Why is Mumbai so special to you

Mumbai profile: Information & tips about the former Bombay

In my Mumbai profile you will learn everything about the most diverse, richest and probably most extreme city in India. Here you will find all information about the metropolis on the Indian west coast, including how to get to the city, which are the most beautiful sights and beaches, where the best restaurants are and which selection of hotels is waiting for you. The former "Bombay" is growing rapidly Economic metropolis of India and is currently already counting more than 15 million inhabitants. No wonder that you have to find your way around first. With my Mumbai profile you are perfectly prepared for a trip to Mumbai.

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numbers and facts

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Population: 15.4 million
  • Area: 603.3 square kilometers
  • Time: UTC +5: 30
  • The city was formerly called "Bombay" & was renamed to "Mumbai" in the mid-1990s
  • Mumbai is the 7th largest metropolitan area in the world and the most populous city on the Indian subcontinent
  • If you breathe the air for a day in Mumbai, that's the same exposure as smoking 100 cigarettes

Arrival & airport

Mumbai has two airports that are very close to each other, one of which is only served by national and the other by international planes. The international airport in Mumbai is called Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. There are currently direct flights once a day from Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. You can find cheap flights to Mumbai here. The center of the city is around 15 kilometers away and can be easily reached by taxi or public transport.

Tourist Attractions

Mumbai has quite a few sights ready for you. Due to the city's long colonial history, you will find a few here architectural masterpieces different eras. Numerous theaters, museums and galleries are also part of the cityscape, as are many markets, restaurants and cafes. First of all, my Mumbai profile should be used to get to know the most beautiful sights of the former Bombay.

Gateway of India

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The imposing archway directly on the Arabian Sea in the Colaba district is undisputed greatest landmark the city of Mumbai. The 26 meter high archway is not at all old, as one might think at first. It was completed in 1924 according to the plans of the British architect George Wittet. The archway is supposed to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911 and actually create an impressive reception for the passengers of the British steamers. But after the last British ship started from the archway in 1948 and with it that End of British rule and India's independence symbolized, the Gateway of India gained even greater importance. Today it is a tourist attraction and an ideal place for evening walks. In addition, numerous boats go from the Gate of India to the wonderful neighboring island of Elephanta, from which there is another great sight, which I will tell you about in the next section.

Elephanta Caves

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Less than ten kilometers east of Mumbai is the small wooded island of Elephanta, which has such a special sight to offer that it should not be missing in my Mumbai profile. Several, mystical ones Cave temple waiting to be visited by you. All over the island there are a total of six cave temples with numerous images of the goddess Shiva and various statues carved into the rock. Researchers suspect that the statues come from the Kalachuri dynasty or from the Maurya empire. You can either book a guided tour from Mumbai that already includes a boat trip, or you can just book the boat ride that will bring you to the island within an hour. The caves have been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1987.

Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus

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The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the central train station of the city of Mumbai. Now you are probably wondering what the station is doing in the sights of my Mumbai profile. Quite simply: the train station is the largest and busiest in the world, which is why it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building alone is an absolute feast for the eyes victorian and neo gothic styles. In 1878 the British architect Frederick William Stevens was commissioned to design this station. Ten years later it was completed and used for long-distance traffic to and from Mumbai. On the building you will find impressive reliefs, decorations and stone sculptures such as the sculpture "Lady of Progress". The 100 meter high octagonal dome is accessible and offers a fantastic view of the city of Mumbai.

Museums

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One of the most famous and largest museums in all of India is this Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. The museum impresses not only with its unique architecture, but also with the immense selection of historical, ethnological and natural history artefacts. It is located on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Mumbai, not far from the Bombay High Court and the Gateway of India. A visit can therefore be perfectly combined with other sights. Another interesting museum in the city is the Jehangir Art Gallery with contemporary art from all over the world in more than five exhibition rooms. The building of the museum Mani Bhavan once served as a base for Mahatma Gandhi and is now a memorial for Gandhi. The museum houses an extensive library, many photos and historical furnishings.

Markets

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What would Mumbai be without its numerous markets? In a city where the gap between rich and poor is not only clearly visible, but is also growing, markets are particularly important for the locals. One of the most popular and most touristically developed markets is the Crawford Market, which offers you a wide selection of fresh foods such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat and chocolate. In addition to all the food, the market also has some architectural highlights to see, which is why this market is so popular. The is also recommended Chor Bazaar in the Muslim quarter with numerous antiques, the Linking Road Market in one of the hippest suburbs of Mumbai with a successful mix of traditional and modern as well as the Fashion street with great fashion for young and old.You can get traditional textiles at theMangaldas Market.

beaches

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Since Mumbai is located directly on the Indian west coast, the metropolis of millions also has a few fantastic beaches to offer you. He was in the media for a long time Versova Beach, which was freed from over 6,000 tons of plastic waste in 2015 so that the endangered olive ridged turtles could finally come back after three years. That is also particularly impressive Marine Drive, This is a sea promenade that you can drive and stroll along with a great view of the sea. These other beaches in Mumbai and the surrounding area are recommended:

The most beautiful beaches in Mumbai

  • Chowpatty Beach
  • Juhu Beach
  • Madh Island
  • Marwe Beach
  • Manori Beach
  • Gorai Beach

Restaurants

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In my Mumbai profile, I come to the best restaurants in town. There is a huge selection of different restaurants in Mumbai. The palette ranges from renowned star kitchens to Indian fast and street food. Of course it says in the restaurants in Mumbai Asian cuisine in the foreground, but international and western dishes can also be found here. If you are still looking for good restaurants in different price ranges, you will find the two best here:

Upscale restaurants

Middle price category restaurants

  • Shree Thaker Bhojanalay: You can get the best traditional thali in this restaurant.
  • The Bohri Kitchen: One of the best locations for homemade food in Mumbai with a warm hospitality.

Inexpensive restaurants

Hotels

What is still missing in my Mumbai profile is of course the information on where you can find the best hotels in the city. Popular areas for accommodation in Mumbai include Marine Drive, Cuffe parade, Away, Churchgate and Colaba. You can find cheap accommodation mainly on Booking.com. Here you can compare prices and filter them according to certain criteria. Note, however, that the prices in the popular Bollywood metropolis are generally more expensive compared to the rest of India. You can also find inexpensive accommodations and even entire apartments at AirBnB.

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