Most of us talk about the city of dreams. For some the city of dreams may be something that promises them a bright career or someplace where their love resides. All of this and more has been delivered to thousands of souls since time immemorial by the city of Mumbai which lies within the state of Maharashtra.
While Maharashtra may be primarily known for Mumbai by most – there is much more to this place than meets the eye. Right from the beautiful hill stations to the vast bays on the west coast of the state, Maharashtra is considered to be among the richest states in the whole of India. Maharashtra surely is rich – in culture, music, museums, beaches and a great standard of living.
Famous and the most revered rulers of India such as Shivaji the great, are Maharashtra’s sons and have left a whole of lot of their legacy in forms of famous structures and beautiful heritage in Maharashtra. It is an enjoyable journey exploring through the vast cultures, the ethnicity of clothes, the mouth-watering food, the massive landscapes and the astonishing hill stations among other things.
Uksan Lake is one of those places that promise to take you into a peaceful and blissful space, away from the chaos of city life. This is a small oasis-like place that is framed by hills and forests, lending it a beautiful appearance.It is a great place to hike, swim, night camp, barbeque, or just sit by the lakeside and hear the water rustling around you. Seeing the sunset or sunrise here is also a great experience. The lake waters swell up and the surrounding greens look even more luxuriant during and after the rains. Location: 14 kilometres from Kamshet. Best time: The lake is best visited after the monsoon months of June-September.
Shinde Wadi Hills
Shinde Wadi hills is famous among the Kamshet attractions as one of the best paragliding spots. However, it is also known for its ravishing sunrise and sunset view. One should surely visit this place early in the morning to get a look at the enthralling sunrise providing you with peace. Traverse along with the bounties of Shinde wadi hills as the greenery and refreshing cool winds will make you fall in love with this spot. Places to visit in Kamshet are numerous yet this place will never disappoint you in any way. Spotted at a height of 200 feet, the hills will enchant you with the best experience of paragliding. Location: 2 kilometers from KamshetBest Time: February-May and October-December
These caves, one of the oldest in Maharashtra, are one of the most popular places to visit in Kamshet. Located on a high rocky area, they are reachable through a hike on very rocky terrain. Once there, you will be rewarded with beautiful and majestic views of these intriguing caves. An ancient site for animal sacrifices, it is said that the practice is still followed here. You can even see some utensils kept here. Spend some time here taking in panoramic views of the twin forts of Rajmachi, Shrivardhan, and Manoranjan surrounded by the tranquillity of nature. Location: The caves are located in Jambhivali, which is 20 kilometres from Kamshet.Best time: February- May, and October- December.
One of the most revered tourist attractions in Khandala is the Pavana lake where you can witness a range of activities like zip-lining, rappelling, campfire, and a whole lot more. The Lake is snuggled on the Pawna Dam and the magical aura that is picturized is just beyond one’s imagination. The entire region is brimming with soothing vibes and is just the right place for a weekend getaway. Pawna is approximately 15 to 20 km away from Lonavala and is a perfect combination of thrill and solitude. Apart from this, you can relax along the lake or can gape at the star-studded sky with camping.Essential Information:Location: Pawna Lake, Lonavala, MaharashtraBest Time: Throughout the yearTimings: All time openPrice: Starting from INR 900 per person.
Cave exploration in Kamshet is incomplete without visiting the Buddhist Bedse Caves, which are said to be built in the first century. Like most caves, these also have a dark, damp, and mystic allure about them. As you enter, you will see a temple with ancient carvings of elephants, horses, etc. on the walls. A beautifully carved ceiling and pillars arch the monastery inside, which is a must-see. This is one of the best places to visit in Kamshet to spend time meditating or simply being with oneself in the silent & serene environs of the caves. Location: 10 kilometres from Kamshet.Best time: Monsoons months of June-September.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this ancient temple is famous for its location in the midst of a dense forest. Reachable after a rocky hike, its black stone architecture never fails to astonish. The serenity of the temple is only broken by the sounds of cascading water from a nearby waterfall. Spend time cooling down in the misty water sprays from the falls. Don’t miss the Shri Kheteshwar Maharaj Samadhi located near a charming little pond, one of the top attractions in Kamshet places to visitLocation: The temple is located in Jambhivali, which is 20 kilometres from Kamshet.Best time: February- May, and October- December. The temple remains open from 6:00 am- 8:30 pm every day.
