After New Delhi the capital of India , Mumbai is the most important city.
The glittering and bustling Mumbai is the largest metropolis as well as
the financial, commercial, industrial and is celluloid hub. Mumbai is rightly
called the Indian Hollywood
. Popularly known as Bollywood
the film industry in Mumbai produces 300-400 films a year. It is the
only nearest contestant to Hollywood . What Beverly Hills
is to Hollywood , Malabar Hills
is to Bollywood where the actors
enjoying their god-like statuses. Mumbai is the cosmopolitan city with the
potpourri of cultures and glamour. Mumbai still is a must for travelers
and is, to a certain extent, a match for cities such as Paris
Once a cluster of seven islands of Colaba, Mumbai, Mazagaon, Old Woman's
island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel and Matunga Sion, inhabited by the Koli fishing
community, Mumbai today is the financial capital of India. The islands were
ruled by a succession of Hindu dynasties, followed by Muslims and then by
Portuguese. In 1662, these islands were given to the English King Charles
II. Bombay became an important trading center and port city after it was
given to the East India Company in 1668.
Besides its night life activities, Mumbai has a plenty of cultural, religious
and other interesting sites that are worth visiting for the tourists.
Prince of Wales Museum
The Prince of Wales Museum is one of the best museums in the country with
the art, sculpture, old firearms, and rare coins and a priceless collection
of miniature paintings on display.
Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is a monument built to commemorate the visit of King
George V and Queen Mary in 1911. It is complete with four turrets and intricate
latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. You haven't actually been
to Bombay if you haven't seen the Gateway to India . At the same time, it's
the place where you can catch a boat to the Elephanta Island , a UNESCO
world heritage site where you can see rock-cut temples and caves dating
back to the 6th century.
The Marine Drive is the popular sea front having a long stretch of curved
road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other. It is also called
the Queen's Necklace because of sparkling nightlights along its curved shape.
It is the nicest area in Mumbai to have a stroll and relax in the cool breeze
of evening hours.
Juhu and Chowpatty Beaches
The Juhu and Chowpatty Beaches are the most famous beaches offering all
the ingredients of beach activities like camel and pony rides, acrobats
etc. together with a wonderful view of the coast.
The Hutatma Chowk area has a large concentration of impressive and important
historical buildings, such as the fabulous Town Hall
Mani Bhawan used to be former residence of Mahatma Gandhi in Mumbai. It
is heavy on memorabilia with more than 2000 books and other of the Mahatma's
Tower of Silence
Tower of Silence are the open grounds, where the Parsis leave the dead bodies
of the deceased, to be eaten by vultures. It attracts a number of visitors
from the world over.
Hanging Gardens and Kamla Nehru Park
Hanging Gardens and Kamla Nehru Park are located opposite each other. Both
the gardens provide lovely views of the dusk over the Arabian Sea . The
latter has the famous "Old Woman's Shoe" that is a delightful
for all the children.
The Jain Temple
The Jain Temple has a black marble shrine decorated with celestial personifications
of the planets. It also houses frescoes depicting various events in the
lives of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras.
Some of the interesting excursion sites around Mumbai are Bassein Fort,
Sanjay Gandhi National Park , Lonavala, Khandala, Matheran, the famous Caves
of Elephanta, Karla and Kanheri.