On my way to Jalgaon in Maharashtra – India’s own “banana republic”! Literally because 16% of India’s banana production and 3% of the worlds banana are grown here. Bananas usually grow only in wet, coastal areas and not in semi arid conditions like in Jalgaon. But years of enterprise and drip irrigation has shown great results. If Jalgaon was a country it would be the seventh largest banana producing nation in the world!
Historically, Jalgaon is Eastern Khandesh, a kingdom which the Bahmani Sultans could not conquer from the South.
Today, it is also home to one of the most outstanding museums on Gandhi in the country.