West India encompasses the States of Chhattisgarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The region is bound by the Thar desert in its North West, the Vindhya Range in the north and the Arabian Sea in the West.

This region is popular for Maharashtra (Gateway of India, Elephanta, Ajanta & Ellora), Goa (Beaches, Churches), Madhya Pradesh (Cultural Heritage site-Khajuraho), Gujarat (Rann of Kutch, Gir forest) and Chhattisgarh (Wildlife Sanctuaries and tribes). The options are varied and interesting to explore. After the vibrant atmosphere of Mumbai, allow the beaches of Goa to warm your spirit in the sun and relax your mind, or enjoy the colorful fairs and festivals of Gujarat. Visit the tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to know the culture and people.

Maharashtra

Maharashtra is the third largest State in the Country. Diverse dynasties ruled Maharashtra; each adding to the cultural flavour and left behind a distinctive mark. Since the 2nd century BC, this State has been an important Centre for Buddhism. Its epic traditions and heritage are reflected in the sculptures and paintings at the Ajanta and Ellora Caves among others. The State is also home to some of the finest ancient Jain temples. Various religious communities have created a unique multicultural ecosystem in Maharashtra.

Mumbai is a melting pot of cultures, languages, creeds….. a city where religious places rub shoulders with happening nightspots, art galleries and specialty restaurants thrive side by side and impressive landmarks stand tall amidst a bustling business district.

Nashik

Nashik’s soil and weather are ideal for grape growing and a wine tour might mean that you’ll sip wine in laboratories, learn its composition with alcohol technologists and clink glasses with local farmers. Nashik is 185 km North East of Mumbai.

Goa

It is known for beautiful beaches, Churches, unhuried way of life and the numerous relics of Portugese architecture. Panjim, at the mouth of the Mandovi River, became the leafy capital showcasing 19th century Portuguese architecture. Altinho hill, Bishop’s Palace, Jogger’s Park, Mahalaxmi temple, Adil Shah’s Palace are some of the places to be seen.

The old Goa shows the Portuguese legacy of beautiful architecture, old churches spread across the villages. Some important places like St.Francis Xavier, Old Goa, Basilica de Bom Jesus , Se Cathedral, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Archaeological Museum etc.

North Goa comprises of beaches like Arambol-Keri, Mandrem-Morjim, Vagator-Chapora, Anjuna, Baga-Calangute, Candolim, Miramar-Dona Paula. The beach paradise offers adventure on the sea, lively bars, night markets, hot nightspots etc. South Goa comprises of Bogmalo, Velsao-Betalbatim, Colva to Mobor-Cavelossim, Palolem-Agonda beaches etc.

Goa Carnival was traditionally a four day event of feasting and celebration before Lent, a season of fasting and abstinence. It falls in February though the dates change every year.

Madhya Pradesh

At the heart of India lies the prehistoric site of Bhimbetka, to ancient Hindu and Buddhist monuments such as Khajuraho complex and Sanchi, the beautiful fort of Gwalior to the tiger rich sanctuaries Bandhavgarh and Kanha to hilly Mandu and the contemplative towns of Maheshwar, Omkareshwar and Amarkantak by the Narmada, Madhya Pradesh is quite a treasure. The distinctive religious practices of significant tribal population (Gonds) and way of life has not changed for centuries. Trips to tribal villages can be an enriching experience.

Mumbai and surrounding areas - Showers dry up during the Cool Season (October - March), making these months a far more agreeable time to visit.

Goa - Late October to February is Goa’s best time. December is peak season. Monsoons (June-Aug) are humid. Summer (March-May) is hot and humid.

Madhya Pradesh - October to February is the best time to visit Madhya Pradesh.

Mumbai

By Air- Mumbai has an international and a domestic airport both named after Chhatrapati Shivaji. Flights from across the world land at the international airport (in Sahar, Andheri East) while the domestic airport (in Santacruz East) is connected to all metros and many smaller destinations.

By Rail- Key stations are CST(Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), Mumbai Central, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus(LTT) at Kurla, Bandra and Dadar. Trains in Mumbai are well connected to major cities across India.

By Road- Connected to Jaipur and Delhi by NH8; to Agra by NH3 via Nashik, Indore and Gwalior; NH4 to Pune via Lonavla and NH9 to Hyderabad.

Goa

By Air- Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport (30 Km/45 mins) linked to all metros, Kochi, Mangalore and more

By Rail- Nearest Railhead: Karmali station, (12 km/20 mins) connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Mangalore and Ernakulam. The main hub of Konkan Railway, Madgaon (33 KM/1 hr) is linked to the above and also to Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata.

By Road- NH17 links Panjim to Mumbai, Mangalore and Kozhikode. State and private operators run Volvo Ac, non-AC sleeper and seater coaches and ordinary buses from many locations in Mumbai, Pune, Mangalore, Bengaluru, Hyderabad,etc. Please check the links tab for more information

Please click on the following links to access the respective state government websites

Chhatisgarh

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

Daman & Diu

Goa

Gujarat

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra