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About Mumbai

Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state, is one of the largest cosmopolitan metropolises in India. It is fondly known as the commercial capital of India and is the home to the famous Bollywood industry. It is one of the predominant port cities in the country and can handle bulk cargo traffic. Initially, Mumbai was known as Bombay, a name given by the Portuguese to mean "Beautiful Bay", but later it was changed to Mumbai in 1995, on the name of a popular goddess temple, Mumba Devi Mandir, in Mumbai. Mumbai is divided into a number of districts like South Mumbai (Colaba, Marine Lines, Malabar Hill, Nariman Point), West Mumbai(Bandra, Juhu, Santa Cruz, Khar Vile Parle, Andheri), East Mumbai(Ghatkopar, Mulund , Kanjur Marg, Vikhroli , Thane, Bhandup, ,Powai, Kalyan), Harbour suburbs(Chembur, Govandi, Mankhurd, Trombay),North Mumbai(, Malad, Gorai, Borivali, Mira Road, Jogeshwari), North Central Mumbai (Sion ,Matunga, Vadala).

Interesting Facts About Mumbai

  • Mumbai has the largest network of food suppliers in the world. They are known as the ‘Dabbawallas’, who carry and drop food from their client’s kitchen in a lunch box on their bicycle to the customer’s workplace. They have been doing it every day since 1890. Around 2,00,000  tiffin are delivered regularly by 5,000 Dabbawalas!
  • Mumbai is known for its first train movement on 16th April 1853, from Bori Bunder to Thane in Maharashtra. The train had 14 carriages & 400 passengers on board. Mumbai also witnessed India’s 1st rail bridge
  • Mumbai is well-known as the ‘Entertainment Capital of India’ due to the presence of Bollywood or Hindi film Industry.
  • The world’s most expensive house, Antilia is located in Mumbai. This 27 story wonder house is owned by business tycoon and India’s richest person Mr Mukesh Ambani.

What to see in Mumbai

Gateway of India

One of the known historic monuments in Mumbai, The Gateway of India, was built to celebrate the arrival of Queen Mary and King George V to the city. The structure was built by a Scottish architect George Wittet in 1914.

Elephanta Island

The historic Elephanta caves are located in the Mumbai Harbour. It is a lush green, forest-covered island that houses few inhabitants and forbids tourists from staying overnight. Build in the 5th century CE, these caves are known for five Hindu caves and two Buddhist caves that were once used as places of worship until the 1500s.

Haji Ali Dargah

Build in 1431, Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most stunning and historic structures in Mumbai. It was built in the memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant from Uzbekistan known as Sayyed Peer Jaji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions to make a pilgrimage to Mecca

Babulnath Temple

Dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva, the ancient Babulnath Temple dates back to the 12th century. Over the years, the site was abandoned and eventually got buried until its rediscovery in the late 1800s.

Juhu Beach

One of the main attractions of Mumbai is the famous Juhu Beach. This place is filled with tourists and locals from all walks of life and from all over the world. Those who wish to dip their toes in the Arabian Sea must surely visit this energetic beach.

Lip smacking cuisine of Mumbai

Cafés and posh restaurants exist at every corner in Mumbai. One can also spot celebrities from the TV and Film fraternity at these spots. Here is the list of the famous mouth-watering food from Mumbai 

Vada Pav

Vada Pav, an iconic Mumbai dish, is one of the most loved street foods in Mumbai. It basically has only two central elements - the vada and the pav and is served with mint chutney and masala. Best Vada pav in Mumbai is available at Kirti College in Dadar.

Bombay sandwich

The Bombay Sandwich includes two lushly-buttered slices of white bread, stuffed with loads of potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroot, capsicum, onions, chutney and cheese. Whether it is toasted or plain, it tastes yummy in all forms. Lip smacking Bombay sandwiches can be had at Sandwichwala outside Xavier's college in Mumbai.

Brun Maska

Spotted at almost all the Irani cafés in town, Mumbai’s famous Brun Maska has crusty brown bread with a soft, pillow-like belly topped with dollops of butter (maska) with a cup of steaming milky tea. Head to Kyani's in Dhobi Talao for the best Brun Maska in town.


The Bombil (Bombay duck) can be found in the waters near Mumbai and is one of Mumbai's most popular fish. Loved by Parsis in the region, it is served in its crisp, fried avatar at most of the Gomantak or Malvani restaurants. The best place to have Parsi-style Bombil fry is at Britannia & Co in Mumbai.

How to get around in Mumbai

Mumbaikars rely heavily on public transport to commute daily to their workplaces due to the lack of parking spaces, traffic bottlenecks, and generally poor road conditions, especially in the monsoon.

The Suburban Rail Network

Most people, especially females, prefer to travel in Mumbai using the Suburban Rail Network. This rail network is commonly referred to as "Locals" by Mumbaikars. Mumbai has an extensive network of local trains covering all the major parts of the city. There are three lines — the Western Line, the Central Main Line, and the Harbour Line.

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (known as BEST) bus network

BEST buses are another popular mode of public transport in Mumbai. The vast network of buses connects all the parts of the city and the suburbs. Buses run from 5 AM to midnight.

Private cabs and taxis

One can choose private taxis like Black & Yellow Top Taxi or Ola and Uber to travel across the city. These cabs can be booked easily through an app on the phone or can be approached either by calling the customer care.

Mumbai Metro

Launched on 8th of June 2014, The Mumbai Metro has become the lifeline of the city. The fares of the Mumbai metro range from Rs. 10-40 depending on the distance between the stations.


In addition to this, there is also an intra-city ferry service available for locals who wish to travel from one place to another.

Where to shop in Mumbai

Linking Road, Bandra

This is the best place for street shopping with friends. Shoes, junk jewellery, bags and clothes, you will find all kinds of items at this place.

Chor Bazar

As the name suggests, Chor bazar has stuff that is second hand, old and stolen. It is a famous market for antique and vintage items. One can shop from mobile phones, Computer peripherals, electronic items and motorcycle parts in this market.

Crawford Market

Built in the British Raj, Crawford Market (known as Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market) is South Mumbai’s most famous wholesale market. Fruits, Vegetables, spices, condiments, imported food items and souvenirs can be easily purchased from this market.

Hindmata Cloth Market

Established by cloth traders from Kutch around 60 years ago, the Hindmata Cloth Market in Dadar should be the first place to check out for ethnic wear. From readymade desi dresses to dress materials of various fabrics, this market is the one-stop place for all your ethnic needs.

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