Mumbai – City of dreams. A cosmopolitan metropolis, earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. It lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor. Mumbai is built on what was once an archipelago of seven islands: Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli, and Old Woman's Island (also known as Little Colaba). It is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west. Pleistocene sediments found along the coastal areas around Kandivali in northern Mumbai suggest that the islands were inhabited since the Stone Age. Perhaps at the beginning of the Common era (2,000 years ago), or possibly earlier, they came to be occupied by the Koli fishing community.
Mumbai is the commercial, financial, and entertainment capital of India, and is one of the predominant port cities in the country. Mumbai's nature as the most eclectic and cosmopolitan Indian city is symbolized in the presence of Bollywood within the city, the center of the globally influential Hindi film and TV industries. It is also home to India's largest slum population.
Mumbai's culture is a blend of traditional festivals, food, music, and theatres. The city offers a cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle with a variety of food, entertainment, and nightlife, available in a form and abundance comparable to that in other world capitals. Mumbai's history as a major trading center has led to a diverse range of cultures, religions, and cuisines coexisting in the city. This unique blend of cultures is due to the migration of people from all over India since the British period.
The city has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and the Elephanta Caves. Mumbai is also known for its Heritage structures (Victoria Terminus, Bombay University, and Gateway of India). The building styles are influenced by the Gothic Revival style, Indo-Saracenic style, and European styles such as German gables, Dutch roofs, Swiss timbering, Romance arches, Tudor casements, and traditional Indian features. Mumbai has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world after Miami. Mumbai is a bustling, diverse metropolis with a flair all its own. The entrepreneurial spirit and pulsing pace of life provide a sharp contrast to much of the rest of India.
Explorations & Experiences in Mumbai-
EXPLORE (Places to visit in Mumbai):
- Gateway of India
- Taj Mahal Hotel
- Marine Drive
- Girgaum Chowpatty
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
- Elephanta Caves
- Siddhivinayak Temple
- Haji Ali Dargah
- Dhobi Ghat
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park
- Kanheri Caves
- S. K. Studio
- Film City
- Juhu Beach
- Hanging Garden
- Bandra Worli Sea Link
EXPERIENCE (Things to do in Mumbai):
- Elephanta Caves tour
- Street food at Girgaum Chowpatty & Juhu Chowpatty
- Bollywood (Film Studios) tour
- Wildlife sighting at Sanjay Gandhi National Park
- Drive on Bandra Worli Sea Link
- Evening walk at Marine Drive
- Walk tour of the Dharavi slums
- Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai