Khandesh is a region of central India, which forms the northwestern portion of Maharashtra state.
Khandesh covers the area of the today's Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar districts of Maharashtra state.
The term "Khandesh" connote historical and political affiliations, as well as geographical zones. Khandesh lies on the Northwestern corner of the Deccan plateau, in the valley of the Tapti River, and is bound to the north by the Satpura Range, to the east by the Berar (Vidarbha) region, to the south by the Hills of Ajanta, belonging to the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, and to the west by the northernmost ranges of the Western Ghats, and beyond them the coastal plain of Gujarat.
The principal natural feature is the Tapti River. The Tapti flows westward from headwaters in eastern Maharashtra to empty into the Arabian Sea. Most of Khandesh lies south of the Tapti, and is drained by its tributaries the Girna, Bori and Panjhra. The alluvial plain north of the Tapti contains some of the richest tracts in Khandesh, and the land rises towards the Satpura hills. In the centre and east the country is level, save for some low ranges of barren hills. To the north and west, the plain rises into rugged hills, thickly wooded.
Ahirani is spoken in West Khandesh from Girana basin this language is the mix of Marathi, Gujarati, Gujar, Hindi. Khandeshi is spoken in Eastern part of Khandesh.