Mumbai City Formerly known as Bombay, the name of the city is derived from the Hindu Goddess Mumbadevi.Its rich history can be experienced through its architecture and the relics of the past. Mumbai (Bombay) lies on the western coast of India. It is a group of seven islands in the Arabian Sea which lies off the northern Konkan coast on the west of Maharashtra state in India. These seven islands which were once separated by creeks and channels were filled and bridged over the years by the inhabitants. Mumbai is the financial capital and the most populous city in India. It is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and home to 20 million people.
Mumbai’s diversity and vibrancy display the city’s true personality. Along with the neighboring urban areas of Thane and Navi Mumbai, this city forms one of the most heavily populated regions in Asia.
Mumbai city is known as the business capital of India, it being the country’s principal financial and communications centre. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India’s foreign trade and a major Interntional airport. India’s largest Stock Exchange which ranks as the third largest in the world, is situated in Mumbai. Here, trading of stocks is carried out in billions of rupees everyday.
Discription about Mumbai/Bombay can not be complete without the mention of Bollywood, the biggest Indian film industry which churns out hundreds of Hindi block-busters every year.With its diverse set of people, Mumbai is also the home ground for many reputed enterprises and organizations.
This global city is ever-evolving and welcoming.
Mumbai offers a wide choice of attractions for tourists that they should definitely not miss while visiting the city. This city with its intrinsic charm delights each kind of tourist- whether a foodie, a shopaholic or a history enthusiast.
PLACES TO VISIT
Gateway of India:
Gateway of India is regarded to be the starting point for most tourists who want to travel around the Mumbai city. This 26m-high structure has four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Mumbaites, as well as the foreign tourists come down to this place in the evening and take a cool rest from day’s exhausting work schedules.
Marine Drive is the place where Mumbaites hang out to cool down a while from the steamy hurried and busied life. As street lamps orderly line up on the edge of the beach, it is also known as called Queen’s Necklace. Several Hindu religious ceremonies are taking place at Chowpatty like annual thread-tying ceremony, nariel-purnima and Ganesh Chaturthi immersions. Stalls on the beach, selling Bhelpuri, Kulfi and Paan make the chowpatty zesty.
Juhu is one of the most popular and posh beaches of India. This fizzing beach on the shores of Arabian Sea is the place where one can find the bungalows of Bollywood stars. Tourists can enjoy horse and donkey rides, dancing monkeys, acrobats, cricket matches, toy sellers etc. here.
Essel World offers over 40 exciting rides, games, and attractions. The Water Kingdom is said to be the largest of its kind in Asia. It is a perfect destination for a one-day holiday.
It has Gandhian literature, photographic exhibits, framed letters and 3-D tableaux of key events in Gandhi’s life are displayed here. Gandhi’s room and belongings including his books, his trademark ‘Charkha’ (spinning wheel) and ‘Charpoy’ (rope bed) are displayed here. It is place, where Gandhi first learned how to use the spinning wheel.
Jehangir Art Gallery:
There is huge rush of artistes in this gallery to show one’s works. Many of the artistes have to wait a couple of years to exhibit their works in this gallery. The building of the gallerSiddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtray is an enormous beautiful mansion. Jehangir Art Gallery is one of the Mumbai’s well-known art galleries.
The temple has a Kalash, which is a pointed dome of 12 feet high Gabhara (sanctum sanctorum) weighing 1500 kg and plated in gold. So, it facilitates the ‘Darshan’ of Sri Siddhivinayak from either the area surrounding the Gabhara or the stage (Sabha Mandap) constructed to conduct pujas and festivities. The temple dates back to 18th Century. Vinayak is considered to be one of the Ashta Vinayak shrines of Maharashtra, celebrating eight instances of legends related to Ganesha.
Next to Hollywood, Mumbai is world’s largest production centre for films. The Film City: ‘Bollywood’, as it is called, produces the second most number of films in the world every year.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is the central bank of the country. As the central bank, it is also the custodian of the country’s monetary RBI Musems
heritage. To document and preserve India’s monetary history for the posterity and as a part of the Reserve Bank’s education and outreach programme for the common man, especially the students, the Reserve Bank has conceived the Monetary Museum.
The Mahalaxmi Temple is a popular holy site as Mahalaxmi is the goddess of wealth. It is situated at one end of Breach Candy — a trendy residential and shopping area, now known as B. Desai Road.
This is essentially an up-market residential area with some spectacular views of the city surroundings. On the road climbing up, is a Jain temple dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankara. At one end, on the top are the Hanging Gardens, Malabar Hill and the Kamala Nehru Park. All provide relaxing atmospheres of greenery. Beside the Hanging Gardens are the Parsi Towers of Silence. But these are off-limits to all except those who have come to dispose and pay respect to the dead.
Towards the other end is the Banganga temple complex at Walkeshwar, considered to be one of Mumbai’s holiest sites. Local legend has it that the Hindu god Rama rested here on his way to rescue Sita (his wife) from Lanka. The Banganga Tank is supposedly the spot where Rama shot his bow or bana. Further away is the British built Raj Bhavan, the residence of the governor of Maharashtra. The Banganga Festival of Music is a yearly highlight, and is in the month of January usually.
Haji Ali Shrine:
Further along the seashore, at the end of a long pathway surrounded by seawater is the shrine dedicated to Haji Ali, a Muslim saint. Access is only at low tide via the pathway
National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA):
This is the former Cowasji Jehangir Hall, of the Institute of Science. It has been renovated to serve as a four-storey exhibition hall, displaying the best of Indian contemporary art. Open daily except Monday, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Prince of Wales Museum:
This is one of Mumbai’s finest example of Victorian architecture. Built to commemorate King George V’s visit to Mumbai (while still Prince of Wales), it was designed by George Wittet and completed in 1923. It is Prince of Wales Museum
undoubtedly one of India’s finest museums and houses treasures, artefacts, paintings and sculpture from the many periods covering India’s history, including the Indus Valley Civilization. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30 am to 6 pm.
Global Vipassana Pagoda:
Global Vipassana Pagoda is the World’s Largest Pillar-less dome with a capacity to seat 8,000 meditators. In it are also enshrined Buddha’s genuine relics, thus becoming the first such pagoda in India after King Ashoka’s era.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus):
This is a magnificent building, and considered to be architecturally one of the finest stations in the world. Built by the British in 1888, it has exquisite ornamentation on its facade along with beautifully executed panels and friezes. It holds the statue of Queen Victoria on its dome.
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