Away from the steamy metropolis of Mumbai, Maharashtra is rich in historical interest with its breathtaking rock temples, Marathan forts and recuperative hill stations.
Bombay, renamed Mumbai, is the glamorous commercial hub of India, a magnet to rich and poor alike, surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea.
Today, Mumbai is booming. Home to the wealthy and the glamorous, it has long been India's Hollywood ("Bollywood"), producing more films each year than any other city in the world. Nowadays, it is also the home of India's own fast-growing satellite and television industries.