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Welcome to Mumbai

Mumbai

Mumbai: Maximum City, maximum experience

The city is host to the country’s biggest film industry, and is India’s financial capital. It has great zest. It is a mix of everything. A city that became India’s economic capital rose from swamps and marsh land almost a century ago. After India's independence in 1947, Mumbai Presidency retained by India was restructured into Mumbai State. The area of Mumbai State grew bigger, when several erstwhile states were integrated into Mumbai State. Being a state that enjoyed the benefits of the ocean, the city has seen rulers from Portuguese and Islamic to British rulers come settle here in order to establish their kingdoms. Even today, traces of these cultural influences are visible in the architectural landscape that makes up Mumbai city.

The last of the rulers, who named the trading city, were thrown over when the newly-elected government Shiv Sena changed the city’s name from Bombay to Mumbai, after a goddess in 1996. Mumbai is home to more than 10 million people who come from diverse backgrounds around the country. The lifeline of this city is arguably its railway line that carries more than a million passengers a day. 

Information & Facts

Activities

Mumbai is a city of superlatives. Created on a narrow stretch of reclaimed land that off the Maharashtran coast, it’s the world’s largest urban sprawl, with a population of 15 million and growing. The activities you can do in addition to sightseeing is taking a South Mumbai Walking Tour 

Climate

March to May: Summer. Temperature reaches up to 40 degree Celsius.

June to September: Monsoon

November to February: Winter. Minimum temperature 10 degree Celsius 

Getting Around

Driving in this bustling metropolis isn't easy so most tourists hire a local driver to navigate its street. The trains are the quickest way to get from point A to B in Mumbai, without a doubt. The city also offers taxi and auto rickshaws that are driven by honest men. 

Kids Attractions

Mumbai is a city that is immense fun for kids too! Here are some of the top attractions:

·         Taraporewala Aquarium: Across the road from Chowpatty Beach, it is the oldest aquarium in the country, arguably.

·         Sanjay Gandhi National Park:  Go in for the Lion and Tiger safari.

·         Essel World: From water slides to an in-house bowling alley, from skating ring to dance floor, this place has it all. 

Language

The official languages spoken here are Hindi and Marathi, and most people understand at least some of amount of English. 

Money

Indian Rupee

Night Life

In the Indian city that never sleeps, there is no doubt that the city offers great options for parties and recreation. There are plenty of pubs and bars in the city that welcomes tired travelers but some of the best ones to visit include Café Leopold, Café Montegar, Blue Frog for a touch of jazz and The pub inside Prithvi Theatre. 

Restaurants

In a city like Mumbai that witnesses close to 10, 000 new migrants on a daily basis, it is tough to stay simple with its cuisine. So the tourist wins here, with more than enough options in restaurants and bars to explore for treats of the tongue.

                        ·         Mahesh Lunch Home: There’s no leaving the city without grabbing a full course meal at the Mahesh Lunch home that serves up some of the most authentic Maharashtrian meals.                                     Situated in Juhu and known for its famous lunches.

                        ·         Indigo: For the classy traveler who can spare some change, this Colaba institution is a colonial-era property converted into a temple of fine dining. The brunch here come highly                                         recommended.

                        ·         Trishna: How can one not experience the delights of a sea food platter while in Mumbai? 

Shopping

Mumbai is a shopaholic's paradise. Here are the top five shopping must-visits.

Linking Road:  Shoes, junk jewelry, bags and clothes, go here for a cheap discounts and imitations

Colaba Causeway: This iconic shopping hub gives street-shopping its meaning. All forms of knick knacks, and everything you can imagine is retailed here.

Crawford Market: It is South Mumbai’s most visited wholesale market and you can find everything from condiments, spices, imported food items to souvenirs.

The Bombay Store: This store offers the rich traveler everything home furnishing to beauty and wellness products to curios.  The quality of its products makes it a favorite amongst shoppers. 

Sightseeing

Marine Drive: The twinkling lights in the night have earned the place its nickname the Queen’s Necklace’. It was constructed in 1920 and stretches along the shore of Arabian Sea Nariman Point to Girgaum Chowpatty and to the foot of Malabar Hill

Rock-cut temples or Elephanta Island is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The cave temples, which is built in between AD 450 and 750, has one of most impressive temple arts and carvings. The museum on-site will tell you everything about the origins of the caves.  

Gateway of India is bold arch that faces the Mumbai Harbor. It is built combining the 16th century Gujarat Islamic styles of architecture. The Gateway was built to commemorate the royal visit to King George in 1911. However, the work has not got completed till 1924. Ironically, it is through the Gateway the last British regiment parades as the country marched to its freedom.

Taj Mahal Place of Mumbai: The city’s most sought after landmark and India’s most photographed monument, the palace is an architecture wonder.

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum: The Museum was constructed in 1872 in Renaissance revival style. It features more than 3500 objects that archives the city’s history. The collections include books, maps, photographs, books etc.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park: The Park is a protected tropical forest spreads across 104-sq-km and is filled with rich flora, birds, butterflies and wildlife. 

Global Pagoda: It is a golden dome that houses relics of Budhha.

Haji Ali Dargah: This Indo-Islamic shrine is constructed in the year of 19th century. It houses the Tomb of saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a Muslim saint. 

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