Mumbai is the world’s second most populated city and the business and entertainment capital of India. Located on the west coast of India, it is famous for Bollywood, Elephanta Caves, Gateway of India, beaches, the Ganapathy Festival, slums and crime. It boasts the highest skyscrapers in India. The city is the capital of Maharashtra, a major Indian State. Historically, Rajas and Maharajas, Portuguese and the British have all ruled this fantastic city.
People from all over India and abroad enter Mumbai daily to either visit or stay. Buses and trains are the city’s main means of transportation. Mumbai Suburban railway is particularly noteworthy, since this railway network covers the entire city and is the most time efficient way to travel around the city. However, the trains are usually heavily crowded, carrying millions of passengers every day. Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the major Railway Station that connects Mumbai to other major Indian cities. The very first train to run in India was from Mumbai to Thane, a district situated just north of this city. Mumbai has two major ports from which a large quantity of shipments travel to other parts of the world. The beautiful natural harbor at Mumbai port is considered as one of the best in the world. Two airports service Mumbai: Chatrapati Shivaji International and Santa Cruz domestic airport situated 35 and 25 km from downtown Mumbai respectively.
While the numbers of places worth visiting in Mumbai are numerous, some are nevertheless almost compulsory, such as the Gateway of India, a historical monument located on the waterfront in South Mumbai, and the Prince of Wales Museum, which is now known as Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vaastu Sanghralaya. This famous museum in South Mumbai contains rare artifacts from India’s rich history.
Further, a trip should be planned on the six-lane road Marine Drive running along the bay in South Mumbai, where the Hanging Gardens, also called Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, provides beautiful sunset views facing the Arabian Sea.
The tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari rests at Haji Ali, a Dargah an Mosque located on an islet off the coast of Worli in South Mumbai.
Lively Juhu Beach crowds with children, enamored couples and sheer rowdiness, while Hotels like Sun and Sand Holiday Inn provide beautiful views of the Arabian Sea.
Three sights to behold at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park are the rich varieties of flora and fauna, the 2,400 year-old Kanheri Caves sculpted out of the rocky cliffs, and the 2 million visitors that the park receives daily.
The enchanting Elephanta Caves are home to Hindu gods and goddesses sculpted out of its stone and date back to 600 AD.
Essel World and Water Kingdom are international-style water theme parks close to Gorai Beach.
Lonavala/Khandala, located 106 kms from the airport, is a hill station for experiencing natural beauties and is easily accessible by bus or train.
Famous for its voluminous output of approximately 900 motion pictures annually, Film City, or Bollywood as it is commonly known, lies on the outskirts of the Sanjay Gandhi National park.
Among the more famous hotels for tourists are the Ramada Plaza Palm Grove, The Retreat, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach, and Hotel Godwin.