Marathi is the official language of Maharashtra. Maharashtrians take great pride in their language and history, particularly the Maratha Empire, its founder Shivaji is considered a folk hero across India. Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad as well as Elephanta Caves near Mumbai are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and famous tourist attractions.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is South Asia’s largest aviation hub. The world famous film industry Bollywood is in Maharashtra, located in the economic capital of India, Mumbai.