Maharashtra, with its significant contribution to all aspects of Indian development is certainly one of the most impressive states of the country. It is the largest city in India and also the richest. With strong history, the state possesses a rich cultural heritage and is definitely an important tourist destination in India.
The history of Maharashtra can be traced back to the 1st century. The triumphant rulers of Maharashtra were Marathas, who ruled the state and greatly contributed to its historical significance. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a brave warrior and strategic planner, lead the Maratha Dynasty. Influences of Buddhist culture are seen in the world famous caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Today, Maharashtrians or Marathi speaking people occupy most parts of Maharashtra. Mumbai, the busiest city and financial capital of the nation has been compared to Manchester, New York and Dubai. The uniqueness of this city is highlighted by its fast life, blend of culture, languages and food. With Arabian Sea on the west coast and Western Ghats, Maharashtra has varied floral and faunal population that has given rise to parks and wild life sanctuaries. Hill stations of Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Lonavala and Khandala have gained popularity in diverse aspects like religion and recreation. A long coastline stretch has blessed Maharashtra with many beaches and the state holds tremendous importance in shipping and industrial development.
A unique combination of culture, food, lifestyle and natures’ beauty attracts several tourists to the state. The official body for tourism development – Maharashtra State Development Corporation has made special efforts to keep the attractiveness of the state alive!