Top ten tourist destinations in Maharashtra

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Ranked as the 4th state which is flooded by domestic tourist throughout the year, Maharashtra has got many destinations to amaze its visitors with. Bordered by the Arabian Sea, this land of Marathas is most pleasant in monsoons and summer season. So well located geographically, this state empowers magnificent flora and fauna for tourists. Now, let’s have a look on top ten tourist destinations in Maharashtra, the richest state in India.

Top ten tourist destinations in Maharashtra

1.     Nagpur

The winter capital of third largest Indian state, Nagpur is the largest city in central India. By parameters of greenery and health care, Nagpur is regarded as one of the best cities in India to show such livability. Also known as “the Orange City”, this state has the most beautiful Buddhist stupa’s of our country.

Popular places to visit:  

Ramtek, BAPS Swaminarayan Temple, Sitabuldi Fort, Deekshabhoomi, Mahalaxmi Devasthan, Zero Mile, Maharajbagh zoo etc.

2.     Mumbai

Famously known as: “The Maximum City”, “The City of Dreams”, “Land of Bollywood” and “Financial Capital of India”. Mumbai / Bombay is India’s most populous metropolitan and world’s 5th. Being the wealthiest city, it also features numerous places for its visitors. Mumbai has so much to offer that you might take more than a week to explore it, that’s why we have included it in the top ten tourist destinations in Maharashtra.

Popular places to visit:       

Marine drive, Gateway of India, Girgaum Chowpatty, Haji Ali Dargah, Victoria terminus, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel world & Water kingdom, Juhu Beach, Colaba Causeway, Bandra Worli Sea Link etc.

3.     Matheran

At an altitude of 800m, Matheran is a small hill station in Maharashtra. It’s the most favorite weekend trip for locals of the state. The state government has banned vehicles in the town and declared it as the Eco-sensitive area of Maharashtra. If you want a place away from the hustle bustle of metropolitans, Matheran shall be the abode for resting your soul on your next trip.

Popular places to visit:  

Louisa point, Panorama point, Monkey point, Porcupine point, Echo point, Charlotte Lake, Alexander point, Honeymoon hill, Sivaji’s ladder etc.

4.     Alibag

Despite the popularity, some people find Mumbai beaches unclean and crowded, for all of them Alibag has got the best beaches to visit. It’s a small coastal town has many temples featuring the Hindu Maratha architecture. A long walk amidst the woods here shall contemplate the solidarity out of you.

Popular places to visit:  

Kihim beach, Alibaug beach, Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple, Kanakeshwar forest, Kolaba fort, Hanuman temple, Murud, Janjira fort, Water Sports etc.

5.     Lonavala

Lonavala is the hill station of Maharashtra that can give you seriously astonishing memories for life. Khandala is just like a twin hilly sister accompanying Lonavala and adding more beautiful views for the tourists. As the name suggests it’s the town of caves with many beautiful caves all over the place. On the way, you may also spend some precious moments in Rajmachi as well and realize why Lonavala is a must to be in top ten destinations in Maharashtra.

Popular places to visit:  

Tiger Point, Karla Caves, Lion’s Point, Bhaja Caves, Kune Falls, Bushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Imagica Adlabs, Amrutanjan Point, Celebrity Wax Museum, Rajmachietc.

6.     Aurangabad

The famous “City of Gates”, Aurangabad was named after ruler Aurangzeb. One of the most famous heritage sites of our country i.e. Ajanta and Ellora caves are found here. Nearby the Nizam’s city this place is also inclined towards Muslim and Mughal way of living. The state tourism claims it is one of the fastest growing cities in the country as well.

Popular places to visit:  

Ajanta & Ellora caves, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Bhadra Maruti, Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Siddharth Garden, Panchakki (Water Mill), Jayakwadi Dam etc.

7.     Mahabaleshwar

Known as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra, it would be unfair to complete this list of top ten tourist destinations in Maharashtra without mentioning Mahabaleshwar. The magnificent strawberry farms of this area are the favorites of its visitors. It has a charming natural beauty of lakes, dense forests, hills, valleys, waterfalls and much more.

Popular places to visit:  

Elephant’s Head point, Arthur’s seat, Wilson Point, Venna Lake, Chinaman’s falls, Elphinstone Point, Dhobi waterfall, Lingamala Falls etc.

8.     Kolhapur

If you are a history lover and an admirer of natural beauty, Kolhapur shall top your weekend destination list then. The Kolhapuri leather slippers and necklaces are famous throughout the country, hence you may also carry heavy shopping bags back home from here. It is the home of most of India’s best wrestlers.

Popular places to visit:  

Mahalakshmi Temple, Jyotiba Temple, Rankala Lake, Chhatrapati Sahu Museum, Panhala Fort etc.

9.     Khandala

In addition to being the most favorite place for all hikers and trekkers, Khandala is also a sweet destination for couples. High cliffs, green hills, cloudy waterfalls and tranquil lakes make this place a natural bliss for the people struggling with traffic throughout their weekdays. Being hyped by a famous Bollywood track, “Aati kya Khandala”, it becomes vital to include Khandala in our list of top ten tourist destinations in Maharashtra.

Popular places to visit:  

Rajmachi Fort, Lohagad Fort, Bedsa caves, Visapur Fort, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap, Kune Waterfalls, Bushi Dametc.

10.  Nashik

Presenting the origin point for the river Godavari, Nashik is a holy retreat for Maharashtrian people. Nashik hosts the famous Kumbh Mela, of our country once every 12th year. Besides the aesthetic importance, it also wows all the foodies with remarkable Marathi cuisines. Also, it is known as the “wine capital of India”, so you can also visit lovely vineyards in the countryside.

Popular places to visit:  

Panchavati, Someshwar, Ram Kund, Muktidham Temple, Coin Museum, Pandavleni Caves etc.

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