Mumbai’s infectious. Once you start living in Mumbai city, working in Mumbai, I don’t think you can live anywhere else.
Mumbai, a cosmopolitan metropolis, earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai’s nature as the most eclectic and cosmopolitan Indian city is symbolized in the presence of Bollywood within the city, the centre of the globally-influential Hindi film and TV industries.
History of Mumbai City
- Mumbai is named after the local Hindu goddess Mumba, a form of the goddess Parvati. People have lived in the area for hundreds of thousands of years.
- Mumbai is constructed on a landmass that was once a group of 7 islands which merged in a period of six decades starting circa 1784 AD. Today, it is a singular landmass.
- Mumbai was paid as a Dowry Back in 1661, the Portuguese were the rulers of the city. However, upon marriage between King Charles II of England and Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal, the Portuguese handed over the city of Bombay to England.
- The city was formerly known as Bom bahia whic means good bay in Portuguese. The city was known as Bombay for the entire period it was under the English rule.
- The ‘Zero Mile of Mumbai’ is recognized as the geographical center of the city. It consists of 3 regions, namely; Flora Fountain at Hutatma Chowk, the Asiatic Society Library in the Fort area and the GPO near the CST terminus.
Top Experiences in Mumbai
Whether you like beaches, history, shopping, art and culture, or have an affinity for religion and spirituality, the Mumbai city has something for everyone. Its wide range of tourist attractions include the Gateway of India, Bombay Natural History Museum, Elephanta Caves, Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach, Chor Bazaar, Crawford Market, Film City, Afghan Church, Haji Ali Dargah and Shangrila Water Park to name a few.
Apart from the cliched visits to Gateway of India, Marine Drive, and the Taj Mahal hotel, you can visit several places hidden in the interiors to get a flavor of the Indian city that never sleeps.
Gateway of India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Mumbai has a few beaches, they are a great place to see how the locals spend their Sunday evenings, with various food and game stalls. You may see some of them here:
Mumbai is a lot more than just the city that never sleeps. It is an epitome of rich heritage and culture. That apart, what gives Mumbai a distinct charm and flavour of its own are the places of historical significance. Each historical monument in this magnificent city has a different story to tell, bringing alive a different era, standing tall and proud through the trials of time
Mumbai High Court
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Mumbai has many parks and gardens where its people head to for a break from the daily routine. It is also one of the rare metropolises to have an entire national park within its borders.
Horniman Circle Garden
There are so many religious places around in the Mumbai city (both old and new) that one can plan a day long itinerary on that. Mumbai has temples, mosques, churches, Parsi agiaries, and even a few synagogues reflecting the diversity of its citizens. Some of them are:
Mount Mary Church