India’s second-most and third-largest state, Maharashtra is an effusive portrait demonstrating many of India’s iconic attractions. In the 7th-century, Maharashtra first came into sight in the story of a modern Chinese traveller, Huan Tsang. In the golden-era, Maharashtra was governed, by various Islamic dynasties, including Deccans and Mughals. To experience the spirit of Maharashtra, one must profoundly travel into its interiors. The vast diversity of landscapes will leave you both surprised and overwhelmed. In the far North of the state; temples, forts, vineyards, lakes, caves and gold loom within the Ahmednagar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nandurbar and Nashik neighbourhoods. Central Maharashtra will reveal an extraordinary cave trail of Ajanta and Ellora, some of Maharashtra’s most prominent monuments, toy train in the colonial-era hill station of Matheran, pilgrimage spots and alternative spiritualism.
Eastwards lay some of the state’s most majestic national parks and Tiger Reserves. In the far west, the rousseauistic Konkan Coast, frills beside the Arabian Sea, displaying forts, sandy beaches, Malvan cuisine and India’s premium diving centres. Once led by the Marathas, Maharashtra is now, the wealthiest business capital of India. As you drive across the state, you will meet with, green national parks encircling flowing roads, palm-fringed beaches, antiquated caves tucked in dense vegetation, Unesco World Heritage sites, grape-wadded vineyards and teeming cosmopolitan cities. Maharashtra prospers with tremendous possibilities for travellers of all kinds.
For centuries, Maharashtra has been dictated, by Mughals, Kadambas, Satavahanas, Rashtrakutas and Maratha dynasties. You can live through the medieval stories by visiting the forts, world heritage sites, ruins and religious places of the state. Take a trip to Fort Torna, Shivaji’s first conquest at the age of 16 and the forts of Raigad, Sinhagad, Shivneri, Vijaydurg and Rajgad. Each Fort echoes Shivaji’s ballistic victories. Some of Maharashtra’s most prominent cities are Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur. Pune is where the Marathas lived. Nashik is the wine capital of India, and Nagpur, its winter and orange capital. Mumbai is both the commercial and the fashion capital of India. Despite flanked by seven states and the Arabian Sea, Mumbai prevalently impacts Maharashtra’s way of life.
No matter where you travel in Maharashtra, you will perceive the customary practices expanding through the Maharashtrian merriments. During intercity travels, mark the distinguished attire worn by Maharashtrians. In tier III cities, you will find men wearing dhoti kurta with a pheta topi and a bandi waistcoat, while, women are usually dressed, in Nauwari Saree with minimal gold jewellery and customary chappals. As you draw closer to the Tier II and Tier I cities, you will notice people decked in haute couture. Marked by Godavari, Narmada, Tapti and Krishna rivers, Maharashtra is also where you will get to eat some of India’s most delicious coastal food.
Local savouries include Bombil Thali, Butter-Garlic Crabs, Clam Sukka, Crispy Mandeli fish, Fish Gassi, and Whitefish dishes. Amongst local snacks, taste Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Aamati, Pithla Bhakri and the Bharli Vangi.