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Little boxes, people on people, concrete humanity. A city where it all works, a city within which people strive for excellence or they could not stand the pace of desperate living here.

A city of crime, where the crime is not visible. A city where you feel safe no matter who, where or when you are. A city in India where a policeman will help you push your car if it stalls, but a city albeit where cars do not stall. A city that respects money...where to be a 'seth' (obscenely rich man) is not an insult, but a title that replaces any that the old aristocracy might have had on offer.

Bright lights, neon signs, fast cars, beautiful people, the city never sleeps. Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, the home of Bollywood that churns fantasies and dreams and unreality.

Local commuting trains that belch out people into the underbelly of the city. Sardines are packed less tightly. Street urchins so street smart they actually reach adulthood smiling. The dirt and the giant slum of a city. And within it, each individual respects the personal space of another. There are no divisions, no differences, no advantages, no qualifications : only your ability to deliver.

Throbbing with the vitality of dreams and the will to realise them, of reaching for the stars, it is a city of instant changes, constant changes, a city of opportunities, a city of fortune. It is where tomorrow stands today. If you have the guts and the gall to live in Mumbai and survive, you have arrived. Welcome to the real world.

Mumbai is where the intrepid traveler sees yet another face of India...the catterpillar during chrysalis...the strange transition from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first.

How To Get There

By Air: There is an extensive network of flights from Mumbai's Sahar (International) and Santa Cruz (Domestic) airports. International flights connect it to all the major cities of the world. There are domestic flights to all the major cities of the country.

By Train: Mumbai has trains connecting it to all the major cities of the country. Intra city trains in Mumbai are very good, and are the fastest and cheapest way to move around in Mumbai.

By Road: Mumbai is well connected to all the cities of Maharashtra by bus. Intra city bus services are also very good.


Mahalaxmi Temple


The Mahalaxmi Temple is a popular holy site as Mahalaxmi is the goddess of wealth. It is situated at one end of Breach Candy -- a trendy residential and shopping area, now known as B. Desai Road.


Haji Ali Shrine


Further along the seashore, at the end of a long pathway surrounded by seawater is the shrine dedicated to Haji Ali, a Muslim saint. Access is only at low tide via the pathway.


Siddhivinayak Temple


Located in the Prabha Devi area of Mumbai, this popular temple dedicated to Ganesh was rebuilt on the site of a 200-year old temple. Built of black stone, the idol of Ganesh is two and a half feet in height and two feet in width. An unusual feature of the statue is that the trunk turns to the right, not often found on Ganesh idols. Tuesday is the main day of darshan and puja, but this temple is frequented by hundreds of devotees everyday. Click here for more details.


Juhu Beach


This suburban beach is great favourite with Mumbaites, and has plenty to offer everyone. Like Marine Drive's Chowpatty, Juhu 'Chowpatty' is a vendor's delight with innumerable food counters. It is a wonderful place to bring kids, as it doubles up as an amusement park, play ground, and open-air restaurant. An unusual sight at this beach is the camel ride, which is both fun and popular.

Gateway of India                                 


Mumbai's most striking monument, this too was designed by George Wittet. It has an imposing gateway arch in the Indo-Saracenic style with Gujarati and Islamic elements such as wooden carvings. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. This area is also the departing point for ferries plying to Elephanta Island and other beaches across the port. Behind it is the beautiful old (and new) structure of the Taj Mahal Hotel


Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach


This is the stretch now known as Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road with Nariman Point on one end to Babulnath, at the foot of Walkeshwar on the other. For the most part, a pleasant promenade continues along the beach with the Chowpatty area situated somewhat in the middle. Chowpatty Beach is a teeming mass of people, vendors, masseurs and roadside restaurants with its specialties being bhelpuri and kulfi. Across the Chowpatty Beach area is the Taraporewala Aquarium. Marine Drive is also referred to as the Queen's Necklace because of the dramatic line of street lamps lit up at night.


Malabar Hill


This is essentially an up-market residential area with some spectacular views of the city surroundings. On the road climbing up, is a Jain temple dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankara. At one end, on the top are the Hanging Gardens (Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens) and the Kamala Nehru Park. Both provide relaxing atmospheres of greenery. Beside the Hanging Gardens are the Parsi Towers of Silence. But these are off-limits to all except those who have come to dispose and pay respect to the dead.

