Mumbai, earlier known by the name Bombay, is the capital city of the Indian state Maharashtra. It lies in the Konkan division of Maharashtra along the west coast of India, touching the Arabian Sea. Spread across the area of over 630 sq. km, Mumbai has two major segments- Mumbai Suburbs and Mumbai city. Some of the famous parts of Mumbai are Thane, Navi Mumbai, Andheri, etc. Located near the coastal area, Mumbai has an advantage of having a natural harbor. Mumbai was initially formed by the joining of seven islands and is, thus, also called as the island city. When it comes to population, Mumbai is ranked as first most populated city in India and fifth most in the world. The climate of the place is mostly warm and humid and known for heavy rainfall.
Being the hub of principle financial and commercial activities, Mumbai is also sometimes referred to as the financial or business capital of India. It is an important area of foreign trade and commerce in India. Mumbai was also given the title of Alpha World City in the year 2009. Mumbai is a seat of a lot of foreign banks, international financial institutes and multinational companies.
Some of the places of repute in Mumbai include World Trade Centre, Gateway of India, Town Hall, Kamala Nehru Park, Nehru Planetarium, Churchgate, Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Beach, Marine Drive, Hanging Gardens, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Prince of Wales Museum, ISKCON Temple, Mount Mary Church, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel World, Water Kingdom, Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, Bassein Fort, Bandra Fort, Bombay Natural History Museum, Haji Ali Mosque, The Imperial Towers, Kanheri Caves, Mahalaxmi Temple, Worli Fort, Worli Sea Face, etc. Besides these, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Panchgani, Khandala, Lonavala, Elephanta Caves, Matheran, Khandala, Lonavala, Alibag, Pune, Daman, Mahabaleshwar, etc. are other places of tourist attractions near Mumbai. Some of the famous universities in Mumbai are Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, SNDT Women’s University, University Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai University, etc.
Mumbai is a well connected city with good road, rail and air transport facility. Siports in Mumbai include Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Navi Mumbai International Airport. Railway stations include Mumbai Central (BCT) Mumbai Railway Station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus, Andheri and Borivali, etc. Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust are ports in Mumbai.
Mumbai is most famous for Bollywood or the Indian Hindi film industry that produces the largest number of films every year. Almost all famous Bollywood celebrities from the film industry reside in posh areas of Mumbai like Lokhandwala.
Mumbai is known for some of the best eating places in India be it posh restaurants, hotels, or street food. Top hotels in Mumbai include Le Meridien, Grand Hyatt, Leela Kempinski, Hyatt Regency, Taj Mahal Mumbai, etc. Known for its night life, the place is rich in nightclubs, pubs, discos, theatres, etc. Mumbai has some of the best places for shopping of clothes, shoes and accessories and is thus, truly a shopper’s delight.
Mumbai is one of the major metropolitan cities of India. It is full of life and dynamism. Life in Mumbai is fast placed and ever changing. People from all parts of India come to Mumbai to turn their dreams into reality. Mumbai is also referred to as one of the safest cities in India for the culture and environment of the place is very liberal and modern.