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Maharashtra

Introduction
Ggateway of India Maharashtra, located in the western part of India, is a state where myriads of cultures coalesce, forming a rich tapestry of customs and traditions. The Maharashtrians are passionate about art and culture. Fairs, festivals, music and dance seem to permeate the soil of the state. It is due to a good number of World Heritage Sites, hill stations, entertainment options and a cultural and architectural legacy that tourists love to visit the cities and towns of Maharashtra time and again.

Climate
The state experiences a moderate type of climate, owing to its closeness to the Arabian Sea. Summers, that extend from March to June, are warm. The maximum temperature during this period records 35 degrees centigrade. Maharashtra receives a good amount of rainfall between July and September. Winters, from October to February, are cool. The minimum temperature during winters measures 16 degrees centigrade. You can arrange a trip to the state anytime of the year, except the monsoon months.

Important Cities & Towns
Mumbai, the seat of Hindi film industry, is the capital of Maharashtra. Besides, the city also happens to the commercial capital of India. Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Matheran, Nashik and Satara are the other famous tourist destinations in the state. Matheran, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are places where you can enjoy some exotic sights to the accompaniment of clean, cool and fresh air. Nashik is known as an important pilgrimage centres both among locals and tourists.

People & Culture
The Hindus form a major part of the state's population. Festivals like Ganeshotsav and Deewali showcase the true spirit and exuberance of the people of Maharashtra. English, Hindi and Marathi are the chief spoken languages of the state. Folk dance and music are an essential part of the people's life here. The popular folk music of Maharashtra include Gondhal, Lavani, Bharud, Powada etc. Cuisines of Maharashtra vary a little from region to region.

Famous Travel Attractions
Ajanta CavesMaharashtra, in terms of tourist attractions, is a must on every traveller's itinerary. The city of Mumbai itself is a major draw for tourists. The Gateway of India, Haji Ali Tomb, Water Kingdom, Essel World and the Film City are sites one would never want to miss. Tourists love to spend time at closely located hill stations like Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Khandala etc. Pilgrims or those who wish to soak up spiritual charm may plan a visit to Shirdi, 296 km from Mumbai. Aurangabad is perhaps the most important destination for tourists here; from here you can visit the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora which are just a few kilometres from the city. Last, but in no way the least, you can make a trip to the Elephanta Caves from Apollo Bunder in Mumbai.

Air/ Rail/ Road Links
Maharashtra has five domestic airports at Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik and Nagpur. Mumbai also has an international airport – Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport. There are regular flights connecting Mumbai with all the key destinations of the country and the world. Mumbai also serves as the headquarters of both the Western and the Central Railways. An excellent road network keeps the state well connected to the rest of the country. One can also avail of catamaran services linking Mumbai, Ratnagiri and Goa.



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