“Mumbai is not just a city; it is the most crucial part of the people who live there. With huge buildings and the slums in the opposite, the Vada Pao is what makes life easy in Mumbai.” The place which is always awake with the perfect hustle – bustle in every part of the day, the place where thousands of people land daily from every single train to hunt their dreams, the place where the life is a lot more about the struggle and luxury, the place, the city is Mumbai. The largest city of India, Mumbai was formerly known as Bombay. The perfect fusion of seven islands on the Konkan Coastline made the city Bombay. Being the Capital of the state Maharashtra, Mumbai is known as the Entertainment and Financial Capital as well. Proudly called as the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai is home to the dreamers and hard-laborers, starlets and gangsters, wandering dogs and peculiar birds, artists and servants, fisher folk and the millionaires and numerous people. Considered to be as the city of all, Mumbai just not houses the richest of the world but also Asia’s biggest slum as well and now this has started gaining interest among the researchers all over the world. Therefore, special Mumbai Slum Tour has been statred by various travel companies. The only city that welcomes people of every belief, faith and religion, has a diverse nature and multi-cultural lifestyle. The incredible culture of Mumbai is a perfect union of festivities, religion, music, food and theaters. With the most dynamic nightlife, the city is full of extreme energy as so known to be the city that never sleeps. Being an extremely crucial port of British, Mumbai is now the hub of antique bazaars, hidden temples, hipster enclaves and India’s premier restaurants and nightlife. a city that stands brave in in every emergency situation, Mumbai is the destination that is on the top locations on the list of places one wants to explore.
The capital city of Maharashtra [Mumbai] is nicknamed as the city of Dreams; people who complement their existence with a list of desires are mostly found in this multi-talented city of West.
Here are the names of some festivals celebrated on a wider scale in the city of Mumbai -
1- Ganesh Chaturthi 2- Durga Puja 3- Maha Shivaratri 4- Holi 5- Eid 6- Christmas 7- Diwali etc
A few more festivals are – Navratri| Good Friday| Dussera| Moharram etc. Some of the prominent fairs observed in Mumbai are -
1- Mumbai International Film festival 2- Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 3- Bandra Fair 4- India Art Festival 5- Elephanta festival 6- Banganga festival
Mumbai is magic; it’s adorned with the finest city Landscape. This enthralling city is packed with layers of presence throughout the city; however, beginning from the month of October to March is considered as the best-suited duration.
The commercial capital of India also serves as home to the world’s most prolific film industry; this enticing capital city is the second most populous metropolitan area in India. It’s not just home to several touristic points of attraction but it’s also adorned with various sorts of places of stay [there are several economic hotels, average-rated hotels, five-star hotels, luxurious resorts and Heritage Hotel]. One can choose any spot of comfort and enjoy their stay at this fun-packed city of Mumbai.
Minimum 2 and maximum can be any number of your choice; however, 3 days are good to Go. The megacity, often referred as the city of Seven Islands is home to numerous spots of great presence and historic importance – here are the names of some must-visit touristic spots: Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Haji Ali Dargah, Colaba Causeway, Siddhivinayak temple, Juhu Beach, Bandra-Worli Sea Link etc.
The soulful city of Mumbai resides under the thickest layer of diversity; it’s not just a basic home, it’s the dream home to millions of people who wish to stand tall on their feet [it’s the land of dream chasers]. People belonging to the various walks of life and faith find this place quite amazing and lively too; it’s a city, which belongs to everyone and then it’s a city, which belongs to no one.
Mumbai is a fashionable city; every age-group tries to maintain harmony with time and trends. Here are the names of some chief street shops situated in the city of Mumbai –
1- Fashion Street 2- Linking Road 3- Kala Ghoda Pavement Market 4- Colaba Causeway 5- Chor Bazaar 6- Crawford Market 7- Zaveri Bazaar 8- Food Street 9- Lalbaug spice Market 10- Lokhandwala market
What to buy from the above-listed markets – Fancy clothes, Fashion Accessories, Designer clothing, Home décor, Electronic Goods, Books, Furniture, trendy Jewellery, Footwears, Handicrafts, Original artworks, fabrics, antiques, Souvenir Sketches etc.
Here are the names of some eminence soaked shopping malls that are home to several outlets of various brands and names [quality products are available in abundance] –
High street Phoenix| R-City| Phoenix Market City| Infiniti Mall| In Orbit| Oberoi Mall| Sobo Central Brand Factory etc.
