Best Things to Do in Maharashtra
One among the most populous and pulsating states of India, Maharashtra will offer you with a long list of top tourism activities & things to do. Serving as an unending treat to nature lovers, ardent roamers and adventure freaks, this travel destination in India is just unbeatable.
First timers can delight in outdoor fun including sightseeing tours, bicycle tours, heritage walks, pilgrimage tours, shopping, food tour, wildlife safaris and adventure sports. The ones who wish to indulge in sightseeing can visit famous attractions like Gateway of India, Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Mount Mary Church, Red Carpet Wax Museum and Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai; Ajanta & Ellora Caves in Aurangabad and Darshan Museum in Pune.
Apart from this, one can cycle around Mumbai, the bustling capital city of Maharashtra and can explore its alluring locales like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Flora Fountain, Nariman Point, Mani Bhavan and Laundromat, Dhobi Ghat. To learn about the rich heritage of the state, one can opt for a heritage walk. This walk offers inquisitive souls with a chance to wander past, a myriad of splendid architectural monuments across the capital city. Capitol Theatre, the Heritage Mile, Kala Ghoda art gallery and Oval Maidain are a must see. A historic trip to the ancient ruins of Krishnai Temple in Mahabaleshwar, Rajgad Fort in Pune and Daulatabad Fort in Daulatabad, located 16 kms from Aurangabad, will also be an interesting one. Known for its colorful markets, Maharashtra, any day serves as a popular shopping destination.
Avid shoppers can go on a shopping spree across Mumbai’s Mangaldas Market and Chor Bazaar. Paithani Silk Weaving Centre and Bombay Store in Aurangabad are also popular shopping hubs that you must visit. A walk through the Flower Gallia of Mumbai will be an experience in itself as it will soak you in exotic aromas of fresh flowers.
Food lovers can either chomp on local street food or can visit a number of classy to low-key restaurants, cafes, bistros or bars in Maharashtra. Colaba Causeway in Mumbai, Malaka Spice in Pune, Grapevine in Mahabaleshwar, Kinara Dhaba Village in Lonavala, Dehaati in Kolhapur, Bhoj in Aurangabad, German Bakery in Pune and Shabbir Bhai in Matheran are few spots you must try out.
While you are done with sightseeing tours, heritage walks, cycling and shopping, you have all the options to indulge in hardcore adventure activities as well. Adventure seekers can indulge in adrenaline filled paragliding in Kamshet, river rafting in Kundalika River, hot air balloon safari at Lonavala, Kayaking in Arabian Sea, scuba diving in Malvan and Jet Ski in Mandwa. Avid trekkers can take up enticing treks like Harishchandragad via Panchnai route, Jivdhan Naneghat Trek, Torna Fort Trek, Monsoon Harihar Fort Trek and Duke’s Nose Trek etc. If this isn’t enough, wildlife lovers can follow the gaunt lanes and delight in Tadoba Tiger Safari, in Chandrapur or can enjoy bird watching at Bhigwan in Bhuleshwar Temple in Solapur.