Known For : Panchvati Sula Vineyard Dudhsagar falls, Nasik
Nasik is a religious Hindu city, host to the Kumbh Mela every 12 years. It also makes for a perfect wine tasting destination. Nashik (Nasik), named after a relic associated with Ramayana, is a city in Maharashtra located on the banks of river Godavari. Nashik plays host to the famous Kumbh Mela every 12 years. The city is home to plenty of exotic temples and is known in Hindu mythology as the place where Ravana's sister, Surpanakha, tried to seduce Lord Ram and got her nose cut off by Lakshman in the process.
Best Time: July to March
Kothligad (or Peth) is a hill fort in Maharashtra. It is located at a modest elevation of 1500 feet in the Raigad district of the state. The pinnacle of the fort is shaped in the form of a vertical funnel, lending it a peculiar look. There are caves carved out of huge rocks at the top of the fort, alongside a pond perfectly square in shape. There are cisterns of water within the fort.
Known For : Pratapgad Fort Thoseghar Falls Vajrai Falls
Located in Western Maharashtra, Satara is one of the historical cities of the state and the headquarters of Satara district. The city gets its name from the seven (Saat) hills (Tara) that envelope Satara. This historic site of Maratha Kingdom is located near the confluence of Krishna and its tributary Venna. Satara was established in the 16th century and had the honour of being the seat of Chatrapati Shahu, Raja of Satara.
Known For : Jaigad Fort Water Sports in Ganapatipule Swayambhu Ganpati Temple
Beach town on the Konkan coastline, Ganpatipule has temples of Lord Ganesha as major attractions apart from the beautiful virgin beaches. Ganpatipule is a small town in the Ratnagiri district in Konkan region with a long stretch of pristine beaches, Ganpatipule is a perfect idyllic getaway in the slip of nature. Confluence of beach with river could be witnessed along with a hill shaped like Ganpati, the Hindu God of worship.
Best Time: November to February
The area around Mumbai and Pune and is flooded with majestic hill forts boasting of sweeping panoramic vistas and picturesque ruins of the former structures. One of these equally magnificent hill forts is Kothaligad, situated at 3000 ft. above sea level and located east to the town of Karjat in Maharashtra. Although relatively small in size, the fort offers one of the famous trekking trails in the area. Also known as ‘Fort of Peth’ because of its vicinity to the village of Peth, Kothaligad has a lot to offer to the tourists. From bounteous nature to marvellous surroundings and enchanting views of the valley, you will definitely be left awestruck at the overall splendour of the place.
Known For : Sightseeing in Lavasa Lakeside Promenade Bamboosa
Known as India's newest hill station, the Lavasa Corporation is constructing this private city. The city is a beautiful project, stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino. Spreading across 7 hills, covering an area of 25000 acres, Lavasa is a perfect blend of beauty and infrastructure. Lavasa is a privately planned hill city located near Pune in Maharashtra.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Harihareshwar Beach Kalbhairav Temple Ganesh Gully
Surrounded by four hills and with river Savitri flowing through the town, Harihareshwar is famous for its temple of Lord Harihareshwar and is a popular weekend beach destination especially for people in Mumbai and Pune. Harihareshwar comes across as a pleasant surprise with some of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches along the Konkan Coast. The nearby Pushpadri hill and surrounding dense woods only make the beaches more attractive.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Harnai Port Unhavare - Hot springs Panhalakaji Caves
Dapoli, situated 215km away from Mumbai is popular tourist destination that serves the needs of all kinds of travelers. It is known as mini-Mahabaleshwar of Maharashtra owing to its cool climate throughout the year. It is located in the Ratnagiri district and is a famous Konkan hill station. It is a small town packed with attractions from historic forts, temples, pristine beaches and lush vegetation surrounding all of it, making it a recent favorite for weekend destination travelers.
Best Time: June to September
Known For : Ahmednagar Fort Tomb of Salabat Khan II Cavalry Tank Museum
Ahmednagar is a city located in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, at a distance of about 120 km to the northeast of Pune and 114 km to the southwest of Aurangabad. With its 500+ years of history, the City of Ahmednagar gets its name from its founder Ahmed Nizam Shah I. Ahmednagar is a small town compared to the nearby cities of Pune or Aurangabad, and not much of development has happened in the region. However, it is the birthplace of the cooperative movement and has about 19 Sugar Factories. Marathi is the primary language of communication and also the official language of the region.
Known For : Raigad Fort Diveagar Beach Jagadishwar Temple
Raigad, is a historically rich district is situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Located at 2,851mts, it is surrounded by Mumbai Harbour, Thane, Pune, Ratnagiri and the Arabian Sea.Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, renowned Maratha ruler, won this place in 1656 and his Maratha kingdom thus shifted base to Raigad. His prized win, the Raigad Fort is one of the main attractions of this place.
Best Time: November to March
Known For : Kolad River Rafting Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls Bhira Dam
Known for its cascading waterfalls, green meadows and picturesque backdrop of Sahyadris, Kolad is gaining traction as an adventure sports destination with provisions for rafting, rappelling, kayaking etc. Famous for white water rafting, Kolad is a thriving tiny village in the Raigad district in Maharashtra. It boasts of natural beauty which blooms during the monsoons. The majestic valleys and picturesque backdrops makes Kolad a treat for nature lovers as well as shutter bugs. The scenery is a treat to the eyes.
Best Time: June to March
Situated in Khopoli near Karjat, Zenith Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfall sites in Maharashtra. The waterfalls can be reached through a short trek between ridges and troughs an narrow pathways.
Situated between midway between Mumbai and Pune, Khopoli is a hidden gem in the state of Maharashtra which is mainly known for its Imagica Water Park. Nestled at the base of the verdant green Sahyadris, the small town is home to dense woods, amazing theme parks, blooming gardens, mesmerising waterfalls and ancient temples, which also makes it one of the most popular weekend getaways from the adjoining cities.
Known For : Water Sports in Alibaug Kolaba Fort Alibaug Beach
A little coastal town tucked away in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a very popular weekend getaway holiday destination and has earned itself the name of 'mini-Goa', owing to the high tourist footfall all year round. Steeped in colonial history, Alibaug is a quaint little town located about 110 kilometres from Mumbai, and is replete with sandy beaches, clean unpolluted air and plenty of forts and temples, ensuring that despite being a small town, you never run out of activities to do.
Best Time: November to March
Kothaligad is a small fort to the east of Karjat on the Karjat-Murbad road. It is called Peth fort because of its vicinity to the Peth Village. It is famous in Karjat for treks because it is small in height and easy to climb. There is also a cave and a small temple at the base of the fort.
Known For : Tiger's Leap Imagica Rajmachi Fort
Popular hill station close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by all sorts of people, especially hikers and trekkers. Lonavala, being a part of the Sahyadri hills, offers an alluring and bewitching experience of nature's most gifted region. Surrounded by dense forests, waterfalls, dam alongside lakes, Lonavala is a must-visit if you admire nature and want a gateway to having a soulful weekend or a good trip.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Kashid Beach Murud Janjira Fort Phansad Bird Sanctuary
A Beach town, popular for its white sand and blue seas situated in Konkan region of Maharashtra, Kashid is the perfect destination for a quiet weekend getaway from Mumbai. A soothing and calm place in nature's lap, Kashid is mildly enchanting with its quiet environment and picturesque location. This beach town is known also for its majestic mountains and whispering Casuarinas.
Best Time: October to March
Wai, located on the banks of Krishna river, is a small city near Panchgani. Known for its seven ghats, Wai also has quite a few temples around. Pandhavgarh fort is another nearby attraction which is know for its trek.
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