Eating Joints at Chowpatty Beach
|Also Known As :||Industrial Capital of India.|
|Best Time :||June To March. Visit During the Month of July to Enjoy the Rainy Season.|
|Mumbai's Landmark :||Gateway of India Built in the Year 1919, Marking the Visit of King George and Queen Mary.|
|Not to be Missed :||Elephanta Caves - Located 10 km from the Main City. A UNESCO Heritage Site Where you Should see the Rock Cut Caves.|
|Famous Mosque :||Haji Ali Mosque Situated Amidst the Sea and is an Important Pilgrimage Centre.|
|Colonial Monuments :||Victoria Terminus - Italian Gothic Style of Architecture and is Historically Important, Sion Hillock Fort - Raised Between 1669 and 1677|
|Famous Temple :||Siddhi Vinayak Temple
Devoted to Lord Ganesha,
Mumba Devi Temple 6 Centuries Old,
Mahalakshmi Temple Oldest Temple of Mumbai.
|Famous Festivals :||Ganesh Chaturthi October to November, Navratri September.|
|Famous Museums :||Antarang
Country's Only Sex Museum.
Bombay Natural History Society See the Various Slide Shows and Attend Weekly Lectures.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Prince of Wales Museum.
FD Alpaiwalla Museum Mumbai's Only Community Museum.
|Famous Church :||St Thomas's Cathedral.|
|Must Enjoy :||Day Cruising in the Arabian Sea, Yatching, Luxurious Tours to Goa.|
|Must Visit :||Film City of Mumbai - Come Here to See the Famous Bollywood Charms. Located At the Outskirts of National Park.|
|Getting Around :||Ajanta and Ellora Caves 403 kms, Elephanta Caves 10 kms, Lonavala 102 kms, Matheran 110 kms, Zanzibar Fort 165 kms .|
|Shopping Destinations :||Chor Bazaar
Genuine Collection of Antiques, Jewelery, Wooden Articles, Leather Wear
and General Bric-a-Brac.
Zaveri Bazaar Silver Jewelery, Belts and Things Made of Sliver.
Fashion Street Cheap Trendy Clothes, Cotton Clothes.
Colaba Shoes, Cotton clothes, Kaftans, Books and Ethnic Artifacts.
Bandra Extravagant Showrooms.
|Where to Eat :||Khau Galli in Zaveri Bazzar Legendary Fast Food Lane, Baadshah in Crawford Popular Snack Bar Offering Drinks, Byculla in Nagpada for Boti Kababs, Udipi Restaurants for South Indian.|
|Must Try :||Mumbai Special Tangy Snacks like Bhel Puri (A Snack Puffed of Rice, Crisp Noodles, Chutney and Chillies), Pani Puri (Water Balls) and Pao - Bhaji (Bun Eaten with Spicy Potato) at Chowpatty in Juhu Beach.|
|Sea Food Not to be Missed :||Trying Rich Bengali Essence in Smoked Hilsa Fish at Only Fish Hotel Rosewood in Tulsiwadi Lane in Tardeo.|
|Staying Options :||Hotel Taj Palace, Hyatt Regencey, Grand Sheraton, Hotel Le Meridian, Ramada Plaza Palm Grove.|
|Important Distances :||Delhi 1407 kms, Kolkata 1987 kms, Chennai 1329 kms, Pune 163 kms, Mahabaleshwar 225 kms.|
|Getting There :||Air - Mumbai Has
its own International Airport. Many International and Domestic Airlines
Connect Mumbai with all Major Tourist Centres in India and Rest of the
Rail - Mumbai is a Largest Railway Terminal in the Country. Regualr Trains Connect it with all Major Cities like Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Calcutta, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Madras, Nagapur and Trivandrum.
Road - Good Motorable Roads Also Connect Mumbai to Different Parts of the Country.
|Inside Tip :||You Must Visit Mumbai During the Month of October to November, when the Celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri is in Full Vigour.|
The Commercial capital of the country and home to the Bollywood Film Industry, Mumbai (erstwhile Bombay) is the most lively city in the western India. Its shopping malls, night clubs and Dhaba (open air eating joints) are the favorite getaway of the locals. Being the wealthiest constituency, the city is also the commercial capital making an excellent hub for the business travelers. When you will be visiting the place, prior to that prepare yourself for the most exciting activities from the seaside driving to cruising, night out to the shopping and sightseeing to religious pilgrimage. The red double - decker buses with the caravan of vehicles behind rushing to their destinations is a sight that attracts the attention of one and all, if possible go for a thrilling bus ride With the swelling population of 13 million it is true that some three million commuters throng the city every day, making it the most populated city in India, the local trains play an important role in disgorging the commuters from the suburbs, and makes a most important part of transportation It will be all fun that makes not only your holidays a cheerful experience but a source of inspiration to visit each and every corner of the state.
