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Bombay owes its huge diversity to many layers of history and culture that it has accumulated over millennia. It is positioned as a state-of-the-art megalopolis and the economic, commercial and financial capital of the Indian peninsula. Mumbai is a prime example of a land of contrasts. It is an explosion of colours, folklore, tastes and flavours and especially a shopping paradise sometimes revealing unforeseen treasures around every corner.
Why Mumbai should be on your travel list?
Located on the west coast of India, Mumbai, formerly known as 'Bombay' is made up of 7 islands. The 'City of dreams' is the heart and capital city of the state of Maharashtra. It is also rich in culture and the home of the Bollywood industry.
A great choice to suit everyone
No matter how long you stay, Mumbai has so much to offer to its visitors. Take a stroll on one of Mumbai's popular beaches, Juhu beach and enjoy some fresh coconut water or stop by the tea/coffee stalls to chase the golden hour. Visit the Gateway of India, arch-monument on the waterfront overlooking the Arabian sea.
Mumbai also encloses a UNESCO World Heritage Site the Elephanta Caves, which is a collection of cave temples of rock-cut-art and architecture from the times of medieval India.
In Mumbai, you can be fashionable on a budget!
Shop from diverse stalls on one single street with so many choices to pick from: clothing, bags, shoes etc...Visit Crawford Market, an elegant Flemish-style colonial building where the products are sold in the midst of total hubbub.
Good bargains are everywhere in Queen Street: from the champals (Indian sandals) vendors on the pavement, to the saris and churidars shops where one is served tea while the shop assistant insists on showing you the entire collection.
Mumbai is incomplete without its street food: delicious chaat, pani puris and mouth watering spicy Vada Pav (fluffy bun with potato dumpling). The city’s restaurants also offer a large variety of dishes, from luxury gourmet to street food stalls. Vendors selling mithais (traditional cakes) will also fascinate you with their refined preparation.
It's time to start planning your trip to Mumbai.