MAHARASHTRA: PLACES TO VISIT

Maharashtra is the state where the world-famous Mumbai (old Bombay), the financial capital of India is situated. It is also famous for the Ajanta,Ellora and Elephanta caves, which are World Heritage Sites, as designated by UNESCO.

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Maharashtra Locator Map

 

MAHARASHTRA STATS:

TOTAL AREA: 307,713 Sq. Km (118,809 Sq. Mi)) Rank: 3rd
POPULATION (2011): 112,372,972 Rank: 2nd
CAPITAL CITY: Mumbai  
LARGEST CITY: Mumbai  
LITERACY RATE: 82.9% Rank: 6th
HDI: 0.689 Rank: 12th
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Marathi  
Official Website: www.maharashtra.gov.in  

 

WEST AND NORTH WEST:

MUMBAI:

Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra; it is situated on the West coast of India.Its population is approximately 20.5 million, and it is thus the most populous city in India. It also has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia.The city was known as Bombay until 2009.

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Important financial institutions such as The Bombay Stock Exchange, Reserve Bank of India and National Stock Exchange of India are situated in Mumbai.Also, many multinational and major national conglomerates have headquarters in Mumbai.Hindi film and TV industries also have their headquarters in Mumbai and it is collectively called Bollywood (B=Bombay).Bollywood is prolific in the numbers of movies it makes per year (approximately 1000); in fact, this is more than the next three countries put together USA (Hollywood), China and Japan.Mumbai generates 5% of India’s GDP, 25% of industrial output, 40% of maritime trade and 70% of capital transactions of Indian economy.Mumbai developed from several islands and is thus a natural harbor.

Marina Drive
Marina Drive
Marina Drive
 

Taj  Hotel
Taj Hotel

MUMBAI Cont:

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Gateway of India
Gateway of India

VICTORIA  STATION
VICTORIA STATION

WEST:

Janjira Fort
Janjira Fort

AJANTA, ELLORA AND ELEPHANTA CAVES:

Ajanta Caves Entrance
Ajanta Caves Entrance
Ajanta Cave Painting
Ajanta Cave Painting

 

Ajanta Caves Sculptures
Ajanta Caves Sculptures

Ajanta Caves, Buddha in repose
Ajanta Caves, Buddha in repose

Ajanta Caves Wall Fresco
Ajanta Caves Wall Fresco

Kailashnath Temple, Ellora
Kailashnath Temple, Ellora
Elephanta cave sculpture
Elephanta cave sculpture

 

Elephanta Caves Entrance
Elephanta Caves Entrance

 

WEST CENTRAL: PUNE

National Defense Academy
National Defense Academy
Parvati Hill and Temple
Parvati Hill and Temple
Aga Khan Palace
Aga Khan Palace

 

NORTH EAST: NAGPUR

map Deeksha Boomi, Nagpur
Deeksha Boomi, Nagpur

 

STATE SYMBOLS: (COURTESY WIKIPEDIA)

State animal Indian giant squirrel (Ratufa indica) giant squirrel
State bird Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera) green pigeon
State flower Lagerstroemia speciosa Lagerstroemia speciosa
State treee Mango mango


TOURIST INFORMATION:

CONTACTS: email: www.maharashtratourism.gov.in
Phone: 91-22 2202- 4482/4522/4584
Fax: 91-22-2202-4521
Other useful websites: www.MaharashtraWeb.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtra