|Best Time to Visit:
||October to April
||Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Marine Drive
Chowpatty Beach, Girgaon Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach, Haji Ali Shrine,
Elephanta & Kanheri Caves, Siddhivinayak Temple, Hanging Garden,
Flora Fountain and the Gothic/Victorian buildings of the Fort Area,
Nariman point and Taj Mahal Hotel
|Major Entertainment Centers:
||Jahangir Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern
Art, Prince of Wales museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sanjay Gandhi
||Crawford Market (Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market),
Mini Market, Mughul Bazaar, Zaveri Bazar & Fashion Street
|Near by Places (Excursions):
||Lonavala, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani,
Ajanta Ellora and Goa
|Famous Food & Beverages (Gourmet's Delight
||Vada-Paw, Bhel-Puri, Chat, Pani-Puri &
|Foreign Embassies & Consulates:
||America, Singapore, Japan, Mauritius, Denmark,
Belgium, Philippines & Emirats Consulates
|History & Evolution
The original name of the city Bombay came from the Portuguese phrase bom
bahia (good bay) where the name Mumbai is ascribed to the
local goddess, Mumba devi. The history of the city goes back to the Stone
Age and it was rediscovered by the Portuguese and British traders. Once a
cluster of seven islands inhabited by fishermen, Mumbai was later presented
to King Charles II in 1661 as dowry when he married the Portuguese Princess
Catherine de Braganza.
Providing an easy sea route to western countries The islands were acquired
by the English East India Company because they provided an easy sea route to
western countries. Mumbai became the first city of India to have Railways
and soon became the world's chief cotton trading market, resulting in a
drastic boom in its economy. Further, the opening of the Suez Canal
transformed the city into one of the largest seaports on the Arabian Sea.
After Indias Independence in 1947, Mumbai was made the capital of
Maharashtra though it was initially a part of Gujrat State.
Besides being a major metropolis of India and business travelers top
choice, Mumbai surely is tourist delight too. Age old caves, forts,
monuments and famous archeological sites makes it a visitor's paradise.
Being one of the most diverse cities, it does not leave any one yearning for
more. With a long list of alluring places to explore, it would be hard to
limit its beauty in words. But the city turns wild in the rainy season when
the roads are water logged and sea is on high. Adding to the list are the
places in the vicinity of the city ranging from small hill-stations to
beautiful beaches. These backing neighbors provide an easy and quick stray
from the busy and crowded city.
Gateway of India:
It is the most striking and famous monument of Mumbai and was built to
commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911.
Designed in Indo-Arabian style, the gate also serves as the departing point
for ferries plying to Elephanta Island and other beaches across the port.
Beautiful view of the Taj Mahal Hotel from the Gate is a treat to the eye.
Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach:
Lit with street lamps, giving a dramatic diamond necklace like look at
night, Marine Drive is often referred to as The Queens Necklace.
The drive/street run along the beach with the Chowpatty area situated
somewhat in the middle.
Chowpatty Beach is a famous beach of Mumbai. It is a crowded place.
Marine Drive Road
This suburban beach is an another favorite of Mumbai residents. Like Marine
Drive's Chowpatty, Juhu 'Chowpatty' is also vendor's delight with countless
open-air food counters. It is a wonderful place to bring kids, as it serves
as an amusement park, play ground and beach all at the same time with
camel-riding being an another unusual but popular sport. Juhu beach is
studded with many five star hotels all around it, offering a splendid view
of the coast. The locality is also famous for residing most of the Bollywood
Haji Ali Shrine:
At the end of a long pathway surrounded by seawater is this striking white
shrine of a Muslim Saint, Haji Ali who was drowned here some 500 years ago
on his pilgrimage to Mecca. The dargah was then built on the spot in 1431.
The shrine is full of colored-mirror mosaics from inside where thousands of
worshipers pray over the casket, which is covered with beautiful flower
garlands. The shrine can be accessed only at low tide.
Located on an island, around 10 km away from Mumbai, this City of
Caves houses the 5th century rock-cut temples that are famous for
their art, historical and scenic content. Designated now as a World Heritage
Site, the caves were found and named by Portuguese after the statue of an
elephant was found near the landing area of the island. The temples are said
to be dedicated to Lord Shiva with several magnificent sculpted panels, most
arresting of them being of Maheshamurti representing the
three-headed god as the creator, preserver and destroyer.