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Top 9 Places to Visit in Maharashtra

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1.Aurangabad named after The Mughal emperor Aurangzeb is a city which is surrounded by historical monuments  The caves of  Ajanta( 110 kms from Aurangabad)  and Ellora ( 30 kms) which have been declared  UNESCO World Heritage Sites are at a distance of 130 kms from Aurangabad. Other very famous and important historical sites which are also tourist attraction   are Bibi ka Maqbara   Daulatabad Fort,  Jama Masjid, Panchakki, and the 52 gates  a number of gardens ,temples, mosques, museums, also attract tourists.

Best Time to Visit Aurangabad: October to March

Peak Season: November to Februar

How to reach  .Aurangabad is well connected by air, rail and road to other parts of country. Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport which is about 10 km from Aurangabad. It has regular flights from Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi

. Aurangabad Railway Station is directly connected to many parts of the country

It is well connected by bus with Pune, Mumbai, Shirdi, Nashik, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, and Nagpur.

2.LONAVALA is a beautiful hill station situated at a height of 622 metres in the Sahyadri range . It is situated on the Pune Mumbai Highway.

The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Lonavali’, which refers to a ‘group of caves’ and is a result of the many caves which surround the town .There are many lakes , forts caves and waterfalls to visit . Some very famous ones are Lohgadh fort, Korigad fort Bhushidam ,Tigers leap , Bedsa caves a

 how to reach

The nearest airport is Pune International airport which is 69 kms from here
Lonavala has its own railway stations and is well connected by train with most major cities.

.Bus service is also available  with places like  Mumbai, Pune,Goa , Ahmedabad  Shirdi Satara  Rajkot etc

 

3.Panchgani is also called Paachgani and is one of the  best hill stations near Pune and  Mumbai
Panchgani is at a height of 1334 m and is situated in the middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges,  there are five villages Khingar, Dandeghar,Amrat  Godwali, and Taighat  surrounding Panchgani . It is said that during Vanavasa( exile), the Pandavas had stayed in Panchgani and the famous Devils Kitchen is the  cave where they stayed .
The various places of interest in Panchgani are  Parsi Point,Table Land  Rajpuri Caves, Kamalgadh Fort, Devil’s Kitchen,  Sydney Point, Mapro Gardens, Dhom dam . The beautiful  British style old bungalows and Parsi houses add to the beauty of the place.

How To reach-111 kms from Panchgani is Pune International Airport there are daily flights from all major cities.

Satara which is 52 kms from Panchgani is the  nearest railway station.

Excellent Bus service connects Panchgani  with Mahabaleshwar, Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Bangalore, Goa, Ahmedabad and Shirdi.

 Best Time to Visit Panchgani:Though Panchgani is pleasant all throughout the year  September to Februaryis the best time and

September to December is the peak season

 

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4.Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station  in Satara district situated at an altitude of 1,353 m in the Western Ghats range of India. Also Called the queen of hill stations  it comprises of  three villages – Old Mahabaleshwar, Malcolm Peth, and some part of the Shindola village. One of its specialities is the beautifull view it offers of  of the plains with sloppy peaks and the  woods all around .

Famous for its  lovely views, beautiful landscapes and pleasant temperatures the other tourist attractions are  forts, temples, lakes,  Pratapgarh Fort, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Krishnabai Temple, Lingamala Falls, Tapola,  There are several viewpoints which give the tourists a panoramic view of  the majestic Sahyadri Mountains and deep valleys. Bombay Point, Elephant head Point Arthur’s Seat, Connaught Peak ,Wilson Point, Kate’s Point, are popular viewpoints. Cultivation of strawberries and mulberries is a good source of income for the people of Mahabaleshwar.

How to reach –There are daily flights from Pune airport  which is situated at a distance of  132 km

Satara about 60 kms from Mahabaleshwar  is the nearest rail head well connected to the rest of the country
Best Time to Visit

Mahabaleshwar has moderate type of climate it  can be visited any time of the year. Though the best time is  from June to October.and the peak season from  August to September

 

5.Shirdi is a small town located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. This is one of themost popular pilgrimagecentre it is famous for the shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba, which is the main attraction for the devotees who visit this holy shrine.

at Shirdi Sai Baba lived , preached and devoted his life for the well being of the people he attained his ‘Samadhi’ or final abode also here.

Devotees of all faiths visit to the temple of Shirdi Sai Baba throughout the year.
How to reach Pune International Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 185 km from Shirdi and has daily flights,. Manmad Junction Railway Station is the major rail head, which is about 58 km from Shirdi

Shirdi lies on the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway and is well-connected by bus to major cities like Nashik, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.

