Mumbai: A glimpse into India’s melting pot
Mumbai is one of the biggest, and popular cities in India. It is the capital of Maharashtra, and also known as the “financial capital” of India. Apart from that, Mumbai is mostly recognized for its entertainment industry called “Bollywood”. People from different parts of India comes here for earning their livelihood. As such, today’s Mumbai is a genuine glimpse of the whole India, because of its multicultural, and multi-religious population. Mumbai is also a great destination of tourists all over the world.
Mumbai was previously known as Bombay. It is located in the west coast of the country on the bank of Arabian sea. Greater Mumbai actually consists of seven different islands: Isle of Bombay, Mazagaon, Colaba, Parel, Worli, Old Woman's Island, and Salsette Island.
Some important information about Mumbai are as follows:
• It covers almost 603 sq.km
• Its temperature always stays within 25-32 degree centigrade throughout the year.
• It is one of the most populated city in the world, having nearly 22 million population.
• It is very well-communicated with the other parts of India, as also rest of the world. Its communication with several Arab countries, and East Asia is very strong.
Coming to Mumbai:
Mumbai is well-communicated with all major and minor cities in India, and many other cities of the world through airways, railways, and roads:
• Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport connects Mumbai with all other major cities of the world; it is also the biggest airport in India, located in the suburbs of Santa Cruz in Mumbai. Cities like London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Munich, etc. are connected with Mumbai through airways.
• Mumbai’s railway communication is divided into three halves: metro railways, local railways, and national railways. It is well communicated with Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, and many other cities directly through railways.
• Roadways in Mumbai is one of the best land transport systems in India. The roads here communicate western India, with all other major cities in India, including Delhi, and Kolkata. Mumbai is a major part of NH6, NH46, and NH65.
Major destinations in Mumbai:
Mumbai is a prime tourist destination in India. It is a historic place, as also a city with many ultramodern architectural creations, and a perfect confluence of traditional and modern arts, and cultures. This is the location of 20 of India’s most beautiful monuments. Some major destinations in Mumbai, which are must-visit for every tourist are as follows:
• Gateway of India
• Marine Drive
• Elephanta Caves
• Haji Ali Dargah
• Sanjay Gandhi National Park
• Babulnath Temple
• Mahalakshmi Temple
• Rajabai Clock tower
• Jehangir Art Gallery
• Shivaji Park
• Horniman Circle Gardens
• Marve Beach
• Aksa Beach
• Worli Fort
Besides, numerous other famous, and visit-worthy places are scattered all over the city and its suburban areas.
Foods in Mumbai:
Tourists can enjoy all sorts of foods, and delicacies in this truly international destination. However, for experiencing a true test of Mumbai or Maharashtra, one must try the street foods that are available everywhere in the city, especially on the beaches, as also in all famous restaurants. Foods like Bada Pao, Pav bhaji, Bheja Fry, Bhatata Vada, Bhel Puri, etc. are unforgettable pure Mumbai dishes.
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