Mumbai

Mumbai, the “Gateway to India” is the capital of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. Mumbai is a symbol of “Unity in diversity” as it embraces people from all cultures, religions and economic backgrounds. It is also known as “City of Dreams” because of the Hindi Film Industry located in the city. The city is a major hub of industrial and commercial activities that contribute to around 70 % of India’s capital trade and investments.

Mumbai, wears several hats like it is India’s largest city, commercial capital, industrial powerhouse, busiest port, fashion capital, India’s Hollywood, world’s biggest textiles market – the list goes on and on. It is the most populous metropolitan city in India and is the sixth most populated metropolitan city in the world. Like a giant magnet it draws people from all walks of life – traders and artisans, musicians and movie stars, peasants and industrialists, entrepreneurs, executives, students and dropouts.

The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernization. Mumbai is a city which never sleeps. Busy streets, lively people, vibrant mode of livelihood, fun and flora on roads and bustling crowd makes Mumbai a unique city. Mumbai is covered with tourists throughout the year. There are numerous places of tourist attraction in Mumbai. From heritage sites like Elephanta Caves, Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus and Gateway of India to the modern towering buildings and the beautiful beaches, the colonial construction, museums and art galleries are the chief tourist attractions in Mumbai which attracts millions of tourists round the year and from all parts of the world.

Weather

Snuggled in the western coast of peninsular India overlooking the Arabian Sea, Mumbai naturally acquits a tropical wet and dry climate. The best time to visit Mumbai is in the months just after the monsoon and before the summers acquaints. Being nestled in coastal area, Mumbai experiences high humidity with moderate temperatures that remains constant throughout the year.

Summer in Mumbai starts from March and ends in May. During this period the maximum temperature reaches up to 40°C. Tourists mostly avoid visiting Mumbai during summers, because of hot weather.

Monsoon in Mumbai starts from June and lasts till September. This weather is accompanied by heavy rainfall making Mumbai look greener, increasing the level of humidity at the same time.

Winters in Mumbai start from the month of November and ends in February. The winters are characterized here with low temperature, dry and cool atmosphere. Temperature reaches a minimum of 10° C. Tourists visit Mumbai during this season as it is the perfect time for sightseeing.

How to Reach

Mumbai is well connected by roadways, railways and airways to all major cities in India as well as the international airport connects the city to all the major cities in the world. Railway is the lifeline of Mumbai city and hence the city is well connected with other major cities in India through a very good network of tracks. The Chattrapati Shivaji Terminal and Mumbai Central are the two major railway stations in Mumbai whereas Dadar Railway Station and Kalyani Railway Station act as a substitute.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. It connects the city to all the major cities in the world. The domestic airport plies frequent flights to all other cities in India. The airport consists of two terminals, one is 30 km from the city center of Nariman point and other is 4 km from the domestic terminus at Santa Cruz.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Mumbai holds some of the prominent colonial buildings, heritage commercial architectures, serene beaches, historical railway stations, MNCs and the country’s famous chains of hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Dotted with ancient ramparts that include various forts like Bandra, Mahim, Sewri and Bassein, Mumbai has been an integral part of Indian history. The city itself is spotted with plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and all of them are major Mumbai attractions like Elephanta Caves, Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus, Gateway of India, Crawford Market, Flora Fountain, Majestic House, Watson’s Hotel and ruins of St. John the Baptist Church. Some of the prominent beaches in Mumbai are Juhu, Chowpatty, Bandra, Versova & Aksa where sunrise and sunset both create an euphoric environment to relax and unwind. One even loves to stand in the queue of pilgrimage sites like Mahalaxmi Temple, Mumba Devi Temple, Haji Ali Dargah and Iskon Temple. The spectacular Nariman Point, Queen’s Necklace and Marine Drive near Victoria Terminus Station create an aura that astonishes the eyes of millions of visitors.

Marine Drive: Located in South Mumbai, the stretch of 4.3 km Long Boulevard, the Marine Drive is one of the major hangout spots in the city. Nonetheless, overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Marine Drive is also one of the posh areas and houses many well-known personalities of India including business tycoons and Bollywood actors. Little known to the people, the official name of Marine Drive is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. During the evening, the serenity of the concave drive illuminates to resemble a string of pearls, forming a necklace and therefore Marine Drive is often dubbed as Queen’s Necklace. One of the prominent financial hubs of the city, the Nariman Point is located close to it. The popular Chowpatty beach is situated at its northern end.

Juhu Beach: The sprawling Juhu Beach of Mumbai is one of the most famous Indian beaches. The beach is located in Ville Parle area of Mumbai and stretches along the Arabian Sea shore for approximately 18 km. Juhu Beach has emerged as a hot spot of Mumbai where people including celebrities, tourists and locals flock day and night. Juhu Beach is a famous location for shooting Bollywood films and daily Hindi soaps. Though the beach remains lively throughout the year, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi witnesses a different vibe altogether. With numerous idols being immersed in the ocean, sand and sea of Juhu Beach create a pulsating and holy atmosphere that adorns thousands of devotees and leisure travellers. There is an option of special horse carriages for tourists, which is a must try when in the area. Sunset watching is also a major activity here.

Film City: Mumbai Film City is an integrated film studio complex situated in Goregaon area. The Film City is beautifully decorated by lakes, parks, manicured grounds and fountains. All these combined with it’s in- house recording room serves as the shooting venue for many Bollywood films. The Film City is built by Maharashtra Government which provides a wide range of concessions and facilities to the film industry. It is believed to be one of the largest in the world and an attraction in itself. Its pollution free infrastructure, serene environment and huge open space give people of all age groups to roam around in peace and admire and appreciate all latest decorations and innovations put harmoniously in one place. The Film city has been named Dadasaheb Phalke Nagar in memory of the legend. Being located in the heart of Mumbai, it is easily connected via various modes of transportation.

Siddhivinayak Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh, the Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the richest temples in Mumbai. Located in Prabhadevi area of Mumbai, the Siddhivinayak temple date back to 18th Century and was once a small construction highlighting the black idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, carved out of stone. Today the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is a unique six storied construction with a golden dome on the top. Nonetheless the black idol of Shree Siddhivinayak has an unusual feature, the trunk turns to the right which is not often found on Ganesh idols. The Siddhivinayak Temple is approximately 15 minutes of walk from the Dadar Railway Station.

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