Maharashtra, India's third largest state, has the second largest population of all states. The Mumbai - Pune corridor is India's most industrialized region, and Maharashtra is among the most advanced regions agriculturally, though its north and east are less prosperous. The Mumbai - Pune contributes an estimated 15% to India's industrial output. Maharashtra is also India's second largest software exporter.
Maharashtra has a hot, wet season from March to October, and cool, dry weather for the remaining few months. It is especially hot from March to May, and rainiest in July and August. November to February are pleasant and breezy, though a bit rainy in the state's far east. Maharashtra's landscape is mostly mountainous and hilly.
Fiercely independent, the Marahttas battled Aurangzeb the Mughal emperor of Delhi uniting under the banner of Shivaji who established his kingdom in the 17th century. A network of hill forts, many of which survive was part of Shivaji's defense network.
Maharashtra is home to the Ajanta and Ellora caves, in the awesome Sahayadri Mountain Range, which have housed hermits of different affiliations, are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are formidable hill, land and sea forts in Maharashtra, mainly in the coastal region of Konkan.
There are some good beaches along Maharashtra's 720 kilometre coastline bordering the Arabian Sea. Bordi, Gorai, Juhu, Alibag, Kashid and Murud-Janjira have good tourist facilities. The other seaside areas lack good accommodations, only having the austere though beautifully-situated resorts run by the government.
Maharashtra has good transport infrastructure. The road network of national, state highways and district roads is 240,000 km. There are seven airports with scheduled air services. Renting a chauffeur driven car provides the flexibility at amazingly low prices. The Western India Automobile Association would be a good first stop to inquire about renting cars.