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Introduction

Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It's an exhilarating city, fuelled by entrepreneurial energy, determination and dreams. Mumbai is the stronghold of the Indian film industry. Throughout the year Western and Indian music concerts and festivals and Indian dance shows are performed in Bombay. Mumbai is the industrial hub of everything from textiles to petrochemicals, and responsible for half of India's foreign trade. The size of the population means the city has enough social problems to last a lifetime, but its spirit is irrepressible and it has personality by the bucket load. As the cultural bridgehead between east and west, whatever happens in the rest of India tends to happens first in Mumbai, and it usually happens with the maximum amount of swank and noise.

Area 603 sq km
Altitude 8 to 450 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-26.0 C-34.0 C Winter-19.0 C-30.0 C
Language English, Marathi and Hindi
STD Code 022
Rainfall 2,200 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit Round the year

Mumbai MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the main aviation hub in the city and the busiest airport in South Asia. International flights connect it to all the major cities of the world.
  2. Rail:-Mumbai is well connected by rail with all the places in the country. Bombay is the headquarters for both western & Central Railways. Regular train services connect Bombay with all major towns and cities in India.
  3. Road:- Mumbai is well connected to all the cities of Maharashtra by bus. Intra city bus services are also very good.

Places to Visit

Chowpatty Beach Crawford Market Prince Of Wales Museum Gateway of India
Nehru Planetarium Flora Fountain Nehru Centre  

Excursion

Elephanta Caves Kanheri Caves Karla Caves Matheran
Lonavala & Khandala      

Shopping

Mumbai is India's great market place. You can pick up handicrafts from all over the country from various state government emporiums. They stock a large range of arts and crafts ranging from sandalwood carvings and bronze figurines to Kashmiri papier mache and miniature paintings. In Mumbai's retail stores , you'll find interesting cotton dhurries (rugs), Maharashtrian brasswork, blackwood furniture, Rajasthani dolls, block-printed bed covers and hand made environmentally friendly paper. Look out for locally produced muslin, silk saris from the central Maharashtrian town of Paithan, cotton brocade shawls from Aurangabad and textiles decorated with distinctive Warli tribal designs.

Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Hotel ITC Grand Maratha Hotel JW Marriott Leela Kempiski The Oberoi
Oberoi Tower Hotel Le Royal Meridien Hotel Taj Mahal Hotel Taj Lands End Hotel Taj President
Hotel Ambassador Best Western Hotel Fariyas The Retreat Hotel Sun n Sand Hotel
The Resort Inter Continental The Lalit Hotel Godwin Mercure Guestline Hotel Kohinoor
Hotel Marine Plaza Hotel Ramada Palm Grove Tulip Star Grove Hotel Shalimar Hotel Heritage
Hotel Quality inn Parle Hotel Days Inn Navi Hotel Midland Hotel Hotel Sahil