THE CITY OF DREAMS!
Located at the west cost of India, on the Salsette Island, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the most populous city of India. The city is composed of lakes, rivers, creeks, bays and islands. Mumbai is the commercial, financial and entertainment capital of India.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 28 km away from the city center. To get to the city center, or to get around in the city, you can use public transport or take a cab. Public transport is cheap but crowded; and the cab fares are affordable. Getting around by rickshaw is quite common in the city. Mumbai always has heavy traffic. Choosing a hotel near the tourist attractions will save you some time.
Unfortunately, Mumbai is not a city full of inexpensive accommodations. Most of the tourist attractions are in South Mumbai, and this is also where you will find most of the hotels. Some of the upscale hotels are: The Oberoi Mumbai, The Taj Mahal Palace, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, Taj Lands End, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, ITC Maratha, The Leela, Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons Hotel, InterContinental Marine Drive, Trident- Nariman Point, Hyatt Regency, Sahara Star Hotel. If you are looking for a medium priced hotel you can check out The Shalimar Hotel, Tunga Paradise Hotel, Tunga International Hotel, Chateau Windsor Hotel, Fortune Select Exotica, Navi Mumbai, The Resort, Sai Palace Hotel, Residency Hotel Andheri or Ibis Navi Mumbai. If you prefer low priced accommodation you can stay at SeaShore Hotel, Farmer's Den, Hotel Elphinstone Annexe, Hotel Highway Residency, Anjali Inn, Hotel Windsor Mumbai, Travellers Inn, Hotel KumKum, Hotel Lawrence or YWCA.
Colaba and Fort area is the first stop to start your journey of exploring the city. Gateway of India in Coloba is the starting point to tour the city. Being a remnant of the British Raj, this monument is a popular spot, especially in the evening and on the weekend. As the Mumbai's hearth, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) at Flora is the most brilliant monument from the Raj-era. This Gothic architectural highlight is more than a station. St. Thomas' Cathedral at Fort is one of the oldest British buildings in the city. Nehru Planetarium and Nehru Center at Worli has a bold modern architecture. Its tower is striking. There is an historical exhibition, a theater and restaurant within the cultural complex. Elephanta caves on Island off the coast is another UNESCO World Heritage Site at the city. Taking a ferry from Gateway of India to the Elephanta Island is one of the best things that you can do in Mumbai. In addition to its natural atmosphere, you will get to know Hinduism at the island. Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum at Chowpatty is the building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed when he came to Mumbai. This small house is now used as the museum. Here, you will find a photographic history of his life and the letters that he wrote to Hitler and Roosevelt.
Mumbai is the biggest marketplace of the country. The largest and the most diversified consumer market of India is Mumbai itself. The huge bazaars and markets of Mumbai are popular all over the world. Fabric and home textiles, designer clothes, jewellery, antiques, art and furniture, footwear are the key supplies of the shopping world at Mumbai. Bhuleshwar Wholesale Flower Market, Chor Bazaar, Fashion Street and Zaveri Bazaar are among the major city bazaars. Crossroads Mall on Tardeo Road is the largest shopping mall in the city. Atria Mall, Phoenix Mills, In-orbit Mall and Infinity Mall are among the best shopping centers of the city.
Mumbai is the homeland of Indian Cinema, Bollywood. Indian film industry is the biggest one in the world considering the number of films produced throughout the year. Mumbai has a potent performing arts scene. National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) harbors the stages of Jamshed Bhabha Theatre (the first opera theater of the city), Tata Theater, Little Theater and Experimental Theater. English dramas, musical concerts, small-scale dances and more are performed at these stages. Prithvi Theater at Juhu is home to the best plays of the country during annual drama festival. Nehru Center at Worli is the cultural center for both Indian and Western theater and music performances. The city hosts many festivals and cultural events. Mumbai Mango Madness (May) is one of the most significant summertime events. Alphonso mangoes and their juice are amply consumed. Elephanta Island Festival (September-May) is the classical music and dance festival held on the Elephanta Island. Nag Panchami (Snake Day, July) is celebrated all around the country. At the festival, the snake charmers make incursions onto the city streets and the snake images garnish the city. Various snake traditions of Hinduism are staged. Cricket is the most popular game in the city. The beaches of the city are magnificent natural locations for fresh air, sun, sea and more joyous amusements. Nightlife is different from the other cities of the country. The existence of a more western night entertainment is realized at the city. Bars, discos, clubs and other places offer a great range of music genres.