The third-largest and second-most populous state in india, Maharashtra is full of many of India’s iconic attractions. There are palm-fringed beaches; lofty, cool-green mountains; Unesco World Heritage Sites; and bustling cosmopolitan cities (and gorgeous vineyards in which to escape them). In the far east of the state are some of the nation’s most impressive national parks, including Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. The name is believed to have been originated perhaps from the word Rathi, which means "Chariot driver" and "builders of chariot" who were called as "Maharathis" or "Fighting Force". Known for its natural beauty and enrich cultural heritage, Maharashtra also one of the most industrialized states of India. Some of the prime cities of Maharashtra include Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Shirdi, and Kolhapur.