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Mumbai: Financial Capital of India & “City of Dreams”
The city derived its name from the goddess Mumbadevi worshipped by the fishermen community- Kolis. The city is popularly known as the City of Seven Islands, with the small islands scattered around in the Arabian Sea. The city is the financial, commercial and financial capital of India. The city is the home for movie star and comprises the biggest entertainment industry in the world “Bollywood” and the Maratha entertainment industry. This city never sleeps and keeps running round the clock.
How to Reach
Getting to Mumbai is quite easy as there is an airport, railway station and state buses as well as private that ply to and fro every day to various destinations. You can also drive down if you are one of those people who like travelling by their own vehicles.
There are important railway terminals that make it extremely convenient to commute. They are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus and Dadar.
The important bus terminal is
- Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation provides intercity transport buses connecting Mumbai with other towns and cities of Maharashtra and nearby states.
- The Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) and Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) operate bus transport in Mumbai, connecting various nodes of Navi Mumbai and Thane to parts of Mumbai.
Airport - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly Sahar International Airport) is situated around 40 kms from the main city. This is second busiest airport in India. This airport plays host more than twenty one international airlines and ten domestic airlines that connect to more than 50 destinations both inside and outside the country. Equipped with a domestic and international terminal the airport has all facilities including ATM counters and foreign exchange too. Terminal 1 is the domestic terminal whereas terminal 2 is the international terminal and both the terminals are 4kms apart.
Mumbai is one of the favourite tourist destinations in the world, with ample of historical places, sea beaches, street food and entertainment world.
- Colonial buildings: Built by the British rulers in India, the colonial buildings are one of the oldest attractions in the city. From Churchgate to Colaba the buildings have a colonial touch. The most famous colonial buildings are the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) building, the Municipal Corporation and Police Headquarters and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sanghralaya which was formerly known as the Prince Of Wales museum. The Taj Mahal hotel is located opposite to the Gateway of India is also one of the major colonial style buildings in the city.
- Beaches: The advantage of being located at the Arabian Sea, Mumbai has ample of beaches such as juhu beach, aksa beach. The beach sides are called Chowpatty providing numerous for water sports, street foods and being lucky enough to spot Bollywood actors and actresses.
- Gateway of India: One of the landmark which defines existence of Mumbai, it is one of the must visit places. The structure is basalt arch of 26 metres in height. Thi s”Tajmahal of Mumbai” is located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area of South Mumbai and overlooks the Arabian Sea.
- Haji Ali Dargah: It is one of the famous mosque and dargah (tomb) located at the off coast of Worli in the southern part of city.
- Siddhivinayak Temple: One of the most famous Lord Ganesha temple located in the Prabhadevi area of Mumbai.
- Film City: One of the places open for common man to witness shooting of Bollywood movies at different studios. It is one of the must visit places near Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Goregaon East, Mumbai. There are tours organized for the visit to Film City.
Apart from these attractions, there are many malls, forts, studios, beaches, caves and amusement parks spread all over the city that you can visit for entertainment.
Places to Stay
Mumbai has umpteen hotels and resorts and five star hotels and also mediocre and reasonably priced places to reside.
You can stay near the sea facing view and nearby location of Gateway of India, providing one of the most exquisite experiences with excellent service and exotic food. It is the posh and elite area of Mumbai. You can also find places on the shores of Back Bay, Nariman Point business district that is 1.4 km away from Wankhede Stadium and 1.9 km away from the Gateway of India.
Homestays and room rentals - Apart from the luxurious hotels, there are economical options for tourists in Mumbai. There are homestay accommodation provided by property owners in the city. These homestays and room rentals ranges from 1000-2000 INR per day, providing all the essential amenities such as TV, refrigerator, air conditioner and washing machine. Some of the homestays are located in Navi Mumbai, suburbs of Pali hill and many other locations. These homestays and room rentals take bookings online.
Hostels - There are hostels also available for backpackers and travelers that are pocket-friendly and safe. These shelters provide a chance to make friends while sleeping in bunk beds and meeting people from across the globe. There are many popular backpackers hostel near juhu beach.
All the accommodations can be booked online that makes it extremely convenient for reservation that is ideal for you.
Eateries in Mumbai
Mumbai is a place famous for all kinds of cuisine with hundreds of restaurants in all ranges offering you incredible variety of lip smacking delicacies. A few places worth mention include
- Sardar's: Best place to try the favourite food of Mumbai- Pav bhaji.
- Sarvi: The place on Mohammed Ali Road to try one of the best-skewered kebabs.
- Bademiya: You cannot come back without tasting the chicken tikka roll, placed at the backside of Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
- Mysore Masala Dosa near Sophia College: The place serves crispy dosas for breakfast to satisfy soul.
- Misal Pav at Vinay Health Home, Charni road: Misal pav is one of the famous breakfasts in Mumbai and this place is right choice to try it.
There are countless restaurants to try out in Mumbai, bars to hang out but no food can beat the chowpatty and street food being served across the “City of dreams”.
Metro - Recently Mumbai started the metro rail services connecting the business hubs across the city.
Monorail - The monorail is lifeline of Mumbai, with one of the cheapest and convenient mode of commutation in the city.
Bus - If you are looking for cheap and easy conveyance, buses are the best option. All buses have route numbers in English that makes it quite easy to board to your required destination after finding out number of the bus you need to board. There are buses for Mumbai darshan and film city plying around for the tourists. Most important bus stations include Churchgate, Dadar, Bandra, and others.
Taxi - The Taxis are also quite reasonably priced in Mumbai. They include Airport City Taxis, Ola Cabs, Meru Cabs, and Uber. Most of them can be hailed via your online app that saves a lot of time.
Auto Rickshaw - Autos are quite cheap and ideal for short trip across Mumbai.