Mumbai
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Brief

Mumbai is a city with many different facets to it. It is huge in size, and is the economical epicenter of India. With most big business companies situated there, Mumbai is also home to Bollywood. The birth and growth of Bollywood happened from this very city, and it retains its pride and its enthusiasm for being the birthplace of Indian Cinema. Mumbai also has a rich, colorful heritage, which has stretched across different eras, each era molding into the old while developing the new. This metropolitan might have grown and evolved, but it still retains its pride and respect for its history and heritage. The bustling, buzzing city of Mumbai is definitely worth a visit.

 
Travel Tips

The autumn and winter seasons are perfect for visiting Mumbai. The monsoons here cause a lot of flooding on the streets, and stalls transportation quite badly, and the summers are very hot and unpleasant.

Take a ride in the Mumbai local trains. It is almost an initiation trip, and these trains offer a lot of knowledge about what life is actually like, in the huge city of Mumbai, for people of varying classes.



When to visit

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Things to do

The first feature that will strike you about Mumbai is the abundance of beaches all around. Juhu Beach is perhaps the most famous of them all. With the Arabian Sea to its east, this beach is the perfect spot to spend a nice evening at. During the evenings, many locals and tourists flock here for the brilliant street food, the scenic sun-set and the pleasure of walking along the beach while being able to breathe in the fresh sea air. The Marine Drive also comes to mind when talking about beaches. Driving past this spot is an absolute must, in order to experience why this spot was known as the queen’s necklace. This site, in the form of the letter C, runs along the coast of the Arabian Sea, for about 3 kilometers. It begins from Nariman Point and ends along with the end of the Malabar Hill. The municipal corporation has beautified this site even further by flanking the streets with palm trees and maintaining the lights down the street, so that the experience of passing by the Marina Drive becomes even more enjoyable. The Chowpatty beach is also excellent for a leisurely picnic on holidays.

There are many heritage sites in Mumbai, and the Elephanta Caves are definitely one of the most important ones. These caves, with its rock carvings, have been declared to be a World Heritage site. While the origins of these caves are not very clear, there are two different forms of rock sculptures here. There are Hindu sculptures, and Buddhist sculptures. The seven caves, however, date back to as early as 600 A.D. Ferries ply from the city to these caves, because they are 10 kilometers out in the Arabian Sea from Mumbai. The Shiva Idol is perhaps the most famous aspect of these caves, along with the unfinished Buddhist art. The kanheri Caves, which were supposed to have been used as a Buddhist Centre of learning, are also quite phenomenal.

Built in 1924 to welcome King George V and Queen Mary into India, the Gateway of India is definitely a site which is very important to the country’s cultural and national heritage. This gateway, which took 13 years to be built, was begun in 1911. A rare example of Indo-Sarcenic architecture, this gateway is located on the shore of the Arabian Sea, and is a sign of our national pride and independence. The Rajaji Clock Tower, which was built by George Gilbert is also an important historical site in Mumbai. It was fashioned after the Big Ben in London, and the clock tower rings out after every fifteen minutes. The Worli Fort, built by the British in 1675, is also an important tourist destination in Mumbai. It was built overlooking the Mahim Bay, in order to act as precaution against invasion or assault.

There are many gardens all over the huge city of Mumbai, although some stand out because of their exceptionally phenomenal beauty and aesthetic qualities. The Hanging Gardens is one such location. Built on the slopes of the Malabar Hill in 1880, it was later renovated. Built over the water reservoirs of the city of Mumbai, these gardens are an ideal place to walk around in, during the evenings, especially because the view of the sunset from this location is quite breath-taking. The Kamala Nehru is quite close to the Hanging Gardens, and is another beautiful example of how the city has maintained their pockets of nature. This garden is located atop the Malabar Hills, and is named after the wife of the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

When it comes to religious sites in Mumbai, the Haji Ali Durgah is perhaps one of the most famous sites in India. The tomb of the saint Haji Ali, this mosque is spectacularly built on the sea, about 500 yards away from the shoreline, with a narrow path connecting the mainland to this beautiful, sacred place. The marble courtyard, where the tomb is placed, the beautiful ambience of the sea on all sides, and the air of devotion in and around the mosque is reason enough to go visit this site. The Babulnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the oldest, most ancient of temples in the city. This temple is so called because it has been shaped like a Babul tree. The temple is located on the south of the Malabar Hill, and provides a beautifully scenic view of the Arabian sea below. Constructed in 1780, this temple is not just an example of devotion, but also of beautiful, breathtaking architecture of India.

The Mahalaksmi Temple in Mumbai attracts a lot of devotees every day, as they seek to pay their respect and show their devotion to Goddess Laxmi, to whom this temple is dedicated. However, the temple also contains the idols of deities such as Goddess Kali and Goddess Saraswati. This temple is beautifully constructed, and managing to miss the crowd here is almost impossible. But one visit to the temple is definitely a must, and is worth braving the rush for. The Siddhivinayak Temple is also one of the most popular and revered temples in the country. About 200 years old, this temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha whose idol has been carved out of black stone. The golden dome of the temple is a recent addition, but the feel of the temple, its architecture, and its religious ambience is definitely worth experiencing. The Mumbadevi temple is also worth a visit. She is the goddess after whom the city of Mumbai was named, and the temple is a beautiful reminder of Mumbai before the British times, and its own cultural history, separate from the colonial aspect.

 
Places to Stay

High-Range: The Hyatt Regency in Mumbai is the perfect luxurious hotel for you if you want enjoy a luxurious stay there. The hotel is a 5-star one, with all the amenities, plus more. The room rates here begin from 8,900 INR, and the hotel provides you with the most pampered, luxurious stay there. The Trident at Bandra, Mumbai is also a very good option amongst this range of hotels, and room rates start from about 9,200 INR.

Mid-Range: Hotel Arma Executive is an affordable option here, with room rates varying from 2,000-4,000 INR. The hotel provides for free Wi-Fi, room service, laundry services, and much more. Milan International also provides for

Low-Range: Pali Beach resort is one of the perfect budget hotels, with all the basic facilties, a pool, a children’s playroom, and much more, accessible only for 1,450 INR. Hotel City View also provides good, spacious and clean rooms for 1,400 INR.

 
How to Reach

  • The airport at Mumbai regularly receives international as well as national flights. It is quite convenient. Take pre-paid cabs to get to your destination after landing at the airport.
  • The station in Mumbai is very active, and trains from all over the country come here regularly.
  • NH 3,4,6,8,9, 17 as well as the Mumbai-Pune Expressway make travelling to Mumbai by road very easy. Nagpur, Goa, Pune and Bangalore are some of the cities you can travel from, by buses or cars.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Khandala and Lonavla are both very close to Mumbai, and are wonderful, small towns. The former is an ideal place to go trekking. Goa is a night’s journey away from Mumbai, and Pune is also quite close by. Matheran is a small hill-station which is very close to Mumbai, and is ideal, if you want to take a break from the city life.

 
Important Numbers

Commissioner of Police: 22620826