Maharashtra is one of the most industrialized states of India. Besides Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nagpur complete the urban sprawl of the state. Marathi is the mother tongue of the people of the state, who are known as Marathis or Maharashtrians. English and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood. Maharashtra is the most visited state by foreign tourists in India and 4th most visited state by domestic tourists in country in 2010.Recently, Aurangabad was declared as Tourism Capital of Maharashtra. A. Paragliding B. Gliding C. Rock climbing D. Scuba diving E. Snorkelling F. Kayaking G. Canoeing H. Trekking I. Wildlife Safari Mumbai The eastern equivalent of New York City and LosAngeles and the financial capital and entertainment (Bollywood) capital of the country isconstantly abuzz with activities. It has a very active nightlife for those inclined towardsurban modes of entertainment. Some places of interest to include on the must-watch listare: Gateway of India, The Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj VastuSangrahalaya, Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a humongous architectural stone structurebuilt by the British more than 200 years ago, Girgaon chowpati (beach), Downtown Mumbai- reminiscent of the 19th century British architecture. Some pristine beaches can be foundtowards the south of Mumbai, for e.g. Madh island beach. Elephanta Caves, carved out ofa giant stone on an island are a short ferry away into the Arabian Sea. Ferries can be rentedfrom The Gateway of India. There is no dearth of luxury hotels that dot the city near allimportant tourist places.The city has one of themost active public transportsystems rivalling the best inthe world in terms of densityand reach.
PuneUndoubtedly the cultural capitalof the state of Maharashtra issaid to be the educational centerof India. Pune has forts datingback to the seventeenth centurysuchas Sinhagad, Purandar,ShaniwarWada (a weekend residence ofthe Peshwas) and Lal Mahal (thered palace), residence ofChhatrapati Shivaji maharaj. Punealso has educational institutes ofrepute such as Fergusson College,a 200-year old college built by theBritish.Pune has many beautiful temples which are visited by thousand of devotees.Amongst them are Parvati temples, Chaturshringi Temple, Pataleshwar and manytemples of Lord Ganesh in the cross roads of the peths.Lakshmi Road, the avenue for buying all things Maharashtrian. These are just someof the places that registerhigh on the tourists agenda.Hill stations around Amboli Chikhaldara Igatpuri Jawhar Karjat Khandala Lavasa Lonavala Mahabaleshwar Matheran Panchgani Panhala Toranmal