Maharashtra, meaning 'Great Land' is one of the most fascinating regions of India. It is also one of the most industrially and commercially developed states of India. Mumbai, the capital city is the ‘Financial and Industrial capital’ of India. The State boasts of a great religious, cultural, historical and martial heritage. To be found are hundreds of shrines of all faiths that are almost as old as the religions. Evidences of the artistic skills of the people, whose culture goes back thousands of years is very well exhibited across the state. In song and dance, in paintings and sculptures, in architecture and handicraft, Maharashtra displays a fascinating variety of brilliant achievements which can be seen in its cave – temples and Hindu shrines. Massive forts and historic battle sites tells the story of this great land.
Maharashtra is endowed with immense natural beauties which are idyllic bliss to the travelers. Quite and beautiful hill stations, secluded palm-shaded golden beaches, placid lakes, warm springs and a variety of wildlife...these are all part of a land created, as it were only for a relaxing holiday.
Capital: Mumbai (Bombay)
Main languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
When to go: October to March for beach destinations, September to May for hill resorts
Getting There & Away: How to reach Maharashtra
Road: Major State Highway 9 (MSH-9) is the longest highway connecting Solapur & Nagpur. Mumbai Pune Expressway is the most important one. NH-3, commonly known as Agra Bombay Highway connects Madhya Pradesh with Maharashtra via Nashik, Thane & ends at Mumbai. NH-48 connects Delhi & Mumbai and passes through Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamilnadu. NH-6 connects the state with Chhattisgarh, Odisha and stretched up to Jharkhand and West Bengal. NH-8, as a part of the Golden Quadrilateral Project, has connected Delhi & Mumbai. NH-65 starts at Pune and connects Maharashtra with Karnataka, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. NH-13, NH-16 & NH-17 are other important links.
Rail: The Central Railways along with the headquarter in Mumbai embraces the veins and heart of railway commutation in Maharashtra. Chatrapati Shivaji Railway Station-Mumbai, Mumbai Central Railway Station, Pune Railway Station, Nashik Railway Station, Kolhapur Railway Station and Nagpur Railway Station are major ones.
Air: Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai, Dt Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at Nagpur and Pune Airport are important operative airbases in Maharashtra.