The best time to visit Maharashtra is the October–February period, when it is typically hot and dry (though the eastern side of the state may get a few showers). Temperatures ramp up from March to May, when it can get uncomfortable, and thunderstorms are not uncommon. The monsoon generally hits in June and lasts till September, with July the wettest month; most hotels in the hill station of Matheran close during this period. It is also well worth trying to coincide your visit with one of the state’s many festivals.

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