Be it the Gothic Victorian structure of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus or the long-stretched beaches or be it the pompous energy of Ganesh Chaturthi festivals, Maharashtra is personified when being mentioned. Located in western India, Maharashtra is the third largest state in the country. It is bordered by the states of Madhya Pradesh to the north; Chhattisgarh to the east; Telangana to the south; and Karnataka to the west. Apart from its beaches and historical places, Maharashtra is acquainted with surreal hill stations, pristine beaches, and adventurous wildlife sanctuaries, which make the place suitable for people of all kinds.
The history of Maharashtra can be traced back to the 4th century BCE. The region now known as Maharashtra was part of the Maurya Empire. The state was ruled by many prominent dynasties, which makes the place a profound place of historical importance. Be it the Satavahana dynasty, the Vakataka dynasty, or the Chalukya dynasty, or the Rashtrakuta dynasty. In the 11th century, the Chalukya dynasty was replaced by the Yadava dynasty. It was the Nizam Shahi dynasty that was replaced by the Mughal dynasty in the 17th century. Finally, it was in the 18th century that the Maratha Empire made an impact on freedom from the British Raj, which is still celebrated today. After the independence of India, the state of Maharashtra was formed in 1960.
Today, the state is the biggest centre of industry and is the economic capital of India. However, if you are visiting the state and wondering where to have the ideal time, below are some of the ideal places.
Popular for short weekends and just a couple of hours from Mumbai, Lonavala is a hill station situated in the Sahyadri mountain range. The hill station is known for its natural beauty, especially the views of the Western Ghats. Lonavala is also a popular tourist destination, with many resorts and hotels. The city is home to several schools and colleges.
The area around Lonavala has been inhabited for centuries. The Marathas were the first to establish a presence in the region, and the town of Lonavala was founded in the 18th century. The British also established a presence in the area, and Lonavala became a popular tourist destination in the late 19th century.
Today, Lonavala is a thriving town and is home to a number of industries, including textiles, pharmaceuticals, and engineering. Places like Lohagarh Fort, Tiger’s Point, Kune Falls, Visapur Fort, Bhaja Caves, and Shree Narayani Dham Temple are some of the must-visit places in Lonavala. If you are visiting the place, you ought to buy the sweet, yummilicious sweet snack "Chikki". The long tunnel road and the magnificent scenic beauty are all that will make this trip a beautiful weekend vacation.
Visit the historic Aurangabad
An offbeat location and known for its historical monuments and intricate architectural structures, Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra and is one of the most important cities in the Marathwada region of the state. Aurangabad is named after the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. The city is a tourist destination because of its many historical monuments, including the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are a series of Buddhist and Hindu cave temples. The Ajanta Caves are located in the Aurangabad district, while the Ellora Caves are located in the nearby city of Ellora. The caves were carved out of the cliffs between the 5th and 10th centuries AD.
Dating back to history, Aurangabad was founded in 1610 by Malik Ambar. In 1653, Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, made it the capital of the Mughal province of Deccan. Aurangabad was the site of a battle between the British and the Marathas in 1803. Aurangabad was also the site of an important battle between the British and the Indian National Army in 1942. The city's name was changed from Aurangabad to "Bhaurangabad" in 1949, but the name was changed back to Aurangabad in 1956.
Other tourist attractions include Bibi Ka Maqbara, a Muslim shrine. It was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in memory of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum. The structure is sometimes referred to as the "Taj of the Deccan'' and is considered one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in India. Nonethless, places like Aurangabad caves, Daulatabad fort, and Grishneshwar Temple are some of the must-visit places here.
Sip wine at Nashik
Surrounded by lush greenery and with a pleasant atmosphere throughout, the Nashik district is located in the north-western region of Maharashtra. The district is bounded by the Ahmednagar district to the east, the Jalgaon and Dhule districts to the north, the Nashik and Thane districts to the west, and the Aurangabad district to the south.
The district is divided into two parts, the highlands and the plains. The highlands are an extension of the Sahyadri Range and cover the eastern and northern parts of the district. The plains are located in the western and southern parts of the district. The Godavari River flows through the district from east to west and divides the district into two parts.
The Nashik district is a major producer of grapes in India and is the site of Sula Vineyards in India. The district is also a major producer of sugarcane, oranges, and pomegranates.
The district was formed on August 1, 1997, by the merger of the Nashik and Trimbak talukas of the Nashik district and the Dhule taluka of the Dhule district. As per the legends, Nashik is considered the sacred city, with numerous temples dotting the city. Places like the Trimbakeshwar Temple, the Gordhanpeth Temple, the Panchvati Temple, the Kapileshwar Temple, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, the Someshwar Temple, and the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, are some of the temples to visit here in Nashik. Apart from this, the place also has numerous places like the Dudhsagar Falls, the Gangapur Dam,the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Deolai Lake, which are must-visits.
Enjoy the perfect weekend at Mahabaleshwar
One of the most visited hill stations in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is a small town in the Satara district of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is one of the few places in India where five rivers meet: the Krishna, Venna, Savitri, Koyna, and Gayatri. The town is also home to the Mahabaleshwar Temple, one of the most important Shiva temples in the region. The town was originally known as Mayureshwar, after the Hindu god Shiva's devotee, Mayura. It was later renamed Mahabaleshwar, meaning "Great Lord of Bliss".
The British discovered Mahabaleshwar as a hill station in the mid-19th century and developed it as a tourist destination. Many of the town's colonial-era buildings remain intact and are now used as hotels and guesthouses.
The place is also now known for the cultivation of strawberries and cranberries, and one can find local vendors selling those at the roadside.
Places like Pratapgad Fort, Venna Lake, Elphinstone Point, Mapro Garden, and the Chocolate Factory are some of the must-visit places. Mahabaleshwar is a highly popular destination for honeymooners and is also home to a number of adventure sports activities, including trekking, rock climbing, and rappelling.
Explore the nooks and corners of Mumbai
Overlapping the Arabian Sea in its background, Mumbai, ‘the city of dreams', is one of the most important cities in Maharashtra. With numerous beaches like Juhu Beach, Chowpatty Beach, and several others on one side, and the gothic architecture in South Mumbai, it provides a contrasting imagery of the whole Mumbai. The location is significant because it retains the charm of the past through the monumental structures of The Gateway of India and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on the one hand, while celebrating the rapid expansion of urban life on the other. Not to mention the city's pride in its culture and admiration from people of all faiths, as evidenced by the Siddhi Vinayak temple, Mahalaxmi temple, Haji Ali Dargh, and Thomas Cathedral in the city centre.
Dating back to history, the British conquered Mumbai in 1761 and ceded Mumbai to the British Crown. Mumbai became the capital of the Bombay Presidency in 1858. In 1885, the first railway line in Mumbai was inaugurated. In 1947, the British Raj was dissolved, and Mumbai became the capital of the newly independent Republic of India.
Because of its fast-paced economy, the city is now inhabited by people from all over India and around the world. Whether it's the calm Arabian Sea, the numerous fashion streets, or the much-talked-about nightlife, Mumbai has retained a certain enigma that is difficult to describe.
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