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Interesting Facts About Mumbai :

Mumbai (known as Bombay till 1995), the capital city of the state of Mahrashtra, has a natural harbor…..an exciting waterfront and lies on the Konkan, on the west coast of India. Mumbai has a tropical wet and dry climate. The hot summer season from March to May is followed by heavy monsoons during the months from June to September. October and November are the hot transition months, before the climate gets cooler from December till February. Owing to its proximity to the sea, the weather is mostly humid, especially in the summers. The best time to visit Mumbai would be from October till March, when the weather is a little more pleasant.

Bombay, as it was previously known, comprised of seven islands which housed colonies of Kolis. After being controlled by successive empires, land between the islands was reclaimed and finally developed into one major seaport in the year 1845. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries marked the period during which there was considerable economic and educational development and over the years, Mumbai, as it is known now, has emerged into the commercial, financial and entertainment capital of the country. It has been tagged as the wealthiest city in India, with the maximum number of millionaires and billionaires. And on the other hand, oddly, it also houses one of the biggest slums at Dharavi. Mumbai is an amalgamation of both traditional and modern lifestyles and is known to be a cosmopolitan city. All festivals are celebrated with great devotion and fervor, showcasing traditional food, music, theatre and dance and at the same time, one can let their hair down with the exciting nightlife at pubs, bars and fancy restaurants with world cuisine.

Important financial institutions like the Reserve Bank Of India, Bomabay Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange and the corporate head-offices of various multinationals as well as Indian companies have set up base here. Some of the country’s science and research institutes like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Atomic Energy Commission of India, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and many more are also located here. One of the most sought-after industries….the Hindi Film Industry, nicknamed Bollywood, exists in Mumbai and lure aspirants from all over the country and even from abroad. With all these business and job opportunities, people from all over the country are keen to come to Mumbai and try their luck at making it big. As a result, this city is practically bursting at the seams and is a mixture of various cultures and communities.

Travelling within Mumbai is so easy and convenient, given the various options the city has to offer. The railways and the BEST buses are the most convenient and reasonable mode of transport as they have a very good network all across the city. Besides this, people can use auto-rickshaws, taxis, cool cabs, cab aggregators like Uber, Ola etc and now even the Metro is available in certain areas. So one definitely can’t complain about difficulty in getting around the city.

How to reach Mumbai :

By Bus – Mumbai is really well-connected with several other cities through its highways and expressways. Several government and private buses travel to and from and terminate at the Mumbai Central Bus Stand or the Asiad Bus Stand at Dadar.

By Train – Mumbai has a fabulous network of railways, connecting the city to the rest of India. Outstation trains arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) or at Mumbai Central. If unfamiliar with the routes and trains available, one can check the railway time-table online.

By Air – The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the entrypoint to Mumbai and several other cities in India for hordes of travellers from across the world. This airport is almost 30 kms north of the city, while the Santacruz Domestic Airport is about 26 kms north of the city. Local transport from the airports to anywhere in the city is easily available.

Some must-visit attractions in Mumbai:

Gateway of India – Situated on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder in South Mumbai, this impressive monument is a combination of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles and is one of the most popular tourist sites in Mumbai, given the scenic locale and breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea.

Mani Bhavan – This simple, three-storeyed, brown and yellow house of Mahatma Gandhi in yesteryears, has been turned into a museum. Giving us a peek into his private life, is a photo collection of his life and work, a library of over 2000 books and several well-maintained souvenirs and mementos from his lifetime, including his cherished and very famous spinning wheel (charkha).

Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm on all days except national holidays.

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum – Formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum and one of the oldest Museums in Mumbai, this renaissance style building is located in Byculla East. One can find an interesting collection of historical photographs of Mumbai, maps, silver and copper ware, clay models and other archaeological items of significance. Particularly interesting are tours that run you through the history, cultural heritage and development of Mumbai.

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm on all days except Wednesdays and public holidays.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this Indo-Gothic architectural structure is a historic railway station and is the main headquarters of the Central Railway. One of the busiest railway stations with 18 platforms, it is very well connected to other parts of the country.

Elephanta Caves - These caves were built on Elephanta Island, which is just 10 kms into the Mumbai Harbour from the Gateway Of India. Another World Heritage Site, as declared by UNESCO, these caves exhibit stone sculptures cut out from rock and are primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Nehru Planetarium – This planetarium aims at developing interest and making the study of astronomy fun and a pleasant experience for everyone, especially kids. The programme includes quiz contests, Science elocution, Astro – poetry, Astro-painting, planetary shows etc. and provision to watch and study the Solar and Lunar eclipses and such other astral events.

One can check timings online for the various aspects that Nehru Planetarium has to offer. However, it is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Kanheri Caves – These spectacular caves are really well hidden deep within the forests of Sanjay Gandhi National Park located in Northern Mumbai. These are a group of caves and monuments carved out of rock, which feature Buddhist sculptures, paintings and inscriptions. As the site is on a hillside, one can access the caves by climbing rock-cut steps.

Timings: 7.30 am to 5.00 pm on all days.

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Interesting Facts About Mumbai :

Mumbai (known as Bombay till 1995), the capital city of the state of Mahrashtra, has a natural harbor…..an exciting waterfront and lies on the Konkan, on the west coast of India. Mumbai has a tropical wet and dry climate. The hot summer season from March to May is followed by heavy monsoons during the months from June to September. October and November are the hot transition months, before the climate gets cooler from December till February. Owing to its proximity to the sea, the weather is mostly humid, especially in the summers. The best time to visit Mumbai would be from October till March, when the weather is a little more pleasant.

Bombay, as it was previously known, comprised of seven islands which housed colonies of Kolis. After being controlled by successive empires, land between the islands was reclaimed and finally developed into one major seaport in the year 1845. The nineteenth and twentieth centur......Read More


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