Charming you with its dense vegetation and plush surroundings, Bhandar Dongar is a hilltop that will leave you all hearts. Wondering still about what all will keep you entertained at this highly majestic place? Then know that it attracts people to go for a hike up the hill as well as paragliding. Amidst all the tourist places in Kamshet Bhandara Dongar is a hilltop that will never fail to enchant your souls. Located near this hilly spot is a divine temple Sant Tukaram whose ancient and rustic presence adds up a heavenly bliss to this place.Location: 23 kilometers from KamshetBest Time: February-May and October-December
Resting on the lush green bounties, the Visapur Fort is one of the most popular places to visit in Khandala where you can whiff in the serenity. The fort is perched at an elevation of 1084 meters above the ground and the panoramic vistas it offers are just beyond one’s imagination. Whether you are a history buff or a nature enthusiast, this majestic fort is the right choice for you. The fort was built back in the 17th century by the Peshwas and is one of the iconic edifices of the Marathas. For much of your knowledge, this is a twin of Lohagad Fort and extends a combination of lush greens, sparkling waters, and misty views.Essential Information:Location: Malavli, Maharashtra 410406Best Time: June to September, MonsoonsTimings: 24 hours openPrice: The average trip cost is about INR 1200 per person.
More Maharashtra Attractions
Popular Related Destinations
Maharashtra Travel Guides
An amazing experience. For the first time, I got the chance of river rafting and I loved it alot. Thanks you my lovely friends for insisting me to go on this trip.
"one of the best Trek celebrated Independence Day at top, enjoyed a lot by exploring new peoples, I would specially thanks the best ,caring and friendly host Atit and Smith team who assured me that I m solo traveler while coming to trek but while going I will be hand full of memories, and really the same thing happened with me and these guys kept their words . \nfinally I will conclude it was really awesome day thank you thrillophilia for making my day. "
It was my husband bday and I wanted to give surprise to him and whole family .. As my mother in law and father in law was with me I was really scared how the place will be will they be comfortable but Mr Anirudh gave me surety that visit once and sees the experience he gave me the number of host who is really awesome she made all the arrangement I request her for decoration & cake . As soon as I reached there she welcome whole my family with warm-hearted and arrangement. Tents were neat and clean, she made my family and me so comfortable she explained about the place in detail then we went to sunset it was really beautiful and feel peace to see that, as soon as we Came back evening snacks was ready Taste was awesome and it was unlimited. Barbeque with born fire was really pleasant with cold weather .. my family really enjoyed and especially I want to thank camp manager she really made them feel comfortable and it was Home away from home.
"Rajmachi trek was an amazing experience, of course given its beauty any nature lover would get mesmerised, BUT what matters more in such trekking experience is the trekking companions. Sagar Shinde is a great guy and true professional, he went beyond and make us have a great experience even though our trekking group reduced to just a couple of us. I am posting some pics that would be just glimpse of trek and the one with the trek guide Sagar who helped us trek such beautiful place."
The scenery there is really breathtaking. All the hills and the lake view is amazing. The place makes you stay there for life long. If you really want a peaceful, beautiful and close to nature place then this place should be on your bucket list.
The host Rahul Slave was really humble and a cheerful person to talk. They will try to give their best by providing all kind of basic needs and anything you could ask for at such a remote place.
The starters are really amazing. I enjoyed the food as a non-vegetarian. I was really impressed with the tea and poha breakfast. I recommend you to try the breakfast.
They have multiple activities including DJ, Bone Fire, Cricket, Archery, Boating, Badminton, Karaoke etc.
Great trek and an awesome experience
Trek leaders Pranay and Sam were very helpful and encouraging
I really had an awesome experience with "live before you die" team. They are a group very young and innovative people who love to live their dream rather than running behind the robotic race of life and I found it very unique and had an awesome journey. I really enjoyed my trekking and at one point I just wanted to give up and stop due to the pain in the legs but these people really supported me and booted my confidence to reach the highest peak kalaubai. Thanks to the team. I had been with 6 people and all my friends really enjoyed it. I saw many solo travelers in the trip along with us and then I realised that it's really not necessary that you have to travel with your friends, you can even travel solo and enjoy with strangers. Overall great experience with home made village style food. Thanku team special thanks Jatin and Bhavin and kaustub. Nousheen Rehnuma.
great experience....best and memorable trek in my life.thanks you atit and Smith.
And booking through this app Thrillophilia is hassle free experience and easy to get details on email. Managers have added us on whatsapp group makes it easy to manage timings and guidelines I m planning to book more event or trip through this app for safer travel. Amazing experience. I was much excited about this trip as Kalsubai is top treking experience among the ppl. And this trip helped me getting life time cherish experience. It was my first experience, and as it is a Kalsubai Trek, I was little afraid of doing it. But the Managers are so cooperative and have so much of energy to make the whole trip was next to the Awesome.....They are very helpfull and the management was too good.
