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Tourism is well recognised as a major growth engine of the State. Maharashtra abounds in numerous tourist attractions ranging from ancient caves, temples, beaches, palaces, ancient forts and monuments, forests and wildlife, unique hill stations, pilgrimage centres, and a rich tradition of festivals, art and culture. Some important tourist centres are:- Ajanta, Ellora, Elephanta, Kanheri and Karla caves, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran and Panchgani, Jawhar, Malshejghat, Amboli, Chikaldara, Panhala Hill stations and religious places at Pandharpur, Nasik, Shirdi, Jyotirlingas, Nanded, Audhanagnath, Trimbakeshwar, Tuljapur, Ganpatipule, Bhimashanker, Harihareshwar, Shegaon, Kolhapur, Jejuri and Ambajogai. Also, the world famous Prince of Wales Museum houses an exquisite collection of Rajput and Mughal miniatures, as well as rare pieces of Tibetan, Japanese and Chinese art.

The State's coastal region is endowed with creeks, rivers, beaches and water fronts that could be developed for tourism and water sports activities. The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, with its dense forests, is home to several wild life sanctuaries and nature parks. Mumbai is famous for its hindi film industry, known as Bollywood, which is a major attraction of the State. However, in places like Pune, Wai, Satara, Nashik, Palshi and Paithan, there are Wadas (havelis) full of excellent wood carvings.