India’s western region comprises the states of Goa, Gujarat, and Maharashtra along with the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Geographically diverse, Western India is bounded by the mighty Thar Desert in the northwest, the Vindhya Range of mountains in the north and the Arabian Sea in the west. A major portion of Western India shares the Deccan Plateau with South India. Bordering the Pakistani province of Sindh, Gujarat is India’s westernmost state.
Stretching out into the Arabian Sea, its varied terrain ranges from dense forests to salt marshes to a long coastline that is home to ancient sea-ports and some of the most unique marine species. Gujarat is famed for its historic capitals, Jain temples, Asiatic Lions, Bird watching, stepwells, old city character, archeological sites and many architectural masterpieces. Traditional artisans in colourful tribal villages create splendid textiles, and wonderful art and crafts. This is the home state of Mahatma Gandhi – the undying legacy of his life and work can be seen everywhere.
Maharashtra, spanning west-central India, though perhaps best known for its fast-paced capital Mumbai and the Bollywood film industry, is also a land of great culture, history, and natural beauty – home to phenomenal British-era architecture, prehistoric rock-cut cave temples, daunting forts, tombs, beautiful temples and pilgrimage spots, lovely wildlife parks, unspoilt beaches, and verdant hill-stations.
Tiny Goa, with an uninterrupted coastline stretching along the Arabian Sea and the emerald glory of the Western Ghats, is especially unique for how it preserves its Indo-Portuguese legacy – seen today in its exquisite heritage areas, tropical spice plantations, elegant casas and tile-shaded cottages, laidback fishing villages, superb cuisine, tireless celebration, sleepy siestas, and a wild exuberance for life.