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Mumbai is the money capital or economic capital of India. It is the capital of Maharashtra state. It is a mega city which is run by wealth, glamour, power and fame. Mumbai acts as a magnet for people with ambitions and aspirations; it is the paradise of opportunities for people with career aspirations in different areas. The city with diverse cultures and a melting pot of politics, enterprise, business, commerce, entertainment and glamour is centre city for the youth of the country. Mumbai has seen several shifts in power and many frequent changes. Also it is the home of Bollywood, the film industry which releases the most number of movies in the world.
History of Mumbai
Mumbai is actually made by the combination of seven islands, which used to be the home of fishing colonies in the earlier times. It was during the British era in mid-eighteenth century that it underwent the Hornby Vellard Project and emerged as a major seaport in the Arabian Sea. After its development it was a hub of several large industries of that time one of the most famous being the Bombay Textile Mills. It was due to this development that he population of the city began rising and people from different cities came and started residing here. The city was earlier accommodated by Persians who left their mark on its culture.
Tourist Attractions in Mumbai
The name Mumbai was changed from Bombay in the year 1926 on the name of a local goddess known as ‘Mumba Devi’. The Mumba Devi temple is located in the city. The city has many places of interests, some of which are listed below:
Gateway of India- The Gateway of India which is also been referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, was built during the 20th century to welcome the King George V and Queen Mary on the Apollo Bunder area. Built with concrete and yellow basalt, the arch is a blend of Gujarati and Roman architecture. Opposite to it is the famous luxurious hotel of Mumbai, The Taj Hotel.
The Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as they date back to the 5th century. The caves are located on Elephanta Island which is 10 kms from the Mumbai City and is known with the name of Gharapuri in Marathi. The site have series of caves out of which the larger caves belong to the Hindu religion as idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati are sculpted in basalt rocks and the other set of caves belong to the Buddhists as huge idols and rock cut sculptures of Lord Buddha and events from his life are present here. It is a must visit site for the history lovers.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a historic railway station which has also been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The Victorian era building of this monument is out of the world. It was built to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria during the colonial rule in India.
Prince of Wales Museum- Renamed as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vaastu Sangrahalaya, the museum belongs to the colonial times of British in India. The grand Indo-Saracenic architecture building of the museum was build to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. The museum has collection of the items obtained from the excavation of different sites such as Indus Valley Civilization, Maurya and Gupta period. The museum also provides audio tour in six different languages and is a Must Visit Place in Mumbai.
The Siddhivinayak Temple is the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh and the temple has incomparable faith of the people residing in India. The temple is also known as Navsacha Ganpati Temple and it is customary in Hinduism to remember Lord Ganesh before beginning any kind of auspicious task. The temple is a multi storey building with the inner sanctum plated with gold from inside and it is one of the richest temples in Mumbai.
Languages Spoken in Mumbai
The officially spoken languages in Mumbai are Marathi, Hindi and English.
Famous Festivals in Mumbai
The major celebrations of festivals in Mumbai can be seen during the time of Ganesh Chaturthi, Janamashtami (Dahi Handi) and Gudi Padwa.
Cuisines of Mumbai
Although you can have every type of food in Mumbai, the local food of Mumbai is Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Pohe, Paani Poori, Dahi Poori, Bhel, Pav Bhaji and Bhajiya. In Mumbai you can have some of the most delicious sweets like Modak, Son Halwa, Pooran Poli and a finger licking sweet which is specialty of Mahim in Mumbai, the Mahim Halwa.
Climate in Mumbai
Mumbai has a tropical climate with high humidity most of the time around the year. Receives a high rainfall and is best to visit during the months of October to March.