The states in the western part of the country are
often recognized as the gateway to the western countries particularly the
Gulf region. The four states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh
form the coastal belt of west India. Inspite of being adjacent, these states
are extremely varied in their landscapes, culture and milieu.
Maharashtra, the land of legendary warriors, has a valiant historical past
that witnessed - rise and fall of Maratha empire. It has many beautiful
cities that are of prime significance that include: Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and
Aurangabad. The major attraction of Mumbai is Bollywood, the glamorous film
industry. Maharashtra excels as a rich resource of art and culture reflected
in its forts and palaces known for the rich history. The state of
Maharashtra is ridged by the Western ghats and covered by dense forests. The
state has a long and varied tradition of art and crafts from the paintings
at Ajanta dating back to many hundreds of years to today's Warli paintings.
Bounded by Arabian Sea o the west, Gujrat has an astonishing history and
truly vibrant culture. The region was part of the Mauryan Empire in the 3rd
century BC under King Ashoka. The significant cities of Gujrat are:
Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Dwarka, Baroda, Rajkot, Surat and Bhavnagar. It has
a predominating Hindu population with Muslim and Jain minorities. Gujarat is
famous for its rich folk culture and art and craft products. The memories of
life and work of Mahatma Gandhi who spent a part of his life here, are a
living presence still.
has a splendid and surprising scenic beauty. The palm fringed beaches, green
and serene locations offer an enriching experience for the tourists.
Bustling with day to day activities in the countryside palm fringed canals
and calm beaches, Goa is a prefect place to spend some time in total peace
and tranquility. It plays host to majestic churches and glorious forts,
rhythmic music, tantalising cuisine, and a beautiful 100 km coastline.The
interesting places to visit in Goa are: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudhsagar
waterfalls, Aguanda Fort, Anjuna Beach and St. Cathedral.
Madhya Pradesh lies in the heart of the country and is reputed for the
intricately carved temples, majestic forts, rich of wildlife and vibrant
culture. Most of the state is a high plateau, historically known as the
Malwa region and it geographically shares the mountain ranges and plateaus
of the western States. Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh represent
artistic excellence in itself. The state also has remarkable wild life
sancturies and national parks that sustain a variety of flora and fauna. The
important cities include: Bhopal, Khajuraho, Gwalior, Sanchi, Ujjain and
Mandu. The state has an ancient cultural lineage with Hindus forming the
majority of the polulation. It does have a significant strength of Muslims,
Jains, Christians, and Buddhists and a small population of Sikhs.