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Wikipedia Guide
Maharashtra (Marathi: महाराष्ट्र mahārāṣṭra, IPA [məharaːʂʈrə] (help·info)) is a state located in the western part of peninsular India. It is India's third largest state by area and second largest by population. It is also the richest state in India, contributing to 15% of the country's industrial output and 13.2% of its GDP in year 2005-06. Maharashtra is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Gujarat and the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli to the northwest, Madhya Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the east, Karnataka to the south, Andhra Pradesh to the southeast, and Goa to the southwest. The state covers an area of 307,731 km (118,816 sq mi) or 9.84% of the total geographical area of India. Mumbai, the capital city of the state, is India's largest city and the financial capital of the nation. Marathi is the official and most widely spoken language. In the 17th Century, the Marathas rose under the leadership of Chhatrapati Shivaji against the Mughals who were...      Read more at wikipedia...
Facts At A Glance
Main Languages Marathi
Area 308 sq. km
Population 9.68 crores
One of the largest state, both in terms of size and population, it is aptly named Maharashtra which means 'The Great State'. Stretching from the Arabian seas, over the hilly ranges of western Ghats and the predominant plateau, Maharashtra s diverse climatic conditions. The booming capital of Maharashtra Mumbai, is the most exciting introduction of this state. The city holds economic importance as well as it is a gateway for foreign visitors.
With the coastline of Arabian sea on the west, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are its neighbours in the north. On the east it is bordered by Madhya Pradesh and on the south is Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Maharashtra with its diverse geographical features provides a range of tourist centres. The intricately carved caves of Ajanta, Ellora and Elephanta highlight the Indian heritage and the spell-binding Indian Culture. Kanheri, and Karla caves are some other caves. The inviting hill stations of Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Panchgani, Jawhar, Malshejghat, Amboli, Chikaldhara and Panhala are spread over the western ghats. Religious places like Pandharpur, Nasik, Shirdi, Nanded, Aundhanagnanth, Trimbakeshwar, Tuljapur, Ganapatipule, Bhimashankar, Harihareshwar and Shegaon each are a refreshing experience and make a fascinating whole.
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