26 Feb
2019

Series 1: Maharashtra State

Maharashtra State lies on the Western Central region of India. It is the third largest state by area in India. It is blessed with 720 Km Long Coastline on its western side along the Arabian Sea.

Maharashtra is divided into five geographic regions viz. Konkan, Khandesh, Vidharbha, Marathwada & Desh.

Konkan is the coastal region strip on the western part of Maharashtra. Tourist attraction places such as Mumbai, Alibaug, Shrivardhan – Harihareshwar, Sindhudurg, Tarkarli – Devbaug lies on this coastal strip.

Khandesh is the North-Western region of Maharashtra. Dhule, Jalgaon & Bhusawal are the major cities in this area. Tourist attraction places in Khandesh are Mehrun & Mahatma Gandhi Park in Jalgaon, Historic Forts such as Bhamer Fort, Thalner Fort in Dhule.

Vidharbha is the Easternmost region of the state. Tourist attraction places in Vidarbha are Tadoba National Park (Tiger Reserve) near Chandrapur,  Sewagram Ashram ( Mahatma Gandhiji’s Ashram ) in Wardha and Hemalkasa Prakalpa in Gadchiroli District.

Marathwada is southeastern part of Maharashtra State. Tourist attraction places in Marathwada are Ajanta & Ellora Caves (UN Heritage Site) near Aurangabad, Bibi Ka Makbara ( Replica of Taj Mahal ) in Aurangabad & Prozone Mall – Largest & First Horizontally Designed Mall in India.

Desh region is the Centre of the state. Districts such as Pune, Nashik, Satara, Ahmednagar falls in this area. Major Tourist attractions in this region are Sula Wines (Resort) in Nashik, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Forts near Pune, Pilgrimage & Religious Places near Nashik & Ahmednagar. Trekking destinations in Pune & Nasik. Evergreen Lonavala & Khandala.

Top 06 Best Tourist Destinations in Maharashtra India

Tourist Location is analyzed on basic of below mentioned Six Parameters

  • Accessibility & Connectivity (Air | Rail | Road)
  • Stay ( City Centre | Countryside)
  • Places To Explore ( Nearby | One day Return)
  • Best Time To Visit ( Seasonal | Round the Year)
  • Stay Duration ( Max. Days To Cover This Destination)
  • Budget ( Economy | Luxury )

Let’s Go………………

We will assume “ Mumbai ” the place to start your Journey

Mumbai

Pic: Gateway of India & The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai

Mumbai is a City of Dreams, City Of Bollywood, Financial & Commercial Capital Of India & Yes Capital of Maharashtra State.

Accessibility & Connectivity:

Air:

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai (BOM).

This Airport created a record of Worlds Busiest Airport in the Year 2018 with 1003 Flights In 24 Hrs.  The airport has two Terminals & Terminal 2 serves International Arrivals & Departures.

Other Cities in Maharashtra is well connected with Domestic Flights from Mumbai. Many Low-cost Flights operates from Mumbai.

Railways:

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, This monument is declared as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004.

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Local Trains are known as Lifeline of Mumbai, CSTM is the most photographed place in India, just behind the 7 Wonders of the World listed ‘Taj Mahal’.  Solo Traveler or City Explorer often takes Local Trains to Travel in various parts of Mumbai & Suburbans to explore the local life in Mumbai.

Apart from Local trains, Metro Rails can also be used to commute within the city.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are well connected with Mumbai, through Railway Network. You will find Less Expensive travel with Railways as compared to Air Travel.

Road:

PC: By Umesh Kale from Pune, India – Mumbai-Pune Expressway, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3298760

Road Network within Mumbai is very well planned & connects to all tourist places. Local Taxis (Yellow-Black), Private Taxis ( Ola, Uber etc.) & Auto Rikshaws can be hired as and when required.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are also well connected with Mumbai. Private Bus Operators as well as Government AC Buses Operates from Mumbai & connects to every other city of Maharashtra.

Mumbai-Pune Expressway Journey is a treat in Rainy season. Natural Waterfalls, Mountains etc. are the scenic things tourist experience throughout this Expressway Journey.

Stay: City Centre

You will find various selection options to stay in Hotels, right from Super Luxurious ( The Taj Mahal Hotel ) to Budget Hotels in Mumbai.

Some of the Best Hotels (5 Star Range) are listed below for your reference:

  • The Lalit
  • Hotel Inn
  • JW Marriot
  • Grand Hyatt
  • ITC Maratha

These are just a few to name, more can be explored depending upon your requirement & Budget.

