5 Must See Places in West India


Western India has a distinct charm and allure of its own, and includes important tourist areas. Western States of Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and the (Union) territories Daman and Diu are some popular tourist destinations of India.

The vivid panorama of the Western Ghats contrasts with the aridity of the Thar Desert and similarly the dense tropical forests varies from the environmental topography of the Deccan plains. Thus, the mix and match of semi-arid to lush greenery is what makes West India unique and interesting for tourists to explore in leisure.

Let us consider 5 best places in West India, which attract millions of tourists every year:

The State of Goa

Serene blue beaches, golden silver sands, green meadows and adventurous water sports define Goa- the Indian paradise for party lovers. Goa is also blessed with amazing cultural grandeur like the magnificent churches, mystic temples and the famous Goan traditions that make the place one of the best tourist spots in India. Goa surely earns its spot amongst the top 5 places in West India.

  • Tourist Attractions- Goa beaches like Calangute, Dona Paula, Anjuna, Miramar, Baga and Colva offer great respite to wanderlust tourists. Popular churches such as Basilica of Bom Jesus, St. Francis Church and St. Thomas Church are also popular tourist destinations.
  • Weather Condition- Best time to visit Goa is from November to February. Months from March to May are very hot with rough sea forecasts, while the rainy season starts from June and continues up to October.
  • Access Route- Visitors taking aerial route can alight at the Goa International Airport, Dabolim (near Vasco-da-Gama town).

The State of Maharashtra

The 3rd largest State in the Indian sub continent, Maharashtra is definitely a must-see place on the itinerary for travelers embarked on a West India tourism journey. Be it the alluring caves of Ajanta and Ellora, the historic Aga Khan Palace or the impressive Gateway of India; the cultural beauty of Maharashtra is unparallel and unique. The state also has its share of wildlife pockets, pristine beaches, exquisite hill stations and natural greenery amidst the chaos of urban cities and bustling townships.

This largely populated land makes traveling fun and fascinating for foreign tourists. Every visitor to India desires to experience the ‘city that never sleeps’ – Mumbai, which is also the financial capital of India.


  • Tourist Attractions- Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, Vijaydurg Fort in Kunkeshwar, Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir in Nashik, Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur, Tarkali Beach in Malvan, Juhu Beach in Mumbai, Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagpur and Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Karnala to name a few interesting places in Maharashtra.
  • Weather Condition- The summers are hot and humid (March to May), winters last for 5 months (October to February), while monsoon falls from June to September.
  • Access Route- There are numerous flight networks from Sahara International Airport in Mumbai that connects the State to all major cities in the world.

Your Can Visit 5 Interesting Trips In Maharashtra:  http://travel-blog.waytoindia.com/5-interesting-trips-in-maharashtra/

The State of Gujarat

A great colourful land steeped in Indian traditions and heritage structures, Gujarat State also abounds in natural ecology, flora and fauna.  The native soil of the great Mahatma Gandhi, Gujarat is also home to mighty Asian lions living in unspoiled jungles. It is the best place to visit in summer in West India.

  • Tourist Attractions- Gir forest National Park, Jamnagar National Park, Sun Temple of Modhera, Krishna Temple at Dwarka, Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Sidi Bashir Mosque in Ahmedabad, Watson Museum in Rajkot, Mandvi Beach, Dumas Beach and Rann of Kutch  to name a few prized tourist places in Gujarat.
  • Weather Condition- Summers are really hot starting from the month of March to May. The monsoons arrive in June and goes on till September. Winters between the months of October to February are mild and enjoyable, suiting traveling.
  • Access Route- Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport in Gujarat is well connected to all major cities in the world.

List of Monuments – Gujarat http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_alphalist_gujarat.asp

Gujarat Tour Packages http://www.waytoindia.com/gujarat-tour-packages

The Union Territories Daman and Diu

Situated on the western region of India, Daman and Diu Union Territories are spread over an area of 102 sq. km. The local people in this land follow both Indian as well as Portuguese culture. Daman and Diu are very popular for its landscapes and beaches.

  • Tourist Attractions- Tourists love to visit this place for its beaches such as Jampore beach and Devka Beach. The Christian chapels and churches like Our Lady of Rosary Chapel, Bom Jesus Church and Our Lady of Remedies Church attract large number of sightseeing tourists.
  • Weather Condition- Summers are from month of March to May, winter season starts from November month to January month. Rainy season arrives in mid-June and lasts till September month.
  • Access Route- Airport of Diu is the nearest airway to reach Daman and Diu. Tourists can catch regular flights to this place from Mumbai city.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Situated in the Western pocket of India, between the States of Gujarat and Maharashtra, is the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Union Territory. It covers a total area of around 500 sq. km. High rise trees and twisting rivers amidst lush greenery and majestic mountain slopes of this small union territory attracts great number of tourists every year. This small wonderland is surely one of the best places to visit in winter in West India.

  • Tourist Attractions- Major tourist spots in Dadra and Nagar Haveli include Hirwan Garden and Vanganga Lake, Piparia Tribal Museum and Bal Udyan Zoo.
  • Weather Condition- Climate is mild and pleasant all round the year. Winter season from November to February is very pleasant for visits.
  • Access Route- The nearest airport is in Mumbai, at a dista


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