Come with a dream and Maharashtra will fulfill it. One of India's largest, most populous and economically vibrant states, it also happens to be the film center of India.
Sandwiched between states on all sides, on its western border lies the Arabian Sea. The principal languages spoken are Marathi, English, Hindi, Gujrati.
The capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai owes its name to Mumba Devi, the guardian deity of the city. It is the most cosmopolitan city with a pace of its own - which is often breakneck. It is exciting - jostling crowds, pot-holed roads, rattling suburban trains, pollution, traffic jams, high rise, beautiful people, Dharavi, the largest slum in the world et al.
A lot of excitement is because Bombay is "Bollywood", the 2nd largest producer of films in the world. The Marine Drive, the Mahalakshmi Temple, Fire Temple, the Victoria Temple, Gateway of India, are some of Mumbai's best places. You can go shopping in Bombay at Colaba Causeway, Chor bazaar, or Zaveri Bazar if you are on the lookout for some exquisite jewelry.The Elephanta Caves in Mumbai are a must see.
Closeby is the city of Pune where the famous Indian Film and Television Institute and the Max Mueller Center for German Studies is situated. At nearby Nasik, considered to be one of the 7 most sacred cities of the Hindus, the Kumbh Mela is held to commemorate the churning of the ocean by the Gods and demons.
The winter capital, Nagpur, is well known or Ramtek ,where Lord Ram is said to have spent a part of his exile. The cave shrines of Ajanta and Ellora ,built during the Buddhist and Jain periods, offer a splendid view of exquisite statutory, fine chiseled carving, tableaux in haut and bas relief. The sculptures of Ellora and the frescoes of Ajanta display scenes from Buddhist and Jain mythology.
The best season to visit is between November to February when the weather is at its most pleasant. The rainy season, July - August, and the hot summer months from March to June should be avoided.