The first well-known rulers of Maharashtra where the Satvahanas (230 BC to 225 AD) who were the founders of the Maharashtra and have left a plethora of literary, epigraphic, artistic and archaeological evidence. Then came the Vakatakas who established a pan-Indian empire.
While the Bahamani rule brought a degree of cohesion to the land and its culture a uniquely homogeneous evaluation of Maharashtra as an entity became a reality under the able leadership of Shivaji.
In the modern era, the administrative evolution of the State of Maharashtra is the outcome of the linguistic re-organization of the States in India, effected on May 1, 1960. The Sate was formed by bringing together all contiguous Marathi-speaking areas.
Maharashtra as a holiday destination is gaining popularity; the state offers unique holiday experiences such as Hill stations, Pilgrimage, Culinary, Art and Theatre, and many more.
The important tourist centers in while undertaking Maharashtra Tours are as follows:
Lonavala-Khandala: (625 m) Railhead – Lonavala
Mahabaleshwar: (1372 m) Railhead – Pune 120km
Matheran: (803 m) Railhead – Matheran
Panhala: (831 m) Railhead – Kolhapur 18 km
Ashtavinayak Temple: 8 places where 'Swayambhu' (self-formed) figures of Sri Lanka Ganesh are found.
Madh: A – Pune 80km, R- Khandala 20km.
Morgaon: A Pune 85 km, R – Jejuri 17 km.
Pail: A – Pune 111 km, R – Khopoli 38 km.
A and R – Pune 53 km.
Siddhatek: A- Pune 99 km, R – Daund 20 km.
Theur: A and R - Pune 25 km.
Leniyadri: A and R – Pune 75 km.
Ojhar: A and R – Pune 75 km.
Audumbar: Temple of Dattatraya and Brahamanand Swami Math; A – Belgaum 183km, R – Bhiwadi 6 km.
Aundha Nagnath: Believed to be the first (adya) of the 12 Jyotirlingas shrines; A Aurangabad 210 km, R – Chondi 21 km.
Bahubali: A Jain pilgrim centre with a huge figure of Bahubali; A – Belgaum 143 km, R – Halkanangale 11 km – Kolhapu 32 km.
Battis Shirala: Important during Nagapanchami festival; A Belgaum 150 km, R – Sangli 73 km.
Dehu: Birthplace of saint-poet Tukaram; A – Pune 34 m, R – Dehu Road.
Ganapatipule: Has an ancient temple of sri Ganapati built on a rock; A and R – Ratnagiri 50.
Jejuri: Temple of Khandoba; A – Pune 38 km, R – jejuri.
Maheshmal: Fair held at the Girija Bhavani temple on Chaitra Poornima day; A and R -Aurangabad 40 km.
Nasik: One of the Hindu sacred cities. The Sinhastha fair is held here once in 12 years. Trimbakeshwar on hilltop has a Jyotirlingas shrine; A and R Nasik 8 km.
(Part of the Maharashtra jyotirlinga tour)
Pandharpur: Temple of Vithoba and Rukmani; A Pune 204 km, R – Kurduwadi 57 km.
Parli Vaijnath: One of the Jyotirling shrines; A – Nanded 120 km, R – Parli Vaijnath.(Part of the Maharashtra jyotirlinga tour)
Shirdi: renowed for its association with the mystic saint Sai baba; A – Nasik 86 km, R – Kopargaon 18 km.
Srikshetra Mahuli: Pilgrim center at the confluence of the Krishna and the venna rivers; A – Pune 112 km, R – Satara 6 km.
Srikshetra Mahur: Birthplace of Sri Dattaterya; A – Nagpur 225 km, R Kinwat 45 km.
Titwala: Ancient temple of Ganapati; A -Mumbai 75 km, R Titwala.
Tuljapur: Goddess Tulja Bhawani presented a Sword to Chhatrapati Shivaji here; A – Aurangabad – 257 km, R – Sholapur 40 km.
Besides the above there is an all important city of Mumbai which is considered the business and corporate centre in India, Maharashtra, the great land as the name itself suggestion, has great diversity of riches to offer to the tourists. Overlooking the vast expanses of the Arabian Sea on one side, Maharashtra is a strong blend of very traditional and very contemporary, each co-existing with the other with surprising ease. Swan Tours - a leading travel agent in Delhi, India can customize Maharashtra holiday tour package exclusively for you.
Rendered as the most visited place in 2010 by Government of India, Maharastra see visitors from far and near very often. This is the third largest state in India and is called the Land of Marathas. It is bordered by Arabian Sea and the primary language spoken here is Marathi. It is a major state with tons of tourists' attractions and places to explore. Mumbai was earlier known as Bombay. One can say it is the most diverse yet balanced state of India. Travel to Maharashtra to discover amazing places. In Mumbai you will find beaches and monuments. This is the city which breathes films hence it is also known as Bollywood. Here you will find Haji Ali Dargah, Elephanta Caves, Gateway of India, Bandra Worli Sea Link and Film City amongst others. Book a Maharashtra travel Package from Delhi and tour the lovely Maharashtra without any worry. If you are fond of trekking do not forget to visit Mahabaleshwar. This city is famous for trekking spots and lakes. This is like a summer retreat for people of Maharashtra and it is visited often. Do include a trip to Mahabaleshwar in your Maharashtra tourism Package. Similarly Khandala is also famour for hiking spots. Not just this in Khandala you will find ancient rock cut caves of Karla and Bhaja which are a famous tourist spots.
While in the city of Nashik you will find Hindu temples important according to Hindu mythology, Also closely is the famous shrine of Sai Baba , Jyotirlinga packages are extremely popular with the pilgrims, in Ratnagiri you will explore several different breathtaking natural phenomena like the Rajapur Ganga which is a collection of 14 pools of water which appear almost once in every 3 years. Aurangabad - named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city is full of sightseeing spots, surrounded by historical monuments, including the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Matheran in Maharashtra is famous for its colonial architecture and cool climate. The train to Matheran holds a special mention as the slow ride will give you enough time to experience the lovely surroundings. Kolad and Tarkarli are famous destinations for water sports. Here you will find exciting water sports activities like scuba- diving, snorkeling amongst others. The beaches here are clean and the food provided is also of fine quality. There are many reasons which will take you to the tour of Maharashtra. The booming art and culture of Maharashtra invites many people across the globe here. Prithvi Theatre, Jehangir art gallery are the few centres of art and culture in Maharashtra. Many theatre groups have risen since the time of Prithvi theatre and many more are yet to come. If you are fond of arts, Maharashtra is just the place for you. If you are a night owl you have hit the right cord by choosing to visit Mumbai. This is a vibrant city that never sleeps. Mumbai has clubs and discotheques for all. Touring the Maharashtra is a great choice as it is a state with diverse landscape. One can never get bored here as there is no dearth of palaces to visit. The locals are friendly and the transport is top notch. You can book a tour package to Maharashtra with us and simply enjoy your vacation. Bon Voyage