Mumbai, the city of dreams, is rightly known as a place which never sleeps which is always on go; a vibrant land with colourful life. Located in the western coast of Maharashtra, Mumbai is the largest city of the Indian subcontinent. A captivating blend of decades old history and a sparkling present, Mumbai is modern India’s image of cultural diversity and modern luxuries.
Mumbai Tourism offers its visitors with an extensive range of holiday choices. Sparkling beaches, magnificent monuments, bustling markets, enthralling caves and captivating gardens; everything together create a city with unparalleled charm.
Undoubtedly the business capital of the country, Mumbai is also one of the major port cities of India. Mumbai was once a cluster of seven small islands which with time combined, forming a single island city. The city was earlier known to be Bombay, which was derived from the Bom Bahia which means Beautiful Bay. Mumbai, its present name, is derived from a local Hindu Goddess ‘Mumba’ and the Marathi word ‘Aai’ which means mother.
A tour to Mumbai presents you with a stark contrast between different lives yet harmoniously, magically blending with each other. At one side it offers the glitter of glamorous film industry, Bollywood, on another side it houses the country’s largest slum populace; one side it has the luxury of modern worlds while on the other side resides the ages old traditions and lifestyles.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mumbai is the Gateway of India. Constructed in 1924, it is situated at the tip of Apollo Bunder, overlooking the Mumbai harbour. Many people can be seen visiting the tomb of Haji Ali in the reverence to the saint Haji Ali. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, Prince of Wales Museum is another attraction here. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves are believed to be more than 1500 years old, showcase mighty figures of God Shiva and Goddess Paravathi, which have carved intricately in the six rock caves.
Mumbai boasts of many breath taking beaches. Chowpatty Beach of Mumbai is one of the most frequented beaches by both, locals as well as the tourists. Juhu Beach is another popular beach in Mumbai.
Marine Drive also known as the Queen’s Necklace is another perfect place to enjoy a soothing sunset and sunrise. Banganga Tank which was built during the 12th century, a part of famous Walkeshwar temple complex is also a place worth visiting.
No trip to Mumbai is complete without visiting the Film City, an integrated film studio with varied real-like settings for Bollywood movie shoots.
Some of the other sightseeing places to visit in Mumbai are Taraporewala Aquarium, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mani Bhavan, Jain Temple, Nehru Planetarium, Kamala Nehru Park, Siddhivinayak Mandir, Colaba Causeway Market, Church Gate, Crawford Market, Victoria Terminus and many more.