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Welcome to Mumbai! 

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. It’s the city of dreamers, where dreams come true.

This is a city that never sleeps, which makes the traffic worse. People always on the run, trying to get somewhere and the Mumbai locals are bursting with these people. 

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It’s the place where Bollywood resides, Film city, Mehboob studio and recording studios it’s all here. Thousands of people every day come to the city with one dream to become an actor.  From Sharukh Khan house to YRF studio it’s here all the glamour happens. Mumbai is also the fashion powerhouse. All the top designers have their stores places here from Manish Malhotra dress to Sabyasachi bridal wear.

Mumbai is also known as the major financial hub. It is the financial capital of India, with institutes like BSE and RBI. Mumbai is the fastest growing city which is also very liberal-minded. The city is exciting, chaotic and overwhelming, where you will find rich and the middle-class on each side of the city. Mumbai is famous for lots of things but the most common and talked about things are Mumbai locals, ‘Mumbai ki barish’ last but not the least Mumbai street food.  Mumbai is extremely beautiful in its own way, which makes you fall in love with this city.

Top experiences in Mumbai.

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.

It is Mumbai’s one of the most famous landmarks. This remarkable hotel is a blend of Islamic and Renaissance style, design like a Raja’s Mahal. Built-in 1903 the parsi industrialist JN TATA.

It is known for its lavish decor and it comes under one of the most expensive hotels in Mumbai. It also has the high end branded showrooms like Chanel, Dior, Gucci and many more to shop from.  Taj Mahal Palace contains a lot of history in its making and has also been targeted during the 2008 terrorist attacks. The images of its burning front were broadcast worldwide. 

One of the interesting facts about these hotels’ history is that it served as a 600-bed hospital during World War I.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus 

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus formerly known as Victoria Terminus in Mumbai is impressive, zestful and overcrowded with people. This monumental train station is the city’s most extravagant Gothic Victorian example of Revival architecture building in India. Its extraordinary styled stone dome pointed arches are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It is an excellent example of the meeting of the two cultures. The CST is also where the first passenger train service in India started. Mumbai and railways were made for each other, where the largest part of the population of Mumbaikers travel through locals, thus this is one of the busiest railway stations of Mumbai. CST was also one of the places targeted during the terrorist attack in 2208. This station is a very important part of the Mumbai historic culture. 

Iskcon Temple

 Iskcon Temple or more popularly known as ‘Hare Ram Hare Krishna Temple ‘ and ‘Radha Rasabihariji’ is situated in Juhu Mumbai. This temple plays an important part in the Hare Krishna story and the temple is dedicated to ‘Lord Krishna’. It was built by the ISKCON Foundation or the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It is one of the most famous temples in Mumbai. The temple is decorated with a number of paintings and statues within its interiors making the temple look more mesmerizing. The ISKCON temple is so well-known for its shrine every day. Temple conducts prayers and bhajans every evening.  ISKCON temple is famous for its spot for meditation.

Elephanta Island

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Elephanta Island is located in Mumbai Harbour of the Arabian Sea. To get there the ferry is available from the Gateway of India which takes you to the Island. A return ticket cost rs.120. There is no overnight stay at the Island. 5.30 pm is the last return ferry back. The Island has two separate sets of cave temples. Five Hindu caves and two Buddhist caves. 

 The most famous sculpture of the Hindu cave is the six-meter three faces of Lord Shiva, known as the ‘Trimurthi’ sculpture. The cave also features other sculptures that tell the stories of Lord Shiva, his wife Parvati and elephant-headed son Ganesha. Portuguese soldiers damaged the island and the cave sculptures but in 1970 it was restored and preserved and is now a famous tourist site to visit. 

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

If you are a museum lover then this one deserves a visit. It was built in 1885. It is one of the oldest museums in Mumbai and India’s third oldest museum. This beautiful museum was built in the Renaissance revival style as the Victorian and Albert Museum. Though the museum was built it was not opened for the public till the year 1878. The museum’s permanent collection includes Historical artefacts, maps, photographs, manuscripts and rare books that document. The museum’s Plaza area features contemporary music, dance and drama, it also has a cafe and shop. The main landmark building was renovated while the renovation took 4 years. Museum was reopened in 2008. The long staircase leading up to the first floor of the museum. There are several galleries of Industrial Art, the Origins of Mumbai and Kamalnarayan Special Exhibitions Gallery. BDLM plays an important role in preserving the history of Mumbai.

Sassoon Docks

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It is one of Mumbai’s oldest fishing spots. This entire area has always been of hustle and bustle with the loud commotion and the smell of the fish. Even from 1 km you can smell the odour and know that you are near the fish market. Back in the time of the British, these docks were helped to establish cotton trade, today they are famous for fish. The day starts at dawn while the rest of us sleep, the fishermen start their day before dawn and sail off to catch fish. At the shore, colourful boats are parked making quite an appealing view to watch. The eye-catching view of this dock is the Grand fortress type entrance.

Khotachiwadi- on the outskirts Mumbai

To get away from the city’s madness and go someplace to get a break from the steaming hustle of everyday life, there are a few places that are known to have a quieter ambience. Khotachiwadi is one of that place, which is located in Girgaum. It is known for its Portuguese style colourful houses there is a small chapel that is situated right at the beginning of the village. A perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon walk in the street of Khotachiwadi.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Mumbai’s best and biggest museum formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum of Western India was established in 1905 but opened in 1922. The museum has remarkable and glorious architecture and has a vast collection of the historic period. Before it opened to people in 1922, it was used as a hospital during the first world war. The museum is built on two architectural forms that are Indian and Saracenic. Among many artifacts, the most famous and popular are the Indus valley civilization, the Mughal era where the arms and armour of the Mughal era where the arms and armour of the Mughal emperor Akbar are shown, and it also exhibits the collection of Maratha confederacy. It also features European paintings and British artefacts are also displayed. The CSMUS museum has opened its first children’s museum in it. Where there are 50 artefacts include a sculpture of freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi’s charkha.

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