Maharashtra is a state of India situated in the western región of the country whose capital is the city of Bombay. It is the second most populous state in India with over 112 million inhabitants, and third largest in the country with an area of ??308,000 square kilometers, besides being recognized as one of the richest regions of the nation. The official state language is Marathi, which comes from a Maratha caste that used to dominate a large region of the country in the 18th century.
Its vast territory offers numerous options for tourism, especially through its wonderful natural spaces and the great variety of flora and fauna spread through its territory. Maharashtra includes five national parks, Navegaon in Gondia, Pench in Nagpur, Chandoli in Sangli, Gugamal in Amravati and Sanjay Gandhi in Mumbai, and other natural areas as Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary or Tadoba Andhari Tiger Project, among others. In addition, options for tourism in the region include must-see attractions in Mumbai such as its beautiful beaches and monuments like the Gateway of India, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, valuable cultural elements in the city of Pune, the caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad or the beautiful temples in the city of Nashik.
Marathi cuisine is known for its mix of mild and spicy flavors, using ingredients such as wheat, rice, vegetables, lentils or fruit and with traditional dishes like ukdiche Modak, batata wada or puran poly. The state's main economic activity is industry, and stands out as the country's leading producer of chemical products, electrical machinery, textiles, petroleum, metal products or jewelery. In addition, agriculture also highlights as an important activity with a remarkable production of wheat, rice, fruits, cotton, sugarcane and tobacco.