|STATE BIRD||Yellow-Footed green Pigeon|
|STATE ANIMAL||Indian Giant Squirrel|
|MAIN TOWNS||Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mahabaleshwar, Solapur|
Marathi, Hindi and English are the main languages. Konkani is also spoken in some parts of Maharashtra. Dangii is spoken near Maharashtra – Gujarat border. Varhaddi is spoken in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.
|TEMPERATURE||Summer(March to June)(20℃ to 39℃) Monsoon(July to Sep)(20℃ to 25℃) Winter(Oct to Feb)(12℃ to 30℃)|
Maharashtra- It is a state in the western region of India and is India’s second most populous state and third largest state by area. It is bordered by Arabian Sea to the west and Indian states of Karnataka, Telangana, Goa, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
It is the wealthiest state by GDP and also the most industrialized state in India. It is also known as the one of the richest states of India. This state is home to Bollywood Industries that is also known as one of the largest film industry in the world. Indian national industrial output has the largest contribution to Indian film industry.
Maharashtra is a perfect place to visit as this place gives the flavor of all the activities here such as trekking, swimming, visiting archaeological sites. This place gives you the best combination of thrill and will make your soul surely happy.
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Maharashtra: Maharashtra is divided into six divisions that are listed below:
- Aurangabad Division
- Amravati Division
- Konkan Division
- Nagpur Division
- Nashik Division
- Pune Division.
Maharashtra is known as the land where you will find saints, educationists and revolutionists, teachers, doctors, actors, actresses and filmmakers. Purogami culture is the culture of Maharashtra which was started by Mahatma Phule, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and Shahu Maharaj. Maharashtra is rich in the culture of all the communities that is Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians. Lord Ganesha and Lord Vitthal are the gods worshipped by Hindus of Maharashtra.
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1) Ellora festival: The celebration of the festival is organized in Ellora caves which are also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The festivals include various forms of classical music and dance and celebration of Maharashtrian culture. It is organized by the MTDC that is Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. The festival is also celebrated with great enthusiasm as it offers grandeur of Indian culture and art. The festival is celebrated with great joy and happiness.
2) Bhau Beej: The festival is celebrated on the 5th day of Diwali. The festival is celebrated for all the revelry and rivalry of this everlasting bond. Gifts are exchanged and the sisters do the aarti of the brother and brother shower his blessings and promise her to always support and protect her.
3) Ganesh Chaturthi: This festival is celebrated in the month of August and is celebrated on the day Lord Ganesh was born. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Huge beautiful sculpture of Lord Ganesh in different postures are made and is placed in houses as well as in the Pandals that are colorfully decorated and depicts the religious and cultural themes. The festival is celebrated for 11 days.
4) Nag Panchami: It is one of the most important festivals and Snake God Shesha Nag is worshipped. It is celebrated in the month of Shravan and on the fifth day. Snake deity is fed with sweets and milk.
5) Shivaji Jayanti: The festival is celebrated because of the Birthday of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj who laid the foundation of Hindu Empire. The festival is celebrated all over India with great joy.
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- Mumbai: Also known as ‘Bombay’. It is the largest city of Maharashtra. It is also the 5th most populous city in the world. It is home to the famous Indian Film Industry or ‘Bollywood’. It is also have a nickname as ‘Manhattan of India’. Gateway of India, Flora Fountain, Marine Drive, Haji Ali Shrine, Elephant caves, Chatrapati Shivaji Terminal are the main places to visit.
- Aurangabad: It is one of the most prominent tourist places in Maharashtra and was named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It is famous for its historical monuments and ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora which are a national heritage site. Marathi and Urdu are the main languages spoken here. Ajanta and Ellora caves, Devgiri Fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Khuldabad, Panchakki, Jama Mosque are some of the places to visit.
- Kolhapur: Kolhapur is located at the banks of the Panchganga river. It is one of the princely states of the Marathas. Kolhapur is considered to be the heart of the Maratha Empire and is famous for its various historical monuments and cultural heritage of Marathi temple. Mahalakshmi Temple, Jyotika Temple, Panhala Fort are the main attractions.
- Mahabaleshwar: It is a hill station and is located at a height of 1353m above sea level and is the main source of Krishna river. This city is famous for its lakes and trekking hotspots. Pratap Garden, Afzal Khan Tomb, Bhawani Mandir, Pratapgarh Fort are the main places to visit.
- Solapur: It is located on the border of Karnataka state. The city is located at the Deccan plateau. Best place to visit in Solapur are ancient temples and lakes. Solapur Fort, Pandharpur Temple, Shri Siddeshwar temple, Pandharpur Temple are the main attractions.
