The state of Maharashtra is one of the largest in India. Most of the state stands on the high Deccan plateau which stretches east some 800 km. from the Western Ghats. Located on the western part of India, the State is surrounded by the Arabian sea in the west, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh on the north, Madhya Pradesh in the east and Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on the south. Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra. Maharashtra, the Land of Caves, Forts and Temples is a large, populous and economically important state. The present state of Maharashtra was formed on May 1, 1960 when the Marathi and Gujarati linguistic areas of the former Bombay state were separated.
|Maharashtra At A Glance: |
|Districts ||Area(sq km ) |
|Area ||3,07,713 sq km |
|Population ||96,752,247 |
|Capital ||Mumbai |
|Languages ||Marathi, Hindi, English |
|Best Time To Visit ||September to April (coast); September to mid-June(hills) |
Best Season, Climate and Clothing
The climate of Maharashtra 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. This does not mean that the whole state gets uniform rainfall; a large part of inner Maharashtra remains dry in comparison to other areas under the rain shadow of the Sahyadri. Cotton clothing are apt all through the year and light woollens are required for the winter months.
|Months ||Weather |
|Summer(March to June) ||Warm |
|Monsoon(July to September) ||Warm |
|Winter(October to February) ||Cool |
|Distances from Mumbai to: |
|Places ||Distances |
|Pune ||163 kms |
|Nasik ||185 kms |
|Mahabaleswar ||239 kms |
|Shirdi ||307 kms |
|Aurangabad ||392 kms |
|Vadodara ||432 kms |
|Bangalore ||998 kms |
|Chennai ||1329 kms |
|Delhi ||1460 kms |
|Calcutta ||2236 kms. |
How to reach
The various cities in the Indian state of Maharashtra are easily accessible through air, road and rail.
By Air :
Maharashtra has five domestic airports and one international airport at Mumbai. Most of these airports have regular connections through the Indian Airlines and other domestic airlines. By Rail :
Most of the important places in India are connected by rail to Mumbai. Mumbai is the hub of the railway network in Maharashtra having three major railway stations and the headquarters of two Railway Zones in India. Mumbai is the Headquarters for both, Western and Central Railways. Regular train service connect Mumbai with all the major towns & cities in India. By Road :
Maharashtra is well connected by national as well as state highways with major places in and around the state. By Ship :
Damania Shipping Pvt. Ltd. operates a regular catamaran service between Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Goa. The service is suspended during the monsoons. Journey time between Mumbai and Goa is approximately 8 hours.