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Mumbai


Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay, its official name until 1995) is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is the most populous city in India with an estimated city population of 18.4 million.

Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor for which it was named Bombay (or the ‘good bay’ in the Portuguese language). Mumbai is the wealthiest city in India and has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India.

The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were home to communities of fishing colonies. For centuries, the islands were under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese. It was in 1661 that King Charles II married the Portuguese Regent, Catherine of Braganza. As part of her dowry, Charles received the ports of Tangier and seven islands of Mumbai. With this, the British finally had a foothold in India.

It was in the mid-18th century that Mumbai started taking the shape that we see today. The Hornby Vellard project, which undertook reclamation of the area along with construction of major roads and railways transformed Mumbai into a major seaport on the Arabian Sea. In the 19th century, Mumbai was characterized by economic and educational development. In the year 1875, the BSE (known then as the Native and Share Brokers Association) was established and since then it has served as a catalyst for India's rising fortunes.

During the early 20th century, Mumbai became a strong base for the Indian independence movement and upon India's independence in 1947, the city was incorporated into the Bombay State. Soon in the new India, a new state of Maharashtra was created and Mumbai was anointed its capital.

Today, Mumbai is a melting pot of communities and cultures as the opportunities that Mumbai offers attract migrants from all over India.

Siddhivinayaka Temple




One of the most beautiful temples situated in Mumbai, the Siddhivinayak temple is definitely a must see in the city. Every day, more than 20000 devotees throng the temple to offer their prayers at the temple and on Tuesday special ‘puja’ and ‘darshan’ takes place. Bollywood celebrities too, visit Siddhivinayak to seek blessings. When one visits this place, they can admire the temple’s ancient style of architecture and its many features.

Dhobhi Ghat




Believe or not but this 140 years old Dhobhi Ghat (laundromat) is amongst one of the most popular places to see in Mumbai.

Travellers actually make sure that they visit Dhobi Ghat on their trip to Mumbai. Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat is Mumbai’s biggest human-powered washing machine, where every day hundreds of people beat the dirt out of soiled Mumbai clothes and linen in 1026 open-air troughs. The best view is from the bridge across the railway tracks near Mahalaxmi train station.

Bombay High Court




Bombay High Court - The oldest and chartered High Courts in the country, There are Bombay High Court branches in other locations as well, this however is the oldest and the most noteworthy, for its historic and architectural value.

Banganga




Banganga - Where Hindus come to pay homage to their ancestors, The holy lake of Banganga, was built sometime between the 9th and 13th centuries, and the oldest sacred Hindu site in the city. Ban means ‘arrow’ in Hindi and according to legend, the water comes from the holy River Ganges 1,000 miles away, brought by an arrow shot from the bow of Rama.

Chor Bazaar




Chor Bazaar 'Thieves' Market - The Chor Bazaar market place originated as a place where stolen goods were bought and sold.

These days, tourists can rummage around items, from junk to antiques and fakes, and test their bargaining skills.  “If you lose anything in Mumbai, you can buy it back at the Thieves Bazaar.”

Elephanta Island




Elephanta Island - Also known as Gharapuri Island or place of caves. Around the seventh century AD, a prince of the Chalukya dynasty – a political dynasty that ruled large parts of the western and southern regions of India – is said to have constructed the breathtaking cave temples at Gharapuri, a small island about seven miles north-east of the Gateway of India now called Elephanta Island.

The temple sprawls across about 60,000sq ft, with ornate pillars and exquisitely carved sculptures, many of which have been badly damaged. Demonstrating the kind of barbarism that they repeated in Goa, the Portuguese used the caves as a firing range.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP)




Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), formerly Borivali National Park, is a large protected area in the northern part of Mumbai city (preferably called Mumbai Suburban district) in Maharashtra State in India.

It encompasses an area of 104 km2 (40 sq mi) and is surrounded on three sides by India's most populous city.

It is notable as one of the major national parks existing within a metropolis limit and is one of the most visited parks in the world.

The rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year. Tourists also enjoy visiting the 2400-year-old Kanheri caves sculpted out of the rocky cliffs which lie within the park.

Gateway of India




Gateway of India - This bold basalt arch of colonial triumph faces out to Mumbai Harbour from the tip of Apollo Bunder.

Incorporating Islamic styles of 16th-century Gujarat, it was built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V, but wasn’t completed until 1924.

Prince of Wales Museum




Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya or Prince of Wales Museum has one of the most extensive collection depicting India’s legacy.

It was built in early 20th century in honour of Edward VIII, the prince of Wales at that time. The museum is divided into art, archaeology and natural history and approximately 50,000 artefacts can be found here. The artifacts here can be traced back to Indus Valley Civilization, Gupta Dynasty, Mauryan dynasty etc and interestingly, many artifacts here also have foreign origins. Another thing to note is the museum’s massive and stunning Neo Gothic architecture.

