Blue horizons, sweeping beaches and coconut groves define the Maharashtrian landscape. Travel to Maharashtra for its ancient forts of Pratapgad, Sinhagad and the Lohagadare and the popular caves of Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta. Start with the City of Dreams, Mumbai and explore the Gothic railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the exquisite Taj Mahal Palace. Eat bhelpuri by the iconic arch of the Gateway of India and catch the sunset at Marine Drive. A ride on the double-decker buses plying through the city are a must. Pune should be visited for its religious relics at Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace and Pataleshwar Cave, and a lazy afternoon spent at the Parsi establishment of Marzorin. Also when in Pune, drive down to the protected forest of Bhimashankar, famous for its giant squirrels. Head to cooler climes at Matheran located on the Sahyadri Range, a charming hill station just two hours away from Mumbai. Among the other places to visit in Maharashtra are Panchgani and the erstwhile capital of the Bombay Presidency - Mahabaleshwar. Maharashtra also boasts of some delectable street food such as pav bhaji, poha and vada pav that shouldn’t be missed.
Peak Season is from November to February when Maharashtra experiences mild winters. Temperatures usually go as low as 10 degrees celsius and this is an especially good time to visit the Mumbai because of the illustrious Kala Ghoda festival taking place in February.
For Budget Travellers: INR 900 - 1800 a day
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 2000 to INR 4500 a day