Also known as Bombay, the city of Mumbai is a hub for many things like fashion, style, great food, great culture, and really incredible nightlife. Lying on the Konkan Coast which is located on the western coast of India, the city of Mumbai is all about getting free from your inhibitions and encompassing new possibilities.
What’s more to know is the fact that being the wealthiest city of our country, Mumbai has also been named as the Alpha city of India. What it essentially means is the fact that this city is the place where the maximum number of millionaires and billionaires put up.
And perhaps it is owing to its sparkling vibes that Mumbai is also profoundly known as the ‘City of Dreams’ as here resides the largest film fraternity in the world. Overall, it can be said that Mumbai is the financial, commercial as well as the entertainment capital of India.
There was a time when the city of Mumbai was a group of about seven islands namely Parel, Mahim, Mazagaon, Isle of Bombay, Worli, Colaba, Worli and Old Woman’s Island. However, it is not known as to when these islands got inhabited. But experts say that this group of islands has been inhabited since the South Asian Stone Age.
And going further in the past, it was somewhere in the third century BCE that these islands formed a part of the Maurya Empire. This was a time of expansion in the South regions by the Buddhist emperor, Ashoka the king of Magadha.
It was between the 2nd and 9th century BCE that these geographical boundaries came under the rule of many dynasties like Satvahanas, Abhira, Kalachuris, Rashtrakutas, etc. And very later in the 15th century, this place was even ruled by the independent Sultanate of Gujarat. Under the prominent rule of the Gujarat Sultanate, Mumbai saw a great rise in the overall number of mosques, the major construction being of the Haji Ali Mosque sometime in 1430.
There is a diverse set of reasons that you should be visiting the city of Mumbai like its nightlife, culture, delicious street food and of course for our favourite Bollywood celebs. Not just that there are many intriguing places for sightseeing as well such as Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, etc.
Elephanta Caves - It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular tourist attraction in the city. The caves are intriguing and quite mystical in their own way. These group of caves have been dedicated to Lord Shiva and are a must-visit for anyone looking for some historic adventure activities. Read More
Marine Drive - Marine Drive is one of the most beautiful arc-shaped boulevards along the South Mumbai coastline. This is a place that offers people with some really spectacular views of the unending horizon and is also known as Queen’s Necklace. It stretches to around 3.6 km in length. Read More
Gateway of India - One of the most popular hotspots in Mumbai facing the Arabian Sea. It is an arch-monument that was built sometime earlier in the twentieth century. What is really intriguing about this place is the fact that it was essentially erected in the honour of British Monarch King George V. Read More
Haji Ali Dargah - Haji Ali Dargah is one of the biggest and most sacred shrines in India. It is located at a place that gives a complete 360-degree view of the sea. Dedicated to Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, this place is essentially about exploring your inner peace and spiritual serenity. Read More
Juhu Beach - It is the longest beach in Mumbai and apparently one that is most crowded because it lies in one of the poshest localities of the city. If you visit Mumbai, then it is highly recommended to explore this interesting place. Read More
Visiting Mumbai can really be a very amazing experience. There are just so many possibilities that you might get confused, what to do and what not to. However, what you must not skip at any cost is to watch a sunset at Bandra Fort, Marine Drive or Silver Beach.
Travel in local trains but avoid doing it during rush hours.
You can even take a walk around the Taj Mahal Palace lobby. It would surely be an experience worth remembering.
Eat vada pav, the cheapest and perhaps also one of the most popular foods in the city.
Elephanta Festival - This festival is organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. It is all about music and dance happening every year in the month of February. Read more
Ganesh Chaturthi - Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival that is grandly celebrated all over India but the way it is done in Maharashtra is quite majestic. It is that time of the year when Lord Ganesha comes in each and every home to take away all the negativity from the lives of devotees. Read more
Gudi Padwa - It is the day when people of the state mark the beginning of New Year according to the Marathi and Konkani communities. Read more
The best time to visit Mumbai is sometime between October and February. The weather is comparatively less hot than the summer and the wind is pleasant to roam around the beaches of the city.
By Air - Sahara International Airport, also known as the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the main airport of Mumbai. It has very good connectivity with other nearby and major Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bengaluru, etc. After deboarding your flight, you can easily get a cab from outside the airport to travel to your destination.
By Train - There is no denying the fact that railways are the lifeblood of the city. Literally millions of people travel using Mumbai’s rail network. The use of railways is so integral in people’s lives that they cannot go for even a single day without this service. Mumbai Central Rajdhani Express, Gitanjali Express, Mumbai LTT Express are some really good options to consider for traveling via trains. Bombay Central Station, Dadar, Kurla are some of the main stations in Mumbai. After you deboard the train you can easily get an auto-rickshaw, cab or even a bus service to reach your destination.
By Road - Traveling to Mumbai via road network is really an immense travel experience. Watching the sunsets and sunrise along the way makes you travel on the unending road more and more often. Mumbai has very good connectivity via other nearby and major cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Kolkata, etc.