Holxo Tours in Maharashtra
Vast, distinctive, and diverse, this ‘great land’ takes you by surprise at every turn…and has you coming back for more. This is Maharashtra – the captivating giant of the Konkan. Fringed by the beautiful Arabian Sea on its west, and sharing borders with Gujarat to the northwest, Madhya Pradesh to the north, Chhattisgarh to the east, Telangana to the southeast, Karnataka to the south, and Goa to the southwest, Maharashtra is a traveller’s delight – a melting pot of histories, cultures, and landscapes.
Lying on the resplendent Konkan Coast, Maharashtra’s pristine beaches run into miles of golden sands – a 700 km coastline – transforming its very landscape and coming alive with the energy of little fishing villages, orchards, temples, vibrant promenades, secluded alcoves, and brisk trading ports; inviting and enticing you to experience the ocean, enjoy fresh air, and eat fabulous coastal cuisine.Running parallel to the Konkan Coast are the magnificent Western Ghats (or Sahayadri) mountains. A trekker’s paradise, the Sahyadris are a treasure trove of hills, lakes, waterfalls, and forests. Maharashtra’s many hill stations have the great advantage of being located within a few hours’ driving distance from the state’s major cities.
And casually scattered across this stunning landscape are the gems of Maharashtra’s rich multi-cultural heritage – majestic, imposing forts; ancient Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain rock-cut caves and temples lined with exquisite sculptures and frescoes; scores of sculpted temples, grand colonial-era architecture, unsullied wildlife sanctuaries, and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is also the land that gave India one of its most iconic and beloved patriots – the valiant Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji, who challenged the might of the Mughals in the 17th century. Today, Shivaji’s many forts, built on steep precipitous hills of the Deccan Plateau, stand testament to his legendary heroism.