Maharashtra, the third largest state of India attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world. Maharashtra is blessed with beauty, heritage, nature, adventure, great places like national parks, sanctuaries, temples and ghat and many more. Maharashtra which is known for diversity, you can find here people of the different region, caste living with dignity and peace. Maharashtra has surely become the no. 1 spot for tourist attraction in India. So, we at Grand Tourio brings you the "15 Popular Places To Visit In Maharashtra"
Aurangabad being the Tourism Capital of Maharashtra attracts many tourists towards its beauty. It is also known as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can find here one of the most ancient caves Ajanta and Ellora built during the Mughal Era. It is one of the oldest world heritage sites in India and the most prominent places to visit in Maharashtra. These caves are also the most visited ancient monuments in India and most visited tourist place in Maharashtra.
Mumbai, the Financial Capital of the country and the capital city of Maharashtra is home to a large number of tourist attractions, Gateway Of India being one of them. Gateway of India is the most visited tourist destination not only in Mumbai but all over Maharashtra. The locality around Gateway Of India also includes some of the best and reputed hotels in the world such as The Taj Mahal Hotel and Oberoi Hotel. Gateway Of India symbolized Historical Significance, it is the point from where the last British troops left India.
Elephanta caves are a collection of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Elephanta caves is approximately 10 km to the east of gateway of India. You have to take ferry services from Gateway Of India to reach there. Elephanta is basically an island in the Arabian Sea which consists of 1 Major cave and 5-6 other minor caves with some variations. This is one of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site which you must not miss.
Bibi Ka Maqbara is another beautiful location from the tourism capital from Maharashtra, Aurangabad. Bibi Ka Maqbara which is slightly similar to Taj Mahal was built in between 1678 by Azam Shah, son of Aurangzeb in the memory of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum. Due to its resemblance to Taj Mahal is also known as "Dakkhani Taj" (Taj Of The Deccan). Bibi ka Maqbara is a symbol of typical Mughal Architecture and a prime spot of attraction in Aurangabad. The other attractions you can find around Bibi ka Mabara are Aurangabad caves and Panchakki.
The Global Vipassana Pagoda located to the North-West of Mumbai is the largest Meditation Dome hall which can easily include 8000 meditators at one time. The unique thing about this monument is that it is built entirely through donations and on a donated land. This monument is often considered as a symbol of peace and harmony. If you wish to seek some knowledge on Vipassana then this monument is the right spot. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is also declared as one of the "Seven Wonders of Maharashtra" by the MTDC.
Shaniwarwada is a grand mansion located in the Pune city of Maharashtra. This huge monument was built by Peshwa Bajirao I and spreads over 625 acres of land. This palace is the perfect place to experience India's rich history. To educate the visitors about the rich history of India, a shaniwarwada light and sound show is held every evening at this place. Apart from marvellous and great architecture, this place has also become famous for its paranormal activities. Lots of haunted stories and historical significance makes this popular destination a must visit
In Maharashtra you can find a large number of attractions devoted to a particular religion, Haji Ali in Mumbai is one of them. Haji Ali has approximately 10 thousand to 15 thousand visitors daily making it one of the most important landmarks and most visited location in Mumbai. Haji Ali is a 400-year-old mosque which has a large number of visitors coming from different parts of the world, regardless of religion, caste and nationality. This monument is built using the same type marbles used in the construction of Taj Mahal. Don't forget to include a holy place in your list when you are in Mumbai.
Karla & Bhaja Caves may not be as famous as The Ajanta and Ellora Caves but they are definitely the finest examples of Buddhist architecture in India. These caves are one of the oldest caves in India located near Lonavala in Maharashtra. Karla Cave is a perfect example of rock-cut architecture while Bhaja Caves is known for its wooden architecture. These caves are considered as Monument Of National Importance and is protected by Archaeological Survey of India. You must not miss this great monument and have a visit.
Tadoba National Park is the best place to spot tigers. It is also known as the Real Land Of Tigers. Tadoba National park is in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra and is spread over a huge area of 1727 sq. km. This national park is rich in wildlife species. The major wild animals you can easily see here are panthers, tigers, hyena, jackals, wild dogs and many more. This place is heaven for wildlife lovers. It offers a great visual treat with some beautiful locations such as Tadoba lake and temples. So if you love nature and wish to experience wildlife then you must visit Tadoba National park.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, formerly known as Borivali National park is one of the most visited parks in the world. This park attracts more than 2 million visitors from all over the globe in a year. SGNP is very well known for its greenery. Apart from greenery, SGNP is also home to wonderful Tigers, lions and very rare species which can only be found in SGNP. SGNP has a very significant and unique wildlife reserve which is the reason it attracts such huge visitors from all over the country.
If you want to experience the best thrill and adventure, then Adlabs Imagica is a perfect place for you. Adlabs Imagica is International level theme park located near Lonavala in Maharashtra. Adlabs Imagica includes three parks: Theme park, Water Park and Snow Park. The theme park here has Asia's largest Roller Coaster and the snow park is the largest in India. Imagica also has a luxurious hotel where you can stay and enjoy the destination. This place is perfect for enjoying food, adventure, fun and thrill at a single place.
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station which is at a distance of 243 Km from Mumbai and 123 km from Pune. This place attracts a large number of tourists mainly due to its pleasant beauty, nature and cool temperature. This hill is also known as the queen of Hill Station in Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is well-known for strawberries and mulberries. The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is between June to October. This hill station includes beautiful valleys, ancient temples, clean waterfalls and dense forest. This is the place in Maharashtra which you must surely visit once in your lifetime.
Deekshabhoomi, situated in the city of oranges is the largest and most famous pilgrimage centre for Buddhist in India. Deekshabhoomi, also known as Dhamma Chakra Stupa is located at a distance of 5 km from Nagpur City. Every year millions of Buddhist pilgrims visit this place on 14th October, the day when Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar went back to Buddhism. The best time to visit this place is along with millions of people on 14th October.
Shirdi is the home of Saint Sai Baba and one of the most famous shrines in Maharashtra. Here you can find a Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Temple which is dedicated to Great Hindu Saint Sai Baba. The Sai Baba temple is in the centre of Shirdi Village and spreads over 200 meters. Pilgrims from all over Maharashtra and country visit this holy place every year to pay homage to Sai Baba. Sai Baba Temple is one of the prime attraction and apart from this you can also visit other places such as Trimbakeshwar and Shani Shingnapur when you are in Shirdi.
If you love trekking, then you must definitely visit Mount Kalsubai. Mount Kalsubai is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Maharashtra. Some visit this place to experience adventure while some of them to offer prayer to deity Kalsubai present at the top of the peak. The peak of Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra. The best time to visit here is between September and February. This famous place is at a distance of 165 km from Mumbai and 174 km from Pune.
So, whenever you are in Maharashtra this is the top 15 places you must surely visit and include in your itinerary. Grand Tourio has tried to cover the most famous destinations in Maharashtra and we hope it will definitely help you to plan your journey