increasingly flashy city of Mumbai, located in Maharashtra, is filled with
shopping malls, cinema halls, pubs, nightclubs, skyscrapers, bazaars and of
course the fashionistas. Home to the Bollywood Film Industry, the city
invites the vibrant and the young from across the country, craving to make a
fortune for themselves. You'll come across families relishing bhelpuri on
the Chowpatty Beach, red double-deckers making a long queue in grinding
traffic jams, locals promenading at the Marine Drive and numerous fashion
shows and musical concerts taking place in different parts of the city. And
the Victorian townscape, reminding you of the 19th century English
industrial city, forms an interesting backdrop to this drama.
Climate & Best Time
Being a coastal city, Mumbai is never too hot or too cold. The weather
remains humid throughout the year. April to mid June is summer time with
temperature touching a high of 35 degrees centigrade. The city gets a good
amount of rainfall between mid June and mid September. The annual rainfall
in the city measures 200 cm. Winters, from November to February, record a
minimum temperature of 15 degrees centigrade. It's better to make you trip
to Mumbai during the pleasant months of winter.
Places to Visit
An abundant number of attractions await the tourists in Mumbai. Apart from
Victorian structures, the city also has tombs, temples, monuments, museums,
beaches, parks and some fine weekend getaways.
» Gateway of India
A big draw for tourists, the huge archway reminds us of the time when the
last British troop set sail to England from here. However, it was erected to
commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911.
» Juhu & Chowpatty Beaches
two are the most popular hangouts for visitors and locals alike. Here, you
can come across with the Mumbaikars spending time with their families and
friends. The sights of the sea are truly exciting.
» Haji Ali Tomb
Accessible only during the low tide, it is positioned 500 yards into the
sea. This famous tomb of Muslim saint Haji Ali attracts a large number of
pilgrims from across the country, regardless of caste and creed.
» Prince of Wales Museum
The museum is a perfect place to be for history buffs and art connoisseurs.
Here, one can be witness to a fascinating collection of antiquated items
like sculptures, coins and firearms.
Mumbai has come up with myriads of hotels from the very luxurious 5 stars
and 4 stars to medium class and airport hotels. Tourists prefer to stay at
hotels like the Oberoi Towers (5 star deluxe), Hotel Le Royal Meridien (5
star deluxe), Taj Mahal Hotel (5 star deluxe), Hotel Kohinoor Continental (4
star), Ramee Guestline Hotel (4 star), Sun n Sand Hotel (airport hotel) etc.
By air, Mumbai is connected with all the important destinations of the
country and the world. Sahar is the international terminal while Santa Cruz
is its domestic terminal. Rail routes of the city are quite well
established. There are regular mail and express trains to places like Agra,
Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Pune, Varanasi etc.
The State Transport Terminal of Mumbai has regular buses connecting to
different parts of the country.