Maharashtra is an expansive canvas showcasing many of India's iconic attractions! From the ancient cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora to Gateway of India, many spectacular tourist attractions adorn this beautiful state. Blessed by the altitude of Sahyadri ranges, many hill stations galore the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. Each of the major cities in Maharashtra has the bounty of a hill-station within a few hours' driving distance.
Let's take a tour through 5 of the top hill stations in Maharashtra. Each of these hill stations have their characteristic charm and allure, and let no cynic tell you that any two of them are similar.
5 Top Hill stations in Maharashtra
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Endowed with shady forests, criss-crossed with foot trails, and breathtaking lookouts, Matheran in
Maharashtra is the smallest hill station in India. Located in Raigad district of Mahrashtra, the toy train journey in Matheran is a unique experience! The place, renowned for its dramatic sunrises and sunsets, is one amongst the best hill stations near Mumbai and Pune.
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Chikhaldara is a hill station in Amravati district that abounds in wildlife - Tiger, panthers, sloth bears, sambar, wild boar, and even the rarely seen wild dogs are spotted here! There are many breathtaking points in Chikhaldara like Hurricane Point, Prospect Point, Devi Point etc.from where the lush green hue of the place could be enjoyed.
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At 3,177 feet above sea level, Panhala is a hill station located in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. The place commands a panoramic and majestic view of the valley upfront! The place is famous for its Panhala fort which is one of Shivaji's favourite forts.
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Ample natural beauty, elegant waterfalls, beautiful mountains, lush greenery, invigorating breezes, pristine environs and tranquil ambience characterises the hill station of Bhandardara in Maharashtra. Located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, this holiday resort village has many historic and natural places of interest!
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Amboli is a relatively unexplored hill station located before the coastal highlands of Goa! Located in south Maharashtra, it abounds in a variety of fairly unusual flora and fauna. Legend has it that there are 108 Shiva temples in and around Amboli of which only a dozen have been uncovered, one as recently as 2005.
These are the top hill stations in Maharashtra. Travel to these gorgeous locales to get soaked in the marvels of nature. Happy Travelling :)