Maharashtra is the most visited state in India in terms of numbers of foreign visitors. It is also favorite destination for domestic travelers in the country. There are so many beautiful as well as historical places in the state where you can spend your precious time.
10 Popular Tourist Places to Visit in Maharashtra
1. Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir
Sai Baba is the most worshiped saint by all religious devotees in the country. The temple is situated in the small town of Maharashtra named ‘Shirdi’. It is now the most popular religious destination among his devotees. Every year, thousands of pilgrims rush towards the temple to get blessings from BABA.
2. Mumbai City
is the financial capital of the country. Mumbai is a very popular destination known for many things such as Bollywood film industry, high rise buildings, slums and traffic jam! There are countless places which are most popular among tourists. We have listed some of them in our earlier article.
Matheran is the most popular hill station in the state which was discovered in 1850 by the British Government. It is also the most pure tourist place due to ban of vehicles. You can’t take your vehicles in the hill station even bicycles.
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4. Ajanta Ellora Caves
Ajanta Ellora Caves are the oldest caves in India. As per the ASI, Ajanta Caves were built between 200 BC to 650 AD and Ellora Caves were built between 350 AD to 700 AD. In these caves, there are beauitiful wall paintings, Buddha’s statues and Kailash Temple. Ajanta is located 100 km far away from Aurangabad. Ellora is 30 km far away from Aurangabad.
5. Konkan Coastline
Konkan Coastline is the most favorite coastline for Maharashtrians as well as Goans people. It is located from the coast of Mumbai to Goa, there numbers of beaches where you can find less crowd. This coastal line is developing at the rapid rate. To increase it further, The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is doing facility improvement at various beaches.
Panchgani is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. It was discovered by the British Government during their rule. Panchgani is located in the district of Satara. We have listed here distances from major cities of the state.
- Mumbai to Panchgani distance is 244 km
- Pune to Panchgani distance: 100 km
- Nagpur to Panchgani distance: 803 km
- Satara to Panchgani distance: 47 km
7. Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad
Bibi Ka Maqbara was commissioned by the 6th Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in memory of his late wife Dilras Banu Begum. It is mini Taj Mahal which was designed by Ata-ullah, son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, main designer of the Taj Mahal.
8. Shaniwar Wada, Pune
Shaniwar Wada is the oldest fort in the city of Pune which was built in 1746. As per the belief of so many people, it is the haunted place. According to the history, there were thousands people living in the fort including all staff. On 27th February, 1828, a large fire was started and the fort was mostly destroyed except some strong gateways and foundations.
9. Aga Khan Palace, Pune
Aga Khan Palace is the most important monument for the nation. It was built by the Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III to help famine hit people of the Pune and nearby areas. It was built in 1892 on the land of 19 acres. In 2003, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) designated this palace as the national monument.
Gandhi Memorial Society held special celebrations on the various occasions such as Republic Day, Independence Day, Martyr’s Day and others.
Daulatabad is one of the oldest fort cities in the country. It is 16 km far away from Aurangabad. It was a famous event when Muhammad bin Tughluq ordered forcefully to move entire population of Delhi in this fort city. After two years, due to unavailability of much water, this decision was abandoned. Daulatabad has various tourist attractions such as the Fort, greenery and many others.
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Article last re-published on March 22, 2015.