Mumbai City Guide – Mumbai Travel Attractions

Mumbai City Guide – Mumbai Travel Attractions
Mumbai formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is one of the most populous cities in the world. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is also one of the largest sea ports in the Arabian Sea. The city in 1995 acquired its present name form the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi. However, most of the world community recognizes it only by its old name Bombay, which means good bay. Mumbai has hot and dry summers and humid winters. The temperatures range from 11 °C during the winters to 44 °C in summers. One can visit Mumbai during any part of the year. The attractions in Mumbai form lengthy list of which some are briefed in the following sections.

Some Interesting Facts

The seven islands, Isle of Bombay, Mazagaon, Colaba, Old Woman’s Island, Parel, Worli, and Salsette Island have merged to form the city of Mumbai. King Charles II of England got Mumbai as dowry when he married the Portuguese princess, Catherine.
It is a city of dreams and home to the rich and famous. Finally it is a city that never sleeps.

The Gateway of India

The Gate Way of India is one of the most famous landmarks of Mumbai. This grand colonial symbol was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Now it serves an epitaph to the independent India. The steps behind the monument lead down to the waters. One can enjoy a short cruise of the splendid natural harbor and Elephanta caves using the service provided by the private motor boats in the location.

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta caves on Gharapuri Island, which date back to 600 AD, attract more tourists every year than the entire city of Mumbai. It’s just an hour’s ride away form the Gate Way of India. Carved out of solid rock, this place reverberates with the Indian spirituality. The caves are a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls, and porticos set by the grand Indian rock-cut architecture.
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Prince of Wales Museum

Very near to the Gate Way of India is the Prince of Wales Museum. It is a gigantic structure with an amalgamation of Gothic and Moorish styles. It has a good collection of artifacts dating back to 2,000 BC from the ancient Indus valley civilization. There is a gallery that is entirely devoted to Buddhist tankha scrolls and another one to Tibetan arts. However, the main attraction is the collection of about 2,000 miniature paintings from different art schools of India.

Marine Drive

Marine drive also called as the Queen’s Necklace is marvelous promenade flanked by the sea and row of beautiful buildings on either side. It stretches from one of the busiest areas of Mumbai, the Nariman Point, to Mumbai’s Manhattan. The night view of the Marine drive looks alluringly beautiful. This two-mile stretch is the best place to stroll around and breathe fresh air while discovering the grandeur of Mumbai.

Other places of interest in Mumbai include Banganga, Bhuleshwar, Bombay Natural History Museum, Chor Bazaar, Chowpatty Beach, Crawford Market, Dhobi Ghat, Fashion Street, Flora Fountain, Hanging Gardens, Jehangir Art Gallery, Juhu Beach, Kamala Nehru Park, Khotachiwadi, Mahalakshmi Race Course, Mani Bhawan, National Gallery of Modern Art, Nehru Centre, Nehru Planetarium, Priyadarshini Park, Rajabai Tower, Sasoon Dock, Taraporewala Aquarium, Town Hall – Asiatic Library, Veermata Jeejabai Udyan, Victoria Terminus—CST, Worli Fishing Village, and many more.

Transport and Stay

Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is one of the busiest airports in Southern Asia. Both government and private airlines operate flights to all major cities of India and the world. The Victoria Terminus is not only the headquarters of the Central Railways but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of trains to all major cities of India. The government run MSRTC buses as well as a fleet of private operators provide intercity transport to major cities of Maharashtra and other states. Local transport in Mumbai is provided by the Suburban Railways, buses, taxies, and auto rickshaws.

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Hotels that provide the best of star comforts are Grand Hyatt, Trident Hilton, Hyatt Regency, Grand Maratha Sheraton, JW Marriott, Le Royal Meridien, Sun n Sand, Taj Lands End, Taj President, Hotel The Retreat and many more. Hotels offering decent stay at an affordable price are Hotel Atithi, Hotel Citizen, Hotel Godwin, Bawa International, Hotel Heritage, Parle International, Hotel Regent, Hotel Residency, Hotel Appllo, Hotel Suba Galaxy, and many more. The best fit hotels for a tight budget would be the following: Hotel Airlines International, Hotel Airlink, Hotel Bentleys, Hotel Imperial Palace, Hotel Mina International, Hotel Tip Top, Hotel Manama, Hotel Milan International, Hotel Mina International, Hotel Park View, Hotel Supreme, Hotel Sea Side, and many more.

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