Frankly, the state was a surprise package for me. It was just above my
imagination as the state gave me a lot of scope to show my explorer
Frankly, the state was a surprise package for me. It was just above my imagination as the state gave me a lot of scope to show my explorer skills.
The travelog on Maharashtra is written by Henry, an explorer from France, who visited Mumbai in August 2004.
Visiting Maharashtra was not by chance. It was very much a planned trip but the motive was definitely different. I usually visited Bombay for official reasons. And it was literally my ignorance that I never wished to explore the dynamic state of India.
But this time my luck favoured me and I made up my mind and decided to unearth its various dimensions. Michalle, my friend in Mumbai, and Lonely Planet Book helped me a lot in this journey of discovery.
Through Lonely Planet, I gathered information on the state. It was interesting to know about the state as many facts were unknown to me. Maharashtra, one of the most industrialized states of India occupies the western and central parts of the country. It extends over the Sahayadri mountains; a vast stretch of 720 kilometers of the Arabian Sea coast providing it a beautiful backdrop .
Though I used to visit Mumbai every now and then but it never came into my mind that I should explore the capital city of Maharashtra. Thanks to Michalle, who encouraged me to explore the various facets of the fascinating destination of India - Maharashtra.
As far as climate of Maharasta is concerned. It is moderate with variations in temperature ranging between 16°C and 35°C. July to September are the months when monsoon lashes this state with good rainfall. September to April is considered the best period to explore Maharashtra.
Cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Aurangabad, Amaravati became a part of my exploration. Being a much hyped city of Maharashtra, Mumbai becomes a natural choice for tourists from all over the world. Aurangabad, Amaravati and Nasik had a tinge of heritage which made my tour to Maharashtra, all the more exciting.
Then the exotic monuments which I explored were just phenomenal. It was all above my imagination that a state like Maharashtra behold such spectacular edifices. Gateway of India, Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, Prince of Wales Museum were few monuments that I explored during my tour to Maharashtra.
My Exploration of Maharashtra
Though I don't clearly remember the date I visited the state, but I do remember the month, it was August. Exploring Maharastra was a discovery in itself as I came across the many facets of the state. Sandwiched between the states on all sides, Maharastra is one destination that is a must for every traveller.
Maharastra as a state is one of the most populous and economically vibrant state. The state beholds wide spectrum of tourist destinations and therefore becomes one of the most visited places in India. Since the state is dynamically active it enabled me to store many good memories in my memorabilia.
The first city that I landed in was Mumbai. Being the capital city, Mumbai is well connected with other cities as well states through air, rail and road. As far as its cities are concerned, I explored some phenomenal destination which included Pune, Mumbai, Nasik, Thane. Each city was different yet alike providing me the actual essence of the state
The language spoken in Maharastra were Marathi, English, Hindi and Gujurati. Since I was not very fluent in either of the languages, it was difficult to communicate but I had Michalle with me. Michalle is my friend who has been in Mumbai for last 10 years was a great help as she became my perfect guide and helped me out in planning and scheduling my tour.
Actually she was the one who forced me to explore Maharastra as a whole. Initially, I was not very happy with this idea since I am not an avid explorer but then she said that I will enjoy the time. And she was right, I had a gala time in exploring this unique destination.
In fact, the most impressive of all were the Ajanta and Ellora caves. There are sheer poem carved in stones and formed the actual part of my exploration. The other monuments that I explored were Gateway of India, Elephanta caves, Haji Ali etc. They all were not beautifully carved out but had some houses incredible legacy of the past.
Ganesh Chaturthi, Gokul Ashtami, Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Padwa which are celebrated with full zest and zeal. The state unfurls the rich heritage and cultural legacy of the state. Significantly, I covered the most fascinating festival of Maharastra - Ganesh Chathurthi. This 11-day long festival of Ganesha Chaturthi begins with the installation of beautifully carved Ganesha idols in homes and Mandaps, vividly decorated, delineating the religious themes or current events. It was just a pleasure for me to be actually a part the festival that involves the life and soul of the Maharastrian people. .
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