Maharashtra is a diverse state that attracts visitors with ancient cave temples, forts, mountains, wineries, spirituality, and beaches. Of course, there’s cosmopolitan Mumbai as well. You’ll find it all at these top Maharashtra tourist places.
Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, is the financial capital of India and the home of India’s Bollywood film industry. Also called India’s “maximum city”, Mumbai is known for its extreme standards of living, fast paced lifestyle, and the making (or breaking) of dreams. Stunning examples of colonial British architecture can be found all over the city and make up many of Mumbai’s top attractions. Mumbai also has a pulsating nightlife, with unforgettable bars, live music venues, and traveler hangouts.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are located near Aurangabad in northern Maharashtra, around 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Mumbai. There are 34 caves at Ellora dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, and 29 caves at Ajanta dating back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. While the Ajanta caves are rich in paintings and sculpture, the Ellora caves are renowned for their extraordinary architecture. The most incredible thing about all these caves is that they were crafted by hand, with only a hammer and chisel.
Shirdi is a small town in Maharashtra that’s devoted to the popular saint Sai Baba. He preached tolerance towards all religions and equality of all people. Devotees flock to Shirdi, as an important pilgrimage place.
Tadoba National Park
Overlooked by tourism until recently because it was off the beaten track and lacked accommodations, these days Tadoba National Park and Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best places to see a tiger in the wild in India.
Maharashtra’s Konkan Coast, which stretches south along the coast from Mumbai to Goa, is home to some beautiful undeveloped beaches. Alibaug is a very popular getaway due to its proximity to Mumbai. However, venture further down the coast and you’ll find plenty of lesser discovered beaches to explore. Ganpatipule and Tarkarli are two enticing beaches that are becoming hot destinations. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) provides quality beachfront accommodations at both places.
The closest hill settlement to Mumbai, Matheran was discovered in 1850 by the British during their occupation of India and subsequently developed into a popular summer retreat. At height of 800 meters (2,625 feet) above sea level, this serene place provides a cooling escape from searing temperatures. However, the most unique thing about it and what makes it so special, is that all vehicles are banned there — even bicycles. It’s a soothing place to relax away from any noise and pollution. Get there by taking the scenic toy train.
The popularity of wine in India has started growing rapidly. Along with it, India is also experiencing a boom in wine tourism. Many Indian vineyards now have tasting rooms, so wine enthusiasts can enjoy exploring India’s wine regions. It’s often possible to complete the experience by staying at at the vineyards. India’s main wine region is Nashik, around four hours northeast of Mumbai, in Maharashtra.