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Bombay, known today as Mumbai, is the capital of the state of Maharashtra, India. It is the most populated city of India with a population of over 13 million people. The financial and entertainment capital of India, Mumbai blends many communities and cultures together in perfect harmony.

 

Climate in Mumbai: --

 

climate is hot, humid summers and mild winters. High humidity is caused due to the city’s proximity to the Arabian Sea from June to September. The climate ranges from dry to humid throughout the year. Normal temperature during winter is 10-25 Degree Celsius & during summer is 25-42 Degree Celsius. The winter months ( November-February) are the coolest, while the rest of the year is hot. The monsoon months (June-September) though cooler are hampered on occasion by heavy rainfall.

 

 

Once a cluster of seven islands, Mumbai was presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal.

After independence, Mumbai has transformed itself into an entity with thriving markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan nature. On the surface, it represents the ever-changing face of today's India -- the old coupled with the dynamic new, and yet at its very core, the heart of the city is steeped in Indian customs and values.

 

Mumbai has a lot to offer to visitors-whether it’s shopping, sightseeing, dining, or experiencing the unique culture of this city. Just pick the things that you’d like to do & schedule a custom itinerary that best suits you.

 

Fort Heritage District Walk - Starts at Asiatic Library

This is a great way to explore Mumbai’s British history and Architecture.

 

Art Walk at Kala Ghoda.- Cultural center of Mumbai.

Visit the beautiful heritage buildings of Mumbai, several galleries showcasing different schools of Indian art. The Kala Ghoda has numerous art galleries, museums and cultural spaces, including pavement galleries.

 

Crawford Market & Bhuleshwar Walk - markets in Mumbai, bazzar areas of Bhuleshwar.

The tour covers Crawford Market, Jama Masjid, Mirchi Galli (spices market), Mangaldas Cloth Market, Zaveri    Bazzar, Phool Galli (Flower Street), Mumbadevi Temple and the  Quaint Madhav Baug. Also visit Panjra Pole (animal shelter).

 

Mumbai By Car - The Gateway of India, St. Thomas Cathedral, Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay University and Oval Maidan, Town Hall, Victoria Terminus, Crawford Market, Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach, Mani Bhavan, Home of Gandhi, Malbar Hill and the Hanging Garden, Banganga Temple Tank, Haji ali Mosque, Dhobi Ghat.

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Attractions in Mumbai

Speciality

1.

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market (Crawford Market)

A busy market area having fruits and vegetable section offers the best of produce. Depending on when you visit, the fruit/s of the season are always a good buy.

2.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus)

It considered to be architecturally one of the finest stations in the world Built by the British in 1888, It holds the statue of Queen Victoria on its dome. It was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List

3.

Flora Fountain and the Gothic/Victorian buildings of the Fort Area.

It stands old church gate of the Bombay Fort,It was erected to honour Sir Bartle Frere,famous for Rajabhai Tower, the Mumbai High Court, the Old Secretariat, the Asiatic Society of Bombay or Town Hall,General Post Office and the Thomas Cook building.

4.

Jehangir Art Gallery

Close by to the Prince of Wales Museum, this gallery is the showcase for contemporary art.

5.

Prince of Wales Museum

Made by Victorian architecture built by King George V's visit to Mumbai. Famous for houses treasures, artefacts, paintings and sculpture from the many periods covering India's history, including the Indus Valley Civilization.

6.

National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)

Famous for Cowasji Jehangir Hall, four-storey exhibition hall displaying the best of Indian contemporary art.

7.

Gateway of India

Mumbai's most striking monument designed by George Wittet in Indo-Saracenic style with Gujarati and Islamic elements such as wooden carvings built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911 having an area of ferries plying to Elephanta Island and other beaches across the port. Behind it is the beautiful old (and new) structure of the Taj Mahal Hotel

8.

Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach

It is known as Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road with Nariman Point on one end to Babulnath.

9.

Malabar Hill

It has spectacular views of the city surroundings on the road climbing up, is a Jain temple dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankara. Famous for Hanging Gardens (Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens) and the Kamala Nehru Park,Parsi Towers of Silence.

10.

Mani Bhavan

This simple and charming museum was where Mahatma Gandhi lived on his visits to Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. Mani Bhavan is situated on Laburnam Road, near the August Kranti Maidan, where the 'Quit India' movement was launched in 1942.

11.

Mahalaxmi Temple

The Mahalaxmi Temple is a popular holy site as Mahalaxmi is the goddess of wealth.

12.

Haji Ali Shrine

It is surrounded by sea water is the shrine dedicated to Haji Ali, a Muslim saint.

13.

Siddhivinayak Temple

Located in the Prabha Devi area of Mumbai,known as temple dedicated to Ganesh was rebuilt on the site of a 200-year old temple built with black stone, the idol of Ganesh is two and a half feet in height and two feet in width.

14.

Juhu Beach

favourite with Mumbaites,famous for Chowpatty, Juhu 'Chowpatty' is a vendor's delight with innumerable food counters. An unusual sight at this beach is the camel ride.

15.

Elephanta Caves

Famous for rock-cut temples of Elephanta known as Gharapuri, or the Fortress City,Heritage Site and visited by hundreds of tourists both for their art historical and scenic value. It renamed this island Elephanta after a large stone elephant found near the shore ( the elephant sculpture collapsed in 1814,Luxury and ordinary launches as well as catamarans leave for Elephanta from Apollo Bunder at the Gateway of India.