Mumbai is home to several destinations that speak about the past; one such place is the Asiatic Society of Bombay [it’s one of the oldest public libraries located in the city of Mumbai]. Mumbai’s culture lives an exemplary fusion of food, traditional festivals, music, theatres etc; it gratefully offers a Cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle with an extensive variety of food, nightlife and entertainment.
Mumbai is the birthplace of Indian Cinema [it’s equipped with a huge number of Cinema halls that feature Bollywood, Marathi and Hollywood pictures. Contemporary art is exhibited in varies galleries of higher recognition; some government-funded institutions are – the Jehangir Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Modern Art. The residents of Mumbai celebrate both – the Indian and Western Festivals – some of the festive occasions are – Diwali, Holi, Eid, Good Friday, Dussera, Maha Shivratri, Durga Puja, Gudi Padwa, Navratri, Krishna Janmashtami etc.
This city also enthusiastically celebrates various fairs like the Bandra Fair, the Kala Ghoda Arts festival etc. A fun-spot known as Essel World is situated in Mumbai; it’s a heart-stealing theme park and amusement centre located near to Gorai Beach. It’s adorned with Asia’s largest theme water park [water Kingdom].
Mumbai is home to several languages and religions; it owns a large polyglot population like any other metropolitan city situated in nation India. Sixteen chief languages are also spoken in Mumbai, among which the most common is ear are Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati and English.
English is spread in a wider space; a unique language also resides on the tongue of each of the residents of Mumbai – a colloquial form of Hindi addressed as Bambaiya. This mode of communication shares a fusion of Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Konkani, Indian English and some interesting invented words.
Religions practised in Greater Mumbai –
Hinduism – 65.99 per cent
Islam – 20.65 per cent
Buddhism – 4.85 per cent
Jainism – 4.10 per cent
Christianity – 3.27 per cent
others - 1.15 per cent
The best location of Mumbai to watch the sunset is the Marine Drive, a 3 kilometer long arc shaped road along the coast of South Mumbai. Popularly known as the “Queen’s Necklace” because of its shape and yellow streetlights, Marine Drive is a place which is very well crowded at almost every part of the day. While the sunset view of this location makes it the most romantic spot of the city.
With a mesmerizing blend of Indian, Arabic and Western Architecture, this beautiful gateway was built in 1924 to mark the commemoration of the visit of King George V and Queen Marry to Mumbai. Situated at the Apollo Bunder Waterfront, it is made up of yellow basalt and solid concrete. Now, the most important tourist spot of Mumbai, yet a place where local people of the city love to spend time.
Officially known as Girgaum Chowpatty, this public beach is the most popular tourist attraction of Mumbai. Besides being the favorite picnic spot of the locals, this beach acts as the star attractions of the tourists and travelers. Offering mesmerizing views of the sea, the beach is full of lively activities. With the local vendors and street food corners and restaurants at the corner lines makes it the perfect place to spend time at.
Built in 1431, the Haji Ali Dargah was a reminiscence of an affluent Muslim trader, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari who ended his love for worldly belongings and made his trip to Mecca. Since then people from all over the world of all religions and faiths visit here to seek blessings. Made up of glass, it is a perfect engraving of Indo-Islamic style of Architecture. With a courtyard made up of marble and roof covered with exquisite silver frame and marble columns, this Dargah is one of the tourists attractions of Mumbai.
The modern railway station of Mumbai, Victoria Terminus is also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Built in 1888, Victoria Terminus is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is has a great historic significance. With a perfect fusion of Late-Italian and Victorian/Gothic and Mughal Architecture Styles, this Victoria Terminus indicates British Commonwealth and represents the mercantile facet of the Mumbai.
One of the most visited temples of Mumbai, stands the Siddhivinayak Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil in 1801, it is one of the richest temples of Mumbai that attracts devotees in large numbers on everyday basis. Being one of the most fascinating tourist places in the city, Siddhivinayak Temple captivates the devotees from all over the world.
The star attraction of Mumbai, Juhu Beach is one of the most mesmerizing beaches of India. Situated in the “Ville Parle”, it is the most visited beach of India. With the houses of many Bollywood stars and Celebrities stick at the border of the Juhu Beach, it is another famous tourist location of the city.
While Mumbai is a city that can be explored in plenty of different ways, one can opt for Mumbai Sightseeing Tour and can explore the best attractions of Mumbai, Mumbai Bollywood Tour, where one can experience the Bollywood life and of Course Mumbai Slum Tour in the biggest slum of Asia that is housed in Mumbai, Dharavi Slum. Being the home to more than three lakh people, it is spread in the area of 557 acres. The most colorful yet commercial slum of Mumbai is where one must visit to known the lives of slum people and the trade that are carried away by them.
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