Maharashtra • state of western India

Immerse yourself in the unparalleled diversity of India with our curated travel video selection, starting with Maharashtra, the jewel of Western India. Captured during the unforgettable journey of the Kumbh Mela in 2016, these videos, created from photos taken in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Goa, invite you on an extraordinary visual journey. For a deeper exploration of India, click on the globe to discover our entire video collection.

Maharashtra, India • cave nr 32 in Ellora ( India, Maharashtra )

Maharashtra, India • cave nr 32 in Ellora

Maharashtra, India • Elephanta Hindu Cave, Mumbai ( India, Maharashtra )

Maharashtra, India • Elephanta Hindu Cave, Mumbai

Maharashtra, India • cave nr 1 in Ajanta ( India, Maharashtra )

Maharashtra, India • cave nr 1 in Ajanta

Maharashtra, a state that embodies the heart and soul of India, presents a tapestry woven with vibrant history, diverse geography, dynamic economy, and rich cultural heritage. This narrative journey through Maharashtra unveils the layers of its past, the natural and economic landscapes shaping its present, and the cultural mosaic that defines its essence.



Before Independence


The historical canvas of Maharashtra is rich with the strokes of numerous dynasties. The Satavahana dynasty (circa 1st century BCE to 2nd century CE) laid early foundations, fostering trade routes and cultural development. Following them, the region saw the reign of the Vakataka dynasty, known for their patronage of arts and the construction of the Ajanta Caves. The Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas further enriched Maharashtra's architectural and cultural heritage. However, it was under the Maratha Empire in the 17th century, especially under the leadership of Shivaji Maharaj, that Maharashtra truly flourished, marking a significant era of resistance against the Mughal Empire and laying the groundwork for regional autonomy.


After Independence


The post-independence era marked a pivotal moment for Maharashtra. In 1960, Maharashtra was officially formed, segregating it from Bombay State to create a Marathi-speaking state. This era heralded Maharashtra's rapid development into an economic powerhouse, significantly contributing to India's GDP and becoming a nexus for education, technology, and industry.



Covering an area of approximately 307,713 square kilometers, Maharashtra is India's third-largest state by area. Its diverse geography ranges from the coastal Konkan to the Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats. The state's varied topography supports rich biodiversity, making it home to several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.



Maharashtra stands as the wealthiest state in India, with Mumbai, its capital, being the financial capital of the country. The state's economy is a robust mix of agriculture, manufacturing, and services. Maharashtra is a leading producer of sugar cane, cotton, and soybeans, while its industrial sector includes everything from textiles to petrochemicals. The service sector, particularly IT and finance, plays a significant role in its economic landscape.

Video gallery • India, Maharashtra


With a population exceeding 112 million, Maharashtra is a melting pot of communities, languages, and traditions. The state's demographic tapestry includes a significant number of Marathi-speaking people, alongside Gujarati, Marwari, Konkani, and diverse tribal communities, reflecting a rich cultural diversity.



Maharashtra is a cradle of major religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, and Christianity. The state is renowned for its spiritual heritage, hosting the Kumbh Mela in Nashik and housing significant religious monuments like the Siddhivinayak Temple and Haji Ali Dargah.


Cultural and Tourist Attractions

Maharashtra's cultural and natural heritage attracts tourists worldwide. From the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves to the bustling city life of Mumbai, the tranquil vineyards of Nashik, and the historic forts of the Maratha Empire, Maharashtra offers a kaleidoscope of experiences. The state's festivals, cuisine, and arts add vibrant colors to its cultural landscape.


Maharashtra, with its rich historical legacy, economic vitality, and cultural diversity, stands as a testament to the enduring spirit and dynamic nature of India. It invites explorers and seekers alike to delve into its past, revel in its present, and envision its future, making it a quintessential representation of India's unity in diversity.