mumbai Travel Guide

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Mumbai,The City Of Dreams 

Introduction 
Mumbai is the largest city which is situated in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the financial capital of India and the home of India's Bollywood film industry. It is also the capital city of Maharashtra. Mumbai is known for its extreme standards of living, fast paced lifestyle, and the making of dreams. It is also known as city of Dreams because of the Hindi Film Industry is located here. It is the most populous metropolitan city in India and is the sixth most populated metropolitan city in the world. The city is known as much for its throbbing night life as it is famous for being the busiest and economically prosperous city of India. Mumbai is a busy metropolis, nevertheless, it is a tourist hot-spot because of its energy and vigor. Dubbed as the commercial capital of India, the city is home to some of India's largest corporate houses. The city of Mumbai was earlier called Bombay and it lies on the Konkan coast. It is a major hub of industrial and commercial activities that contribute to around 70 % of India's capital trade and investments. Mumbai tourism has procured a place on global map due to the Hindi Film Industry which is popularly known as 'Bollywood'.

History 
The word Mumbai is derived from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fisherfolk, the oldest inhabitants of Mumbai. The name Mumbai, in its final form, dates back to the 18 th century. For Portuguese, the name Bombay is Good Bay (Bom Bay Good Bay). Mumbai is a cluster of seven islands. These islands of no great value were ceded to Portuguese in 1534 by the Sultan of Gujarat. The Portuguese in turn given these islands to Englands's Chareless II as part of the wedding dowry of Catherine of Braganza when she married Englands's Charles II in 1661. In 1668, the British government leased the islands to the East India Company for 10 pounds per annum in the form of gold and Mumbai grew gradually to become centre of trade.

Tourism 
Mumbai is a wonderful tourist destination in Maharashtra. There are many forts, temples, gardens, museums, beaches and chruches in Mumbai. It is well connected with the major cities of the country through air, rail and road. There are many places to visit in Mumbai are Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Gateway of India, Siddhivinayak Temple, Adlabs Imagica, Essel World, Haji Ali Dargah, Chowpatty Beach, Water Kingdom and many more. Apart from this, the city has numerous attractive places and sightseeing, which makes it an ideal tourist spot for travellers.

Places to visit 

Marine Drive
Marine Drive is a skilfully laid-out boulevard, stretching along the coastline of Arabian Sea located in South Mumbai. It is built in an inverted C shape and 3 km long concrete road which connects the Nariman Point to Malabar Hills. This boulevard is popular as a sunset point among people, especially travellers.

Juhu Beach
Juhu Beach is one of the largest and most popular beaches in Mumbai. It is 6 kms long and is ringed by Arabian sea on the west. The beach is most famous for its street-side food like Pani Puri, Sev Puri, Pav Bhaji and more. In the evenings, the beach is crowded by people intending to see the beautiful sun, setting at the horizon of Arabian Sea.

Siddhivinayak Temple
Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the most famous temple which is located in Mumbai. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple is known by names like Navasala Pavanara Ganapati, Navasacha Ganapati among tourists. There are large number of devotees come from all over the country to get the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

Gateway Of India
Gateway of India is a major tourist attraction in Mumbai. It is a national heritage building in India that is located at the waterfront in Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, facing Arabian Sea. The gateway is built from reinforced concrete and yellow basalt andepitomises the combination of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture.

Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is a most popular mosque located in Mumbai. The structure of this dargah symbolises Indo-Islamic style of architecture. It was constructed in 1431, in the memory of a Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. This holy shrine is visited by over 40,000 people on all days, particularly Thursdays and Fridays.

Area 603 km²
Population 12478447
Language Hindi, Marathi
Pin Code 400001

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