Towards the other end is the Banganga temple complex at Walkeshwar, considered to be one of Mumbai's holiest sites. Local legend has it that the Hindu god Rama rested here on his way to rescue Sita (his wife) from Lanka. The Banganga Tank is supposedly the spot where Rama shot his bow or bana. Further away is the British built Raj Bhavan, the residence of the governor of Maharashtra. The Banganga Festival of Music is a yearly highlight, and is in the month of January usually.


Mani Bhavan


This simple and charming museum was where Mahatma Gandhi lived on his visits to Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. Gandhi's room and belongings including his books are on display. Mani Bhavan is situated on Laburnam Road, near the August Kranti Maidan, where the 'Quit India' movement was launched in 1942. Open daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market (Crawford Market)


A busy market area, this is best visited early on in the day. The fruits and vegetable section offers the best of produce. Depending on when you visit, the fruit/s of the season are always a good buy.


Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus)


This is a magnificent building, and considered to be architecturally one of the finest stations in the world. Built by the British in 1888, it has exquisite ornamentation on its fašade along with beautifully executed panels and friezes. It holds the statue of Queen Victoria on its dome.


Flora Fountain and the Gothic/Victorian buildings of the Fort Area


The Flora Fountain stands on the site of the old church gate of the Bombay Fort, now a major crossroad named Hutatma Chowk. It was erected to honour Sir Bartle Frere, a former governor of Bombay and named after the Greek goddess Flora. Other buildings to see in the Fountain or Fort area are the University of Mumbai buildings including the imposing Rajabhai Tower, the Mumbai High Court, the Old Secretariat, and the Institute of Science on one end. Close by are situated St Thomas Cathedral, the Asiatic Society of Bombay or Town Hall, the Office of the Director General of Police, the General Post Office and the Thomas Cook building.

The Western Railway Headquarters is also quite near, across the street from the Churchgate Station. These buildings are fine examples of the Gothic and Indo-Saracenic style. Many are illuminated by night. An exotic way of seeing these sights would be by the MTDC open-air bus or by the few surviving Victorias or buggy rides. Close by to Flora Fountain is the Kala Ghoda area which holds a once a week fair (every Sunday) from November to January.


Jehangir Art Gallery


Close by to the Prince of Wales Museum, this gallery is the showcase for contemporary art. The displays change regularly. Outside is the Artist's Plaza with more paintings on display and sale. Open daily from 11 am to 7 pm.


Prince of Wales Museum


This is one of Mumbai's finest example of Victorian architecture. Built to commemorate King George V's visit to Mumbai (while still Prince of Wales), it was designed by George Wittet and completed in 1923. It is undoubtedly one of India's finest museums and houses treasures, artefacts, paintings and sculpture from the many periods covering India's history, including the Indus Valley Civilization. Open from Tuesday to Sunday,  10.30 am to 6 pm.


National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)


This is the former Cowasji Jehangir Hall, of the Institute of Science. It has been renovated to serve as a four-storey exhibition hall, displaying the best of Indian contemporary art. Open daily except Monday, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Shopping Mumbai
Shopping in Mumbai is a memorable experience as you wander through its Bazaars with striking names like Chor Bazar, Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazar. At Chor Bazar you'll find a phenomenal collection of antiques, jewellery, wooden articles, leatherware and general bric-a-brac.

Crawford market, famous for flowers, fruits, meat and fish, is certainly place worth capturing on your camera. Zaveri Bazar offers excellent range of jewellery items. For colourful and innovative carpets one should head for Mereweather Road behind Taj Mahal Hotel. Here the range is extensive, exclusive and the prices slightly higher. To be on the safer side, one could, however check at the Jammu and Kashmir Emporium first. Several state emporia in the World Trade Centre, at Cuffe Parade are an ideal place to buy souvenir, a rare artifact or textiles. The Central Cottage Industries Emporium (Apollo Bunder) and Khadi Village Industries Emporium (D.N.Road) with their fixed price tags, are genuine and of superb quality.

Colaba and Flora Fountain (Hutatama Chowk) in the heart of South Mumbai and walking distance from Bombay V.T and Churchgate Railwa Stations are full of shopping of all kinds, mainly ethnic artifacts and departmental stores.

Walk into Fashion Street and shop for your new summer wardrobe. The street is close to the famous Metro Cinema and Dhobi Talao.

For those who look for the glamorous the ideal place to shell out some money would be Kemps Corner, Warden Road, Breach Candy and Napean Sea Road.

Bandra, the so-called Queen of Suburbs is the residential abode of the's who of Mumbai, film stars, industrialists and the likes. Linking Road joins Bandra to Khar and is lined up on both sides with showrooms for the elite. But the striking contest here is the pavement selling which adds to the thrill while you walk out of a posh showroom.

