Gateway of India mumbai is a cluster of Seven Islands and derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. Mumbai pulsates with activity. It is a city that is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night.
Mumbai is also the country's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland, and its economic nerve center. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, night clubs & discotheques, theatre & music, gourmet restaurants and interesting sightseeing. Mumbai offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more.
The harbour and widebay between the city aTaj Mahal Hotelnd its main land has allowed Mumbai to be a natural shipping and trading centre.
AREA: 600 Sq. Km
ALTITUDE: Sea Level
CLIMATE: The temperature undergoes little seasonal fluctuation due to the sea. Humidity is often is very high. Temperature ranges between 19 C to 34 C. Rainfall between June and September average 216 cm.
BEST SEASON: October -March
Main Attraction of Mumbai:
Gateway of India- Constructed in 1911, the memorabilia is dedicated to King George V and Queen Mary who visited the city. Apart from being a colonial structure, the water front view, surrounding hotels and restaurants make this place a happening one. This 85-meter structure is viewed far from the Arabian Sea and on boat excursion. The architectural style of Gateway of India remains acclaimed among the top listed monuments in Mumbai.
Juhu Beach- Adventure and fun takes you to Juhu Beach in the central suburban of Mumbai. Accessible from both North and Southern part of the city, the orange beach has a beautiful sight of the horizon during sunset. Local couples and joggers are spotted early morning here while food lovers and kids throng in the evening. In the northern side of Juhu is the Versova Beach, you ca go on a walking excursion. This is also one of the most affluent areas with home of industrialists and politicians.
Chowpatty Beach- Another famous beach on the Mumbai suburbs, shady trees and the tall towers form an important background. The ambience at the Chowpatty of Mumbai is that of a festival that never really seems to end. Enjoy the food stalls selling papri chat, bhel puri, and pau bhajji. International tourists can get the taste of Indian snacks and food. Adventure for children includes the pony rides.
Elephanta Caves, Mumbai- One of the prominent Mumbai tourist places, Elephanta Caves are close to the Mumbai Harbor and around 10 kilometers from the city center. Consisting of two groups of Hindu and Buddhist Caves, the rock cut network of small and large caves belong to the seventh and 8th century India. Today, it is a Hindu shrine, especially the main Shiva Cave.
How to reach Mumbai:
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the major airdrome that receives both domestic and international traffic to the city. Almost all the airlines operate flights to and from Mumbai. It is the busiest airport of the country, that handles at least 45 landings and take-offs per hour. It has two domestic and two international terminals, which are connected by shuttle services.
Mumbai boasts of an extensive network of rail tracks, which connects the city with all parts of the nation. It houses the headquarters of Central Railways and Western Railways. Besides Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal - the major one, there are other railway stations at Bombay Central, Churchgate, Dadar and Kurla. One can board trains from here to any place across the country.
The National Highways No. 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 17 pass through the city, making it accessible from all parts of the country. Besides these National Highways, the Mumbai-Pune expressway traverses through the city. Many long distance buses leave from the State Transport Terminal, which is located opposite Mumbai's Central Railway Station. Many deluxe buses connect Mumbai with all tourist destinations within and outside the state. One can always hire car to move around the city and its suburbs.
One amongst the best natural harbors in the world, Mumbai port handles 50% of the passenger traffic and most of the cargo of the country. Above all, it serves as an important base for the Navy. One can reach close-by islands and beaches by getting in ferries that start from Ferry Wharf. Many travel companies provide sea-cruises to Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, etc.