Aamchi Mumbai !!
I am heading to Mumbai
History of Mumbai
Mumbai is more affectionately known as “the city of dreams”. The city is a collection of 7 islands and was named after the goddess Mumbadevi. The history of this metropolis is said to date back to the Stone Age! It has been a part of many major empires including the Maurya, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta as well as the Maratha. Being a port city it flourished as a trade route and subsequently came under the Portuguese rule.
In 1678, it became the headquarters of the British East India Company and soon became a major international hub for trade, especially in cotton. It became the capital of the Bombay Presidency under the British rule and played an import role in the “Quit India Movement” and “The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny”.
People and Culture of Mumbai
One must take a Mumbai tour to truly experience the essence of the city. It is not only India’s largest city but also one of the most populous. Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and Gujarati are the major languages spoken here and the main religions include Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. Gudi Padwa, Navratri, Diwali, Moharram and Christmas are the major festivals celebrated here.
Mumbai is a major economic and commercial city with most of its population working in the industrial, finance and IT sector. Mumbai is also home to the Bollywood industry, where feature films and innumerable TV series are shot and produced. Famous personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar reside here.
Things to Do in Mumbai
On a trip to Mumbai, one has innumerable things to see. Being an ancient city, sightseeing in Mumbai is an absolute delight. One of the top places to visit in Mumbai is the Gateway of India built in 1924 for King George V and Queen Mary’s arrival in India. Mumbai sightseeing is not complete without a visit to the Film City where Bollywood movies and TV serials are shot. For a taste of ancient history, the Elephanta Islands and Kanheri caves are a must-see Mumbai tourist places. Other famous places in Mumbai include the Haji Ali Darga and Siddivinayaka Temple.
If tourists are looking for relaxing things to do in Mumbai, a view of the sunset at Juhu Beach is breath-taking. Other exciting places to see in Mumbai are the Essel World and Adlabs Imagica where one can enjoy a day of fun.
Food and Shopping in Mumbai
After a day of experiencing the Mumbai attractions, tourists can treat themselves to the city’s culinary delights. The best places to visit in Mumbai for delectable dishes are Chowpatty and Juhu beach, where one can enjoy the famous Vada Pav, chaats and more. Must-try dishes include the Maharashtrian Thali, crab or prawn curry, Parsi meals, Bombil Fry and kolhapuri mutton gravy.
This city is a shopper’s delight, with the best of almost everything available here. Mumbai is famous for fashionable clothes and junk jewellery. To shop in Mumbai, places to visit are the Lokhandwala market, the streets of Colaba and Bandra, and the Crawford market.
Accommodation in Mumbai
For travellers wanting to know how to reach Mumbai, there are many options. The city is well-connected not only via road and railway but also by flights. Being one of the major cities in India, there are innumerable options for hotels. Some of the top hotels in Mumbai are The Taj Mahal Palace, The Oberoi and JW Marriot Hotel where travellers can find a comfortable stay and excellent facilities.