Best Places To Visit In Maharashtra – As Majestic As Their Names!

Maharashtra has always been amongst my favorite summer holiday destinations. The beauty of her lofty mountains and tradition and history has always intrigued me.

Some of my regular spots in Maharashtra are, The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in south Mumbai, also a popular tourist attraction. The Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus is a UNESCO world heritage site. This Terminal Designed by Frederick William Stevens was influenced from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Mughal buildings, the station was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.  This terminus is one of the busiest railway terminals in the country.  The beauty of this station gives you a glimpse of by-gone eras and their beauty.

Old Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Old Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus View

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus View | Image Resource : travelokam.com

Inner Architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Inner Architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus | Image Resource : architecturaldigest.com

Frederick William Stevens who designed architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Frederick William Stevens who designed architecture of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus | Image Resource : soaamace.blogspot.in

Second on the list would be Marine drive, another beautiful place to visit again in the city of Mumbai. Marine Drive is also known as the Queen’s Necklace because, if viewed at night from an elevated point anywhere along the drive, the street lights resemble a string of pearls in a necklace. Truly an amazing sight that you cannot afford to miss!

View of Marine Drive

View of Marine Drive | Image Resource : topyaps.com

Marine drive Queen's Necklace

Marine drive Queen’s Necklace | Image Resource : flickr.com

Third on my list is The Ajanta, A perfect destination for art lovers. 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which is dated to the 2nd century BC  The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India as “the finest surviving examples of Indian art”, particularly painting which are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the beautiful and impressive Jataka tales . This is a place that one must visit during their trip.

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The above mentioned ones are my personal favorite attractions in Maharashtra!

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Various Proposals To Elevate Maharashtra Tourism And Make It Glitter As One of the Top Tourist Destinations of India!

“Tourism is one of the most neglected sectors in Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis”Res

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Devendra Fadnavis

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Devendra Fadnavis | Image Resource : newindianexpress.com

The new chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has to be highly applauded as he has hit the bull on its eye. He has recognized the vast potential of tourism as a major revenue generator and has proposed to increase the footfall of tourism. He wants to bring into limelight the beautiful culture and traditions of this state and open the tourism potential both in the international as well as domestic market.

For this the basic challenges in front of him is the poor infrastructure, dirty city and the unclean toilets in tourist spots. The chief minister wants to create a tourism culture by boosting up the infrastructure and also by making the city clean and providing clean toilets which are very basic essentials.

“New TDR policy soon: CM”Res

The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that new transfer of development rights policy will be brought about owing to the rapid urbanisation of the state. He announced in the assembly that the state is also proposing to give 2.5 FSI for redevelopment of the old and worn dilapidated buildings. Another great news is that Navi Mumbai international airport would be completed by 2019 which will really boost up the tourism sector of the state.

Navi Mumbai International Airport Plan

Navi Mumbai International Airport Plan | Image Resource : homesfy.in

“CM Devendra Fadnavis announces 2017 as ‘Visit Maharashtra’ year”Res

Lots of measures is taken by the chief minister who also holds the portfolio of tourism minister and he has announced that the year 2017 will be declared as Visit Maharashtra year. He also proposes to host the meeting of SAARC tourism in this state. A single window scheme will be created for boosting up the tourism industry and the number of permissions will be drastically cut down from 140 to 20 and it’s a stupendous effort in the right track !

SAARC Tourism

SAARC Tourism | Image Resource : sltda.lk

Another welcoming news is that there will also be a transparent public- private partnership PPP model and many development plans are proposed for Ratnagiri , Sindhudurg, Nagpur- Bhandara- Chandrapur area. The sea project in Sindhudurg district will be vigorously pursued and so also the phase III of Ajanta- Ellora presentation.

Sea Project in Sindhudurg

Sea Project in Sindhudurg | Image Resource : sindhudurginitiative.blogspot.com

Another proposal is to declare the Lonar crater, which is located in Buldhana district as a mega destination. There is no stopping Maharashtra once all these proposals are implemented and the world can see the new phase of Maharashtra as one of the top tourism destinations thanks to the effort of the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.