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Mumbai Travel Guide

Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in India. Mumbai is the capital of mumbai travel guideMaharashtra, India. Mumbai is one of the most popular cities and holiday destinations in India. Mumbai has become a popular demand oftourists from all around the world. The city of Mumbai is rich in its history & culture and has several worth visiting tourist attractions.

Welcome to Mumbai - the city of dreams. Mumbai is also known as the business city or the commercial capital of India. City of many faces, the city of Mumbai is the predominant gateway to the country. The powerhouse of Indian economy, the city of Mumbai is, no doubt, the home to many millenaries but it has also abject poverty. Almost half of the populations of Mumbai city are residing in slums.
  
Historically, the city of Mumbai was established as a colony in the year of 1509. But it was handed over to British as dowry to British, when Portuguese princess, Catherine was married to Charles II of England. Mumbai derives its name from Mumba Devi - the local deity of the city. Today, Mumbai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Tourists from all over the world come to Mumbai to explore its various attractions. The city of Mumbai is dotted with various and diverse attractions. Historical Forts & Place, Beaches, Elegant Hotels, Sky kissing buildings, Colorful markets, beautiful gardens & parks, nightlife, terrific temples, charming churches, etc  make Mumbai a popular tourist destination. It is said that Mumbai is the city which never sleeps. It runs day and night.

Apart from various historical monuments, fantastic forts, elegant palaces, stunning caves, Mumbai is also know foraglitz & glamour world of Bollywood. There are numerous tourist attractions in Mumbai - the city of dreams. The city of Mumbai is also known for its arts and culture. There are various institutions where various cultural programs can be seen and learnt. There are various festivals celebrated with great zeal and zest in the city of Mumbai. Among fairs and festivals of Mumbai, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with more excitement. Other important festivals of Mumbai are Diwali, Holi, Dushehra, Christmas, Good Friday, Moharram, and Maha Shivratri.

Major Attractions of Mumbai

The Gateway of India:
It is the 26 metre high stone archway and the mumbai tour guidemost predominant hallmark of Mumbai. Hereone can also see the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Swami Vivekananda.

Haji Ali Mosque:
Known all over in world, Haji Ali Mosque is also a worth visiting attraction of Mumbai. It is the shrine tomb of a Muslim Saint who passed on while pilgrimage to Mecca. This mosque is considered as one of the most sacred shrine of Muslims. But it is revered by people from all faiths.

The Flora Fountain: It is business centre of Mumbai. This famous place is surrounded by offices, colleges, banks, and shops. This famous place of Mumbai is now known as Hutatmas Chowk.

Mahalaxmi Temple:
This is a famous Hindu temple in Mumbai. This important temple is dedicated to the goddess of prosperity - Maa Laxmi. 

Gandhi Memorial:
Gandhi Memorial is also a major attraction of Mumbai. This famous place is dedicated to MahatmaGandhi, the Father of the Nation. This memorial is also called Mani Bhawan. The memorial houses now a gallery and a library. The Gandhi Memorial is the one of the best places to observe the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Nehru Center:
Nehru Centre is also very popular tourist attraction in Mumbai. Museum, Science Park, and Art Gallery are its attractions.

Afghan Church:
Also known as St. Johns Church, the Afghan Church was built in the year of 1847 in the dedications of the British soldiers who fell in the Singh and Afghan campaigns of 1838 and !843.

Jain Temple: Famous Jain Temple of Mumbai was built in the year of 1904. This famous shrine of Jains is dedicatedto Adinath - the first Tirthankara of Jains. The colorful and beautiful paintings of the wall of the temple are worth visiting.

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market:
This is the wholesale markets with many shops selling fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers etc. This market was built in 1867. Formerly this market was known as Crawford Market.

Nehru Planetarium: It is also the major attraction of Mumbai.

Chowpatty Beach: Chowpatty Beach is a popular beach in the city chowpatty beachof Mumbai. It is the place where Ganesh Chaturthi immersion takes place. On the beach one can see statues of Lokmanya Tilak and Vithalbahi Patel. On the beach one can see snake charmers, monkey-trainers, pony leaders, shooting galleries, balloon sellers, flower-girls and many more. Here one can also enjoy mouthwatering special sancks, Kulfi, Bhelpuri and others,

Kamla Nehru Park: Kamla Nehru Park is predominantly a children’s park and vary popular among children. Situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill, this park was named in the honor of the wife of India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. From here one can enjoy spectacular view of famous Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach.

Malabar Hill:
Malabar is one of the most posh areas of Mumbai. It has several elegant residences. Chief Minister House and Palatial State Guest House are situated in this area. Here one can visit the ruins of Walkeshwar Temple.  

Raja Bhai Tower: Raja Bhai Tower is also an important tourist attraction of Mumbai. It was built in the 19th century. It is located on the university campus and houses the university library.

Mahalaxmi Race Course: It is also a worth visiting attraction of Mumbai. It is considered as one of the finest in the east.

Other Attractions:
Prince of Wales Museum, Art Gallery, Juhu Beach, Bombay Natural History Museum, Film City, Hanging Gardens, High Court, Jehangir Art Gallery, Marrine Drive, Powari Lake, Vihar Lake, Victoria Terminus, Prithvi Theatre, Fashion Street, Essel World, Elephanta Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Kanheri Caves, Raudat Tajera, Taraporewala Aquarium, Asiatic Society of Mumbai, etc are also worth visiting attractions of Mumbai.

How to reach Mumbai: Mumbai, the city of dreams, is well-connected by all the major cities of India by air, rail and road. Mumbai is also well-connected by international airlines with some major countries of the world.

Local Transportation : Inside Mumbai you may avail any of the various means of local transport like the taxis, local trains or buses.

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