Places To Explore in Mumbai:

  • Gateway of India
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Juhu Beach
  • Girgaon Chowpaty
  • Shree Sidhivinayak Temple
  • Haji Ali Darga
  • Marine Drive
  • Colaba Causeway – Shoppers Paradise
  • CSMT Railway Station
  • Bombay Stock Exchange
  • Null Market & Chor Bazaar
  • Wankhede Stadium
  • Mahalaxmi Temple

While visiting the above places please do not forget to try your hands on –
– “Wada-Pav”,   “Pani-Puri”, “Pav-Bhaji”, Mumbai’s Famous Savoury.

Best Time To Visit:

Climate & Weather:

Avg Temperature throughout the Year – High 32° C  | Low 20° C Mostly Humid Conditions.

Avoid Visiting during peak Rainy Season – Month June | July ( Rainfall –  Avg 650 ml.)

Best Time – Any Date & Time except peak Rainy Season, but if want to enjoy monsoon season in Mumbai, you are most Welcome.

Stay Duration:

Plan for Stay of 2 Nights & 3 Days. (Recommended)

Budget:

Luxurious Stay –  Price Starts From $200 / Night / Couple

Economical Stay –  Price Starts From $25.00 / Night / Couple

Let’s Move on to the Oxford Of East……. Pune City

Pune

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As Mumbai is known as the City of Dreams, Pune is known as Oxford of East due to the presence of various World-Class Educational Institutes & Universities. Students from across the world come to Pune for pursuing there higher education.

Pune was recently rated Number 1 Place to Live in India.

Accessibility & Connectivity:

Air:

Pune International Airport. (PNQ)

This Airport is located 10 Km away from City Centre at Lohegaon. International Flights From Dubai, Abu-Dhabi & Singapore operates from this Airport. This Airport is not a busy airport like Mumbai but connects to major cities of India viz. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Chennai etc.

Railways:

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Pune Railway Station is the Main Junction of Maharashtra. Daily thousands of travellers commute through this Junction to various parts of Maharashtra & India.

Pune – Lonavala Local Train is used by many tourists & solo travellers to visit scenic Twin-city of Lonavala & Khandala ( A Hill station Twin-Cities) which is also famous for various tourist points & “Chikki” ( Energy Bar made out of Nuts & Jaggary)

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are well connected with Pune, through Railway Network. You will find Less Expensive travel with Railways as compared to Air Travel.

Road:

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Road Network within Pune is very well planned & connects to all tourist places. Private Taxis ( Ola, Uber etc.) & Auto Rikshaws can be hired as and when required.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are also well connected with Pune. As mentioned in Mumbai Section Mumbai-Pune Expressway Journey is a treat in Rainy season.

Stay: City Centre

You will find various selection options to stay in Hotels, right from Super Luxurious ( The Vivanta – By Taj ) to Budget Hotels in Pune.

Some of the Best Hotels (5 Star Range) are listed below for your reference:

  • Conrad Pune
  • Vivanta Blue Diamond
  • Sheraton Grand
  • JW Marriot
  • Grand Hyatt
  • O Hotel
  • The Pride Hotel

These are just a few to name, more can be explored depending upon your requirement & Budget.

Places To Explore in Pune:

  • Shaniwarwada Fort
  • Rajeev Gandhi Zoo & Snake Garden
  • Aga-Khan Palace ( Related To Mahatma Gandhiji)
  • Sinhagad Fort | Rajgad Fort
  • Raja Dinkar Kelkar Musem
  • Laxmi Road & Tulsi-Baug for Traditional Shopping ( Crowded)
  • Nightlife in Koregaon Park
  • Dhagdushet Halwai Ganpati Temple
  • Magarpatta City ( Best Planned City )
  • Parvati Hill
  • Lonavala | Khandala | Mahabaleshwar | Vai | Panchgani ( Near Pune) (All Hill Stations)
  • Osho Ashram ( Related to Osho – Rajneeshji Spiritual Guru)
  • Astavinayak Darshan ( 8 God Ganpati Places to explore in & around Pune – Mostly Countryside, 1 N 2D Journey )

While visiting the above places please do not forget to try your hands on –

–  “Bedekar Misal”,   “Bhakarwadi”, “Maharashtrian Veg-Thali”, “Puranpoli”, “Ukdi – che Modak”, “Mastani”  Pune’s Famous Savoury.

