Mumbai Travel Guide
Mumbai, commonly known as the city of dreams awaits you with open arms. If Delhi is the capital of India, we can say that Mumbai is the heartbeat of India. Home to Hindi film industry and TV industry, it is the city where people go to chase their dreams. Visit Mumbai to witness unity in diversity. The beautiful amalgamation of cultures and the rich heritage are the two main highlights of the city. Mumbai is a great tourist destination and there is something for everyone – art lovers, movie buffs, shopaholics, nature lovers! Relax at the beach, visit the numerous religious tourist attractions – Haji Ali, Siddhivinayak etc. to seek blessings of almighty, or just soak up the fervor of fans at their favorite star’s residence. You can taste delicious local cuisine and get taste of various cuisines from all over the world in various cafés and restaurants.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
10°C to 30°C
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(July to Sep)
10°C to 15°C
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City of Dreams, Aspirations & Stories of Starlets, Gangsters & Common Men
Mumbai, earlier called Bombay, is a big metropolitan city in Maharashtra, and is popularly called the “Commercial Capital of India”. This city is a mélange of dreamers and hard-workers, stars & gangsters, artists & servants, fishermen & millionaires and lots of people from all walks of life. It is the home to India’s most exuberant film industry & most expensive home and contrastingly, the home to Asia’s biggest slums. Mumbai also holds in its heart the largest tropical forest in an urban set-up. This city has some of the grandest colonial-era buildings, unique bazaars, primitive relics and some of country’s premier restaurants and nightlife junctions.
Present day’s Mumbai was once an enclave of 7 islands namely Mazagaon, Isle of Bombay, Mahim, Parel, Worli, Old Woman's Island and Colaba. These islands, for centuries, were controlled by successive native empires before it was surrendered to the Portuguese Empire and subsequently to the East India Company. Between the 2nd century BCE and 9th century CE, this enclave of islands came under the control of several indigenous dynasties like the Satavahanas, Western Satraps, Abhira, Vakataka, Kalachuris, Konkan Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas, Shilaharas and others. Delhi Sultanate ceded the islands and controlled it until it was governed by the independent Gujarat Sultanate. Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat signed the Treaty of Bassein with the Portuguese Empire and thereafter these seven islands were under the Portuguese. Later England leased these islands to the East India Company who transferred its headquarters from Surat to Bombay and the islands coalesced into a single landmass under British, eventually the city became the headquarters of the Bombay Presidency
Mumbai has a galore to offer to any discerning tourist. From rock cut caves such as the Elephanta, Kanheri, & Mahakali within vicinity to the flashy Bollywood film city, this place is filed with contrasting surprises. The British created some fine examples of the Gothic revival, Neo-classical style and Indo-Saracenic style buildings & structures like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Police Headquarters, Gateway of India, Municipal Corporation building, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sanghralaya, Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai University buildings and the High Court, which still stand strong within Churchgate and Colaba. Mumbai is also dotted with modern structures around Marine Drive wherein the structures are built in the Art Deco design. It is said that Mumbai is second to Miami in the number of Art Deco buildings. Tourists here can visit some of the famous museums and art galleries of India here, like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya, National Gallery of Modern Art, Jahangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Discovery of India, and Nehru Science Centre. Beaches / Chawpati and Mumbai are synonymous. Mumbai has a number of beaches but the better ones are Girgaon Chawpati in South Mumbai, Juhu beach in the western suburbs and Aksa Beach in Malad. Co-existence of temples, mosques, churches, and Parsi agiaries, reflect the diversity of mumbaikars. The must see ones are Portuguese church at Dadar, Haji Ali Dargah, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Siddhivinayak temple, and Hare Krishna (ISKCON) temples.
Mumbai is more popular for its street markets and the madness of the crowds. It is said this city never sleeps and true to its core, nightlife in Mumbai is a must experience.