The second most populous state in India, Maharashtra is an ethereal state defined by its sundry mountains, panoramic beaches, breathtaking sceneries and a wide array of museums, monuments and forts that stand as a testimony to the illustrious, rich history of India. Not to mention that these make tourism in Maharashtra interesting and indulging.
From the misty mornings in Lonavla to the mesmerising walks that you can take in Matheran, there are a range of places to visit in Maharashtra during the weekends. These rejuvenating weekend getaways provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. For some, it could be never getting off the hammock, and for others it maybe long drives and stunning landscapes. So pick a place, fill up the tank and hit the road to these weekend breaks in Maharashtra.
The perfect romantic getaway from the crowded metropolitan life in Mumbai, Lonavala is a popular hill station in the western region of the state of Maharashtra. Located at 625 mt above the seal level, this exquisite hill station forms a part of the breathtaking Sahayadri hills. Popularly called the ‘Jewel of Sahayadri', it is a popular destination for hiking and trekking. That apart, this place is bestowed with numerous historical forts, ancient caves and placid lakes surrounding it. It is a perfect place to head to during the weekend and enjoy amongst the beauty of nature.
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The hill station of Panchgani redefines beauty. The various scenic spots have an undying allure that continues to drive tourists here. Discovered by the Britishers during their rule in India Panchgani literally translates to 'Five Hills' and is situated at an altitude of close to 1,350 mt above sea level. Whether you're a first-time traveller or the quintessential backpacker, the quaint hills have a great deal to offer for everyone. The breathtaking valleys, refreshing breeze and mesmerising scenery will help you experience an exquisite visual treat.
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The origin of the land of Harihareshwar dates back to the era of the Great Maratha Rule under Emperor Shivaji. The first Peshwa Ruler, Bajirao, is said to have paid a visit to this holy place back in 1723. The ancient architecture of the many temples and monuments here stand testimony to the Inidan architectural style that was adopted and practised in those times. Each temple has a story attached to its sculptures. Surrounded by the four hills of Brahmadri, Pushpadri, Harshinachal and Harihar, Harihareshwar lies in the Konkan region and is surrounded by lush green forests on one side and pristine beaches on the other.
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A fascinating beach town along the Konkan Coast, Ganpatipule is the Indian answer to the Caribbean Islands. This small village in Maharahstra is untouched by the frantic commercialization of urban life and successfully retains its charm of an idyllic holiday destination. TheSwayambhu Ganapati Temple here is a massive attraction and the idol of Lord Ganpati in this temple is allegedly 400 years old, and carved fom a monolithic rock. The beaches of Ganpatipule are not only pristine and replete with clear, virgin water, but the region is blessed with abundant flora. Mangroves and coconut palms line the entire stretch of the beach, making it a luscious view from afar. A perfect place to while away your weekend.
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Matheran was discovered in 1850 by Hugh Polyntz Malet, a Britisher, while he was out shooting. The name literally translates to ‘Forest on the Head' and it is in close proximity to large, busy cities likeMumbaiand Pune. Travellers coming here are sure to fall in love with the surreal sunrise and sunset that can be seen from here. Also enjoy a ride on the toy train and be amazed by the beauty of nature that surrounds you.
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Mahabaleshwar was discovered by King Singhan who constructed the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple here. Later Shivaji Maharaj occupied this area and built the iconic Pratapgad Fort to fortify the place. Located in the gorgeous Western Ghats, it is one of the very few evergreen spots in the world. Mahabaleshwar literally translates to ‘God of Great Power' and is a favourite among travellers who love nature and a touch of history. Enjoy the vast greenery that this place has to offer you or go explore the fort which now lay in ruins. It is a perfect weekend getaway to unwind and rejuvenate yourself.
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Bhandardarais a small village on the Western Ghat and is located in theAhmednagar districtof Maharashtra. It sits by the Pravara River, and is a blend of natural beauty,waterfalls, mountains, tranquility, greenery and pristine ambiance. The Bhandardara Lake and the Randha falls are major tourist attractions. Head here for a relaxig weekend far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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