Maharashtra is the third largest state (area wise) which attracts heavy tourists from all over the world. Located in the western part of India, the state is rich in numerous tourist attractions like ancient caves, hill stations, temples, beaches and the Bollywood industry in Mumbai which is entertaining India and other parts of the world since decades. Some of the prime cities in Maharashtra are Pune, Nasik, Mumbai, Shirdi, and Panchgani. The state is also known for its natural beauty, cultural heritage and the famous Marathi Thali with exotic Marathi dishes including fresh sea food as the main component. You can order food in train while your trip to Maharashtra.
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RailRestro lists the famous tourist attractions of Maharashtra which every tourist must explore. Book your tickets to Mumbai/Pune and enjoy the variety of food in train during the journey provided by RailRestro. Just call 8102888111 and book your food to get it delivered hot and fresh at your seat. Let’s start with the financial capital of India which welcomes the talented artists from all around the world and shape their career in the Bollywood industry. Yes! That’s MUMBAI.
1. Mumbai – The City of Dream, Opportunities and High Spirits
Mumbai welcomes around thousands of talented artists everyday for a successful career in bollywood. According to the latest research, three hundred youngsters migrate to Mumbai on an everyday basis for a career in modeling. The city is crowded and chaotic from morning to midnight as it has various open bazaars for shopping and plentiful tourist attractions.
• Gateway of India: It is one of the most visited attractions in Mumbai. This historical monument was built on 4th December, 1924 during British rule.
• Haji-Ali Dargah: One of the sacred places in Mumbai which provide extreme tranquility is the Haji-Ali Dargah located in the heart of Arabian Sea. It’s one of the religious landmarks of India where tourists gather in large number. The Qawwali program sung by the Sufi singers on every Friday is also one of the major devotional attractions in Mumbai.
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• Marine Drive: It is one of the beautiful tourist attractions of Mumbai. If you want to make one of the most beautiful moments to be remembered for entire life, then visit the Marine Drive beach of Mumbai. The best time to visit is during Christmas and New Year holiday season.
• Bandra Worli Sea Link: One of the excelent engineered constructions of India is the bridge which connects Bandra and Worli in the shortest way. Visit this hugely constructed Bandra Worli Sea Link as this type of bridge has never been built in India before.
• Siddhivinayak Temple: It’s a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is one of the richest Hindu temples in India. Bollywood celebs visit Siddhivinayak temple to get blessings, making it one of the major tourist attractions at Mumbai.
The other tourist attractions include Taj hotel, Essel World, water kingdom, Prince of Wales museum, Elephanta caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mahalakshmi Temple, Mount Mary Church, and much more.
2. Nashik- Wine Capital of India
Nasik is a perfect place for religiously inclined people as the city has ample of temples and historic places to visit which includes old Pandavleni caves, Sita Gupha in Panchvati, Trivashmi Hill, Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga temple, Sundarnarayan Temple, Naroshankar Temple, Modakeshwar Ganesh Temple, Guru Gangeshwar Ved Mandir, Ramkund, Gondeshwar Temple, Muktidham Temple and Kalaram Temple. Other exclusive tourist spot includes the famous vineyards orchards, wineries and museums. Some of the famous wine brands manufactured here are Sula Wines, Sankalp Wines, ND Wines, Renaissance Wines, Vintage Wines, Chateau Indage, and Flamingo Wines.
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3. Matheran- The Eco-Sensitive Zone
Matheran is the best spot which has conserved forestry and wildlife. High mountains, plateaus, sunrise points, valleys, waterfall, parks etc are the major attractions of this hill station. The Government has declared Matheran as the eco-sensitive zone where no electric vehicles are used for communication and tourist purpose. Rickshaws, hand-pulled vehicles and Matheran Hill Railway toy trains are easily available for the tourists to outlook the beauty of Matheran. Some of the known destinations at matheran are Alexander Point., Rambag Point, Little Chowk Point, Big Chowk Point, One Tree Hill Point, Belvedere Point, Olympia Race Course, Lords Point, Charlotte Lake, Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir, Celia Point Echo Pt., Porcupine Point, Panorama Point, Khandala Point, Madhavji Garden & Point, Matheran Railway Station, Louisa Point, Mayra Point, Pisarnath Temple, and the most divine Matheran Shiv Mandir.
