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Mumbai Travel GuideMumbai's port is the busiest one in India. Deriving its name Mumbai from the local deity Mumba Devi it was formerly known as Bombay. The Portuguese predecessors of the British preferred to think of the name as Bom Baim, the Good Bay and was finally called Bombay. The city is a pat of the western coast that starts from Gujarat and stretches till Kerala.
The seven islands namely Colaba, Mahim, Mazgaon, Parel, Worli, Girgaun and Dongri have its part in the` formation of the city of Mumbai. People belonging to all creeds and culture make their livelihood here and with such a mixture it becomes an enthralling city.
Places to visit in Mumbai
Gateway of India, Mumbai
The Gateway of India is the prime landmark in the city that served as a principal port when visitors came to India by ship. It was following the visit of King George V in 1911, the actual idea of the gateway was formed and was officially opened in the year 1924. The construction can be attributed the 16th century Muslim styled architecture. Close to the gateway is the Colaba Causeway that stretches to the end of the Colaba promontory in the southern end. Another spot to enjoy is the Saaaoon dock where the fishing boats retire after the long day's work.
To the north of Colaba is the area that has too many tourist attractions and is worth visiting. Known as the Mumbai Fort the area covers a lot of striking buildings constructed during the golden period.
St. Johns church
One such place is the St. Johns church was built in memory of the soldiers, who laid down their lives in the Sindh campaign of 1838, and the first Afghan war of 1843.
The Prince of Wales Museum
The Prince of Wales museum was opened in 1923 in honour of the visit of King George V to India. Having a Indo - Saracenic design it houses a beautiful section for art and paintings. There is yet another place within the compound of the Museum which is called The Jahangir Art Gallery that has rare collections of modern Indian artists. The Jahangir Art Gallery is within the compound of the Museum, and displays paintings of modern Indian artists. Flora Fountain is also nearby, and is the business centre of India, housing many of the major banks and offices. It was erected in 1869 in honour of Sir Bartle Frere, who was governor of Mumbai from 1862-67. The Cathedral of St. Thomas built by Gerald Aungier in 1672 stands close to the fountain which is also a best place to visit.
Another major landmark of this lively city is the Victorian Terminus designed by F.W. Stevens observing the Italian Gothic style.
Marine Drive is a very popular promenade that was built on land reclaimed during 1920. Beginning at the Nariman Point it extends up to the Malabar Hills.
The best beach for an evening out would be the Chowpatty where the annual Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated grandly.
Hanging Gardens and Kamala Nehru Park
These two places are situated on the top of the Malabar Hills and offer a spectacular overview of the entire city.
Dedicated to the Goddess of Wealth, the Mahalaxmi Temple is the oldest temple in the city and is located some distance away from the Malabar Hills.
Haji Ali tomb
This is another interesting spot nearby. Other attractions of Mumbai include the Juhu beach and the Nehru Planetarium.
Places to visit around Mumbai
The must see list in Mumbai are the following:
- Elephant islands, about 10 km northeast of Apollo Bunder
- Gateway of India,
- Krishnagiri Upavan National Park,
- Kanheri caves (42 km from Mumbai),
- Manori beach (40 km),
- Montepezir and Jogeshwari Caves
- Bassein, which separates Mumbai city from the mainland was a Portuguese fortified city from 1534 to 1739.
Map of Mumbai / Bombay
Mumbai can be visited all round the year, except the months of June, July and August.