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West India

The Land Of Legends & Traditions

 

REGION- The western part of India consists of the states of Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, along with the Union territories of India - Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The region is highly industrialized, with a large urban population. Western India is bounded by the great Thar Desert and the Arabian Sea.

OVERVIEW- The region is hot and humid during summers but it is the legendary land where the history still lives on. The forts, palaces, havelis and splendid temples built by Rajputas and Maharajas of Rajasthan are one of the richest sources of culture, heritage, art and crafts. Amazing legends of heroism and romance still resonate from its equally amazing architecture, which stands to narrate its tale of a bygone era. It has a colorful traditional past. Gujarat is home to Asiatic lions and fine textiles; you can say that this is a fast developing state. India's third-largest state, Maharashtra is home to two of its most fascinating cities, Mumbai and Pune - "the city that never sleeps".  These cities will bring out the nocturnal person in you, as they are famous for vibrant and high-energy environment all day and night. Check out some really fine places to eat, booze and party till you drop. And last but not the least, enjoy the country's best beaches in Goa. 

FOOD: Rajasthan and Gujarat are the states that represent the dessert flavor of Indian food. Here an immense variety of dals(lentils) and achars (pickles/preserves) are used that simply substitute the relative lack of fresh vegetables in these areas. In the states like Maharashtra, the food is usually a mix of both north as well as south cooking styles. Here people eat both rice and wheat with the same interest. Along the coastline of Mumbai, a wide variety of fish is available. Some of the delicious preparations include dishes like the Bombay Prawn and Pomfret. In Goa, that is further down south, one can notice Portuguese influence in the cooking style as well as in the dishes. Some of the major dishes of this region are the sweet and sour Vindaloo, duck baffad, sorpotel, egg molie, etc.

PLACES TO VISIT IN WEST INDIA: Some of the best places to visit in West India are Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Rann of Kutch, Sasan Gir, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Goa, and many more. Each of these destinations is unique and offers a different experience. Udaipur is a beautiful city of many lakes. Jaisalmer is a desert city with mesmerizing sand dunes. Jodhpur is a historic city with a different culture and a massive hill fortress – Mehrangarh, overlooking the city. Mumbai is the financial capital of India with a busy nightlife. Aurangabad is home to the amazing ancient cave temples – Ajanta & Ellora. Goa is the most popular beach destination in India, often touted as the “Miami of India”.

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