it an excellent place for adventure junkies. One can trek or hike up rugged hilltops or ride bikes across vast plains of sheer greenery and be ensured of a bewitching experience. The many tourist landmarks which include the bewildering Tiger’ leap, Bushi dam, Bhaja caves and the Rajmachi fort will guarantee a soulful holiday.