The Gateway of India—that’s Maharashtra for you. With Mumbai, one of the finest ports of the world as its crowning jewel, there’s much about the geographical and topographical character of the third largest state in India—after Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan—to command the traveller’s attention.
Maharashtra was the second most visited Indian state by foreigners and fourth most visited state by domestic tourists in the country in 2014. It is a land of sheer size and diversity which will stun you. There are mountains that stretch out into the mists as far as the eye can see. There are innumerous forts that stand proud and strong till date. A range of temples, sculpted into and out of basalt rock.
The diverse and colorful cultures, woven into one gigantic quilt would be the best way to explain Maharashtra. Festivals that galvanize the sleepy thousands into fervent motion, miles of silver & white beaches, etc., stretches across the entire coast.
With Madhya Pradesh to the north, Karnataka to the south, Chhattisgarh to the east and Goa to the south west, this western state of India plays host to the Arabian Sea through Mumbai, but is, nevertheless for the most part, a plateau.
Mumbai is in all ways a mega-city driven by power, wealth, glamour and fame which attracts people to give shape to their dreams and aspirations. But it is also a city with strong historical links, wonderful British architecture, museums, beaches, places of worship, and above all, a true galaxy of stars where Bollywood reigns supreme.
Mumbai houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India, the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations. It is also home to some of India’s premier scientific and nuclear institutes like BARC, NPCL, IREL, TIFR, AERB, AECI, and the Department of Atomic Energy. And of course there is the huge Hindi film and television industry that has given it its starry appeal.
- Pune City
Not too long ago, Pune was known as a Pensioner’s Paradise and therefore became home to those who had retired and wanted a peaceful life. Today, the city is one of the fastest growing metros in India and is already a hub for the automotive, information technology and engineering industries along with being a seat for quality education. And in addition to it also being the cultural capital of Maharashtra. In fact, if you are looking for a truly vibrant vacation, this is the place to be.
There are only a handful of cities in India can match the dizzyingly different characteristics of Pune. While it is a cultural capital that witnesses a myriad range of activities in theatre, arts, music, cinema and so on, it is also known for its expertise in engineering and in particular, automotive manufacturing as it is base to some of the biggest OEMs such as Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, General Motors, Bajaj Auto, Force Motors, etc. At the same time, this is the city where the biggest of the IT companies have put up their offices while the best of educational institutions attract students from across the world.
Nagpur is situated in the area of Vidarbha Janapada which in turn was part of the great forest traditionally known as the Dandakaranya in the Ramayana and other classical Sanskrit sources. The region was subsequently under the Mauryan, Shunga and Satavahana dynasties from 4th century BCE to around the 2nd and 3rd century CE. The excavated sites are testimony to this.
Nagpur District forms the north-eastern part of the present state of Maharashtra. The district is roughly triangular in shape and is rich in geological and mineral wealth. Along with minerals, fossils of flora & fauna both have been reported from this area in large numbers.