Apart from a friendly rabble on the Mumbai local trains and its low Air Quality Index, something which exists to a greater extent in Maharashtra is its surpassing natural beauty. Nobody can deny the fact that the state’s attractiveness is enhanced by mesmerizing beaches, stunning rivers, staggeringly misty mountains and the aroma of freshly cooked Pav Bhaji on the streets in the cities of Maharashtra. If you want to get a glimpse of its beauty and getting itchy feet on this weekend, here is the list of five unexpectedly awesome things to explore in Maharashtra.
1. Ajanta Ellora Caves
One of the major tourist attractions in the world, Ajanta Caves is just 100 km away from the Ellora Caves and located in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Aurangabad is the nearest airport to get there. These cloak-and- dagger caves are a superlative example of Indian art and rock cut sculptures as well as emotional paintings artistically open the golden pages of Ancient India.
2. Panchgani Hill Station
Hill stations are many but Panchgani is something outstanding and as its name says the region contains a total of five beautiful hills, located in Satara district. The Pune and Mumbai Airport is about 100 km and 250 km away from Panchgani Hill Station respectively. Panchgani is mesmeric no matter in whichever season you go there but the fun can be double if you visit in the period between autumn and spring.
3. Sindhudurg Fort
Sindhudurg Fort is one of the historical places in India which occupies an islet in the Arabian Sea. Its massive wall touches the crashing waves of the sea and well enough to describe a fascinating piece of history. This fort is ranked on the tops of many tourist places in the itinerary the historian cum travelers design from all round the country. The nearest railway station is Sindhudurg which is connected to Mumbai & Pune and the convenient airport is Dabolim International Airport in Goa, just 130 km away from the fort.
4. Lonavla – Khandala
Maharashtrian (citizens of Maharashtra) are so lucky because of having the twin hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala, just a walking distance from each other. Lonavla-Khandala may be considered an extremely salubrious part of the state and undoubtedly a wonderful destination to explore which can be seen by the naked eye because your camera will not be able to capture the tremendous charm of these beautiful hill stations. Lonavla-Khandala is about 95 km away from Mumbai and 65 km from Pune.
5. Raigad Fort
Located in the Sahyadri mountain range in the Mahad town of Raigad district, Raigad Fort was built by Hirojee Indalkar with the guidance of Chandrarao More and filled with beauty with history. The fort is of great pride for the Marathas and everyone can feel its glorious elegance because the facility of the cable car is there so nothing matters if you are going with your grandmother or your children.
Photo Courtesy: Sushant Kanchan