The best time to visit Shirdi is throughout year but the peak season is from October to November.

 

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6.Ajanta Caves are ancient Buddhist caves situated near Ajanta village in Aurangabad district. Ajanta Caves are one of the oldest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and also one of the top historical places in Maharashtra. The caves are now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Caves were built  between 2nd Century BC and 6th Century AD.

The whole Ajanta caves area consists of  29 rock-cut cave.Though all the caves are beauties by themselves the best ones are  Cave 1, 2, 16, 17, 19 and 26 and should not be missed  The artwork in the caves are  well preserved wall paintings of Bodhisattva, Padmapani and Avalokiteshvara. Various incidents from the life of Gautama Buddha and the Jataka Tales are represented and recreated on the walls of these caves
The caves at Ajanta are famous for beautiful mural paintings and sculptures about the Jataka  tales .
how to reach The nearest airport is at Aurangabad, 98 km away from Ajanta Caves.

Jalgaon Railway station is the nearest railhead,

Nearest bus stop is ‘Ajanta Caves Bus stop’, which is about 4 km from the caves it is connected by the tourism dept and has Eco-Friendly Buses. It is well connected by bus  with all major cities and towns in Maharashtra. There are facilities of hiring  private cars from Aurangabad city.

The best time to visit June to February is the time people go to this place but the  from August to September and December is the Peak season .

7.Mumbai

Mumbai  is not only the capital of Maharashtra but also the entertainment capital of India It is also Indias financial capital It is the most populous city of India and  the ninth in the world. Popularly and lovingly called the City of dreams it is situated on seven islands is named after goddess g Mumbadevi

Places worth seeing are many starting from Gateway o f India to Haji Ali Elephanta caves Kanheri Caves, Sidhhivinayak temple , Mahalakshmi    race course Mahalakshmi temple, Prince of Wales museum , Taraporwala aquarium Juhu beach Marinr Drive Film city

How to reach Chatrapati Shivaji Airport is about 21 kms from Mumbai and is well connected to International and National cities.

Victoria terminus ( Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus)and Mumbai Central are the two railway stations connecting Mumbai to the rest of the country.

Best time to visit is between september and March when the rains are just over and humidity is at its lowest.

 8.Pune is the 8th largest metropolis in India and the second largest city in Maharashtra. It  also holds a lot of importance  in terms of its economic and industrial importance

Pune was earlier nown as Punya-Nagiri or Queen of Deccan. It was once the center of power of the Maratha Empire established by Shivaji Maharaj,
Pune is one of Maharashtra’s  renowned tourist places . There are  historical monuments from the Maratha period. Shanivar Wada, Sinhagad Fort, Osho Ashram, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Shinde Chhatri, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum Dagdusheth Ganapathi, Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Aga Khan Palace, Rajgad Fort and Darshan Museum , National War Museum, Bund Garden, Saras Baug, Parvati Hill, are all places of tourist attraction.
Pune is famous as the  cultural capital of Maharashtra.

How to reach It is well connected by means of air, train and bus.

Pune International Airport is the nearest airport which is about 10 km from Pune and is well connected by major international as well as domestic flights.

Trains from all the major towns and cities in India come to Pune Junction Railway station .

Pune has three major bus stations Pune Bus Station , Shivaji Nagar Bus Station and Swargate.

When to visit The climate is pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit the city is from September to February while the peak season is from September to October.

9.Ganapati pule is a pilgrim spot  also one of the best tourist places in Ratnagiri.

Famous for the  400 years old temple of Lord Ganapati this idol of Ganesha is believed to have been self incarnated . The Ganesha Temple in Ganpatipule is unique because it is one of the few temples in the country in which the statue of the lord  faces west. It is one of the Ashta Ganapati Temples of India and is known as ‘Paschim Dwar Devata’.

Ganpatipule has one of the most beautiful  beaches in the Konkan Coast in Maharashtra. It is an ideal getaway for  peace lovers , beach lovers, and also pilgrims . Ganpatipule is a two white sand beach It is also a spot ideal for sunbathing with beautiful sunsets to gaze at.

How to reach Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 343 km from Ganpatipule.

Ratnagiri Railway Station is the nearest railhead about 30 km from Ganpatipule.

Best time to visit being a pilgrimage it is visited all the year round by devotees and tourists but  Ganpatipule also offers water sports between the months of November and May.

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