16.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Kanheri Caves

104 sq. kmS of green hills and forests,park was formerly known as the Borivali National Park. There is a Lion Safari Park 500 m inside the entrance and safari rides run daily except Monday from 9 am to 5 pm having 109 Kanheri Caves ( in particular Cave 3), built between the 2nd and 9th centuries as viharas (monasteries) and chaityas (prayer halls).

17.

Marve, Manori and Gorai

These 3 beaches that have become popular havens for Mumbai's beleaguered fun lovers. Marve, the closest and the quietest is a lovely little fishing village. Famous for extraordinary views of sunrise and sunset. Gorai and Manori, a little further away, are more crowded with revellers and are famous for all night beach parties. Marve is about 40 kms by car from Mumbai. 15 minute ferry ride from Marve or Borivali will take you to Manori or Gorai.

18.

Mandwa and Kihim

These two beach fronts 12 miles north of Alibag on the north coast and easily accessible from Mumbai. Mandwa is a beautiful, untrodden beach. Famous for coconut palms nearby at Kihim. It is accessible by boats and road,ferry service between the Gateway of India and Mandwa Jetty,by road Kihim is 136 kms from Mumbai.

19.

Bassein

It is thriving fortified city from 1534 to 1739 when it was sacked by the Marathas. about 10km from north-west lies Nalasopara village, the capital of the Konkan region from 1500 BC to AD 1300. Many Buddhist relics were discovered here. It is birthplace of the Buddha in a previous life.An hour by bus from Bassein station are the Vajreshwari Temple and Akoli Hot Springs. Famous for Ganeshpuri with the Sadguru Nityanand Maharaj Samadhi Mandir, the Bhimeshwar Temple and other ashrams. Bassein Fort can be reached by train up to Bassein or Vasai Road station on the Western Railway and then by auto-rickshaw or taxi. By road, it is 77 kms along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.

20.

Khandala, Lonavala and Karla

It is hill stations on the western slopes of the Sahyadris, 5 kms apart straddling the Mumbai-Pune highway at an altitude of 625 m. Khandala is the smaller and calmer of the two, though browsing through Lonavala's bazaar could yield some wonderful surprises. Pune 66 kms away, is the nearest airport. All trains from Mumbai to Pune and the South stop at Lonavala. Mumbai is 104 kms away by road, the last 20 kms of which wind up the ghats through grueling switchbacks.

21.

Matheran

It is hilltop cloaked in shady trees that sprawls languidly at an altitude of 800 m. We can journey by toy train, with food and drink vendors and monkeys jumping on and off as the valley glides by sedately. 11 km hike through thick and shady forests or a winding car drive can get you there as well. Mumbai, 100 kms away is the nearest airport. Neral station, 21 kms away is where you can catch the toy train. Mumbai by road is about 108 kms from Matheran via Karjat and Neral. Pune is 120 kms away.

22.

Hare Krishna Hare Ram Temple ( ISKON Temple)

Near Juhu is world famous temple of ISKON movement.

 

 

 

 


Attractions in Mumbai for Kids:

 

Famous for beachfronts such as Chowpatty at Marine Drive, Worli sea face and Juhu are mini entertainment parks with Ferris-wheels, 'merry-go-rounds' and horse and camel rides, Amusement parks,Manori beach,Jogeshwari has some good rides,the zoo (Jijamata Bhonsle Udyan),Housed in Victoria Gardens, the oldest and largest public garden in Mumbai,The Taraporewala Acquarium opposite Chowpatty, with its exotic marine life and rare species of fish, is a delight to kids. Nehru Planetorium, place to bring children for educational programme and exhibits lunar and astronomical photographs,Nehru Science Museum near the Mahalaxmi Race Course where children can do enjoy.

Trains leave every few minutes from stations in both directions from 4.30 am to 1.30 am although the frequency is less in the nighttime and early morning. Taxis, cars for hire (along with drivers), and auto-rickshaws allow for easy travel within the city. Mumbai's yellow and black taxis are a convenient way to travel around the city.

Tourist Offices

situated at 123 Maharshi Karve Road,open Monday through Friday from 8.30 am to 6 pm, and on Saturday from 8.30 am to 2 pm. It covering Mumbai's major entertainment events every two weeks by runs a 24-hour counter at the International airport and a counter at the domestic airport that stays open till the last flight.

It is useful center with its head office at the Nariman Point (Express Towers, 9th Floor). Close by is its Tours Division and Reservation Office at CDO Hutments, Madame Cama Road, open from 8 am to 8 pm, where bookings can be made for all tours around the city, long-distance buses and MTDC hotels throughout Maharashtra. The MTDC also has a counter near the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the airports.


Emergency Services

For Police dial 100, Fire 101 and Ambulance 102. Most hotels can provide a physician for a medical emergency.

Dress Code

To combat the heat and humidity wear informal loose clothes it recommended not to wear skimpy clothing.

Beggars

Even though you'll come across beggars and street children, it is advisable to avoid giving money

Tipping

Tip at your discretion. In restaurants, 5-10 % of the bill is fine.

 

 

 

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