Home to Mumbai and the world-famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra is the second most populated state in India.
Maharashtra means “Great Nation” and this state is indeed a great nation in itself. Sprawling Maharashtra, India’s second most populous state, stretches from the gorgeous greens of the little-known Konkan Coast right into the parched innards of India’s beating heart. Within this massive framework are all the sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences of India.
Verdant hills, scenic coastal plains and busy industrial centres make up the varied landscape of Maharashtra, which covers an area of 308,000 sq km (118,920 sq mi). The hills of the Western Ghats, source of many rivers, run parallel to the narrow Konkan Coast, while cradled in the centre is the Deccan Plateau, formed from black volcanic lava 70 million years ago.
Modern Maharashtra is a prosperous, highly industrialised region, with a strong agrarian base. Cotton and tobacco are widely cultivated, as are a variety of fruits including oranges, chikoos (sapodilla) and mangoes.
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