Best Time To Visit:

Climate & Weather:

Avg Temperature throughout the Year – High 37° C  | Low 18° C

Rainfall – Moderate

Best Time – Any Date & Time throughout the Year

Stay Duration:

Plan for Stay of 4 Nights & 5 Days. (Recommended)

Budget:

Luxurious Stay –  Price Starts From $100 / Night / Couple

Economical Stay –  Price Starts From $35.00 / Night / Couple

Let’s Move on to a City which has a UNESCO Declared World Heritage destination……. Aurangabad

Aurangabad

Kranti Chowk, Aurangabad, Maharashtra State.
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Aurangabad is known as Tourism Hub Of Maharashtra & is surrounded by many Historical Monuments & UNESCO declared World Heritage sites of Ajanta & Ellora.

Aurangabad is approximately 350 Km from Mumbai via Nashik & 240Km from Pune via Ahmednagar when travelled by Road.

Accessibility & Connectivity:

Air:

Aurangabad Airport. (IXU)

This Airport is located approximately 06 Km away from City Centre & 12 Km From Railway Station. This Airport caters mainly Domestic Flights. Other cities viz. Mumbai, Delhi & Hyderabad are well connected by flights through this airport.

Railways:

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Other Cities in Maharashtra State viz. Nashik, Latur, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur etc. are well connected with Aurangabad, through Railway Network. You will find Less Expensive travel with Railways as compared to Air Travel.

Road:

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Road Network within Aurangabad is very well planned & connects to all tourist places. Private Rental Cabs & Auto Rikshaws can be hired as and when required.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are also well connected with Aurangabad.

Stay: City Centre

You will find various selection options to stay in Hotels, right from Super Luxurious ( The Vivanta Aurangabad ) to Budget Hotels in Aurangabad.

Some of the Best Hotels (5 & 4 Star Range) are listed below for your reference:

  • Vivanta, Aurangabad
  • Ambassador Ajanta, Aurangabad
  • Lemon Tree, Aurangabad
  • Keys Hotel-The Aures, Aurangabad
  • Hotel AGC, Aurangabad
  • VITS, Aurangabad

These are just a few to name, more can be explored depending upon your requirement & Budget.

Places To Explore in Aurangabad:

  • Daulatabad Fort
  • Ajanta Caves, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Ellora Caves Must See The Kailas Temple
  • Bibi Ka Makbara, Taj Mahal look-a-like
  • Jayakwadi Dam
  • Lonar Crater Lake (3 Hrs. From Aurangabad), Must See
  • Panchakki Must see
  • Prozone Mall, One of the largest Mall in India
  • Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Ancient Religious Place
  • Bhadra Maruti Temple
  • Siddharth Zoo & Garden
  • H2O Waterpark, Recreational

While visiting the above places please do not forget to try your hands on –
–  “Mava Jelebi”,   “Paya Soup (Non-Veg) ”, “Naan-Khaliya(Non-Veg) ”, Aurangabad’s Famous Savoury.

Best Time To Visit:

Climate & Weather:

Avg Temperature throughout the Year – High 37° C  | Low 22° C

Rainfall – Low to Moderate

Best Time – Any Date & Time throughout the Year

Stay Duration:

Plan for Stay of 3 Nights & 4 Days. (Recommended)

Budget:

Luxurious Stay –  Price Starts From $110 / Night / Couple

Economical Stay –  Price Starts From $30.00 / Night / Couple

Let’s Move on to the Grape City & Wine Capital of India ……………..Nasik

Nasik

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Nasik is known as Piligramage City Of India and situated on holy river Godavari. Nasik is also know as “Wine Capital of India” as half of India’s  Vineyard’s & Wineries are Located in Nasik.

Grape Farming is the Major Agricultural activity carried out in Nasik, and hence Nasik is also know as “Grape City” of India.

 “Pimpalgaon Baswant – City Near Nasik” is known as “Onion Capital of India”  as majority of Onion requirement of Country is fulfilled from this place.

Accessibility & Connectivity:

Air:

Nasik Airport, Formely known as Ozar Airport. (ISK)

This Airport is located 25 Km away from City Centre at Ozar. This Airport is not a busy airport like other airports. Traveler from Mumbai needs to check the schedule of flights from Mumbai as flights do not operate regularly on this route.

Railways:

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Nasik Road Railway Station is the Main Railway connecting North Maharashtra. Daily thousands of travellers commute through this Junction to various parts of Maharashtra & India.

