The pro-business image and the Bollywood fame of the state often surpass the tourist attractions in Maharashtra. But it has a wealth of tourism potential for which people travel to Maharashtra.
There are two world heritage sites in Ajanta and Ellora within the states, which have always charmed the tourists. Travel to Ajanta if you wished to see how religion and men's imagination took shape in exquisite paintings and sculptures as back as some Three thousand years ago from today.
Demographics of the Maharashtra
|Location||Western coast of India |
Arabian sea in the west,
Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh on the north,
Madhya Pradesh in the east
Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on the south.
|Average Annual Rainfall||146 cm|
|Languages||Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, English|
|Religion||Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism|
|Best Time to Visit||October to March|
|Clothing||Summer - Light cottons|
Winter - Woolens
How to Reach Maharashtra
The state of Maharashtra is located in the western part of India and is an important industrialized state. The state also has many popular tourist attractions and a well-developed network of transportation to facilitate the growth of Maharashtra tourism. How to reach Maharashtra helps you with useful information to reach the state by air, rail or road for a hassle free travel to Maharashtra. By virtue of its strategic location, the state has access to air, road, rail and naval communication system. This advanced communication has played a significant role for the state to emerge as a prosperous one in India.
The state has two airports - one international (Chattarpati Shivaji International Airport) and another domestic (Santa Cruz Domestic Airport) - in its capital city Mumbai. All public and private airlines, like: Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Kingfisher Airlines, Spice Jet, Air Deccan, operate regularly to and from Mumbai.
Mumbai is the state's most important Railway Station. A large number of important trains link the city to other important cities and states of India. There are also major Railway Stations in or close by the tourist destinations.
National Highway 17 and the National Highway 6 connect the state of Maharashtra with the rest of India. The state enjoys exceptionally good road network. Besides, a number of other National Highways and State Highways crisscross the state making it convenient to approach any city of Maharashtra from any part of the country. MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) runs several buses to and from the city to several other cities and states of the country.
Shopping in Maharashtra
For shopping in Maharashtra, Mumbai is the best place.
It is the ultimate shopper's delight in India where you can buy just anything under the sun. But you can shop at other destinations, say, Aurangabad, too.
The region of Maharashtra also has a rich heritage of handicrafts which turns out to be a good shopping in Maharashtra. If you are actually a fabric freak, Maharashtra can be your ideal place to shop some exquisite item. Aurangabad region is especially famous for 2000-year-old craft of woven Paithani Saris.
Since Mumbai , the capital city, is a metropolitan city in India, it is not unusual to find assorted specialty items of other regions.
While shopping in Maharashtra, you could check out:
- Paithani and Himroo Saris
- Lacquer ware
- Kolhapuri Chappals
- Warli Tribal Paintings
- Bidri Ware
- Narayan Pethsaris saris
You can find private shops and Government Emporia virtually everywhere in the state. In cities like Mumbai posh departmental stores and shopping malls are abundant. You can also check out casual clothing in fabled 'Fashion Street' at M G Road for good bargains.
In tourist destinations there are many private shops. If you are ready for a little more effort, you can also visit the factories of the local artisans especially for Paithani and Himroo Saris.
Places to Visit in Maharashtra
Seaplane service to popular destinations
A unique seaplane service has been launched by Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt. Ltd. (MEHAIR) and the Tourism Department of the state of Maharashtra that will link important tourist destinations of the state with Juhu in Mumbai.
The joint effort of the firm and the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has made Mumbai the second city in India to have seaplane operations after Port Blair, where the service has been functional since January 2011. This novel mode of transport will link Juhu with Lavasa, Aamby Valley, Nashik, Panchgani and Lonavla. It will be helpful in saving a lot of travelling time. Each journey will consume less than half an hour from the Juhu airport to the desired destination. The project is expected to attract more tourists to the destinations as now they have a convenient option to travel.
Some important points:
- Floating jetties and speedboats will be available for the passengers to carry them inside the water body to reach the aircraft.
- The project has been divided into two phases. The first phase is likely to start in April 2014 while the second phase may take few more months to get started.
- The authorities say that the service to other four destinations of the first phase will be operational by the end of March 2014.
- The second phase of the air charter service will cover seaplane operations to the tourist destinations of the Konkan region, including Harihareshwar, Ganpatipule, Murud Janjira and Tarkarli.
Last Updated on : February 25, 2014