Mumbai Travel Guide

Also known as Bombay, Mumbai is the largest metropolitan city and also the financial, commercial, industrial and celluloid capital of India. Mumbai is called the fastest of all Indian metropolises and is a place where anyone would love to be. Mumbai is the capital of the Indian state Maharashtra and is a place where people of all religions meet, cordially stay together and strive to get bigger and better each day.

Seven island cluster

Mumbai was originally a cluster of seven islands namely Colaba, Mumbai, Mazagaon, Old Woman’s island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel and Matunga Sion which were the homes of the Koli fishing community. These islands lied on the Konkan coastline and were joined over time to form the island city of ‘Bombay’ that meant ‘good bay’ in Portuguese. Bombay was an important trading center and port city after the English King Charles the Second gave it to the East India. In 1996, Bombay was renamed as Mumbai after the Mumbaidevi, the goddess of the Kolis.

Mumbai is famous for being the hub of Indian cinema and filmmaking i.e. Bollywood. The city is therefore teeming with people from different parts of the country who wish to try their luck on the silver screen.

Museums

Mumbai also boasts of several other world class attractions such as the Prince of Wales Museum which is one of the best museums in the country with art, sculpture, old firearms, rare coins and exclusive collection of miniature paintings at display. The other big pull is the Gateway of India which was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. It is a super structure with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone.

The Marine Drive remains an evergreen attraction of Mumbai. It is a well-known sea front with a winding stretch of road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other. Similarly, the Juhu and Chowpatty Beaches are a great delight to the young as well as the old. Here you can enjoy several beach activities such as camel and pony rides, acrobats, performing monkeys and entertainers along with a splendid view of the coast.

Other Attractions

Not to forget is the Mani Bhawan that served as the Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. The Mani Bhawan has a big reference library with over 2000 books and other belongings of Bapu. Mumbai is also known for its Tower of Silence, Hanging Gardens and Kamla Nehru Park and the Jaina Temple. The city also offers some interesting excursions viz. the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Bassein Fort, the Matheran and Lonavla.

All in all, Mumbai is a perfect getaway to live life to the fullest. In order to reach Mumbai, you need to check the distance and expense. The city is well connected to other metropolises and can easily be reached through rail, road and air. Once in Mumbai, you can roam around conveniently through bus, cab or local train. The weather of the city is pleasant during the winters (November-March) and hot and humid during the summers. The heat waves keep a grip at the city from March to mid-June or September i.e. till the monsoon arrives. The month of October brings a great relief from humidity and heat. Also, Mumbai is popular for unpredicted rainfall and big traffic jams

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2 Comments

  1. Michael

    I never thought that Mumbai has enough interesting places for tourists.

  2. Brenda J.

    If you are in Mumbai, then yes, you should visit Bollywood.

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