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4. Lonavala and Khandala-Where Bollywood Rocks
Want to retreat away from the crowd of the metropolitan city? If yes, then Lonavala and Khandala are the two hill stations you should immediately plan to visit. Situated 96 kilometers away from Mumbai, these two hill stations can relax and rejuvenate you from the daily monotonous life and energize you for the coming week. Bollywood uses the spectacular locations of Lonavala and Khandala in their movies and they are also famous for the honeymooners in India. Some of the great points to visit in these hill areas are Pavana Lake, Lohagad Fort, Lion’s Point, Bhaja Caves, Narayani Dham Temple, Karla Caves, Della Adventure, Ekvira Devi Temple, Rajmachi Fort, Korigad Fort, Tungarli Lake, Kune Waterfalls, Shooting Point , Wet N Joy Water Park, Shri Durga Parameshwari Temple, Scorpions Sting, Bhairavnath Temple and the list is endless.
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5. Shirdi – Kindness Warmth and Friendliness
The Sai Baba Temple of Shirdi is highly adored as one of the most significant religious places in India. It’s a spiritual destination located in the area of Ahmednagar (250 km from Mumbai), Maharashtra where tourists from all over the world congregate to worship the deity and generously donate to the temple authorities. The Sai Baba Mandir has proved that religion has no bound. Large numbers of tourists visit the temple including Hindus and Muslims who follows the preaching of “Sabka Malik Ek” and believe that God is one. Other attraction of the city includes Dixit Wada Museum, Adul Baba Cottage, and Dwarkamai. Whenever you are on a tour to Maharashtra then visit the Shirdi Sai Baba temple and feel the sacred peace and tranquility.
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6. Mahabaleshwar-The Strawberry City
Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau located in the Western Ghats and bound by the natural valleys and waterfall making it one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Maharashtra. It is also called the city of strawberries as it grows in abundance. The old Mahabaleshwar has several temples and sees sights from where the tourists can view the amazing natural beauty of the exotic wildlife, green forests, orchards and the misty mountains. So, if you love the Mother Nature and want to explore its beauty to heal your mind and soul, then Mahabaleshwar is the best destination to stop. Some of the destinations in Mahabaleshwar for a sure visit are Krishnabai temple, 3 Monkey Point, Arthur seat point, Kate’s Point, Needle Hole Point, Wilson Point, Lingmala Waterfalls and Pratapgad fort built by Shivaji Maharaja. You can enjoy the juicy strawberries and its products like squash, jam, drinks etc.
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7. Aurangabad- City of Gates
Aurangabad is named after the Mughal king “Aurangzeb” and is a renowned place known for its 52 Gateways constructed during the Mughal dynasty. It is also known for Ajanta – Ellora caves which is famous for its rock-cut architecture. Tourists from all over the world are attracted towards this magnificent rock construction which displays the epitome of Indian art. Some other ancient tourist attraction includes Bibi Ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Panchakki, Aurangabad Caves, Grishneshwar Temple, Salim Ali Lake, Bird Sanctuary , Tomb of Aurangzeb, Kachner Jain Temple, Siddharth Garden and Prozone mall. The city is highly influenced with the Muslim culture; as a result various Mughal cuisines are now a prominent part of the food culture. One of the famous cuisines is Naan Qalia prepared with goat meat cooked with a balanced blend of various spices and served with naan (Indian bread). To order Naan Qalia in train call 8102-888-111.
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That’s not the end. There are many vacation spots in Maharashtra which are budget friendly such as Ganpatipule, Lavasa, Panchgani, Kolapur, Pune, Nagpur (The city of Oranges), Thane, Latur, Raigadh, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara and the famous Jalgao (The Banana City). The capital Mumbai is well connected from each and every parts of India through Indian Railways. Once you visit Mumbai or Pune (the two prime cosmopolitan cites of Maharashtra), you can plan to begin your journey for these tourist places by booking a cab or through a travel package offered by the travel agencies. So, Visit Maharashtra as your next destination in the coming summer vacations. In case if you are on a family trip via trian, do check for the cusines you can order in train.