Travel to Maharashtra

Maharashtra Travel

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Maharashtra Tourism

Maharashtra travel helps the tourists to explore the beautiful territory located in the western part of India. Maharashtra, the third largest state of India, consists of two major landforms and it has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty. The Konkan coastal strip and the Deccan tableland are two important land forms, that offer multiple scope for sightseeing in the territory. The state is bordered by Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka. Thus the tourists get ample opportunity for tourism within and around Maharashtra.

The state also has a glorious history and many battles were fought for the control of this region. The Mughals always wished to dominate this region but hardly succeeded. Shivaji, the first great ruler of the Marathas, stands as an iconic figure behind the emergence of this valiant warrior race, who had given many sleepless nights even to the British.

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 state, which have always charmed the tourists. Travel to Ajanta should be a part of the itinerary if one wishes to see how religion and man's imagination gave shape to exquisite paintings and sculptures as back as some three thousand years ago from now.

Demographics of the Maharashtra

LocationWestern 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.
Latitude20° North
Longitude76° East
Area307,690 Sq kms
Max Temperature32°C
Min Temperature14°C
Average Annual Rainfall146 cm
LanguagesHindi, Marathi, Gujarati, English
ReligionHinduism, Islam, Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism
Best Time to VisitOctober to March
ClothingSummer - Light cottons Winter - Woollens

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 with useful information on travel details 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 region of India.

By Air

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

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 experience in Maharashtra. For the fabric freaks, Maharashtra is an ideal place to shop some exquisite items. Aurangabad region is especially famous for 2000-year-old craft of hand woven Paithani silk Saris and Himroo shawls.

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, one can check out:
  • Paithani and Himroo Saris
  • Lacquer ware
  • Kolhapuri Chappals
  • Warli Tribal Paintings
  • Bidri Ware
  • Narayan Peth saris

There are private shops as well as 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.

Cities to Visit in Maharashtra

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 link important tourist destinations of the state with Juhu in Mumbai.

e 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 : December 17, 2019