Jehangir Art Gallery




One of the venues of the famed Kala Ghoda festivals, Jehangir Art Gallery was founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir in 1952.

This gallery is situated at Kala Ghoda, behind the Prince of Wales Museum, in South Mumbai near the Gateway of India, and has four exhibition halls. Over the years, this area has evolved as the center of art activity in the city and a place where artists, patrons and art lovers can meet and share their passion for art. The gallery is recognized nationally and internationally as a centre of contemporary Indian art. This interesting gallery hosts shows by local artists and the occasional big names and is also home to Samovar Café.

Royal Opera House




Mumbai’s Royal Opera House is a fine example of baroque architecture and one of the last surviving opera houses in India.

It dates back to the early 1900s and was inaugurated by King George V. The Royal Opera House hosted live performances until 1935, after which it became a theater and cinema until it closed in the early 1990s. It provided the springboard for the famed theater actor Prithviraj Kapoor and the singer Lata Mangeshkar. Walk past the dramatic exterior to appreciate its faded grandeur.

Gandhi Museum




Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya (Gandhi Museum)
Mani Bhavan was the focal point of the political activities of Mahatma Gandhi during the years 1917 and 1934.

This building had witnessed the four-day fast conducted by Mahatma Gandhi back in 1921, to restore peace in Mumbai. It was in Mani Bhavan that Gandhiji started his association with 'charkha' or spinning wheel. The initiations of noted agitations like the Civil Disobedience, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements took place in this historical building.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminals




This was earlier known as Victoria Terminus. The construction was completed in the year 1897. UNESCO has declared the terminus as World Heritage Site in the year 2004.

The building is a representation of architecture of various cultures including traditional Indian, Victorian and Gothic. Though it is a terminus to board and get off trains, you cannot help marveling at the stunning architecture of the building. Whether you intend to take a train or not, this is a must visit site in Mumbai.

Marine lines




Popularly referred to as the Queen’s Necklace, Marine Drive is a 4 km long promenade located in South Bombay. One of the most beautiful roads in Mumbai, a birds-eye view of this stretch looks magnificent at night with the lights making the entirety resemble a queen’s necklace.

The place comes alive in the evenings when people relax and admire the brilliant view or take a walk on the promenade overlooking the Arabian Sea that is surprisingly therapeutic to the soul. Chai-wallas, chat-wallas are added bonuses to the place making it another must-visit tourist placesin Mumbai

SHOPPING PLACES


Sr. No Name Address
1 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya 159 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Mumbai 400023, India
2 Heera Panna Shopping Center Haji Ali, Mumbai 400076, India
3 Charagh Din Shirts 64 Wodehouse Road | Colaba, Mumbai, India
4 The Bombay Store - Mumbai Western India House, Sir Phirozshah Mehta Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
5 Jehangir Art Gallery M.G. Road | Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400023, India
6 Kitab Khana 45-47, M.G.Road, Somaiya Bhavan, Ground Floor, Flora Fountain, Next to Davars College,, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
7 Avante Cottage Crafts of India Shop No. 12, Wodehouse Road, Indian Mercantile Mansion, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
8 Parvati Villa Colaba Causeway, Cusrow Baug Colony, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005
9 Sancha Tea Boutique Opp Trishna Restaurant, Shop No 2A 11A Machinery House, Rope Walk Ln, Mount Mary, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

NIGHT-OUTS


Sr. No Name Address
1Colaba Social24, Ground Floor, B.K.Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
2The Bar Stock Exchange22, M.B. Marg, Apollo Hotel, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
3Havana Café & Bar - The Gordon House HotelThe Gordon House Hotel, 5 Battery Street, Apollo Bunder, Behind Regal Cinemas,, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039
4The Irish House Level 2, Rampart Row, 30 , K Dubash Marg, Above Royal Oak Banquets, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023
5Vortex South104, Anandilal Podar Marg, Dhus wadi, Sonapur, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002
6The LocalPlot No. 111-A, Currimjee Building, MG Road, Opposite Bombay University, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023
7Doolally TaproomGround Floor 1, Plot 75/77, Park House, Annexe, Nathalal Parikh Marg, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005
8The Bar Terminal6/8, Rajabahadur Mansion, Ambalal Doshi Marg, Hamam Street, Next to Bombay, Stock Exchange(BSE) Building,, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
9Vertex Sky Bar523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701-2725
10Leopold Cafe & BarShahid Bhagat Singh Road, Near Police Station, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
11Bombay VintageOpposite Regal Cinema, Indian Mercantile Mansion, Regal Circle, Madame Cama Road, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
12The Sassy SpoonGround Floor, Express Towers, Ramnath Goenka Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021
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