'Gateway to the Heart of India', Maharashtra holds an array of colorful shrines; a remarkable collection of caves; golden beaches lined with swaying palm trees; historic spots with glorious history; and oodles of emerald hill stations under the canopy of lush Western Ghats. With an amalgamation of everything, Maharashtra is considered as one of the best places to discover the history, geography and cultural beauty of India. The state is widely known for its ancient Ellora and Ajanta caves, and pilgrim destinations.
History, Culture, Beaches, ancient heritage, and festivals combine to bring an amazing scenario of the tour in Maharashtra. The CEO Magazine is presenting well-arrayed guide with complete information about Maharashtra so that you have nothing to fuss about.
The name Maharashtra was originated from rathi that means chariot driver. Its golden history started in the 2nd century BC when the first Buddhist caves were built. The name, Maharashtra first appeared in a 7th century in writing of Chinese traveler, Huan Tsang. Record says that Badami was the first Hindu King to rule the state during the 6th century.
One of the finest rulers of India, Shivaji Bhosle holds the highest place in Maratha history. He had founded the Maratha Empire and did a lifelong struggle against the Mughals. Sambhaji succeeded Shivaji, but he could not have managed the emperor. And, 1680 to 1707 is known as the period of instability in the history of Maharashtra.
Balaji Vishwanath, Bajirao Peshwa, Nanasaheb Peshwa, 'Thorale' Narayanrao Peshwa, 'Sawai' Madhaorao Peshwa were the other important rulers of Maharashtra. In 1803, the fall of Ahmednagar fort marked the end of Indian rule and British established its supremacy in Deccan. In 1804, military rule was established in the region, and the Peshwas remained rulers for namesake.
In 1960, the present state was formed with Bombay as the capital. And, Maharashtra became the main channel of cultural exchange between southern to northern India.
When we talk about culture, the traditional dance forms of Maharashtra – Powada, Lavani, and Koli cannot be missed. These dance performance are carried out by the locals wearing colorful Nauwari saadi or Lugda (women), and Dhotar (men) during the festival.
Food is yummy! No matter where you may be in the state. The culinary fabric of Maharashtra is a miscellany of singular cuisines that is worth exploring. The ever-popular Misal pav, Pitla Bhakri, Vada Pav, Puran Poli, and Rassa are some of the tempting and finger-licking dishes, you must try in Maharashtra.
Undoubtedly, festivals are the best time to go on a vacation to Maharashtra; Ganesh Chaturthi is the most prominent festival in the state. Visit Maharashtra during Ganesh Chaturthi and experience the state in all its color and glory. Gudi Padwa, Naga Panchami, Marabats and Badgyas are too celebrated with enthusiasm and spirit.
Ellora and Ajanta Caves are India's best architectural wonders. In 2nd century BC, the caves in Maharashtra can allure anyone with its beauty. These caves are a celebration of rock cut-out caves and exquisite murals showcasing the earliest examples of Buddhist Paintings in India.
If you haven't seen the beaches of Maharashtra, you haven't seen beaches at all. Maharashtra has some of the best beaches in the country. Some of the beaches you should visit on a trip to Maharashtra include Dapoli, Alibaug, Sindhdurg, Tarkarli, Kashid, and Dahanu.
The capital city, the financial capital of India and the home of India's Bollywood film industry Mumbai is mainly known for its extreme standards of a living, fast-paced lifestyle, and the making of dreams. The Gateway of India, Haji Ali Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Siddhi Vinayak Mandir makes Mumbai top tourist destination. Additionally, it has a pulsating nightlife, with unforgettable bars, live music venues, national park, and traveler hangouts.
Hill stations of Maharashtra are hard to miss. Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Khandala, Bhandardara, Panchgani and Lonavala are some of the most stunning hill stations in the state, each with a unique spark of its own.
Besides the hill stations, the eastern region of Maharashtra has some of the most promising national parks, there are six wildlife reserves in the state. Amongst all these parks, you must visit Tadoba National Park and Navegaon National Park to seek relaxation and jeep safaris.
When it comes to shopping, Maharashtra is where you are spoilt for choice. From the Paithani saris to the Kolhapuri sandals to the latest trends in fashion, you get here everything. Go Lal Bahadur Shastri road, get anything under the sun!
When you are in Maharashtra, you cannot escape Bollywood. Check out the famous movie locales, see a live movie being shot, get all filmy feeling and melodramatic at the home of Bollywood.
How to Reach Maharashtra
There is an international airport in Maharashtra i.e. the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai. Besides, there are some domestic airports in Nagpur, Pune, Kolhapur, and Aurangabad.
The largest railway station of Maharashtra is situated is known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. There are railway stations in Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Amravati, Kolhapur, etc.
There are many National Highways and State Highways crisscrossing Maharashtra, making it easier for visitord to visit the state by road.
You can also reach there by ship from the neighboring countries. Apart from the international naval port at Mumbai, there are several other minor ports in the state
Don't wait anymore, plan a holiday in Maharashtra to witness the dazzling range of experience, beautiful landscapes and years of history. Although, you can go Maharashtra all the yearlong, the best time to be at this place is from October to March.