The sprawling city of Mumbai will be definitely of interest to the readers. Mumbai as a whole lot was gifted by the Portuguese to the British as a part of Catherine of Broganza's dowry when she married Prince Charles II in 1661. And with its growing prosperity it attracted the Parsis, Marwaris, Gujarati's and South Indian Hindus laying the basis for the multicultural society. In the modern history it has a very important significance because Mumbai was at the forefront of the Indian freedom struggle against Britishers. From this place Mahatma Gandhi lead the 'Quit India Movement', launched at the August Kranti Maidan. Visit the city of Marathas and experience the patriotism of Mumbaites.
Mumbai wears the several hats for its excellence in the
various fields and holds the worlds biggest textile market, industrial
powerhouse and home to the veritable bigwigs. The city with the amalgam of
culture attracts thousands of people to this city to find their
livelihood. The Industrial sector in city that produces everything from
textiles to Petrochemicals contribute 50 percent of India's foreign
exchange, 33 percent of income tax and handles over 40 percent of the
Development in the city that started in 70's witnessed the highest growth in around the Nariman Point, Fort and Churchgate where the main business districts revolve. All the leading corporates, banks, MN C's, airline offices are located in this area. The Dalal Street (Stock Market) where the unsurpassed amount changes hand every second, every day plays a strong role in determining the status of Indian Economy. All the government offices including Mantralaya and the Mumbai high court both are established near to Nirman Point. The city also caters the top business tycoons who visit Mumbai for their new ventures and to facilitate their visit the city hosts many hotels promoting MICE Tourism. Come to the city and watch the skyscrapers blooming in the heart of the city.
Gateway of India
When it comes to Mumbai there is every thing that suits
to the varied taste of people. Gateway of India, the magnificent monument
commemorates the visit of King George V in 1911 is the place where you can
stroll and see the hoards of pigeons zooming around and at the same time
the people cruising in small boats in the sea. The hotel Taj on the
opposite side of the road presents the magnificent view of the well lit
harbor. A drive on the most famous boulevard of Mumbai dubbed as Queens
Necklace, Marine Drive is must to do. The Chowpatty Beach is the most
thrilling place to be visited where you can witness cluster of people
belonging to all walks of life. This spot offers you the opportunity to
have a pony ride, watch performing monkeys, fortune tellers, snake
charmers, fishermen and picnicking families. Tastings the Bhel - puri (A
snack puffed of rice, crisp noodles, chutney and chillies) and Pao - bhaji
(bun eaten with spicy potato) are the specialties of Mumbai available on
Looking at the majestic statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji on a horseback seems to be the perfect frame on the viewfinder of your camera, get a photograph of the legend and it will be a memorable snap. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) the main rail head is a lavish, gothic structure with stained glass windows, turrets and spires. UNESCO declared it the world heritage site in 2004. The National Center Of Performing Arts located at the tip of the Nariman point is the largest theater complex in the city and is a must visit not only to catch the life performance but also to soak in its atmosphere. To the art lovers delight there is the Prince of Wales Museum with the rich collection of Indian sculpture, miniature and Tibetan art. The Bollywood industry is the big draw in the city where in search of name and fame, it is visited by thousands of people with stars in their eyes. Where there are films there is fashion, Mumbai is home to the world renowned fashion designers like Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra, hip boutiques and former beauty Queens.
For the budget shoppers Fashion Street and Colaba causeway are the heaven while for the brand conscious people, The Courtyard, Ensemble, Oak Tree, Bevama and myriad shops at crossroad malls cater their services. These shopping centers are festooned with designers attires and are also the favourite shopping hub of the celebraties. You will find the clothes from the worlds known brands and designers, right from formal to casual, normal wear to party wear, footwear to headgear you can shop for everything you need. Colaba also houses the finest restaurants of the city as well as the most popular eateries. The Taj hotel and Oberai Hotel are some of the far most luxurious hotels located in the area that have their own shopping gallery. There are also a number of bars and clubs where you can refresh yourself and unwind with the fresh drink Not to talk about the tea, coffee and wine bars as they are life line of the city.
