In a step towards attracting tourists from North India, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation(MTDC) opened a tourist information centre at Hotel Janpath recently.

Inaugurating the centre, Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister of Tourism, Maharashtra, said, “We have everything in terms of tourism except the glaciers and the desert. Maharashtra has unlimited resources of beaches, adventure spots, honeymoon spots and cultural and religious spots…It is now ranked fourth in tourism and our aim is to take it to the top.”

Talking about the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Bhujbal said that these rock-cut caves are wonders of the world that illustrate the degree of skill and artistry of craftsmanship.

Apart from boasting the film capital of the country, Maharashtra has many other attractions. “There are many religious spots in Maharashtra including Shirdi that is the abode of Sai Baba,” he said. The “Deccan Odyssey” super deluxe luxury train has been launched for a weeklong royal journey for some of the best destinations of Maharshtra.

The Maharashtra Tourism Ministry aims to attract more foreign and domestic tourists by showcasing itself at one of the iconic landmarks of the world, Times Square, on September 22 with the help of Bollywood stars such as singer Shankar Mahadevan.

Replying to a question about the safety of Hindi speaking persons in Maharahtra, Bhujbal said Mumbai has more Hindi speakers than other big cities like Patna and Lucknow.

Maharashtra as a state has an immense amount to offer in support of the growing tourism industry but some Maharashtrians present at the ceremony had a few concerns regarding the safety of women.