Manmad – Mumbai Panchavati Express is the main train connecting Mumbai and is used by many tourists & solo travellers to visit the Grape City.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are well connected with Nasik, through Railway Network. You will find Less Expensive travel with Railways as compared to Air & Bus Travel.

Road:

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Road Network within Nasik is very well planned & connects to all tourist places. Private Auto Rikshaws can be hired as and when required.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are also well connected with Nasik.

Stay: City Centre

You will find various selection options to stay in Hotels, right from Super Luxurious ( The Gateway Hotel ) to Budget Hotels in Nasik.

Some of the Best Hotels (5 & 4 Star Range) are listed below for your reference:

  • The Gateway Hotel Ambad
  • The Hi 5 Hotel & Experience
  • Express Inn – The Business Luxury Hotel
  • Meuse Jupiter Business Luxury Hotel
  • Grand Rio
  • 3 Keys Villa
  • Ginger Nashik ( 3*)

These are just a few to name, more can be explored depending upon your requirement & Budget.

Places To Explore in Nasik:

  • Godavari Ghat, Ancient Temples
  • Panchavati, Must Visit Ramayana Era Place
  • Trimbakeswar, Trekking Lover Must Plan for visit
  • Sula Wines & Resorts, Wine Tasting & Recreational
  • Gargoti Museum, Geological Mineral Museum
  • Saptashrungi Mountain, Trekking Lover Must Plan for visit
  • Pandavleni Caves, Ancient Buddha Caves Must Visit
  • Phalke Smarak, Father of Indian Cinema
  • Anjneri Hill & Harihar Fort, Trekking Lovers
  • Gangapur Dam, Recreational
  • City Centre Mall, Shopping Evening
  • Someshwar Waterfall, Recreational
  • Nasik Darshan, 1 day tour covering 5-6 destinations , If in Hurry
  • Shirdi, World Famous Sree Saibaba Samadhi Temple ( Near Nasik )
  • Bhandardhara, Tourist Attraction ( Near Nasik )
  • Kalsubai Peak, Trekking Lovers

While visiting the above places please do not forget to try your hands on –

–  “Nasik Misal Pav”, “Pav-wada”, “Sabudanawada” Nasik’s Famous Savoury.

Best Time To Visit:

Climate & Weather:

Avg Temperature throughout the Year – High 37° C  | Low 10° C

Rainfall – Moderate

Best Time – Any Date & Time throughout the Year

Stay Duration:

Plan for Stay of 3 Nights & 4 Days. (Recommended)

Budget:

Luxurious Stay –  Price Starts From $150 / Night / Couple

Economical Stay –  Price Starts From $30.00 / Night / Couple

Let’s Move on to a City where you can Scuba Dive to Explore Marine Life!!!……..Tarkarli

Tarkarli – Devbaug – Malvan – Sindudurgh (Coastal Towns in Konkan)

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Tarkarli is a Quite & Calm Costal Town with many Tourist Attractions places. Main Occupation in this town is Tourism.

This destination is a paradise for Sea-food Lovers. Malvani Food, Scuba Diving, Water Sports are the main attractions.

You can Enjoy King of Fruits “ Alfanso Mango (Happus Amba)” & Jackfruit if you visits during Summer.

Accessibility & Connectivity:

Air:

Dabolim Airport (Goa State).

This Airport is the nearest Airport to reach this location & located 135 Km away from Tarkarli.

Konkan Trip along with World famous tourist destination Goa can be planned  jointly.

Railways:

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Kudal Railway Station (Konkan Railways) is the Nearest Railway for visiting Tarkarli – Devbaug – Malvan – Sindudurgh.

Local Buses | Private Vehicles can be hired from Kudal to reach Tarkarli.

Tarkarli is approximately 32 Km from Kudal.

Visiting Konkan by train in early Monsoon is a Good Visual treat & amazing travel experience.

Road:

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Internal Roads in Tarkarli are Narrow county roads, but connects all Tourist destinations.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are also well connected with Malvan & Sindudurgh.

Stay: Outskirts on Costal Resorts

You will find various selection options of Budget Hotels & Home stay in Devbaug – Tarkarli.

Some of the Best Hotels & Homestay Rooms (Budget) are listed below for your reference:

  • GK Beach Resort
  • Tarkarli Holiday Homes & Beach Resorts
  • Tarkarli Hospitality
  • Tarkarli Niwas Nyahari
  • OYO 15532 Konark Residency
  • Seasons Beach Resort
  • United 21 Hotel Sagar Kinara

These are just a few to name, more can be explored depending upon your requirement & Budget.

