Mumbai is the commercial capital of the nation. The history of this dream destination dates back to the formation of seven islands namely Colaba, Mazagaon, Mahim, Parel, Bombay Island, Worli and Old women’s island, the groups which were fragments of Ashoka Kingdom and were colonized after the death of the great ruler King Ashoka. The name Mumbai is given as an epithet derived from the name of local Goddess Mumbadevi. The city is the capital of Maharashtra state.
The climate of Mumbai is tropical wet and dry climate. It is moderately hot and has high level of humidity. The city gets the seasoning of summer (March – May), heavy showers of monsoon (June- Sep), post monsoon (Oct-Dec) and winter (Dec – Feb). Heavy rain pouring from the sky during monsoon season makes travel a bit difficult floods.
The local train is the life line of Mumbai where every day lakhs and lakhs of people travel by it to earn their livelihood. Mumbai local trains are the symbol of unity wherein people of different caste and religion get gelled up together during their journey in the train. Another face of Mumbai is the Mumbai’s Dabbawalas who devised the system to deliver tiffins or lunch of different persons across Mumbai.
Mumbai being the cosmopolitan city, its culture and traditions are reflected in the lifestyles of its population. This city has its own shades of cultural celebrations. Almost all the festivals are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. The most prominent is the celebrations of Ganeshotsav. This ten days festival is celebrated with great grandeur. Huge idols of the Lord Ganesha is placed and worshipped with great devotion for nine days with different cultural programmes in the pipeline and on the tenth day the idol is immersed in the river to say adieu to the Lord seeking His blessing throughout the year and wish His early arrival the consequent year. Navaratri or Dusshera is the other festival that is celebrated with great joy and valour. The famous “Dandia Dance” is performed during nine days of this festival as mark of devotion to the Goddess. Holi, Diwali, Gudi Padava (celebrating New Year as per local Maharashtrian tradition) etc. are celebrated in their own traditional way.
This busiest city offers lip smacking multi cuisines in your platter. The signature dish “vada pav” is the all time favourite of every Mumbaikar. It offers gamut of delicacies like South Indian food, Maharashtrian delight, North Indian food, Continental, Mughalai, Chinese etc that tickles your taste buds and pacifies your soul. The city is famous for its mouth watering street food like bhel, pav bhaji, ragada pattis etc.
This city is a treasure trove with many places to be explored. The places that are deserved to be visited are: Siddhivinayak temple, Mahalakshmi temple, Hanging garden, Kamala Nehru park, Esselworld, Elephanta caves, Juhu chowpathy beach, Haji Ali Dargah, Nehru Planatorium, Sanjay Gandhi National park, Gateway of India etc.
Mumbai is the shopper’s Paradise. It is the city that symbolises style and is known for trendy boutiques and shopping malls. One can get anything under the sky in this city. Stay option in this city is easily available with hotels and lodges available catering to the needs and requirements of every pocket. Right from luxury five star hotels to low cost budget hotels all provide good hospitality services.
Mumbai never sleeps. From beaches to Bollywood this city is known for its friendly outlook which is reflected by the friendly nature of its local population. Anyone visiting this city gets related and accustomed to its style and aura in no time.