Travel West India Tourism with us
Western India comprises three large states, one small state and two minuscule union territories. It is bounded by Pakistan and the Arabian Sea to its west and the Gangetic Plains to its east. This is the most heterogeneous of India's regions, with the states differing dramatically from one another in language, culture and levels of economic development. Maharashtra and Gujarat are among the most industrialized states of India, while Rajasthan and Goa are magnets for tourists, though for different reasons
There are good connections available by train. Mumbai is a hub for trains to all major cities. New addition of Konkan rail have picturesque route through Western Ghats.
The national highway network is quite well maintained in the west. The Mumbai-Delhi leg of the Golden quadrilateral provides excellent connectivity between Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Bus services are very frequent, particularly in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Online booking is possible, and there is no surcharge. They serve cities in the West including Ahmedabad, Goa, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Shirdi, Surat and Vadodara.
Fort & Places
The spectacular forts of Rajasthan
were built as unforgiving defensive citadels, but by the mid-16th century luxurious palaces, pleasure pavilions and gardens were added, displaying Mughal-inspired features
. In the early 20th century there was another spate of palace building in Rajasthan and Gujarat. As a result of increasing contact with the British Raj, a marked European influence in both architecture and décor is clearly visible in these palaces.
Hill forts such as the ones in Chittorgarh and Jodhpur
are the most impregnable examples of Rajasthani forts
. The forts at Jaisalmer, on the other hand, lie amidst the sand-dunes of the Thar Desert. Bharatpur's Lohagarh fort used thick mud walls for protection. The Neemrana fort Palace, now a hotel is another architectural wonder with brilliantly designed balconies and lush green patches.
Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner was built in 1902 and is a wonderful example of Indo-European
architecture. The unique blend of both styles in reflected in the banquet halls and old-fashioned billiard rooms. The Wankaner Palace
is crowned with Italianate pillars and Gothic arches. The cities of Jaipur and Udaipur
have the best palaces.