Mumbai - Maharashtra

Mumbai

Mumbai formerly called Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra and also the financial capital of India, with an estimated population of thirteen million. The name “Mumbai” is derived from Mumba or Maha-Amba – the name of the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi – and Aai, “mother” in Marathi.

After independence, the state of Bombay was split into two states Maharashtra and Gujarat on linguistic basis in 1960, while the former retaining Bombay city as its capital. It is the second most populous city of the world. The metropolitan city is the commercial and entertainment centre of India. The city also houses India’s Hindi film and television industry, known as Bollywood. Mumbai is a centre of interest for glamorous happening, films and music. This is the place of beaches like Marina beach and Juhu beach. Tourist spots like Gateway of India, Essel World, Mani Bhawan, Jehangir Art Gallery, Siddhivinayak Temple and Bollywood film industry are also there to see. Mumbai also offers lots of adventurous and romantic activities through its nightclubs, pubs, theatres, beaches and restaurants.

Geography: Geographically Mumbai lies at the Ulhas River off the western coast of India, in the coastal region known as the Konkan. It sits on Salsette Island. Much of the city lies just above sea level. The city spans a total area of 603 km².

Tourism: Mumbai has lots of sites, which can give a breathing rest and enjoyment. The beach belts are the perfect family sites in Mumbai where one can enjoy the crowd as well as the cool breeze of the sea. There are pubs and restaurants, which open up to late nights. Famous tourist spots here are :

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Prince of Wales Museum

The Prince of Wales Museum is another famous place of tourist interest in Mumbai. This museum was built in the 20th century to commemorate the visit of Prince ...

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Marine Drive

Marine drive is another important tourist attraction in Mumbai. Marine drive runs along a long stretch of 3 kilometers and has shape like an “inverted C form”. ...

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Local Trains

Local Trains are the major source of transport in Mumbai. This network of Railways has three lines, namely the Western Line, the Central Main Line and the Harb ...

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Jain Temple

The Jain temple is dedicated to Adinath the first Tirthankara. Temple built in white marble and decorated with paintings which depict the incidents of the life ...

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Siddhivinayak Temple

The temple has a Kalash, which is a pointed dome of 12 feet high Gabhara weighing 1500 kg and plated in gold. So, it facilitates the 'Darshan' of Sri Siddhivin ...

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Haji Ali Dargah

The Dargah was built in 1631 by a Muslim merchant and saint named Haji Ali. Haji Ali died on his way to Mecca and his body, in its casket, floated back to Mumb ...

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Juhu Beach

Juhu is one of the most popular and fizzing beaches of India. It is surrounded by Arabian Sea in the west, Santacruz and Vile Parle in the east. Juhu is around ...

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Gateway of India

The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of the King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai in 1911AD.It was designed by George Wittet and built in t ...