Western India comprises the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat. Western India is best known for its unique cuisine, religious and cultural heritage, beaches as well as architecture. All the states have a coastline and hence you will find many pristine and unexplored beaches along this coastline. The region is very diverse – you will find the mighty mountain range of Sahyadri that houses various forts, greenery of Konkan region of Maharashtra and also a desert in the Kutch region of Gujarat
Here are the places that you can’t miss out on visiting when you’re in Western India:
1. Caves of Maharashtra
There are around 800 caves in Maharashtra. Of these, the most famous are the Elephanta, Ajanta and Ellora caves – all UNESCO World Heritage sites. A lot of the caves in this region are either Hindu, Buddhist or Jain temples. Some of the other caves that you can consider visiting include the Bhaja Caves and the Bhatala Caves.
The Kanheri caves and the Pandavleni Caves of Nashik are places with unique sights that you can’t miss out on.
2. Vineyards of Nashik
Nashik is known for its vineyards. There are around 52 wineries in this region. Another name for Nashik is the ‘Wine Capital Of India’. In this state, around 8000 acres are being used to grow grape vines. Consider visiting the Sula Vineyards when you’re in this region. The best time to visit is between January and March.
3. National Parks of Sasan Gir, Nagzira and Tadoba
Do you love animals and want to see the unique creatures that India has to offer? Then a visit to the national parks in Western India is a must. Visit the Sasan Gir park during winter, which is also the best time for viewing lions. Sasan gir is the only abode of Asiatic Lions. Nagzira and Tadoba are located in the state of Maharashtra. These parks are known for Tigers, Deers, Leopards and other species of animals and birds. Between December and March, you can visit all the three national parks mentioned here.
4. Rani Ki Vav – A must visit stepwell in Gujarat
Rani Ki Vav is a stepwell that can be found in Gujarat. It’s situated on the banks of the Saraswati River. This stepwell is said to have been buried under the ground as a result of a severe flood that originated on the Saraswati River. The Archaeological Society of India devoted a lot of time and effort into restoring this area and making it open for the public. It is amongst the largest and best preserved stepwell in India that one must see.
5. Food Tour in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is known as a food lover’s paradise. The street food, Thali meals and host of other delicacies will make the stay truly special. When you’re in Ahmedabad, you must feast on their fafda and Khaman dhokla. Also try their khakra, dhokla, dabeli, sev, farsan, dalvada, thepla, and more.
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6. Great Rann of Kutch
The Great Rann Of Kutch is a salt marsh that’s situated in the Thar Desert, in Gujarat. This area is widely considered as one of the largest salt deserts anywhere in the world. Within the Indonalayan realm, this is the only large flooded grasslands. Visit between October to February to get the best views. You explore the villages that practice traditional art forms, see temples, stay in a tent or a traditional hut called Bhunga and visit the Flamingo colony – known for its annual congregation that is second largest in the world.
7. Beaches of Konkan
There are several beaches in Konkan, Goa, that you can consider visiting. Of these, the Tarkarli beach and the Diveagar beach are known for being particularly beautiful. You could also visit the Aksa beach, the Manori beach, the Murud beach, and more. The coastal road connecting many of these places is truly marvelous – offering some breathtaking views.
8. Churches And Forts of Goa
Fort Aguada is one of the most famous forts within Goa. An iconic location, the history of this place can be traced back to 1612. This is just one of several historical forts that you can visit in this region.
Among the many churches that you can consider visiting in India are the Church of St. Cajetan, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Se Cathedral, and more.
9. Pristine Beaches of South Goa
South Goa is known for being full of beautiful beaches that are perfect for vacations. Of these the Mobor beach is particularly famous. It covers over 30 kms, and the whole area is full of pristine sand. You could also visit the Bogmalo beach, the Varca beach, the Agonda beach, and more.
10. Dudhsagar Waterfalls in Goa
One of the most photographed waterfalls in India is the Dudhsagar waterfalls. To reach the beautiful Dudhsagar waterfalls, you’ll need to walk. You can drive your car till Kulem, but from there you’ll need to walk. The Dudhsagar Waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in India, with a height of around 310 mts.
Jay Kajaria is Founder of Bespoke India Holidays. Bespoke India Holidays is an award-winning company that specialises in creating luxury trips to India and the subcontinent.