MUMBAI (erstwhile Bombay) has a unique history. Pre 16thcentury, it was made up of seven separate islands – Colaba, Mazagaon, Old Woman's Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel and Matunga - Sion. In 1662, these islands came into British possession from the Portuguese as a wedding gift when Prince Charles II married Princess Catherine of Braganza, daughter of the then Portuguese king. Over the Centuries, these islands have been connected together by land giving birth to Mumbai that exists today.
Mumbai is also considered to be the commercial capital of India. People of Mumbai are known all over the world for their aptitude to work hard and, most importantly, living a highly tolerant cosmopolitan life. Mumbai is the abode of an estimated 18 million people, most of them are immigrants from other parts of India. What drives Indians towards Mumbai is the ample job opportunities and fast-paced life. People from rural areas, chase dreams mostly of becoming a film star or a cricketer or even a politician or businessman, and come to Mumbai. This has provided Mumbai with the title of 'The City of Dreams'.
Mumbai has enormous diversity. On one hand there are posh areas like Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Lokhandwala, Walkeshwar, etc. where the rich and famous live in swanking apartments and bungalows. While on the other hand, there is Dharavi, the biggest slum in the whole world. Life in Mumbai is extremely hectic and it is said that the city never sleeps. Even at nights, there is movement – whether in the form of discotheques and pubs or the ubiquitous auto-rickshaw drivers plying the roads all through the night. The mention of Mumbai is incomplete without the mention of Indian film industry, often lovingly termed as Bollywood. It is correctly the biggest film industry in the world, clearly superseding Hollywood in sheer volume – as it churns out 800 films a year. Another great form of entertainment is cricket. The whole city of Mumbai almost stops whenever there is a cricket match – especially one day matches between India and Pakistan.
Mumbai's lifeline is its trains. The rail network of Mumbai is divided into two zones – western and central. Trains are the most vital and convenient connections between two points of this big city. They tend to be extremely crowded in peak hours, and only a person living in Mumbai can be trained enough to travel in one. Mumbai, being a cosmopolitan city, is open to all kinds of languages. Marathi is the regional language, and again, it is evolved from local speech. Mumbai provides a unique living experience even for the first-timer. Surely, there are conmen and unscrupulous vendors all over, eager to make a quick buck out of foreigners in popular tourist spots like the Gateway of India. But it is this blend of the good and the bad, the interesting and the humdrum that makes life in Mumbai interesting.
Mumbai, the very word invokes images of bright lights, dynamic energy, bustling lanes & popular corners. Mumbai is the city of dreams, rich & multi-cultured where even a taxi driver can win a lottery & have a turnabout in his fortunes, to a junior clerk -becoming a wheeler dealer in the stock markets. It is a city of wish - fulfilment, hard work, partying, glamorous fashion shows & contrasting controversies of Hindi versus Marathi!!!
Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the biggest metropolis of India. A city that is full of life and is also known for its well known tourist places, commercial hubs and government bodies, it is also the financial capital of India. The city is located on the western part of India and is the capital of the state of Maharashtra.
A historic monument in Mumbai it is a major tourist attraction. (write a little bit here about GATEWAY) This place is at a distance of 35.8 km from Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai.
It is a natural bay and has a "C" shaped six lane concrete road along the coast. This is at a distance of 36.2 km from Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai.
This Street is all about everything which is the latest in fashion, be it your clothes, shoes or artificial jewellery. It is close to Churchgate station.
A beautiful Island with Sculpted caves located on an arm of the Arabian Sea at a distance of about an hour’s boat ride on the high seas
This is a film studio complex situated near Sanjay Gandhi National Park wherein all the major Bollywood shooting is done.
One of the most famous beaches in Mumbai surrounded by the Arabian Sea
It’s the most famous public beache adjoining marine drive, It is also famous for Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations.
Also know as Jijamata Udyaan, it is a garden cum zoo, a beautiful place designed especially for kids. Its grounds also house the Bhau Daji Lad Museum.
Also known as the Ferozeshah Mehta Garden, a very nice garden located at the top of beautiful Malabar hills.
It is the first amusement park of India. Essel World is a must visit place for people visiting Mumbai as it has got amazing rides and will make you enjoy to your fullest.
It is a 26 acre theme water park
This is amongst the famous temples of India, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
Do visit this holy place of lord Krishna with a beautifully made temple
This beautiful and very ancient mosque is situated in the sea and can be accessed only in low tide.
Also do get the feel of the wonderful night life of Mumbai.
The city has two Airports
The Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport.
And Santa Cruz Domestic Airport.