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Mumbai ( Bombay )

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Mumbai, the Commercial Capital of India located on beautiful west coast,derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the Koli fisher folk, Mumbaiís natural harbour handles 40 per cent of the countryís maritime trade. Stretching 35 km into the Arabian Sea , the metropolis is a collection of seven islands that have been interconnected by land reclamation.

A truly cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is the home of people from all over India , many of who come to this tinsel city in the hope of stardom. As India ís Hollywood , Mumbai produces more films in a year then any other city in the world. Much of Mumbaiís construction was inspired by the School of Art set up by Rudyard Kiplingís father to promote the skills of the local artisans. 

Places of Interest  

Gateway of India

The principal landmark of Mumbai, was the principal port when the visitors came to India by ship. The gateway was conceived, following the visit of King George V to India in 1911, and was officially opened in 1924.

Its architecture is akin to the conventional Arch of Triumph, with elements derived from Muslim styles of 16th century Gujarat

Mumbai -Gateway of  India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Victoria Terminus

A major landmark of this vibrant city is the VT or Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji ) is a beautifull Station Building   built as the headquarters of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway and opened in 1887, on the occasion of Queen Victoria ís Golden Jubilee, it was, surprisingly, not built by a great and renowned architect of Victorian England but by a local man- F.W. Stevens.The first train to steam out of Mumbai was from here to Thane in 1853.  

Elephanta Caves

10 km northeast of Mumbai, lies the Elephanta Island that can be approachable by lanches, A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill ,have many rock temples carved out of the living rock, set on a small island which date back to early seventeenth century. The main hall  of the Elephanta cave temple contains the images of Shankar in many postures.

Flora Fountain

The Flora Fountain, a crowded landmark in the city, was built in honour of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, governor of Mumbai who was responsible for building the new Mumbai of the 1860s.  It s the business centre of India , housing many of the major banks and offices.  Close to the fountain is the Cathedral of St. Thomas begun by Gerald Aungier in 1672, but formally opened in 1718  .

Prince of Wales Museum

It was , built to commemorate King George's V visit to India , was opened in 1923. It is modelled on the Indo - Saracenic design, and has sections for art and paintings, archaeology, and natural history, within the compound of the Museum there is a Jehangir Art  Gallery.

Chowpatty beach

It is one of Mumbai's famous beaches on Marine drive, and is a popular spot for people seeking evening outs.. The biggest public culmination of Ganesh Chaturthi happens on Chowpatty Beach , , in a large Ė scale immersion. The city comes to a standstill as hundreds of thousands of worshipers crowed the beach.  Taraporewala Aquarium is also on Marine drive

Mani Bhavan.

Near the August Kranti Maidan is Mani Bhavan. This is the house where Mahatama Gandhi lived during his visits to Mumbai. The place has been turned into a small museum. There's a photo-exhibition of major incidents in Gandhi's life. There is also an impressive collection of books by or about Gandhi.

Haji Ali Dargah 

Situated in midst of the ocean, this dargah has its origins shrouded in mystery. Believed by some to be the tomb of a wealthy saint and built by his devout followers, the second version states that the revered saint died on pilgrimage and his body floated in the sea and was found here. Whether a follower or not, this place is a must for all visitors.  

Hanging Gardens  

On top of the Malabar hills are the Hangin g Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park , which offer superb views over Mumbai. Some distance away from Malabar Hills is Mahalaxmi Temple , the oldest temple in Mumbai, dedicated to the Goddess of Wealth. 

Excursion 

Kanheri Caves

About 32 kms. from Bombay Central, lie these caves, built in I century AD or before. They reflect the deep. Buddhist influence. These caves were used as Viharas for the traveling Buddhist monks.

National Park

About thirty five kms. north of the city lies the Krishnagiri Upavan, now known as Sanjay Gandhi National Park . It is a popular picnic spot with a toy train, a lion safari and Gandhi Smriti Mandir amidst sylvan surroundings on Pavilion Hill.

Bassein

Once a fortifies Portuguese city, lies 77 kms. from Bombay . The old fort and the ruins of the churches here are only silent witness to the pomp and glory that once Bassein possessed.

The best time to visit :-  Mumbai can be visited any time of the year, though the hot and humid months of June, July and August are best avoided.

How To Get There Mumbai is located in Maharashtra
By Air  
Mumbai is the International Airport linked to major cities of the world ..
By Train 
Mumbai well linked with the train net work
By Road 
Mumbai is linked to all parts of the country 

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