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Popular Tourist Attractions in Maharashtra

Maharashtra is the most diverse and progressive states in India due to the high percentage of industries, agriculture produce and tourism. Located in the central region, it is regarded as one of the most sought after Indian tourist destinations. The cultural diversities along with unique lifestyles, languages and cuisines that are altogether different from other Indian States has helped in the overall development of Maharashtra as one of the best travel & tourism destinations in Central India.

Marathi is the official language of the state but Hindi, English and Gujarati are also spoken by its people. The state follows many religious and cultural traditions with each festival bringing its own color and cuisine. Ganesh Chaturthi is regarded as the most colorful festival featuring large processions and celebrations.

Top Tourist Attractions in Maharashtra

Caves: The ancient artistry and imagination of people is exquisitely depicted in the form of mural paintings in Ajanta and sculptures of Ellora which dates back to 2nd Century BC. Similarly the Elephanta Caves dating back to 450 to 750 AD features fine sculptures of Lord Shiva.

Forts: Maharashtra has high percentage of forts, around 350 and all of them depict the excellent architecture and vision of its erstwhile rulers. Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg Forts were regarded as strong Maratha bastion during the times of Shivaji. Pratapgadh Fort, Shivneri Fort, Janjira Fort, Lohagad and Visapur Forts are worth seeing.

Monuments: Majority of the monuments in Maharashtra were built during the time of the rulers. Gateway of India, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Chand Minar, Agakhan Palace and Khuldabad are some of the popular historical monuments.

Hill Stations: Mahabaleshwar, Lovanala, Khandala, Panchgani, Matheran, Maslej Ghat and Bhandardara are popular hill stations in Maharashtra.

Wildlife Attractions: The wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are major tourist attractions in Maharashtra. Pench National Park, Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary and Tadoba National Park feature wide variety of flora and fauna.

Important Cities in Maharashtra

Mumbai - The Commercial Capital of India and home to “Bollywood” the biggest entertainment industry in the world.

Pune -The Cultural Capital of Maharashtra and home to the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Aurangabad - The gateway to the World Heritage Sites and home to the art treasures of the region

Nagpur (Orange City) - The second greenest in India and from where “Zero Mile” the national center starts.

Accessibility & Lodging

Maharashtra has an excellent Air, Rail and Road links with the rest of the country and within the state. To accommodate large influx of tourists throughout the year from home and abroad, the important cities and tourist destinations of the state feature numerous hotels and resorts that provide the best luxuries and accommodations.