Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and one of the most important metropolitan cities of India. Mumbai is a cluster of seven islands. It was presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. After India's Independence, Mumbai has evolved as a vital commercial and thriving city of India. It has a cosmopolitan nature, with many discotheques, restaurants, beaches, theatres, pubs and night clubs. The city has a free and vibrant spirit and is also known as a city that never sleeps. Here culture and traditions are keeping pace with modernity. It perfectly represents the ever-changing face of today's India, where old and new walk hand in hand in harmony.
The official language of Maharashtra is Marathi, but Hindi and English are also widely spoken and understood. Mumbai is also the glamour capital of India. It is the seat of Hindi film industry, which is also known as Bollywood, the largest producer of films in the world. The cultural life is quite happening here, with a constant stream of performances in music, dance and drama. The city of dreams, Mumbai is also a shopper's delight, with exclusive boutiques, ethnic markets and mini bazaars. Mumabi's local junk food sold on the streets and beaches are very popular not only within the state but all over the country. Some of these deliciouses snacks are pau bhaji, bhel puri and kababs.
Apart from these are many travel attractions here like the Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Tomb of Haji Ali and Mahalakshmi temple, Juhu beach, Marine drive, Chhtrapati Shivaji Terminus and many more. With all these features Mumbai is one of the most loved cities of India.
Atrractions In Mumbai
Mumbai, the cosmopolitan city of India, is also a cultural hub. With natural beauty at par and a thriving economy the city is one of the most important cities of India. The charm of Mumbai is beyond comparison. This city has many worth visiting attractions, that lure innumerable tourists every year.
Some of the most popular and well-known travel attractions are the Gateway of India, an historical monument. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. It is regarded as the signature mark of Mumbai and the visit to Mumbai is incomplete without giving a visit to this splendid monument.
Another prime attraction of Mumbai is the Prince of Wales Museum. It is designed in the Indo-Saracenic style and is one of the finest buildings constructed during British rule. It was build to commemorate the first visit of the Prince of Wales to India. Then, there is the Mahalaxmi temple, one of the famous temples in Mumbai devoted to the Goddess of wealth Mahalaxmi. The temple has images of Hindu Goddesses like Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali. The Tomb of Haji Ali is another major attraction of Mumbai. The Mosque at the tomb of Haji Ali stands on an island and is famous for its outstanding architecture. Innumerable devotees throng this tomb everyday to pay homage to the Saint Haji Ali.
Apart from having many historical monuments, Mumbai also has many scenic beaches. Some of the them are the Juhu beach and Marine Drive also called as Chowpatty beach. Chowpatty Beach is a popular beach where people gather in the evening and enjoy themselves. On the beach, one can find vendors, masseurs and roadside restaurants with specialties being bhelpuri and kulfi. Just like Chowpatty, the uptown Juhu Beach is a hangout place, where young and old enjoy their evenings. Here one can see children playing with the sand, courting couples and rowdy adolescents. A splendid beach, worth visiting.
Besides these attractions, there are many more places that are worth visiting in Mumbai. To name a few are, Malabar Hills, Crawford Bazaar, Kalbadevi, Essel World, Hanging Gardens, Film City, Flora fountain, Chatrapati shivaji terminus etc.
Excursions From Mumbai
Aurangabad Aurangabad is a historical destination, famous for its medieval monuments and cultural heritage. It boasts of the world heritage sites of the famous Ajanta & Ellora. Apart from this there many other travel attraction also, that lure tourists from all over the world.
Khandla is an exotic hill station, ideal for trekking. It is covered with lush green landscapes, a perfect getaway to spend an exciting weekend.
Lonavala is a beautiful place covered with lush green sceneries. Some of the worth visiting attractions at Lonavala are the lovely Tugauli, Lonavala and Bhushi lakes.
The second largest city of Maharashtra, Pune offers many tourist attractions. It is famous for the Ashram of Osho Rajneesh and many gardens along with the banks of river Mula-Mutha.
Matheran is a small hill station situated near Mumbai. It is the only place in India where no motor vehicles are allowed in order to maintain its freshness and beauty.
Mumbai is considered as a shopper's delight. There are shops lined up in the corners and pavements of Mumbai's streets. One can buy anything and everything from the famous bazaars and markets of the city. On your travel vacations in Mumbail if you are looking for some good clothes at less price, then you should definitely shop around Colaba Causeway and Fashion Street. They are stretched along the Cross and Azad Maidans. At Breach Candy and Kemps Corner, more trendy and costly shopping can be done.
The Chor Bazaar of Mumbai is a very old bazaar. Here one can look for some exquisite antique pieces, while the nearby Zaveri Bazaar is famous for its diamond, gold and silver jewelery. Apart from these, Mumbai also has many shopping arcades, owned by almost all five-star hotels such as the Oberoi and the Taj Mahal. Dadar, Bandra-Linking Road, and Juhu road areas in central and suburban Mumbai are good spots to shop.
By Air : Mumbai has an international and a domestic airport, they are the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly known as Sahar Airport) and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport (formerly known as Santa Cruz Airport). Both these airports are situated at a distance of 4 kms from each other. They are located approximately 30 kms and 26 kms away from the heart of the city - Nariman Point - in south Mumbai.
An airport bus service operates between the airports and the Air India building at Nariman Point. It takes around an hour to reach the domestic terminal and fifteen minutes longer to reach the international terminal. But during peak hours due to the traffic the journey could last almost two hours. Tickets can be bought either on the buses or at the booth outside the Air India Building. There is also a shuttle bus that operates at regular intervals between the domestic and international airports.
By Rail : The Mumbai Central and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (or VT) are the two railway stations at Mumbai that connect it to the rest of the country.
By Road : Long distance buses depart from Mumbai Central S.T. bus depot to several towns and cities. MTDC also operates a number of bus services throughout the year (except for the monsoon months) to many scenic spots and tourist centers.