Situated in the western region of the country and third largest state by area, Maharashtra is the second most populated sub national entity. The state shares its borders with Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Telangana, Karnataka, Goa and the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The state is famous for its fast paced capital Mumbai which is the hub of Bollywood film industry. The state offers many attractions to the tourists which come from all across the globe. The scenic beauty, the sea, the hills, hundreds of caves, architecture, wildlife, vineyards, Maharashtra has it all.
Some of the key attractions of Maharashtra are Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Mani Bhawan, Jahangir Art Gallery, in Mumbai. Baneshwar, Khadakwasla and Panshet Dam in Pune, Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad, Bhahmagiri, Sule Vineyards, in Nashik . The Sahyadris, the Rajmachi Forts and the Waki woods are the places that can be visited by the trekkers. The state is aso home to several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries like Bor Wildlife and Pench National park. The Ambarnath temple, Kailash temple, Afgan memorial, Osho Ashram, Shri Hazur Sahib and Bibi ka Maqbara are famous for both historical and religious reasons. The state has a number of beaches like Madh Island beach, Kihim and Mandwa, harnai. Some of the popular hill stations are Amboli, Lonavala, Khandala and Panchgani. The places of historical interest include monuments and forts like the Chand Minar, Lal Mahal, Kesari Wada Mumbai Fort, Pratapgarh Fort and the Daulatabad Fort.