Maharashtra is the wealthiest state in India, contributing almost one-sixth of the country's industrial output. The state has a history of rebelling against the status quo and a strong sense of independence; some of its illustrious personalities include Chhatrapati Shivaji, Babasaheb Ambedkar and Lokmanya Tilak.
Maharashtra has a diverse and beautiful scenery, from its unknown beaches and cliffs to the rolling Western Ghats and Sahyadri mountains that are a popular destination for adventure travellers and nature lovers.
The state has three of the most important cities of India - Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur - and is one of the most urbanised states with a 42% level of population living in urban areas. While Mumbai is the financial hub of the country, Nagpur is the manufacturing hub of the area, and Pune the IT and education hub.
Its many attractions include the Ajanta and Ellora caves, the various forts strewn all across the Sahyadri mountain, the exciting metropolitan adventures in Mumbai, and the unexplored coastlines.