The famous essence of perfume industry in India had its prime ingredient called Itar. Although the Itar is now only concentrated towards Kanuj in U.P. , right here in Mumbai you could get a sample of it the way it used to be. Yes, walk into the famous Mohammed Ali Road and shop to your heart's content for Itar, embroidery and Zari work besides artefacts and souvenirs.


Name Address
Hotel Inn  Balraj Sahani Marg
Juhu Beach
Mumbai - 400049
The Shalimar Hotel August Kranti Marg
Kemps Corner
Mumbai - 400036
Hotel Hilton Towers Nariman Point
Mumbai - 400021
The Oberoi Nariman Point
Mumbai - 400021
The Leela Opp International Airport
Mumbai - 400059
Sun n Sand Hotel 39 Juhu Beach
Mumbai - 400049
ITC Hotel Grand Central 287, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road
Sheraton & Towers  Parel
  Mumbai - 400 012
ITC Hotel Grand Maratha Sahar
Sheraton & Towers Mumbai - 400099
Grand Hyatt Mumbai Off Western Express Highway
Santacruz (East)
Mumbai - 400055
Hyatt Regency Mumbai Sahar Airport Road
Mumbai - 400099
Le Royal Meridien Ascot Centre
Sahar Airport Road
Andheri (East)
InterContinental Sahar Airport Road
The Grand Mumbai Mumbai - 400059
Hotel Tulip Star Juhu Tara Road
The Retreat Madh Marve Road
Mumbai - 400061
The Taj Mahal Hotel Apollo Bunder
Mumbai - 400001
Ramada Hotel Palm Grove Juhu Beach
Mumbai - 400049
Inter Continental Marine Drive
Mumbai - 400020
Taj President Hotel 90 Cuffe Parade
Mumbai - 400005
Hotel Sea Princess Juhu Beach
The Resort 11 Madh Marve Road
Aksa Beach Malad
Hotel Marine Plaza 29 Marine Drive
The Orchid Hotel Nehru Road
Vile Parle (East)
Mumbai - 400099
The Ambassador Hotel Veer Nariman Road
Hotel Bawa International Near Domestic Airport
Fariyas Hotel 25 Off Arthur Bunder Road
Hotel Horizon 37 Juhu Beach
Hotel Midtown Pritam Dadar
Ritz Hotel 5 J Tata Road
Hotel Sands 39/2 Juhu Beach
West End Hotel 45 New Marine Lines
Hotel Airlink No 75 Santacrez Airport
Hotel Airport Kohinoor Andheri-Kurla Road
Hotel Apollo Landsdowne Road
Ascot Hotel 38 Garden Hotel
Hotel Avion Nehru Road
Vile Parle (East)
Citizen Hotel 960 Juhu Beach
Hotel Damjis Azad Road
Vile Parle (East)
Hotel Godwin 41 Garden Road Colaba
Grand Hotel Ballard Estate
Hotel Kohinoor Park Opp Siddhivinayak Temple
Kumaria Presidency Hotel Andheri-Kurla Road
Opp International Airport
Hotel Parle International Agarwal Market
Vile Parle (East)
Hotel Rang Sharda Bandra Reclamation
Bandra (West)
Hotel Royal Garden Juhu Tara Road
Santa Cruz (West)
Royal Inn Opp Khar Tel Exchange
Khar (West)
Hotel Ramee International 757 S V Road
Opp Khar Traffic Police Booth
Khar (West)

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How to Get There Mumbai City

One of the advantages of being a major metropolis is that Mumbai is well connected to the rest of the state and country.
By Air:   If you are arrivng by air, disembarkation would be either at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly known as Sahar Airport) or at Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport (formerly known as Santa Cruz Airport). They are about 4 kms apart and are approximately 30 kms and 26 kms away from the heart of the city - Nariman Point - in south Mumbai. An airport bus service operates between the airports and the Air India Building at Nariman Point. The journey takes an hour to the domestic terminal and fifteen minutes longer to the international terminal. However, be warned that during peak-hour traffic the journey could last almost two hours. Tickets can be bought either on the buses or at the booth outside the Air India Building. There is also a shuttle bus that operates at regular intervals between the domestic and international airports.
 By Rail :For those choosing to travel by train, Mumbai’s two main railway terminals - Mumbai Central and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (or VT) connect it to the rest of the country. For up-to-date information on tickets and routes, check the Western Railway and Central Railway reservation centres.
 By Road : Long distance buses depart from Mumbai Central S.T. Bus Depot to several towns and cities.