Mumbai; the city of dreams, the financial capital of India, it is the house of the Indian Film industry-Bollywood. Mumbai is a city that each day warmly welcomes millions of professionals and aspirants; who wants to make large in their life.
This city also is a great host to its guests (read tourists). From history to mode India, the glimpse of each era can be found here. Bollywood stars riding, driving, strolling on the streets is a common sight. This city will never disappoint your mood.
And also if you think visiting Mumbai is an expensive affair then; debunk this myth it is not. From boarding to lodging this city has the ability to adjust to your pocket. As Mumbai is also a financial capital, the city encapsulates from a premium luxury hotel to a lodge. One can book from a 5 star hotel , 4 star hotel or a 3 star hotel in Mumbai to a motel or a budget hotel.
Gateway of India: The epic place from the bygone years to the recent historic 26/11 this monument cannot be passed over if you are in Mumbai. This is also a departing point for the ferries leaving for Elephanta caves and other beaches.
Marine Drive: For those who are hopelessly romantic this is the Mecca for them. The strong breeze, the waves hitting the rocks on the shore,and people enjoying not only the view but also the street food is a sight to experience. Marine Drive is a C-shaped road along with the beach of Arabian Sea. It is also called Queen’s necklace; as it resembles one when overlooked from an elevated area at night.
Hanging Gardens: This is a place for health-freaks, this place is known for its animal hedges, a good place for morning joggers and yoga enthusiasts.
Juhu Beach: A place you are sure to meet the Bollywood stars, it is one of the most famous and biggest beaches of India. Don’t forget to try the mouth-watering and lip smacking street food that you will find here.
Haji Ali Dargah (Mosque): A shrine visited by everyone who comes to Mumbai irrespective of their religion. Visit this place in the morning to avoid the mid-day crowd.
Elephanta Caves: A reverend shrine of the Hindu religion which was established by UNESCO as the World Heritage in 1987. The mighty figures carved on the rocks depict Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. It shows the guises of Lord Shiva as half man and half woman popular known as “Ardhnarishver”.
Sanjay Gandhi Park: Experience the life in jungle along a wildlife safari and witness the magnificence of the King of Jungle-lion. But do not plan for this place on Monday as it is closed.
Siddhivinayak Temple: The famous temple of Mumbai, and the best place to find some peace in this bustling city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is built on the 200 year old temple.
Colaba Causeway: A paradise for the shoppers, it has some great shops for fashion and antique lovers. Ignore the pests and the beggars, enjoy shopping as it is the most pleasant of all the markets to walk around.
Mumbai features a domestic as well as an international airport, known as Chatrapati Shivaji international airport. All airlines provide services to the city. Mumbai is well connected to all major cities in India.
Mumbai has an excellent road transportation system. Public buses connect Mumbai to all neighbouring states. Deluxe and Super Deluxe buses of all kinds are available to travel in and out of the city at a nominal fare of Rs 3 to 4 per kilometre.
Mumbai is the headquarters of Indian railways. Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Station connects most Indian cities to Mumbai. Other railway stations in are Dadar and Kurla, and Churchgate.
Due to its proximity to the sea, Mumbai can be visited throughout the year. However if you can bear a bit of humidity, August-September is the time when the city features the biggest festival of the city- Ganesh Chaturthi.