On the map for its capital Mumbai, the sprawling metropolis of dizzying varieties, Maharashtra houses a lot more besides Mumbai. The 970 km long meadow-y mountain range of Western Ghats starts here, running in its green grassy-ness along the virgin coast, housing ancient painted caves, and quaint hill stations. Maharashtra, the former seat of the regal Mahartha rulers houses a scattering of forest lands, beaches, and variety of Maratha forts and heritage sites.
The modern music and food city of Pune, sprawling on the gentle slopes of Western Ghat mountain range is famed for Osho, a ‘sex guru’ (whatever that means). South of Pune lies Kolhapur with a load of famous temples and ruins for history lovers, and in the west lie a series of white sanded beaches, emerald-turquoise tropical dreams that were until recently hidden paradises over-shadowed by the popularity of Goa.
PLACES TO SEE
Mumbai (click to read)
Ajanta & Ellora: Old Buddhist caves painted and sculpted to perfection, Ajanta is the crown of Maharashtra’s architectural wonders. Kailasa is the crown jewel of the cave temples at Ellora.
Ganpati Phule (& other beaches of the Konkan Coast: Underrated beaches offer hidden pleasures; gorgeous, crystal aqua and emerald waters on white sands, fresh sea catch, cooked in Maharashtran home-style; experience chilled out-ness glorified in the relaxed beach hamlets of Konkan.
Pune: Has it all. India comes of age is the modern metropolis atop gentle green mountain plateaus with great weather, uncluttered pristine hang out spots, tourist friendly vibe and Osho, the spiritual sexual baba of Pune.
Gorai & Uran Islands
The experience of an evening walk at the India Gate can be more rewarding than you can imagine. Romantic, even. Take a walk, buy an ice cream or snack from the many stalls, and sit on the grass enjoying the grandeur of the lit up Gate.