Mumbai's Elite Shopper's Haven
Shopping in Mumbai can be concord as the cachet of fine art. Here there is a subtle blend of curiosity and a acute sense of observation. The visitors are bewildered by the concoction of the lavish opulent shopping and the colorful street stalls. Pamper your hands with some beautiful fabric at Mischief at Bandra and Kimaya at Juhu Tara road. Want to pay some attention to your embellishments, then go around the streets stalls of Colaba causeway and fashion street for some eccentric yet beautiful accessories. Lo and behold at the Cottage industries near the Gateway of India and Regional Handicraft Emporiums at World Trade center, for authentic handicrafts. Antiques are best bought from the shopping arcades of the five star hotel of Taj and Oberoi. Chor Bazaar is another place from where using your haggling skills, you can buy antiques at very cheap prices. For jewelery the best place to hang out is the Zaveri Bazaar at Kalbadevi and Waterfield road at Bandra while the demand of your feet can be met at Linking road. Visiting Parcos at August Kranti road and Nabeel outlets at Khar and Mohammed Ali road, will satisfy your hunt for the well known brands of perfume. Kalbadevi in Mumbai is the original shopping den comprising a host of streets, each dedicated to a particular item. This city is the melting point of of varied culture and tradition that updates its image with foolproof regularities and provides the cutting edge for fashion sensibilities in India.
Ganesh Chaturthi Festival
It is a pleasure to see the illuminated lights of ships
twinkle on the horizon. For the spiritual sanctification, the shrine of
Haji Ali attracts thousands of visitors located amidst the sea. Similarly
the temple of Mahalakshmi and resident Goddess of Mumbadevi are thronged
by Hindus to pray and get their wishes fulfilled. While Parsis worship at
the Zoroastrian Fire Temple Jain's pay homage to the first Tirthankara at
the Jain temple and Christens tie up in a marriage union at St Thomas
Cathedral. You are welcome to the city with the variant religious fervor
where you can get the chance to perform the religious rituals along the
saints and sages.
Lord Ganesha 'The God of Wisdom' is the popular deity in Maharashtra and his 11-day festival Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in the month of August is the most colorful festival. A right time to take up a tour of Mumbai. All across the city the beautiful sculpted idols of the elephant - headed god are installed in houses and beautifully decorated mandaps or stages where people worship gods. Many cultural activities also take place along the festival. After the ten days of celebrations the gods are immersed into the sea. Gharbha and Dandiya - raas are the other activities of this festival in which women dressed in a colorful attire dance in a circle playing with the wooden sticks (dandiya) and sing the traditional songs (garba). These chromatic night celebrations continue till the wee hours of morning and you will love to participate in it.
Tourists taking photoes inside Elephanta caves
The city is well connected by all different modes of
transportation, hence making it most accessible place from all parts of
the country. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport just 30 Km away
connects the city with major cities of the world while the domestic
airport Santa Cruz is 26 Km far from the city.
The Central Railway Terminus receives trains from east and south India wile the northern trains arrive at the western central terminus. Local rail transport is the cheapest and less time consuming, and known for its excellent net work. The road transport in the city is well directed, the interstate bus terminus is Mumbai Central Station and Asiad Bus Stand Serves as the State Bus terminus.
For the enthusiastic travelers ferry service is also available from the Gateway of India and Ferry Wharf, near the Prince's Dock to Mandwa and Elephanta Caves and a hover craft service to Navi Mumbai and vaishi. Boats are also available from Hovercraft to Alibagh, Rewas and Mandwa. Frank Shipping Services operates an overnight catamaran services from Ferry Wharf to capital of Goa, Panaji.To be noted many ferry services donot operate during the monsoon season so be cautious about you timing of tour program.
Plan a tour to the city where there is something for every one. The nightlife of Mumbai is an exclusive charm for its visitors as the city doesn't have any rivalry in entire India. The monuments, excursion sites and shopping centers and the magic of Bolly-Wood are the too captivating attractions. Besides pilgrimage, its festival nights turn the entire city into sparkling glow, attracting the people from all over the world. Driving on the Marine drive and cruising in front of the gateway of India is the most delighting experience. And don't forget to visit the Elphanta Caves where you will be amazed to see the huge idols sculpted from the single blocks. Come and cherish the taste of Mumbai along its Bollywood savor and it will be a lifetime experience.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Mumbai
The Gate way to India
Plethora of Travelling Attractions
Try Your Luck In Bollywood Film Industry
Its Always Party Time Refreshing Essence of Sea
Caves and Beaches
Unique Rajasthan and Goa
Adventure Tour of India