An Insight :Bombay, or Mumbai as it is now called, is the commercial capital of India, a city of entrepreneurs, concrete towers, clubs and discos, cricket, Bollywood and more. The city, a cluster of seven islands, was named by its natives after the goddess Mumbadevi. After the Portuguese gained possession of the islands in 1534, they renamed it Bom Bahia, for the natural harbour, which served as a safe haven for its ships. The promise of business opportunities and religious freedom drew people to Bombay from all over the country. As the migrant population burgeoned, land was reclaimed, and the city began its haphazard metamorphosis from a trading post into a metropolis and industrial hub. Today, Mumbai is the country's financial and cultural centre. It is also home to Indias a thriving film industry, Bollywood. It is seen, to the teeming masses that flock there to live and work, as a place where opportunities abound. Its inhabitants, an amalgam of great wealth and abject poverty, are swept into the endless maelstrom of activity that characterizes this city of dreams.
|Lets Explore the Glamorous City of
Mumbai Sightseeing in Mumbai;
Gateway of India A landmark of Mumbai, and perhaps Mumbais most photographed Monument, the Gateway of India stands overlooking the harbor on the Arabian Sea. It was erected to commemorate the Mumbai arrival of their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary, when they visited India in 1911.
Architecture of the Fort Area - The extravagant Victorian Gothic buildings in the Fort area reinforce the European roots of the city, and send shivers of recognition down the spines of visitors from the industrial cities of northern England. This lively area occupies the site of the old British built fort and is the established commercial center of Mumbai. It is jam packed with commuters, street stalls and the grand facades of 19th century British institutions and trading houses.
Victoria Terminus Or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus as it is now called, is a World Heritage Site, and the city's most exuberant Gothic building, looking more like a lavishly decorated cathedral or palace, than anything as mundane as a transportation depot.
Mani Bhavan (Gandhi Memorial) - Mahatma Gandhi's residence in Mumbai between 1917-34 has been converted into a museum, which displays pictures and books related to his life.
|Marine Drive - Built on land reclaimed from
Back Bay in 1920, Marine Drive runs along the shoreline of the Arabian
Sea from Nariman Point past Chow patty Beach to the foot of Malabar
Hill. It is Mumbai's most popular promenades and a favorite
Prince of Wales Museum Built almost a 100 years ago, as a memorial to the visit of the Prince of Wales, the Museum, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, houses about 50,000 artefacts and has an outstanding collection of sculptures, terracottas, bronzes, excavated artefacts from the Harappan sites, Indian miniature paintings, European paintings, porcelain and ivories from China and Japan, etc. In addition, there is also a separate Natural History section.
Elephanta Caves --- The World Heritage Elephanta Caves are located a 9 km ferry ride across the Harbour, from the Gateway of India, on an island of Gharapuri. The rock-cut temple complex cover an area of 60,000 sq ft, consisting of a main chamber, 2 lateral ones, courtyards and subsidiary shrines. The site of these magnificent caves contains beautiful reliefs, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu god Siva. The caves are hewn from solid rock. The temple complex is said to be the abode of Shiva.
|Where is Mumbai?
By Air - Mumbai beats Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai for international air traffic, and is Indias primary Gateway City. Almost all major International airlines operate direct flights to and fro Mumbai. Mumbai airport serves as a major hub, and connects almost all parts of India.
By Rail - Mumbai is connected by super fast trains to almost all major cities of India.