Maharashtra, a Mélange of Traditions

Maharashtra colonial-era hill stations to lush-green vineyards

To experience a melange of Maharashtrian traditions, one must profoundly travel into its interiors. The extensive canvas of Maharashtrian customs/beliefs and iconic attractions will leave you both surprised and overwhelmed. A state that was once led by the Marathas is now, the wealthiest business capital of India. Its cosmopolitan urban communities also make it the second most crowded Indian state. From praiseworthy national parks to exemplary caves to palm-fringed sandy seashores, Maharashtra is flourishing with boundless opportunities for travellers. The rundown is perpetual including an extensive list of world heritage sites, colonial-era hill stations and lush-green vineyards and valleys.

Dress Code of Maharashtra

During my interstate journey, I noticed the distinct dressing style of Msharahtrians. By all means, Maharashtrians stand separated from the rest, in the manner, in which they dress. In the Tier III cities, I observed most men wearing a Dhoti Kurta with a Pheta Topi and a Bandi waistcoat. While women were dressed up in Nauwari Saree with minimal gold jewellery and customary chappals. However, as I drew nearer to the Tier II and Tier I cities, I noticed a significant modernisation with regards to dressing.

Maharashtra’s Most Prominent Cities and Rivers

Some of the most prominent cities in Maharashtra are Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur. Mumbai is both the commercial, as well as, the fashion capital of India. In spite of being flanked by 7 states and the Arabian Sea, Mumbai prevalently impacts Maharashtra’s way of life. Pune is where the Marathas lived. Nashik happens to be the wine capital of India, while Nagpur, the winter capital of India is popular for its oranges. No matter which city you travel, you will see that the customary culture here, rises throughout the Maharashtrian merriments. This urbanized Indian state is also marked by Godavari, Narmada, Tapti, and Krishna rivers.

History of Maharashtra

For centuries, Maharashtra has been ruled by Mughals, Kadambas, Satavahanas, Rashtrakutas, and Maratha dynasties. These medieval stories can be felt through the magnificent forts, world heritage sites, ruins, and religious places dotted around the state. To experience Maharashtra, the Maratha style, you must take a trip to Fort Torna, Shivaji’s first conquest at the age of 16. Following, the Forts of Raigad, Sinhagad, Shivneri, Vijaydurg, and Rajgad. Each of fort is a feather in the crown of Shivaji’s ballistic victories.

What to Eat in Maharashtra?

Maharashtra is a coastal state. Needless to say, you will get to taste some of India’s most delicious seafood here. However, the Marathi’s also swear by some of their vegetarian delicacies such as the Vada Pav, the Misal Pav, 7 Aamti, Pithla Bhakri and the Bharli Vangi. Seafood lovers must savour Bombil Thali, Butter-Garlic Crabs, Clam Sukka, Crispy Mandeli fish, Fish Gassi, and Whitefish dishes in Maharashtra.

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