West Indian states are developed and industrialization helps to boost the economy with a large urban population of Pune, Mumbai, Thane and Panaji. The Western India states are bounded by the Thar Desert in the north-western part, the Vindhya Mountain Range in the north and the Arabian Sea in the west. A major portion of Western India shares the Deccan Plateau with South India.
A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, Goa is Indias pocket sized paradise. This West Indian state lies within the coastal region known as the Konkan Coast. Goa is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north and Karnatakato the east and south, the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. It is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Goa is popular for the beach resorts and night life. With better connectivity by air and rail, there has been an influx of people from neighbouring states that has led to different cultures in Goa. Many Indians from other states have now come and settled here.
Known for its stepped wells, Jain temples, Asiatic lion and its business oriented people, Gujarat is also called the "Jewel of Western India". It has an area of 196,024 sq. km with a coastline of 1,600 km, most of which lays on the Kathiawar Peninsula, and a population in excess of 60 million. Gujarat has many Hindu temples and the Jain pilgrimage centres. Gujarat is one of the West Indian states which are famous for its diverse culture, heritage and authentic cuisine.
One of the West Indian states, Maharashtra is the third-largest state by area and is also the world's second-most populous sub-national entity. It has over 112 million inhabitants and its capital, Mumbai, has a population of approximately 18 million. The state is primarily known for its ancient Ajanta and Ellora caves and other pilgrimage destinations.
Rajasthan with its royal essence is the land of Maharajas, lakes and vibrancy, the state is known from the medieval era as the "Land of Kings". It is India's largest state by area and is located on the north-western side of the country. The state of Rajasthan is where it comprises most of the wide and inhospitable Thar Desert and shares a border with the Pakistani provinces of Punjab to the northwest and Sindh to the west, along the Sutlej-Indus river valley. Rajasthan has the popular forts and temples and the medieval cities.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a union territory in Western India. It is composed of two separate geographical entities - Dadra an enclave surrounded by Gujarat and Nagar Haveli wedged between Maharashtra and Gujarat. The capital city is Silvassa. It lies within the north Western Ghats moist deciduous forests eco region, characterised by forests of teak and other dry season deciduous trees.
Daman and Diu
The union territory of Daman and Diu consists of two separate areas divided by the Arabian Sea. During the Portuguese era, Daman and Diu used to be a part of Goa but was incorporated into the Republic of India on 19th December 1961. It is the second smallest union territory and is known for its majestic beaches, forts and monuments which are seeped with history.
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