Smit and Nikhil did an excellent job managing a group of 30, most of them 1st timers for a Kalsubai trek in peak monsoon...It was an amazing experience overall...The weather made the trek a bit challenging, but our tour guides kept everyone motivated and gelled well with the entire group...The overall management of the trek was nicely done....would like to go for few more trips with the same tour leads
People Also Ask About Maharashtra
Be careful: One needs to be extra cautious around people like taxi drivers, auto drivers, tourist guides among others because they tend to take advantage of your lack of the knowledge of the place and seemingly try to loot you of your money.
Avoid unnecessary attention: Do not flash too much cash in a crowded area. You will unnecessarily be attracting attention. This way you can avoid trouble too.
Avoid too much public display of attention: It is important that we realize that whole the country may be advancing, the people will still take time to do so. People are slightly traditional and therefore, it is better to respect their sentiments. As far as women are concerned, it is important that they do not wear too revealing clothes and travelers should especially avoid excessive public display of affection.
Bottled water: As far as possible, try having bottled water and ensure that the seal of the bottle is intact.
Drinking laws: The legal drinking age in Maharashtra is 25. However, there are many teenagers who recklessly indulge in this behavior especially in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Alibaug and Nashik. The government requires an identity proof before folks can consume alcohol. Therefore, remain especially cautious of this. However, there is certainly no denying the fact that the nightlife in these cities is among the best India has to offer.
What you cannot afford to miss:
Embrace the flora and fauna of the state: Most people have a wrong perception about Maharshtra. They feel that the state is rather pale by nature. However, they are quite wrong about that. One can easily get up from their lazy life and find something interesting to do in Maharashtra. Whether it is exploring the glistening cityscapes of Mumbai or chilling in the serenity of Mahasbaleshwar or Lonavla. These places offer you much more than you could have expected.
Chill at the vast beaches of Maharashtra: Maharashtra houses mountains as well as beaches. Thus, when you’re done indulging in the beauty of mountains, you can move on to exploring the beaches of Maharashtra. Find serenity in beaches like Ganpatiphule beach, Shriwardhan Harihareshwar beach, Madh island beach, Tarkarli beach, Chowpatty beach, Juhu beach, Vengurla Malvan beach and others. This state offers much more in terms of activities to do than one can expect.
Hunt for caves in the state: Some of the most prominent caves like the Ajanta Ellora or the Elephanta caves fall within the jurisdiction of Maharashtra. These are perhaps, some of the most primary attractions existing in the whole of Maharashtra. It is essential that one becomes a part of these cave explorations themselves to truly understand the beauty that lies behind it.
Spiritual oneness by visiting holy places: For those who are pilgrims by heart, there are many places that you can visit too. For instance, the Siddhivinayak Temple or the Mount Mary Church. You have Haji Ali, the Grishneshwar Temple, Trimbakeshwar temple and more that you can visit.
What you will like in Maharashtra:
Visit the popular tourist spots: First and foremost, it certainly makes sense to finish off by visiting the popular tourist spots in and around Maharashtra. Maharashtra is large state and it may take time to do so. Therefore, single out all the necessary ones and go on a trip around the place but make sure you don’t miss any.
Realize the historic relevance the state holds: Maharashtra comprises of endless well known destinations that hold great historic significance in India. Among the many is the city of Kolhapur that has a lot to offer to the traveler.
Go city hopping: A little fact check – did you know that the word Maharashtra is derived from two Sanskrit words namely, Maha and Rashtra which means Great and Nation respectively. It truly is a great nation that comprises of numerous famous, well-developed cities which you surely have to explore such as Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nasik and so on.
Relaxing visit to hill stations: There are numerous hill stations that fall in the category of Maharashtra. For instance, Lonavla, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran among others. Enjoy a relaxing stay at these places when you’re done with the bustling city life of the state. What’s more? Many of these places offer endless activities to keep you busy. Indulge in watersports too!
Food tasting sessions: Of course – one of the most important things to do when you want to get to know the place better is to indulge in some flavourful food tasting sessions of the place. Don’t forget to have the local vada pavs and the special delicacies in the state.
Recommended reads for destination
Maharashtra Govt. Tourism Website
Books to read on Maharashtra: Rise of the Maratha Power, History in the Vernacular, The Fakir – Thoughts and Prayers.
More Things to do in Maharashtra
Popular Nearby Places Around Maharashtra
More on Maharashtra Tourism