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Mumbai Tourism

Mumbai, which is also known as the City of Dreams, is the gateway to India. The capital of Maharashtra is previously known as 'Bombay.' The city also comes under the world's most populous cities, with a metropolitan population of 21 million. Mumbai is also known as the 'financial capital of India,' and the presence of the Indian Stock exchange proves this point. Mumbai is a perfect example of 'Unity in diversity as it has people from different cultural backgrounds from all over India. Hindi film industry which also goes by the name of Bollywood, is also situated in Mumbai. The name of the city has been decided after many debates and discussions. Some say Bombay was the original name derived from the Portuguese word Bom Bahia which means Beautiful Bay. While other claims that Mumbai, the present name, is the city's original name, which is derived from 'Mumba Devi,' a local Hindu Goddess. After many discussions and many debates, the name officially changed to Mumbai from Bombay in 1995.

This Mumbai travel guide on Mumbai tourism will help you explore the city easily and inform you about the places to visit in Mumbai, Mumbai tourist places, the history and culture of Mumbai, and the best time to visit Mumbai.

History of Mumbai

The city of dreams is full of rich culture and glorious history. The past few centuries have witnessed many changes in Mumbai. Some changes led to the development of the city, and some remained unsung. The history of Mumbai started with a Portuguese traveller, 'Vasco Da Gama,' who explored this area and named it Bom Baia, which means Beautiful Bay or Good Bay. This later, with the passing time, becomes Bombay. During the time of Emperor Ashoka, the city was scattered in 7 different islands. Mumbai actually came into the picture in 1498 when the Portuguese took over the place from Sultan of Gujarat. The city has a history of 500 years. After the Portuguese took this place, Mumbai was gifted to Charles II of England as a dowry. As the sister of the Portuguese King was married to Charles II. Later, Charles II gave this city to the East India Company in 1668. East India Company then built many docks, trading posts, and forts that have become the city's nerve.

Gradually in 1708, Bombay became East India Company's headquarters, and the second British Governor-General cultivated Bombay as a chief commercial trading center in India through the sea route. In 1845 all the 7 islands were merged and formed a single city. After India gained Independence, the city announces as the new capital of Maharashtra.

Culture and Traditions of Mumbai

Considered as a cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is also listed as the most populous city in the world. Mumbai is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions. A mixture of different cultures comes out as a typical 'Mumbaikar'. Here are some major points covered to give you a fine view of the vast culture of Mumbai-

a) Though more than half a population is non-Mumbaikar, and the major regional folks are Parsis, Sindhis, Gujarati, and so on.

b) People from different regions of India are living in the sky of Mumbai; most of the population of this city belongs to people from U.P and Bihar who have moved here.

c) For accommodation, people live in 'Chawls,' which are multi-storied buildings having numerous single rooms which entire family shares.

d) Mumbai also houses the Indian Film fraternity, which is also known as 'Bollywood.'
e) Mumbai has dozens of nightclubs that vary according to the budget of the individual.
Cuisine of Mumbai

People of Mumbai have always been famous for their love for its traditional food. The cuisine of Mumbai is lip-smacking, scrumptious which is widely famous throughout the country. Food in Mumbai, without which Mumbaikar cannot live, is 'Vada Paav' and 'Paav Bhaaji.' A dish includes mixing different vegetables and fried bread garnished with a dollop of butter and chopped onions. Some other delicious and mouth-watering dishes are masala bhaat, moong dal khichdi, Mumbai Tawa Pulao, and an unending list which the foodies adore.

Mumbai Weather and best time to Visit

Language Spoken

Hindi, English

Mumbai Map

Places to Visit Mumbai

If you want the peak into the true spirit of Mumbai, you should visit the following places, which are some of the best places to visit in Mumbai. The best Mumbai travel places are Gateway of India, Mount Mary Church, Haji Ali Dargah, Marine Drive, and Shri Siddhivinayak Temple. Some other Mumbai tourist places to visit with historical and religious importance that you should visit while your Mumbai trip is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Asiatic Society, Bandra Worli Sea Link, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Maha Laxmi Temple, and Crawford Market. 

Gateway of India:

It was built in the 20th century and is one of the major tourist attractions in Mumbai. This 85 feet tall archeological wonder is standing as a significant landmark in Mumbai. The arch of the monument gives an imprint of Muslim style, and the decoration has been done in Hindu style.

Mount Mary Church:

The church is also known as the Basilica of Our Lady Mount and one of the best Mumbai tourist places. Not only Christians but also people of different faiths and religions visit this church.

Haji Ali Dargah:

The most renowned and holy place of Muslims is situated in the middle of an island. The Dargah was built in 1431 and is the mausoleum of Pir Haji Ali Shah, a Sufi saint.

Shri Siddhivinayak Temple:

This is one of the most prestigious temples of India, and the Shri Siddhivinayak temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This one of the famous Mumbai travel places is visited by thousands of devotees every day.  

Best Time to Visit Mumbai

The best time to visit Mumbai for leisure travelers and tourists is in the month after the monsoon and before summer. As the place is situated beside the coastal area, the climate of Mumbai is generally filled with humidity and sweat. If you wish to visit this place you should come to Mumbai from October to March.

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Getting In Mumbai


By Airways:

Sahara International Airport of Mumbai has many flights flying to the city. Another major airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

By Busways:

If you plan to visit Mumbai by road, you can reach Nasik, Pune, Aurangabad, which are 170 km, 150 km, and 340 km from the city, respectively.

By Railways:

The railway is considered the lifeline of Mumbai. Rails are well connected with other major cities and offer a good cluster of rails to people.


You will love your Mumbai trip, and our Mumbai travel guide will help you out to explore the city and Mumbai tourist destinations. 

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