Maharashtra, located in the western part of India, is a state where myriads
of cultures coalesce, forming a rich tapestry of customs and traditions. The
Maharashtrians are passionate about art and culture. Fairs, festivals, music
and dance seem to permeate the soil of the state. It is due to a good number
of World Heritage Sites, hill stations, entertainment options and a cultural
and architectural legacy that tourists love to visit the cities and towns of
Maharashtra time and again.
The state experiences a moderate type of climate, owing to its closeness to
the Arabian Sea. Summers, that extend from March to June, are warm. The
maximum temperature during this period records 35 degrees centigrade.
Maharashtra receives a good amount of rainfall between July and September.
Winters, from October to February, are cool. The minimum temperature during
winters measures 16 degrees centigrade. You can arrange a trip to the state
anytime of the year, except the monsoon months.
Important Cities & Towns
Mumbai, the seat of Hindi film industry, is the capital of Maharashtra.
Besides, the city also happens to the commercial capital of India. Pune,
Nagpur, Kolhapur, Matheran, Nashik and Satara are the other famous tourist
destinations in the state. Matheran, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are places
where you can enjoy some exotic sights to the accompaniment of clean, cool
and fresh air. Nashik is known as an important pilgrimage centres both among
locals and tourists.
People & Culture
The Hindus form a major part of the state's population. Festivals like
Ganeshotsav and Deewali showcase the true spirit and exuberance of the
people of Maharashtra. English, Hindi and Marathi are the chief spoken
languages of the state. Folk dance and music are an essential part of the
people's life here. The popular folk music of Maharashtra include Gondhal,
Lavani, Bharud, Powada etc. Cuisines of Maharashtra vary a little from
region to region.
Famous Travel Attractions
in terms of tourist attractions, is a must on every traveller's itinerary.
The city of Mumbai itself is a major draw for tourists. The Gateway of
India, Haji Ali Tomb, Water Kingdom, Essel World and the Film City are sites
one would never want to miss. Tourists love to spend time at closely located
hill stations like Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Khandala etc. Pilgrims
or those who wish to soak up spiritual charm may plan a visit to Shirdi, 296
km from Mumbai. Aurangabad is perhaps the most important destination for
tourists here; from here you can visit the ancient caves of Ajanta and
Ellora which are just a few kilometres from the city. Last, but in no way
the least, you can make a trip to the Elephanta Caves from Apollo Bunder in
Air/ Rail/ Road Links
Maharashtra has five domestic airports at Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik
and Nagpur. Mumbai also has an international airport Chattrapati
Shivaji International Airport. There are regular flights connecting Mumbai
with all the key destinations of the country and the world. Mumbai also
serves as the headquarters of both the Western and the Central Railways. An
excellent road network keeps the state well connected to the rest of the
country. One can also avail of catamaran services linking Mumbai, Ratnagiri