Within India, some of the finest and best known tourist sites are located in the western part of the country comprising the states of Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The tourist attractions in west India are among the most visited tourist destinations in the entire country.
West India’s immense flourish in tourism is primarily due to famous places like Mumbai, Goa, Rann of Kutch, cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora and the Wildlife Sanctuaries in Gujarat. The region flaunts a rich cultural heritage and is home to some exemplary tourist sites including magnificent monuments, which are fine embodiments of the glorious architectural heritage of India. Additionally, the temperate climate in west India results in abundance of varied flora and fauna in the region. Hence, some of the finest and best known wildlife sanctuaries of India are located in West India.
Home to several enchanting tourist attractions, the state of Maharashtra forms an integral part of tourist attractions in West India. The rich cultural tradition of Maharashtra is finely reflected in its palaces and monuments including the Gateway of India, Mumbai; Elephanta Caves in Mumbai, Aga Khan Palace, Pune; Aurangabad Caves; and the rock cut caves at Ajanta and Ellora. The World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora are home to some of the finest examples of rock-cut caves built by the ancient artisans. Moreover, Maharashtra is also home to Mumbai -- the commercial and entertainment capital of India.
The coastal state of Goa is a tourist’s paradise and a must include in any west India tour. Goa’s main attractions are its spectacular beaches, sensuous sands, rich cultural heritage, varied flora and fauna, beautiful churches and magnificent temples. Some of the prominent Goan beaches which are also major tourist places in west India include the Calangute, Colva, Baga and Anjuna to name a few. These highly commercialized but scintillating beach resorts are the perfect celestial getaway for the wanderlust traveler.
Among other tourist attractions in west India are the majestic forts and churches of Goa, Daman and Diu which evoke the glorious Portuguese history of these regions; the beautiful rivers and lakes; the famous Goan carnival and various adventure sporting options in Goa.
Gujarat is home to some of the foremost tourist attractions in West India which include ancient temples, spectacular beaches, colorful people and a rich cultural heritage. The home state of Mahatma Gandhi, Gujarat is famous for its cities like Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, and various other places to see in west India like the Gir National Park in Sasangir, which is the only habitat of the world-famous Asiatic lions. West India is also home to several other famous wildlife sanctuaries like Velavadar National Park (Gujarat), Marine National Park and Sanctuary (Gujarat), Krishnagiri Upavan National Park (Maharashtra), Tadoba National Park (Maharashtra), Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary (Gujarat), Malvan Marine Sanctuary (Maharashtra) and the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary (Goa).
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