Mumbai is India’s most important city. It is known as the city of glamour primarily because it is the seat of Bollywood. This modern metropolis is teeming with posh restaurants, bars and cafés, night clubs and roadside food kiosks. Eating and drinking in Mumbai is an extraordinary culinary and cultural experience not just for the many city restaurants but also for the savory dishes they offer.
The Magic of Mumbai
Mumbai: the wealthiest city in India, the centre of the country’s commerce and entertainment. Here are some of the wealthiest people and companies in the country, as well as Bollywood itself. Here one may find too some of the most modern (and also expensive) hotels in the world, which provide just about every amenity guests could think of and which are flanked by private properties and high-rise apartments so valuable that their prices are comparable to those in Manhattan. This is a land of luxury, of opulence, of Indian glamour at its best, and even the most demanding traveler shall surely find something to suit his comfort needs.
Yet despite all these offerings and pleasures, Mumbai’s allure as a tourist spot is not built on modernity alone. Mumbai has a rich history, one whose time of habitation may go as far back as the Stone Age. It has gone from being a fishing village to a part of the Gujarat Sultanate and saw the struggles of the Portuguese and British, and now that India is independent, it is the capital of Maharashtra State. All of that has left a mark on the city, which, like its cuisine, is redolent with the hints of many different cultures having added their flavors to its pot.
This makes Mumbai an even more fascinating place to visit, as it has developed a character that stays distinct even while evoking some of its history. This is a place of upscale shopping brands—think Hermes and Armani—and modern cafes as well as the Elephanta and Jogeshwari Caves (both dating back to around the sixth century). This is a place where you can enjoy the finest in international cuisine from world-class chefs as well as classic US fast food even while having your pick of the best Marathi and Indian cookeries and restaurants at every corner. This is a place where most people on the street can handle English yet also welcome you with local greetings with relish. Not for nothing is Mumbai the place where one may find the Gateway to India.
If you have not visited Elephanta Island off the coast of Mumbai, you have not truly experienced the culture, historicity and beauty of India. The island is home to the mystical Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not difficult getting to the island from downtown Mumbai. Simply go to the Gateway of India to catch a ferry boat that leaves for the island every 30 minutes. The ferry ride takes one hour.
Vacationers traveling to any part of India are sure to pass by Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra. It is the gateway to Indian tourism and center of the country’s commerce and entertainment industry. Mumbai is the proud host of Bollywood, which from the sound of its name one can easily understand that it is South Asia’s version of Hollywood. The Bollywood film industry produces 100 Hindi blockbuster movies every year, which clearly makes Mumbai the richest, hippest and sexiest city in South Asia. Bollywood Mumbai is the single most iconic destination in all of India.
Like any leading cities in South Asia, Mumbai is hot, humid, polluted, overcrowded, and suffering from extreme poverty. Yet, none of these debilitating national [Read more…]
Mumbai is the center of trade, industry, entertainment and tourism in India. Tourists visiting India for the first time must come here to truly understand what the country is all about. It is the country’s largest, richest and most populous city, with a population of about 21 million people. Based in the city is the Hindi film industry known as Bollywood, which is another major tourist draw. There is no problem getting to Mumbai for both local and international tourists since this is the most happening city in India.
Mumbai is connected with all major cities in the world. There are regular direct flights from New York, London, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur to name a few. Mumbai’s Sahara International Airport is one of the busiest international hubs in the world. There are a number of flights coming in every day from London alone, in addition to the many other international and domestic flights. Some of the major airlines coming in include British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Delta Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, and Singapore Airlines, along with low-cost airline companies such as AirAsia and domestic carriers as Air India and Kingfisher Airlines. Getting to Mumbai by air is no problem. [Read more…]
Mumbai is a melting pot of cultures, and that is saying a lot since India is home to a number of cultures and cultural influences. College students, businessmen, and professionals come to Mumbai since it is the hippest and most popular city in India. And it is in this coming together of people that tourists get a very good idea about what to wear in Mumbai. College students may wear the most fashionable branded jeans, shirts and sneakers, professionals typically wear formal attire, while local tourists prefer wearing the most traditional Indian dresses.
Mumbai is home of the world-famous Bollywood Hindi film industry. In India, Bollywood is as famous, if not more popular, as Hollywood, especially today that a number of Bollywood stars have made it into the mainstream American film industry. This means people in Mumbai know the latest trends in global fashion, and so visitors from anywhere in the world can come without worrying about what to wear. Westerners can walk around Mumbai streets dressed down in white shirt, shorts, jeans and sneakers. [Read more…]
Culture and festivals in Mumbai are so diverse, primarily for the fact that this major Indian city has attracted people, cultures and religions from different parts of India through the centuries. There is a delightful diversity of cultures, lifestyles, foods, philosophies and festivities that have co-existed in the city for a number of centuries. Mumbai has been the country’s center of trade for a number of decades. Today, it is still the hub of trade and commerce, as well as religious festivities. It is the largest, richest and most important city in South Asia.
The Mumbai culture embraces a number of South Asian traditions as well as Western cultures since India was under British control for some time. Locals celebrate both Eastern and Western festivals including the Diwali, Holi, Eid, Navrati, Duvati, Moharram, Good Friday, and Christmas. The annual Bandra Fair puts together Eastern and Western beliefs since this festival gathers people from all faiths to commemorate the Nativity of Mary, the mother of Jesus. This takes place on September 8. Meanwhile, a modern non-religious festival is the Kala Ghoda, which is a global art exhibit in the areas of music, dance, film and theater. [Read more…]