Places To Explore in Tarkarli – Devbaug – Malvan – Sindhudurg:

  • Tarkarli & Devbaugh Beach
  • Sindudurgh Fort
  • Tsunami Island ( Confirm timings to visit )
  • Scuba diving in Tarkarli or near Sindhudurg fort ( Depends on Water calmness)
  • Water Sports in Devbaug
  • Karli Backwaters, Sangam Point ( Karli River & Arabian Sea Junction)
  • Achra & Kolamb Beach
  • Indian Institute of Scuba Diving & Aquetic Sports
  • Rock Garden
  • Mahapurush Temple
  • Malvan Market
  • Niviti Beach

While visiting the above places please do not forget to try your hands on –

–  “Malvani Paplet (Pompreht) Thali”, “Sol-kadi (Cool Drink)”, “Kolambi Bhaat (Prawns Biryani)”, “Amba & Fanas wadi”,  “Alfanso Mangoes & Jackfruit” in Summer Season, Konkan’s Famous Savoury & Fruits.

Best Time To Visit:

Climate & Weather:

Avg Temperature throughout the Year –  Tropical Climate, Avg Temperature 27°C

Rainfall – Heavy

Best Time – Avoid Peak Monsoon Period, Best Months – September to March

Stay Duration:

Plan for Stay of 4 Nights & 5 Days. (Recommended)

Budget:

Economical Stay –  Price Starts From $30.00 / Night / Couple

 Let’s Move on for Jungle Safari………. Tadoba Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur

Tadoba Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur

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Tadoba Andhari Reserve Park is the largest National Park in Maharashtra. This Reserve is home to more than 80 Bengal Tigers. Apart From Royal Bengal Tigers, other wild animals such as Leopards, Nil Gai, Stripped Hyena, Jungle Cats, Sambar, Barking Deer etc. also habitats in this reserve.

Various Species of Birds & Butterflies can also be seen. Must Visit for Bird watchers!

The main attraction at Tadoba National Park is Jungle Safari (Tour). Open Top SUV vehicles | Buses are available for visitors along with Trained local Guides.

Accomodations are also available at various locations.

Tadoba Tour is the “Dream Come True” trip for Nature & Wildlife Photographers.

Accessibility & Connectivity:

Air:

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur (NAG)

This Airport is located 150 Km away from Tadoba Reserve. This Airport is not a busy airport like Mumbai but connects to major cities of India viz. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune etc.

Railways:

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Tadoba Reserve is 45 Km from Chandrapur Railway Station. Taxis & Buses are available from Railway Station to reach Tadoba Reserve.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are well connected with Chandrapur, through Railway Network. You will find Less Expensive travel with Railways as compared to Air Travel.

Road:

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Road Network within Tadoba Reserve is mostly motorable, some streches may be of Kutcha Roads (Mud roads). Beaware Tigers Often crosses the Road, We are into their territory & not otherway round.

Other Cities in Maharashtra State are also well connected with Chandrapur.

Stay: Tiger Reserve

You will find various selection options to stay in Tiger Reserve.

Some of the Best Resorts are listed below for your reference:

  • Tadoba Tiger Resort
  • Tadoba Tiger King Resort

These are just a few to name, more can be explored depending upon your requirement & Budget.

Places To Explore in Tadoba:

  • Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Safari
  • Moharli, Safari, Best For Tiger Sightings
  • Navegaon & Kolara, Best for Bird Watchers
  • Khosla, Safari
  • Tadoba Lake, Recreational
  • Erai dam, Recreational
  • Tadoba Market, Shopping
  • Sevagram (120 Km from Tadoba) (Related To Mahatma Gandhiji)
  • Mahakali Temple, Chandrapur

Note:

  • Jungle Safaries are conducted in two slots per day, First in Morning 6:00 am to 10:00 am & Second in Evening 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Park Safaries & Resorts shall be booked in advance & Valid ID cards are required to book the safaries
    • Park is closed on Tuesdays
    • Annual Reserve Closures are from July to Sepetember

Best Time To Visit:

Climate & Weather:

Avg Temperature throughout the Year – High 32° C  | Low 18° C Summers are Hot in Tadoba

Rainfall – Moderate

Best Time – All, Except from July to Septmber (Park Closed), Park closed on all Tuesdays

Stay Duration:

Plan for Stay of 6 Nights & 7 Days. (Recommended)

Budget:

Resort Stay –  Price Starts From $90 / Night / Couple

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