West India Travel Guide

West India

Western India is a loosely defined region of India consisting of its western part. The Ministry of Home Affairs in its Western Zonal Council Administrative division includes the states of Goa, Gujarat, and Maharashtra along with the Union territory of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli while the Ministry of Culture and some historians also include the state of Rajasthan. Commercial Capital of India, Bombay (Mumbai), is in the western part of the country. This part also includes the states like Goa and Gujarat in addition to Maharashtra. Western Part is popular because of Bombay, Goa (for its beaches), Rann of Kutch (Gujarat), Temples of Ajanta & Ellora (Aurangabad, Maharashtra) & Wildlife Sanctuaries in Gujarat.

After the vibrant atmosphere of Bombay, allow the palm-fringed beaches of Goa to warm your spirit in the sun and relax your mind. Or meditate in cool and ancient Buddhist caves tunnelled out of solid rock on the craggy hillsides – a dramatic contrast from the colourful fairs and festivals in unspoiled Gujarat. The choice is once again tremendous in this land that offers everything Bombay – Gateway of India.

There is a powerful life force at work in this thriving, modern commercial city, with its plate glass skyscrapers and hectic colourful street life. The pace and confusion are vibrant, with businessmen hurrying to work, hooting traffic, fisherwomen in their bright sarees and ‘Tiffinwallahs’ hurrying with their metal containers to deliver the businessman’s lunch direct from his home to his office.

The cuisine of Western India is diverse. The Surat City Of Gujarat is Worldwide Known For Food, the Maharashtrian cuisine is diverse and ranges from bland to fiery hot. Pohay, Shrikhand, Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav are good examples of Maharashtrian cuisine. Goan cuisine is dominated by the use of rice, coconut, seafood, Kokum, cashew-nuts. With its distinct spices and medium of cooking as coconut oil, both vegetarian, as well as non-vegetarian cuisine, is equally popular. After relaxing on Chowpatty beach under the cool evening sky, sipping refreshing milk from a large green coconut, you will start to love Bombay. You will feel ready to visit the elegant and world famous Taj Mahal hotel for a delicious snack or drink while watching the sunset over the many boats in the harbour.

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