The word Maharashtra is probably derived from the word “rathi” which means Chariot driver or chariot builders commonly known as “maharathis”. Mumbai is not only the capital city of Maharashtra but also the commercial and entertainment capital of India.
Maharashtra is popular all over the world for its geographical location which situated on the north center of peninsular India, with the Arabian Sea at its west, Madhya Pradesh to the north, Chhattisgarh to the east, Andhra Pradesh to the southeast, Karnataka to the south, Goa to the southwest and the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli to the northwest.
Tourist Attractions in Maharashtra
Maharashtra is famous all over the world for its numerous tourist destinations which attracted the tourists from all over the world for caves tourism, beach tourism, historical tourism, group tourism, entertainment tourism, business tourism, religious tourism, hill stations tourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism etc. Maharashtra has famous cities in its credit like Mumbai, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Nashik Pune, Amaravati, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Jalgaon Ratnagiri, Sangli and Solapur.
Beaches in Maharashtra
The state of Maharashtra is an ideal place for beach holidays with adventure appetite through water sports. Some of the famous beaches of Maharashtra which attracted the tourists from all over the world for beach tourism are Dahanu-Bordi beach, Bassain (Vasai), Madh Island beach, Ganpatipule, Harnai-Murud beach, Vengurla, Marine Drive, Mandwa beach, Marve beach, Juhu beach, Kihim-Alibag beach, Vijaydurg beach, Shriwardhan beach, Murud beach and Velneshwar beach.
Hill Stations in Maharashtra
Maharashtra tourism is also popular all over the world for its hill stations holidays especially in the Western Ghats which run parallel to the coast of Maharashtra. Some of the famous hill stations of Maharashtra are Amboli hill stations, Bhandardhara hill stations, Chikhaldara hill stations, Jawhar hill station, Khandala, Lonavala, Karla hill stations, Mahabaleshwar hill station, Matheran hill station and Panchgani hill station.
The history of Maharashtra can be dated back to 2nd BC where the major religions like Hinduism and Buddhism flourished in full fledge with exciting and compelling arts, crafts, sculptures and paintings. Some of the famous caves of Maharashtra are Ajanta caves which consist of more than 30 caves; Ellora caves where almost 34 caves are found with fine intricate interiors and ornamental facades combinedly represent the three faiths - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism; Elephanta caves were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the northern coastline of Mumbai; Aurangabad caves are divided into two sections, one is called Western Group Caves and another as Eastern Group Caves.
Fair and Festival of Maharashtra
Maharashtra is the multi-cultural state where all the major religions of India like Hindus, Muslims, Sikh, Christians, Buddhists, Jainists, Zoroastrians, live together and that is why Maharashtra’s fairs and festivals revolve round the year. Some of the famous fairs and festivals of Maharashtra are Nag Panchami, Narali Pournima, Bakr Id, Bandra Fair, Banganga Festival, Elephanta Festival, Ellora Festival, Kalidas Festival, Parsi New Year, Gokul Ashtmi, Diwali, Dussehra, Holi etc.