The word Maharashtra has been derived from the Sanskrit word,” Maha and 'Rashtra' which basically means a great nation. This Indian state was created on 1st of May in the year 1960. This Indian state is located in the western region of India. Mumbai, the financial capital of India, is the capital of Maharashtra. The state shares its borders with the other Indian states of Gujarat and the Union territory of Dadar and Nagar Havelli in the northwest, Arabian Sea is located in the West, Madhya Pradesh in the north and northeast, in the east is Chhattisgarh to the east, in the south is Karnataka, in Southeast is Andhra Pradesh and Goa is located in the southwest. The state of Maharashtra is spread in an area of 307,731 km2 (118,816 sq mi) , which covers almost or 9.84% of the total geographical area of the country of India.
Maharashtra is also known as the wealthiest state in India. There are plenty of attractions located in this state. Referred as a paradise for a traveler, this state offers many religious, cultural activities. The state is considered as the home for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Maratha ruler. The airport in the city of Mumbai has been named after Chhatrapati Shivaji. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm and makes the state quite popular, all over the world.
Maharashtra is the second most populous state and also the third largest state by area in India. The tourism sector is quite developed here and quite flourishing too. The city of Mumbai is also known as the city of dreamers, and the Bollywood industry, India’s biggest film industry is located here. The city of Nagpur, which is well known all over India, for the juiciest of Oranges is located in Maharashtra.
The state is very well known for the rich culture, the people, and all the tourist attraction that the state provides to the tourists. The well known and beautiful hill stations of Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, and Lonavale, add to the beauty of this Indian state. The caves of Ajanta and Ellora are also located in the state of Maharashtra.