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Mumbai

Mumbai

Weather

The city of Mumbai experiences tropical wet and dry weather conditions. Summers, lasting from March to May, are humid with the maximum temperature extending up to 40°C. The monsoon season begins in June and lasts till September. Rain showers occur in abundance, accompanied floods and high level of humidity. Winters stretch from November to February and are characterized by dry and cool weather with relatively low temperatures. The temperature can drop to a minimum of 10°C. The best time to visit Mumbai is from the month of October to March.

How To Reach

By Road:

Buses owned by the state connect the city of Mumbai to most of the neighbouring areas via excellent network of roads. Deluxe and super deluxe buses ply in and out of the city.


By Air:

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai is 2nd largest airport in India with separate terminals for international and domestic flights. A number of airlines offer services to Mumbai and the city is well connected to almost all important cities in India. International flights are available to destinations like New York, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and several European cities.



By Rail:

The headquarters of the railway system in India, Mumbai is connected via railways to all the major cities in India. The most important railway station is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Station. Other significant ones in the city include Churchgate, Dadar and Kurla.


Overview

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is popularly called the “Gateway of India”. Mumbai happens to be a representation of what India as a nations presents - ‘unity in diversity’ since it is home to a multicultural metropolitan culture that houses people from various ethnicities living quite liberal lives. Huge number of people from different religions, cultures and financial backgrounds; most of whom have come to make it big in the city. This has led Mumbai to be termed as the “City of Dreams”.

 

Mumbai happens to be the metropolitan city in India with the greatest population and is ranked as the sixth most populated metropolis in the entire world. The stalwart city also stands proudly as the “Financial Capital of India”. The city is home to one of the biggest film industries in the whole world, Bollywood.

 

Mumbai occupies an important position in the history of India, being the nerve centre of the struggle for Indian Independence, ultimately resulting in the Quit India Movement in 1942. The city is situated on the scenic Konkan coast and is a key hub of commercial and industrial activities in the country, accounting for almost 70% of the capital of India for the purpose of investments and trading. Mumbai is also renowned as one of the most important seaports in India.

 

The beauty of this busy city lies in its hustle-bustle and the soaring skyscrapers that are standing tall surrounded by the sprawling Arabian Sea from the west. The light breeze wafting in from the clear Arabian Sea, to the heart of the city along with the well-connected metro facilities make Mumbai a beautiful as well as thriving city.  The city is a perfect combination of age old customs, urbanization, multi cultural appeal, breathtaking views and awe-inspiring man-made structures. The citizens of Mumbai, commonly termed the “Mumbaikars”, depict the attitude of oneness and exhibit the strength to pull through any sort of political unrest or natural disaster.

 

The architectural styles witnessed in Mumbai are a combination of ancient Gothic influences and modern design. Most of the buildings in Mumbai like University of Bombay and Victoria Terminus are the magnificent examples of British architecture built with the stunning characteristics of Gothic Revival. Along with British structural design, European style buildings are also adding to the beauty of Mumbai city.

 

The rich heritage of the city is evident from its art galleries, museums and libraries. Dynamic and vibrant, Mumbai draws visitors to its multi-ethnic environment to view and experience its different attraction, modern features and the real flavour of “Aamchi Mumbai”.

 

In addition to the historical and architectural exquisiteness, Mumbai is also the entertainment capital displaying a sparkling night life. Mumbai pubs, plush lounges and discotheques are on the high all the time allowing Mumbai suburban crowd to let their hair down and groove on the beats.

 

Shopping in Mumbai is real joy. Tourists can find virtually anything from all over the country in the city. There are plenty of international malls in the city. Readymade garments and textiles are most in demand. Bags, clothes and shoes are sold almost everywhere in the city. There are several shops selling household stuff and electronic goods. Chor Bazaar is great for picking up jewellery, antiques, leather goods and miscellaneous items at incredibly cheap prices.

 

The cuisine of Mumbai is well-known for its lip-smacking ethnic dishes along with its spicy street food. Festivals call for the preparation of special fare. During Diwali, tourists can experience food like besan laddu, karanji, chivda, chakli and Shankar pale. The traditional food offers a great deal of variety in the form of okra bhaji, potato bhaji, batatya rassa. Rice and roti form the staple diet of the city. Chutneys are common. Dishes like moong dal khichdi, masala bhaat, mix vegetable pulao and dalimbi are served with side dishes like vangyache kaap and batatyache kaap. Sweets, including modak, sheera, Puran poli and basundi are popular among visitors. Roadside stalls sell paw-bhajis, golgappa and bhel puri.