The city that never sleeps! Pulsating, alive, on the move, vibrant, and fun - this is Mumbai or as it is still called - Bombay. Formed by seven islands, Mumbai was home to large fishing colonies. It is today the commercial and entertainment hub of India, contributing to the majority of the nation's maritime trade and capital transactions.
Mumbai is the city that promises to fulfill your ambitions. People from all over the country come to Mumbai every day in pursuit of their dreams. This contributes to the cosmopolitan and diverse population of the city.
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One will not find Mumbai riddled with palaces and forts, but the antiquity of the place is noticed in the buildings and places that are in use even today.
Situated in South-Bombay, this is a tourist preferred location. It has plenty of budget and mid-range hotels. The majestic Taj Mahal Hotel has great views of the Gateway of India from its Apollo Bar at the rooftop.
Built in 1920, Marine Drive runs along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. It is Mumbai's most popular spot for looking at the sunset with a friend or that special someone. Tourist brochures are fond of calling it the Queen's Necklace, owing to its neat curve and the jewel like street lights that line the entire drive.
Mumbai's famous beach is no place for a sunbathe or taking a dip. In fact, there's not much going on at Chowpatty at all during the day, but in the evening it develops a magical atmosphere as locals come to stroll among the balloon sellers, fortune tellers, magicians, food vendors, ferris wheels and shooting galleries. You might even catch a film out in the open!
Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, these terraced gardens, provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The park was laid out in the early 1880s over Bombay's main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence.
The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India - a 26 meter tall Triumphal Archway designed to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911 - is Mumbai's most famous landmark. It marks the arrival of the British in India and makes for a grand spectacle aided by the Taj Mahal Hotel across the street. Ironically, at the end of the British Raj, the last of the British ships that set sail for England, left from this very point.
Haji Ali's Mosque
Situated on a large rock in the Arabian Sea, is a whitewashed fairytale mosque containing the tomb of the Muslim saint Haji Ali. A long stretch of granite connects this shrine to the mainland and is completely submerged during high tide.
Mockingly called Bollywood by locals, Film City clings to the outskirts of the National Park. Bollywood churns out over 900 films every year, all packed with those mandatory elements of song, dance, melodrama, violence and erotica that audiences love. This is why the Film City sets are never to be found unused. They are closed to visitors, but special permissions can always be obtained to check out the action.
Like Chowpatty, the uptown Juhu Beach is a bourgeois paradise, filled to the gills with screaming children, courting couples and rowdy adolescents. If you want a more fancy experience however, retreat behind Juhu's many five star hotels, for a steaming cup of coffee and a splendid view of the coast. The most popular of these beachfront hotels are the Sun and Sand and Holiday Inn. The government owned Juhu Centaur Hotel also has a 24 hour coffee shop with a view of the sea.
There are a number of places to see in Delhi. Most tourists flock to the beautiful monuments, art galleries and temples, but the busy markets and eat street are not to be missed!
Access by Air : Mumbai is globally very well connected by air. It has the busiest domestic and international airports in the country and there is a daily flight to almost every major city. The domestic terminals are located in the suburb of Santacruz and the international terminals in Andheri.
Access by Rail : Regular train services connect Mumbai to all the major cities in India.
Access by Road : Mumbai's National Highway connects it to the major cities of India.
The local transportation is the lifeline of Mumbai. The Mumbai Local trains are the fastest way to get around the city and is very easy to navigate. Buses, rickshaws and taxis are abundant in the city.
Mumbai's climate can be best described as moderate temperatures with high level of humidity. Its coastal nature and tropical location ensures moderate temperatures throughout the year. Mumbai can be experienced best between October and June.