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Mumbai - The Destination
  
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Mumbai (AKA Bombay) is where the glamour of bollywood is, cricket on the fields, bhelpuri on the beach at Chowpatty and red double-decker buses are. It also harbours the infamous red-light district, Asia’s largest slums, communalist politics and powerful mafia dons.

An island connected by bridges to the mainland, Mumbai is the industrial center of everything, from textiles to petrochemicals, and is responsible for half of India’s foreign trade.

What you will explore here is a prosperous 19th century English industrial city on the edge of the Arabian Sea with a brimming nightlife, a vital street life and more markets than you can ever explore.

The main part of the city is concentrated at the Southern claw-shaped end of the island. The Southern peninsula known as Colaba is where you would be attracted, since it houses a considerable number of hotels and restaurants and two of the city’s best landmarks, the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel. Directly north of Colaba, you would find the, area known as Fort, the very place where the old British fort once stood. Moving further west, you would reach Marine Drive, which connects the industrial center Back Bay to the famous Chowpatty Beach. To the north are the suburbs of Greater Mumbai, where you’ll also find the two airports—Sahar International and the domestic Santa Cruz.

Mumbai—ancient yet modern, spectacularly rich, yet glaringly poor, soaring skyscrapers and sprawling slums—it is truly a melting pot of diverse ethnicity.


Mumbai - Facts at a Glance


State : Maharashtra
Area : 440 sq km
Language : Hindi, Marathi, English
Temperature :
There is little seasonal fluctuation due to the sea. Humidity level is extremely high. Temperature ranges between 19 C to 34 C. Mumbai also witnesses torrential rainfall between June and September.
Best Season :
October to March; Winter is the best time to go, it is just apt for sightseeing.


History of Mumbai

Once a group of seven islands, Mumbai today is the financial capital of India. The islands were ruled by a succession of Hindu dynasties, invaded by Muslims in the 14th century, and then ceded to Portugal by the sultan of Gujarat in 1534. In 1662, these islands were given to the English King Charles II, as a part of the wedding dowry for the Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza. In 1668, Bombay was given to the East India Company. In the 18th century, the city grew into a major port with the shifting of the shipbuilding industry to Bombay from Surat. Bombay played a significant role in the struggle for Independence, hosting the first Indian National Congress in 1885 and the launch of the Quit India Movement in 1942. Bombay later became the capital of the Bombay Presidency, which divided into Gujarat and Maharashtra in 1966. In 1996, Bombay officially came to be known as Mumbai derived from Mumbadevi, the goddess of the Kolis.

                                   
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