Mumbai, Goa And The West Coast

From: India Travel Guide

See also: Golden Triangle Empires Of The North

Mumbai, Goa and the West Coast of India
The west coast of India is defined by the eastern edge of the Arabian Sea. This beautiful coastal area is bordered to the east by the mountain range known as the Western Ghats which separates it from the Central Deccan Plateau. India's best beaches are arguably to be found along this coast.

Formerly known as Bombay this is a bustling and vibrant city, second only to Delhi in bustle but certainly more glamorous, with India's very own Bollywood, and with its excellent nightlife, restaurants, art galleries and designer shopping, this is very much a case of the west done Indian style.

A wonderful area containing superb beaches, warm waters and an attractive surrounding area. Goa has several churches, the Goa State Museum, cathedrals, Forts such as the Chapora Fort near to Vagator Beach and sanctuaries such as the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.

Attractions include the Somnath Temple which is located near Veraval, the Dwarkadheesh Temple which is located in Dwarka and is dedicated to Krishna and the intricately carved Modhera Sun Temple.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli
The union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are beautifully positioned on the west coast in amongst the forests, lakes and valleys. The cities of Silvassa and Dadra both have plenty to offer such as the Madhuban Dam, the Vanganga Lake and Island Garden in Dadra, the Bindrabin Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and there is also the fascinating Tribal Museum.

Daman and Diu
Diu is a small island found just south of Gujarat and features the unique Gangeshwar cave temple, St Pauls Church and Diu Fort. The city of Daman is well positioned along the coast and offers several watersport activities as well as the interesting sea structure known as Fortim Do Mar which can be accessed via boat.

Rajasthan has Jaipur as its capital and contains the Thar Desert and the Aravalli Mountain Range and also has plenty on offer with its wonderfully carved palaces and temples such as the beautifully detailed Dilwara Temple and the impressive Mehrangarh Fort as well as for its wildlife sanctuaries one in particular the Keoladeo National Park is known for its plentiful supply of birds and animals.