Presentation of the destination
Mumbai is a shifting city, changing its name, changing cultures, changing status. It is believed that its current name Mumbai is a recent update of "Bombay", it is not. She has actually found her original name, which derives from the deity Mumba. It is the Portuguese who baptized it Bombay, meaning Bonne Baie. It is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and the fifth largest city in the world. This megalopolis is the economic center of India, it includes Stock Exchange, banks and it is significantly richer than other Indian cities. In perpetual movement, it remains Yet witness the passage of the many ethnic groups that forged it: Indigenous, Portuguese, English and many others. Between cultural brewing, economic boom, huge beaches and industry famous Boolywoodien cinema, Mumbai will surprise you and delight you.
Points of interests / things to see
Originally composed of seven islands, Mumbai was originally a community of fishermen. They traded with Arabia, Egypt and were ruled by the Maurya Empire. Different peoples succeeded each other, until the arrival of the Portuguese, who remained the leaders until 1661. At this time, the English take place in the Bay then the cedent for a nominal sum to the British East India Company. The momentum of Mumbai begins then, the demography increases and will not slow down any more. Between the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century, major structural work is undertaken. Roads, a railway track is created. The islands are definitely unified, the city is still bigger. Its economic influence continues to increase, especially with the opening of the Suez Canal. It becomes the global point of sale for cotton. In 1947, she is the cradle of the independant revolutions of India, Ghandi founded her movement there. This rich and complex history allows Mumbai not only to be an economic capital, but a complex city attached to its heritage.
The history fables will be marveled by the architectural diversity of the city. Many styles have shaped it, be it the Gothic or the art deco, of which it is the most representative city. You will come across a half-timbered building, a Dutch roof or Indo-Saracen-style temples. The two UNESCO heritage sites are the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station and the caves. Elephanta. The station was designed on the model of London Saint Pancras station, where you can admire sculptures and stained glass windows. The caves, meanwhile, date back to the year 600. Certainly, you will certainly not walk alone here, but the crowd will not prevent you from feeling all the Hindu spirituality that emerges from cells and shrines of this place. If you want to discover at your own pace the richness of Indian culture, go to the Princes of Wales Museum. We are far from the Louvre, here it is customary to get lost in the galleries, without looking too much to find oneself. This will be the best way to be amazed by antique miniatures and precious objects. A must-see in Mumbai is the gateway to India, Gateway of India, in the Taj Mahal Hotel. The Gate is a splendid triumphal arch in yellow basalt. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V. You will be able to walk in the pleasant park where a night market is held every night. Opposite the gate stands the Taj Mahal Hotel. Between swimming pool and sea of Arabia, piano bar and prestigious restaurant, this building is worth the trip. Another site that will let you see the nuances and paradoxes that have forged Mumbai is Banganga. It is a collection of modern temples and skyscrapers surrounding a pool of sacred water supposed to come from the Ganges. It is still customary to bathe there on religious occasions and to offer the gods flowers and fruits.
Mumbai is built on an extraordinary site that will allow you to escape the perpetual movement of the city in beautiful green spaces, intramural or not. The city is located not only at the mouth of the Ulhas River but also adjacent to Sanjay Ghandi National Park. It is extremely rare to see cohabiting urban space as dense with a natural reserve of such beauty. In addition, there are six lakes, many beaches and quiet coves and bays. Intramuros, go to the hanging gardens. It overlooks the city and offer a magnificent panorama. Built on reservoirs, they gather astonishing animal sculptures. Many parks are accessible. At the top of the hill Malabar, you will find the Kamala Park, there also the panorama is superb. It will be suitable for walks, especially in the evening to see the lights of the city to light up. If you want to get away from the city, go to Powai Lake. It is one of the smallest in the region, but to the advantage of being little appreciated by tourists. A good destination for a picnic! Of course, the climate will push you to look for a beach. The Manori and Gorai beaches are accessible from the city center, huts are hired to leave their belongings in a safe place. Charming Spanish villas converted into bars and hotels will welcome you for a drink. Teenagers will prefer Juhu Beach, where young people organize volleyball and boomerang parties. Finally, you will visit the Koli fishermen. This people always seems to live according to the customs of the last centuries. The smell of fish drying and the smile of the locals will make this trip unforgettable. Your children want to spend a day of discovery and fun? See you at the impressive Esselword Theme Park. Roller coasters, merry-go-rounds and aquatic activities will give them something to wander around for the afternoon. In the city there is also an aquarium and an observatory. The latter offers fun and interactive animations for young and old.
Do you want to go home with the suitcase full of memories? Mumbai will satisfy all your desires, from the typical outfit to the bespoke suit. In Fashion Street, haggling is in order, and you will have every interest in being patient. The street is filled with small shops offering clothes for all budgets. You will find more calm and a better quality / price ratio in the Chor Bazaar. It sells beautiful antiques and beautiful pieces of clothing, but also a lot of little trinkets have no value. Have a good look before you start a purchase! The more adventurous will visit Crawford Market, just for the experience. It sells fruits, vegetables, spices, but also exotic animals. Guides will show you every nook and cranny of this labyrinth for a few rupees. Finally, the city has several shopping centers. We advise you - if you're not afraid of the crowd - the High Street Phoenix. It is one of the most representative places of the popular mood in Mumbai. We buy everything we want, but we can also play video games and eat or drink until the middle of the night.
While a trip to India allows a spiritual opening and unforgettable meetings, but we also go there to enjoy the incredible Indian cuisine! Dishes in tasty sauces, vegetables, fruits and especially spices: the choice is great. The various religions that make up India today make access to beef and pork limited. You will find more poultry, though vegetarianism is very widespread. You will revisit the Indian dishes that have been exported all over the world such as samosas, tandoori chicken or pilaf rice ... Â The Mumbai Convention Center will welcome you until the end of the night, you will be able to taste different Refined food on his menu. For smaller budgets, head to CafÃ © Madras in the city center. Its warm atmosphere will delight families. On several floors, it offers hearty breakfasts, brunches and always a local cuisine mastered to perfection.
After a nice day in this thrilling city, a drink will surely be a must. Mumbai is the most dynamic, young and festive city in India. There are enough different atmospheres and clubs to satisfy the desires of all. In India, standing is important, so put on your costumes and evening gowns before going out, otherwise you might not go anywhere. To eat and drink, we recommend the Indigo Bar, where you can go smoke a cigar in the smokehouse after drinking one of their subtle cocktail. And to dance until dawn, under the stars, climb to the top floor of Pheonix Mills Shopping, the Ra welcomes the best DJs on the planet.
From the luxury hotel to the guesthouse to a vacation rental, all options are available to you when it comes to accommodation in Mumbai. Of course, we can only recommend the Taj Mahal Hotel. Leave to visit this incredible establishment, as much as it is as a customer! You will be served as a prince (sse), try to get a room in the old buildings, much more charming than those of the recent tower. If you prefer a quiet, stylish and affordable place, the Tunga Paradise Hotel is for you! Clean and refined rooms, tasty breakfasts and friendly service await you.
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How to get there ?
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is served by countless international flights. It is the second busiest airport in the country. However, you can go to Mumbai by land or by sea! Mumbai has two ports, Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. The latter makes it possible to reach the islands close to the city. The first Indian highway was built in Mumbai. Many buses and taxis can take you from town to town from Mumbai. Finally, both Central Railway and Western Railway are both very active. They allow to join all the regions of India. There is also the presence of intercity trains, as well as the brand new subway in Mumbai.
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