The western region of India is seen as economically developed. The west India constitutes of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Damn & Diu. It attracts lot of tourists because of its unique tourist destinations. On one end, it has cities like Mumbai; famous for Bollywood, on the other have places like Goa which is famous all over the world for its stunning beaches.
Gujarat has lots of ancient temples like the Somnath temple, Dwarkadhish Temple, and other holy places. Any pilgrimage is going to be incomplete without visiting these spots. Wildlife lovers will have a great time at Gir National Park, Gujarat. It is home of the popular Asiatic Lions.
In Mumbai, you will get the opportunity to see Gateway of India, Victorian Townscape and the ancient Elephanta caves. Another must visit destination in Maharashtra is Ajanta & Ellora caves in Aurangabad.
Daman and Diu:
A visit to Damn & Diu will leave you awestruck with its exquisite sandy beaches, churches and scenic sites. It gives the right ambiance to spend some great time away from rushing noise of city in peace & tranquility. It was ruled by Portuguese for almost 450 years. Located on the west coast Daman has the mighty Kolak river on north side, towards east it has Gujarat, on the south it has famous Kalai River and on the west has Gulf of Cambay.
The places that you shouldn’t miss are Bom Jesus Church, majestic Moti & Nani Daman Forts, beautiful Hathi Park, stunning Hilsa Aquarium, sandy Devika Beach. The places in Diu that are worth visiting are the magnificent Diu Fort, historic Forte do Mar, serene Gangeshwar Temple & ancient wonder – “Shaking Tower” situated at Delwada.
Gujarat is known for its rich heritage. It has unique customs, history, colorful festivals & fairs and exotic wildlife. It is famous for its scared temples, historical architecture, hill resorts and wildlife sanctuaries. The renowned holy temples include Shankheshwar Jain Temples, Dwarakadheesh Temple – Dwarka, Somnath Temple – Saurashtra, famous Modhera Sun Temple, serene Palitana Jain Temple & Girnar Hill Temple. The festival of Kite Flying & Makar Sankranti is major tourist attraction. The state also has magnificent historical buildings like majestic Surat Fort, affluent Laxmi Vilas Palace and Watson Museum.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli:
It is a union territory that falls under the western region. The “Nagar Haveli” lies between Gujarat & Maharashtra while “Dadra” lies north of Nagar Haveli. The capital of this small beautiful place is Silvassa. The famous tourist spots here are the stunning Hirwavan Garden, exquisite Vanganga Lake & Garden and the unique Tribal Museum. Here, you will also get the opportunity to see wildlife from a close proximity.
This beautiful state is located in the west coast of the country. It is famous all over the world for its magnificent beaches and places of worships. The Goan culture is a beautiful blend of Latin and Portuguese culture. The state has some of most amazing beaches like scenic Agonda Beach, tranquil Mandrem Beach, Baga Beach (famous for its nightlife & parties) gorgeous Candolim Beach, stunning Cavelossim Beach. The foreign and Indian tourists visit the place round the year to have a gala time on these golden beaches. A trip to Goa is incomplete without a visit to historic Fort Aguada, Bom Jesus Basilica and some of the ancient churches.
Maharashtra is one of the most popular states in India. It has derived its name from Sanskrit, which literally means a Great Nation. True to its name, it is the financial capital of India and the land of dreams & possibilities. The capital of the state is city known as “city that never sleeps – Mumbai”. The main cities are Mumbai, Nasik Thane etcetera.
Tourist Destination: To sooth their nerves from the fast paced city life people are seen rushing to hill stations like Mahabaleshwar Hill Station, serene Matheran Hill & exotic Lonavala-Khandala Hill Stations. A walk on Chowpatty Beach and Marine Drive is a wonderful experience. The ancient Ajanta and Ellora Caves are amazing ancient work of art. It is believed that the Buddhist monk carved these marvels using simple tools. The other important destinations are Elephanta Caves, Gate of India, Shaniwar Wada, Iskon Temple, Prince Of Wales Museum, Raja Kelkar Museum, Haji Ali Mosque, Victoria Terminus, Haji Ali Tomb.