Welcome to Maharashtra, the beautiful state in West India. The word Maharashtra is derived from the Sanskrit words 'Maha' meaning Great and 'Rashtra' meaning Nation, thus rendering the name Maharashtra (Great Nation). Mumbai is the capital of the state. The main cities in the state are Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nasik, Lonavala-Khandala Hill Station, Mahabaleshwar Hill Station, Matheran Hill Station etc. Some famous educational institutes in the state are Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) etc. Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganesh's birthday) is the famous festival celebrated in the state.
The state is famous for various hill stations, religious places, fashion, beaches etc. Some of the famous places are Shirdi, Elephanta caves, Ajantha and Ellora caves, Nariman Point, Gate way of India, Bollywood, ISCKON Temple, Marine Drive, Powai Lake, Haji Ali Mosque, Essel World, Hotel Taj, Magarpatta, etc.