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mumbai

Mumbai (previously known as “Bombay”) is a metropolitan city in India, and is the capital of the state Maharashtra . Mumbai is India’s most cosmopolitan city, and is also the financial capital of the country. Home to the country’s largest film industry (Bollywood), it is to India as Los Angeles is to the USA as most famous actors and celebrities live here.

The city has a zestful cosmopolitan culture and music scene that attracts and engages people at almost all times, and a population of over 20 million now with representatives of almost every religion and culture in India (and even other countries) with everyone bringing in something new and unique to the city’s overall culture.

EXPERIENCES & ATTRACTIONS

Most people from all over India visit Mumbai to sometimes just get a first-hand on experiencing life on the fast lane that it is and still find the irresistible calm within the chaos. Many people around the world also love to visit Mumbai on their trip to India for the unique experiences it offers. Very similar experiences to the ones here can’t be found elsewhere in the country, and hence, a visit to Mumbai definitely deserves to be on your list!

Being on the seaside (Arabian Sea) the city is also famous for its incredible sea views and has many sea side hangout spots like Worli Sea link and Marine Drive which are loved by people.

Some of the best things to do in the city include:

  • Experience sunset(s) on Marine Drive
  • Touring the city in auto rickshaws
  • Trying out the yummy street foods and local delicacies (Maharashtrian)
  • Visiting Taj Hotel and Gateway of India and clicking beautiful photographs
  • Hanging out in the beaches and looking at sunset while binging on some local snacks

HISTORICAL & RELIGIOUS PLACES

MUSEUMS

Some interesting museums in Mumbai that are a must-see are as listed:

LOCAL TRANSPORT

Public transport within Mumbai includes train, road, and water transports. Mumbai has the largest organized bus transport network among major Indian cities. The city also has a vast network of auto rickshaws and taxis.

Mumbai has large water bodies and some places nearby which are separated by waterways, and hence the city’s transport system also consists of water transport. Water transport within Mumbai consists of ferries and catamarans. These are used for travels to places including Elephanta island, Manori, Navi Mumbai, Alibaug, and a few other places which have waterways connecting them.

Mumbai’s public transport also consists of a rapid transit or mass transit system augmented by commuter rail (local train) serving various suburbs. Besides these, recently a monorail and metro train system were also planned and inaugurated for the city; because of its ever-growing population and occupancy; and a commercial seaplane service for the city has also been planned.

FESTIVALS

The major festivals celebrated in Mumbai are:

  • Makar Sankranti – An auspicious harvest festival celebrated in the month of January
  • Holi – Festival of colours; celebrated in the month of March
  • Gudi Padwa – Marathi New Year Day (celebrated all over Maharashtra state)
  • Maha Shivratri – People worship Lord Shiva and fast for long hours
  • Navratri & Dussehra – A 10-day festival, where Goddess Durga is revered
  • Ganesh Chaturthi – A major festival in the state of Maharashtra, this is celebrated in all cites and town in Maharashtra, to worship Lord Ganesh (who is also the son of Lord Shiva)
  • Christmas – A Christian festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ

SHOPPING

Mumbai has many shopping spots for street shopping as well as high end shopping (malls, outlets). Here are some of the top shopping spots to check out in Mumbai:

STREET SHOPPING MARKETS & SPOTS:

MALLS & BIG OUTLETS:

  • Infiniti Mall
  • Phoenix Market City
  • Oberoi Mall
  • Inorbit Mall Malad
  • Phoenix Palladium
  • R Mall
  • Link Square Mall Bandra West
  • Citi Mall

FOOD

Mumbai is a food lover’s paradise – with all kinds of flavourful food items that are available in its many restaurants.

These are some of the popular foods to try in Mumbai:

  • Vada pav
  • Pav Bhaji
  • Bombay Sandwich
  • Pani Puri

RESTAURANTS

Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Mumbai to dine or hangout, to try the local delicacies as well as have other interesting foods and sumptuous meals:

  • Tanatan
  • Manuhaar – The Taste of tradition
  • Citrus Cafe
  • Pizza by the Bay
  • Peshwa Pavilion
  • Mabruk
  • Namak
  • East Asian Spice Train
  • The Bombay Canteen

HOTELS

Mumbai, being a large metropolitan has many good hotels. Some of the best hotels in the city for a comfortable stay include the following:

LUXURY / HIGH-END:

  • Trident Nariman Point
  • Sofitel Mumbai BKC
  • Intercontinental Marine Drive
  • Taj Lands’ End Mumbai
  • The Lalit Mumbai
  • Sahara Star Hotel
  • Radisson Mumbai Andheri MIDC
  • Svenska Design Hotel
  • Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport
  • LemonTree Premier Mumbai
  • Hotel Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre

Affordable:

  • Hotel Bombay International
  • Hotel A.K. International
  • Carlton Hotel
  • Hotel Lotus Grand Andheri
  • Hotel Tip Top
  • Hotel Diamond
  • Hotel Celeste

NIGHTLIFE

Mumbai, being a metropolitan city, has many good bars and pubs with good food, drinks and ambience, for people to hang out at or entertain themselves during late hours. These include:

  • Colaba Social
  • The Ghetto
  • The Bombay Bronx
  • Verbena – Brewpub & Sky Garden
  • London Taxi Gastropub
  • Agent Jack’s
  • The Bar Stock Exchange
  • Old Wild West

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Mumbai STD Code – 022 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered).

Emergency numbers:

  • Police – 100, 022-27574928, 27561099
  • Fire & Rescue – 101, 022-27660101
  • Women Helpline – 7738133133, 103
  • Blood Bank – 104, 1910
  • AIDS Helpline – 1097
  • Disaster Helpline – 022-22694725

LANGUAGE

Marathi is the main language of Mumbai.But, languages like Hindi, English and Gujarati are spoken as well.

Marathi:

  • Welcome - Tumcha svagat aso
  • How are you? - Tu kas ahes
  • What's your name? - Tujha nav kay ahe
  • Where are you from? - Apaṇ kothale ahat?
  • Good morning - Su-prabhat
  • Have a nice day - Sukhi raha

Hindi:

  • Welcome - Svagat
  • How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
  • What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
  • I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
  • I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
  • Thank you - Dhanyavad

Gujrati:

  • Welcome - padhaaro
  • How are you? - tame kem chho
  • What's your name? - taru naam su chhe
  • Where are you from? - tame kyaan na chho
  • Goodbye - avjo
  • Good night - shubh ratri