Maharashtra has tremendous potential for tourism and the 4th most visited state by domestic tourists in the country. Hill stations, Konkan Coast Beaches,Aurangabad caves and the list of great forts along with adventure,nature and religious tourism are the main attraction of the state. Monsoon season is the best time to explore Maharashtra but summer season also offers some of the best summer holiday destination in Maharashtra.
There are a number of beautiful beaches along the entire Konkan coastline of Maharashtra such as Ganapatipule Beach, Dahanu-Bordi Beach,Tarkarli Beach,Velneshwar Beach,Diveagar,Dapoli and Kashid beach. Ganapatipule Beach is one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast out of top 15 most beautiful and exotic sea beaches of Maharashtra.
The rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora are the pride of Maharashtra and Aurangabad is known as the tourism capital of Maharashtra. Aurangabad city is a tourist hub with many historical monuments such as Gates of Aurangabad,Bibi Ka Maqbara, Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves,Kailasha temple at Ellora and Daulatabad Fort.
Lavasa Hill City is India’s first and largest planned hill city with a sprawling township spread across the 7 hills of the Mose valley of the Western Ghats. Theme park,Surrounding villages,Hotel and Spa and Sports facilities in Varasgaon Dam are the major attractoin in Lavasa, Located in the picturesque landscape of the Sahayadri Mountains and is set amidst hills near Pune.
Bhigwan is a small town known as Bharatpur of Maharashtra,situated around 100 kms away from Pune on the Pune-Solapur Highway, The backwater of Ujani Dam is proposed as a sanctuary for migratory birds around the town of Bhigwan, an amazing place to see wet land migratory birds Greater Flamingo,ducks and Purple Heron.
There are many Amusement and Water Parks in Maharashtra such as Essel World Mumbai,Water Kingdom Mumbai, Krishnai Water Park Pune,Essel World Manori and the best Adlabs Imagica. Adlabs Imagica is India’s first and only international standard theme park with a water park named Aquamagica and best place in Maharashtra to beat summer heat.
Murud-Janjira Fort is situated on an island in the Raigad district, an oval-shaped rock fort off the Arabian Sea coast and considered one of the strongest marine forts in India. There are five sea fort or marine forts in Maharashtra but Murud-Janjira is the strongest one and surrounded by sea and accessible via a local ferry ride.
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the most famous National Park in India to spot majestic tiger in wild nature,Tadoba is the largest national park in Maharashtra and referred to as The Jewel of Vidharba. The oldest and largest National Park of Maharashtra is one of India’s 43 Project Tiger park and currently home to 43 Tigers, one of the best tiger reserves of India.
Panchgani and Mahbaleshwar are two most famous hill station in Maharashtra, nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyadri mountain ranges and a popular holiday resort in India. 3 Monkey Point,Pratapgad Fort,Elephant Point,Table Land,Sydney Point and Venna Lake are the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani along with amazing strawberry cream ice cream.
The Land of the Marathas contains a rich cultural heritage and historical importance in India, Raigad hill fort is a famous one day trekking hotspot for the people of Mumbai and Pune. Summer is though not the best time but yes Raigad Fort is one of the best place in Maharashtra to explore.
Wine tourism is the new way of promoting wines in Maharashtra and Nashik is a new destination with a number of other attractions apart from wineries and Vineyards. There are more than 50 wineries in and around Nashik along with tasting rooms that are open to the public, some of them are Sula Vineyards,Chateau d’Ori,Grover Zampa and York Winery, check the link to known about the top 10 vineyards in India.
Summer retreat in Maharashtra also include backwaters of Koyna dam, black sand beaches of divagar and alibaug as well as the 8 famous tourist temples of Lord Ganesha.