The spirit of Maharashtra is cosmopolitan, forward-thinking, tolerant and vibrant. There is enough to keep connoisseurs of temples, forts, old monuments and art---gainfully preoccupied here. Forts have played a vital role in the history of the state, given the rocky terrain of the Sahyadris.  Each fort marks a military triumph, and each tells a story of strategy, warfare, intrigue and planning. All of them reconstruct the tale of an enterprising leader , Chhatrapati Shivaji- in the Deccan arena, who with fortitude went onto become one of the tallest kings of Indian history. Bombay or Mumbai—the capital of Maharashtra is not only seen as the financial capital of India, but is literally the Gateway of India which is secular, progressive yet rooted. It is also home to the largest film industry in the world, an industry whose turnover is more than that of the GDP of several small nations. The film industry in Mumbai sees thousands thronging to the city every year, hoping to make it big. Maharashtra is home to several National Parks. Project Tiger has 4 major areas of concentration in the state namely Tadoba-Andhari, Melghat, Sahyadri and Pench. A large percentage of Maharashtra's forests and wildlife lie along the Western Ghats or Western Maharashtra and eastern Vidarbha. The Sahyadris hold several beautiful hill stations in their lap, which are cool, beautiful and refreshingly serene. Best of all, they are usually near a city. The experience of Maharashtra is diverse and rich with colourful cultures, woven into one gigantic quilt. The festivals here galvanise the sleepy thousands into fervent motion. The traveller will definitely fall in love with the miles of silver, white beaches, stretched throughout the Western coast.