Mumbai

Mumbai, the City of Dreams is formerly known as Bombay.

Updated: March 3, 2019

Mumbai, the City of Dreams is formerly known as Bombay. The city is witness to many important events in the country's freedom struggle starting from the visit of Gandhi to the city to the intense protests against the Simon Commission in 1928.  
Mumbai has beautifully blended the cultures and lifestyles. It is a city of hope, glamor, modernity and tradition. It has place for everyone, from European and Portuguese inhabitants who migrated years ago to the city, to upcoming actors struggling to make it big on the silver screen, from Bollywood superstars to big industrialists to tribes of fisherman and slum dwellers.
Mumbai is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city which is one of the main centers in the country of art, culture, music, dance and theater. Taking a walk around the streets of South Mumbai, which is basically old Bombay will make you feel colonial. South Mumbai is dotted with buildings that will make you feel like you were in British era. The British influence on the architecture of buildings is very prominent in almost every building in this area.
The main attraction of Mumbai are Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Colaba Causeway, Juhu beach, Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Elephanta Caves, Girgaum Chowpatty and many more.
The most iconic tourist spot in Mumbai is the Gateway of India which was built in 1924. Now it has become a popular tourist hub in the city. Located at Apollo Bunder Waterfront, the monument overlooks the Arabian Sea in the most beautiful way. The majestic Taj Mahal Hotel, which is another famous landmark of Mumbai is directly opposite the Gateway of India, so you can spend an entire day at these two locations alone.
Since Mumbai is situated right beside the Arabian Sea, there are various promenades where you just sit back and relax and feel the breeze on your face. Marine Drive is one such promenade where you can sit with your feet dangling over the ledge, and enjoy a beautiful sunset against the backdrop of the roaring waves of the Arabian sea.
The Marine Drive is a 3km long arc shaped road along the sea coast of South Mumbai starting from the north of Nariman Point and ending at the famous Chowpatty beach. The coast lines the Arabian sea and is the best place to watch the sunset in Mumbai.
You can experience the best of Mumbai's nightlife with many bars and nightclubs in Bandra which is also home to most of the Bollywood stars. Being a metropolis, Mumbai is a shopping haven and you can find almost everything that you are looking for. Street shopping in Mumbai is best experienced at Colaba Causeway and Linking Road, where you can buy everything from junk jewellery to shoes, bags and even fancy designer clothes.
Juhu beach is located close to Andheri which is most popular beach in Mumbai.
Siddhivinayak is a Lord Ganesha temple, one of the most significant and frequented temples in Mumbai, located in Prabhadevi. It was built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil in 1801. It is one of the richest temples in Mumbai.
Haji Ali Dargah is situated at the backdrop of a beautiful view of the sea. People from all walks of life and religions come here to seek blessings from shrine of Haji Ali, a wealthy merchant turned into Muslim Sufi.
Elephanta Caves is a specimen of rock cut art and architecture which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an island and is located at a distance of 11km from the city of Mumbai which provides an amazing view of the Mumbai skyline.
Girgaum Chowpatty is a small sandy beach at the north end of Marine Drive. This is a must-go place for tourists visiting Marine Drive for the first time.

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