- Matheran: It is another hill station located at the western ghats in the state of Maharashtra. It is located at a height of 800mt. above sea level. This city is famous for its cool, and less humid climate. The British architecture can be seen here and is preserved by the officials. Echo points, Louisa Point, Charlotte Lake, One Tree Hill are some of the main attractions.
- Alibag: It was developed under the Naval chief of Maratha Ruler Shivaji. It is famous for its white sandy beaches. There are also various temples which should be visited as they display a brilliant Hindi Maratha Architecture. Nagaon Beach, Janjira Fort, Kanakeshwar Forest are the main places to visit.
- Pune: Pune is also known as the land of Peshwas. It has held an important position both culturally and historically since the times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is an important educational, cultural and economic hub in Maharashtra. Shanivar Wada, Shivneri Fort, Parvati Hill, Rajgad Fort, Aga Khan Palace are some of the leading destinations.
- Nashik: It is located in the Northwestern region of Maharashtra and is located on the banks of the river Godavari. It has been famous for being one of the cities that host the Kumbh Mela of India once every 12 years. Panchvati, Ram Kund, Kapaleshwar Temple are the main attractions.
- Ratnagiri: It is a seaport and is located near the Arabian Sea. The town is famous for its temples and has been mentioned prominently in the Hindu Mythology. The old palaces and forts are also great places to explore here. Ganapatipule Beach, Guhagar Beach, Shri Devi Bhagwati Temple are the main attractions.
- Lavasa: This place is best honeymoon place to visit in Maharashtra. The place has beautiful and pleasing weather, colorful buildings, soothing vibe and pebbled streets. Trekkers can also go to the wet forest and Mulsi Dam which surrounds the Lavasa.
- Malvan: This place is ideal for fishing. This place has the perfect mixture of sand, sea and sun which gives the best view one can have. Some of the main places to visit here are Rajkot, Rock Garden Sunset Point, Sajekot Fort and Padma God. Malyani dish and Malayan Beach are the two main attraction of this place.
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Maharashtra is the third largest state in India and includes a remarkable collection of caves, golden beaches, swaying palm trees and an array of colorful shrines which makes it one of the best place in India for your holidays.
One of the main tourist places that are very famous among tourists is Ajanta and Ellora caves which are also one of the sites which are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Maharashtra has a perfect blend of everything like from pristine beaches to waterfalls, pilgrimage shrines to museums, wildlife sanctuaries to natural caves.
Maharashtra is also one of the largest states that are growing fastly in developing its industries and infrastructures. The state has also many tourist attractions such as Bollywood Tourism, Eco Tourism, Wildlife Tourism, Wine Tourism, Agro Tourism and also some entertainment zone. This state will surely give you many adventures and memories too.
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Adventure Activities To Do
1) Paragliding: Paragliding is popular in Maharashtra and is done in Kamshet Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar. It is one of the most popular activity among all the adventurous activities.
2) Trekking: Best trekking route in Maharashtra are in great forts of Sahyadri Mountain Ranges. Most famous treks are Korigad night trekking, Kalsubai highest peak trek, Raigad Fort trek route, Vasota Fort Jungle trek.
3) Waterfall Rappelling: It is one of the best adventurous activity and is best for adventure lovers. Waterfall Rappelling can be done in Dabhosa waterfall, Vihigaon waterfall, Kondhana Caves, Sandhan Valley.
4) Gliding: It is one of the best adventurous sports that is very exciting. Parachute Gliding, Paramotor gliding and Motor gliders are famous.
5) Nature Camps: This adventure activity gives you a unique experience. Camping can be done at Khopoli, Bhandardara, Andhan Valley, and Koyna and in Pune also.
6) Birdwatching: Birdwatching can be done in Bhigwan Bird Watching, Karnalla Bird Sanctuary, Nannaj Wildlife Sanctuary and Sinhagad valley birding sites.
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5 Interesting Facts About Maharashtra:
1) Maximum of the popular religious places are situated in Maharashtra.
2) It is world’s largest planned city.
3) Maharashtra is also known as the financial capital of India.
4) The first train of India was started in Maharashtra.
5) It is home to Bollywood Industry that is world’s biggest industry.
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Maharashtra has typical monsoon climate and have 3 main weather that are: hot, rainy and winter season. Hill stations are also not very cold. Best time to visit the hill stations like Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar and other are in the month of July and August.
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1) Usal Pav
2) Kande Pohe
3) Kolhapuri Mutton Rassa
4) Pithale or Jhumka Bhakar
6) Puran Poli
8) Kothimbir Vadi
9) Woman Bhaat
10) Shankar Patil
13) Vada Pav
14) Chicken Saoji