Come with a dream and Maharashtra will
fulfill it. One of India's largest, most populous and
economically vibrant states, it also happens to be the film
center of India.
Sandwiched between states on all sides, on its western border
lies the Arabian Sea. The principal languages spoken are Marathi,
English, Hindi, Gujrati.
The capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai owes its name to Mumba Devi,
the guardian deity of the city. It is the most cosmopolitan city
with a pace of its own - which is often breakneck. It is exciting
- jostling crowds, pot-holed roads, rattling suburban trains,
pollution, traffic jams, high rise, beautiful people, Dharavi,
the largest slum in the world et al.
A lot of excitement is because Bombay is "Bollywood", the 2nd
largest producer of films in the world. The Marine Drive, the
Mahalakshmi Temple, Fire Temple, the Victoria Temple, Gateway of
India, are some of Mumbai's best places. You can go shopping in
Bombay at Colaba Causeway, Chor bazaar, or Zaveri Bazar if you
are on the lookout for some exquisite jewelry.The Elephanta Caves
in Mumbai are a must see.
Closeby is the city of Pune where the famous Indian Film and
Television Institute and the Max Mueller Center for German
Studies is situated. At nearby Nasik, considered to be one of the
7 most sacred cities of the Hindus, the Kumbh Mela is held to
commemorate the churning of the ocean by the Gods and demons.