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Introduction to Mumbai

gateway-of-india Welcome to Mumbai, the business, industrial, financial, and celluloid hub of India. Mumbai is also often referred to as the city that never sleeps. This city of dreams was once presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. Today, it is the state capital of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. To the tourists Mumbai offers an amazing array of places to visit. There are excellent excursion options to the neighboring hill stations and ancient caves from Mumbai. For the shoppers and the food freaks, Mumbai is an absolute visit.

History of Mumbai

Formerly known as Bombay or today's Mumbai is an amalgamation of seven islands (Colaba, Mumbai, Mazagaon, Old Woman's island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel, and Matunga Sion.) The Portuguese called the islands "Bombay" meaning "Good Bay". These islands were ruled by the Hindu dynasties, the Muslims and then were presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. Bombay was handed over to the East India Company in 1668. It started growing as a trade center owing to shift of the shipbuilding industry from Surat. The opening of the Suez Canal after the American Civil War enabled export of cotton from Bombay. It also played an important role in the freedom struggle of India. The first Indian National Congress was hosted in Bombay in 1885. Bombay was also the capital of the Bombay Presidency that was divided into Gujarat and Maharsahtra. Since 1996, Bombay has been officially known as Mumbai, derived from the name of Goddess Mumbadevi.

Fast Food restaurants in Mumbai

In order to help the people of Mumbai cope up with the fast paced metropolitan life, several fast-food restaurants have mushroomed. The fast food restaurants dot Mumbai and offer lip-smacking specialties. You may feast your taste buds on the multi-culinary delicacies served on the beachside or in the posh restaurants. South Indian fare, Gujarati thalis, Chinese, typical North Indian Mughlai food and continental cuisines are easily available at the fast food restaurants. Mumbai is known for its pav bhaji, bhel puri and kababs.

Shopping in Mumbai

Shopping in Mumbai

Mumbai is a shopper's paradise with bargain buys, exclusive boutiques, ethnic markets and mini bazaars. The bazaars of Kalbadevi and Bhuleshwar are must visits while in Mumbai. The Mangaldas Market, Zaveri Bazaar, and Chor Bazaar are amongst the best-known shopping places of Mumbai. The Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market or the Crawford Market is renowned for offering the best of fruits and vegetables in Mumbai.

Theatre in Mumbai

Mumbai is renowned for its music and theatre activities. Several theatre performances are held in Marathai, Hindi, Gujarati and English. There are many theatre halls in Mumbai as well as its suburbs. The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) at Nariman Point and the Prithvi Theatre in Juhu are known for regular theatre performances.

Mumbai also happens to be the celluloid capital of India. Mumbai is home to the country's first Imax dome theatre as well as cinema multiplex. This theatre, with its unusual movie experience and international appeal promises to attract locals and tourists alike. Mumbai also has famous film studios like Film City in Goregaon, Natraj in Andheri, and RK Studio in Chembur.

Culture of MumbaiCulture of Mumbai

Culturally, Mumbai is renowned for its film industry, which is also called Bollywood. Cinema is very popular throughout India and the city is responsible for the majority of the Hindi-language films that are made in the country. The annual Mumbai International Film Festival of Mumbai is a major event in the cinematic calendar. The film festival is staged at various venues across Mumbai during the month of February.

General Information on Mumbai

Population 11, 914, 398 (2001)
Festivals Ganesh Chaturthi (late August-early September), Navratri (October-November), Gokul Ashtami (mid-August), and Holi (mid-March)
Clothes Cotton clothing is ideal for summers Light woolens are apt for winters
Climate October to March is the best time to visit
Language Marathi, English and Hindi


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