Major Attractions : Akshardham Temple, Gir National Park, Gateway of India, Ajanta-Ellora, Goa Beaches
Major Cities : Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur
States of West India Information
Northern part of India is enriched with different cultures religions, marvelous monuments, immense wildlife parks and sanctuaries, holy rivers, majestic Himalayas, and diversified climate conditions. The whole of north India borders countries like Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bhutan from northwest to northeast.
The west Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa though being closely situated are so distinct in terms of landscape and culture that their geographical nearness is sometimes hard to believe for the tourist. The western part of India has been witness to hectic activity since ancient times when the Arab traders touched down on the coast of Gujarat and subsequently laid the foundations of a flourishing export and import trade. The ruins of Harappan civilisation recovered here are some 3500 years old while the mythical city of Dwarka supposed to be founded by Lord Krishna dates even further back to 5000 years.
The west Indian state of Gujarat is believed to have been named after people belonging to the Gujjar tribe who came and settled in the region hundreds of years ago. The entire state is dotted with numerous tourist attractions including magnificent temples, historic structures and mosques, some of which date back centuries. Some of the highlights of the state are the Paliltana Jain temples at Shetrunjay hills, Somnathpur temple near Ahmedpur Mandvi beach, the union territory of Daman & Diu and the sprawling salt deserts of the Rann of Kutchh.
Famous Attractions : Akshardham Temple, Gir National Park, Surat, Ahmedabad, Dwarkadhish Temple, Somnath Temple
Maharashtra is a perfect amalgam of modernism and antiquity with cities like Mumbai fast developing into one of the most modernised cities of the world as also historical monuments such as the caves of Aurangabad that present a fascinating example of the most ancient forms of cave temple architecture. Some of the other highlights of a tour to Maharashtra are the magnificent Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Elephanta Caves and the cities of Pune and Khandala etc. Maharashtra offers every type of tourist a complete vacationing experience, be it adventure, pilgrimage, monuments, hills or festivals.
Famous Attractions : Gateway of India, Ajanta-Ellora, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Haji Ali
No words can describe the brilliance and enchantment of this tropical paradise. The beach capital of India, as it is commonly sobriquet, Goa boasts of sandy beaches lined with swaying palms, happening rave parties that continue late into the night, unending festivities and fenny (Indian liquor made of coconut or the juice of cashew apple). Breathtaking natural beauty, the colonial architecture of Panjim, the beautiful structures of Margao and the lovely cuisine are some of the other high points of this mesmerising state. Tourists flock the place in large numbers to enjoy the relaxation and repose, however the variety of water sports have also become a favored activity amongst tourists lately.
Famous Attractions : Beaches, Churches, Panaji, Old Goa