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Mumbai, India

Located on the west coast of the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is crowned as the largest city of India. This city sprawls over an area of around 437 square kilometers. Because of its moderate location, Mumbai city experiences a tropical climate with wet and dry summers and cool pleasant winters. Apart from being the state capital, Mumbai city is also coined as the commercial / financial capital of India. It serves as the home for significant financial institutions, including the Reserve Bank of India, the National Stock Exchange of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange. Apart its commercial significance, Mumbai is a major entertainment center of India, because of being the home to Bollywood-Hindi Film Industry of India. Also, this cosmopolitan city has a strong historic background as well. The islands of this city have been ruled by Portuguese and British East India Company, and the influence can be seen in its culture and architecture. The Mumbai city is known for its everlasting spirit that can be seen in any nook and corner of this city. Be it traveling in the local train in the rush hours or working late at multinational office or the impressive dabba (tiffin) service, the spirit of the city certainly engulfs you. This might be one of the reasons why Mumbai is famously known as ‘the city which never sleeps’. Being an entertainment and commercial centre of India, the city has an incredible amalgamation of people of different cultures, sects and ethnicity that makes it one of the best cities to live in and grow. With many tourist attractions such as Gateway of India, Mahalakshmi Temple, Sidhhivinayak Temple, Juhu Beach and Marine Drive by its side, Mumbai city has proved to be a potential tourist destination and is visited by thousands of tourists every month.

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Climate
summer

Summer
March - June, Humid & Sunny
Temperature:28°C- 36°C

monsoon

Monsoons
June - end September, Torrential rains lasting for a long time
Annual rainfall -242.2 cm

winter

Winter
December to February, Cool & pleasant
Temperature:14°C-30°C

Best Places to Visit in Mumbai

Gardens & Parks in Mumbai
Being a busy cosmopolitan city with sophisticated and ultra-modern malls, choking traffic, skyscrapers and much more, Mumbai creates equilibrium through its serene park and gardens. People living this bustling city proceed to park to achieve some mental peace. Some of the popular gardens and parks of Mumbai that you must visit are

  • Hanging Garden (Ferozeshah Mehta Garden) Located on the slope of Malabar Hills, Hanging Gardens are brilliantly terraced and landscaped. One can enjoy wonderful sunset views from here.

  • Horniman Circle Gardens Spread over an area of 12,081 square yards, it is a huge park in South Mumbai. The park is encircled with office complexes housing the premier banks of India.

  • Kamala Nehru Park Situated on top of the enchanting Malabar Hill, Kamla Nehru Park is a popular picnic spots of Mumbai. It is particularly popular amongst the kids as the place offers them several outdoor games for having fun.

  • Victoria Gardens Also known as Jijamata Udyan, it is primarily a zoo and a garden. Victoria and Albert Museum is also located inside this garden. The garden houses an exceptional variety of old and rare plants.

  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park Also called as the Borivali National Park, Sanjay Gandhi National is the only national park located in Mumbai. The park is home to few of the most wonderful species of animals and birds.


Monuments in Mumbai
Most of the historic monuments in Mumbai display the excellent architectural grace and legacy of this stunning city. Some of the popular monuments in Delhi are

  • The Gateway of India It is one of the greatest assets of India, which stands as an evidence to the colonial era of the city. It is constructed in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and also has influence of Islamic architectural style.

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus One of the oldest & busiest railway stations in India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a historical structure of the city. Its architecture is constructed in the Venetian Gothic style dating back to 1888. One can also find an influence of conventional Indian architecture on it.

  • Elephanta Caves It is a world heritage site at Elephanta Island of Mumbai harbor. These are known for its amazing rock cut temples dedicated to the Lord Shiva. These caves are the finest example of Indian architecture. One can experience a blend of artistic grace and holiness at this place.

  • Flora Fountain Flora Fountain is an architectural heritage testament, which was situated in the Fort district of Mumbai. It is created from Portland stone and painted with white oil coat. On the top of this structure, a superb figure of the Roman Goddess is installed to make the place more appealing.

  • Rajabai Tower Situated in South Mumbai, Rajabai Tower is a famous clock tower, which was built in 1869 by Sir Gilbert Scott. It is 280 feet high and feature beautifully carved spiral staircase having enhanced pictures. The tower is certainly a must visit attraction of the city. Other popular monuments to be visited in Mumbai are Mumbai High Court, Kanheri Caves, Taj Hotel, Town Hall, Oberoi Hotel and Nehru Planetarium.


Museums in Mumbai
If you are a history lover then Mumbai has several important museums in store for you. Some of the popular museums to explore in Mumbai are

  • Mani Bhavan Museum Positioned on the Laburnam Road, it is an ideal place to discover the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Bombay Natural History Society Located inside the Hornbill House, it displays a great range of the specimens of nature. It is also considered as the greatest NGO in India dedicated to the protection of nature and its resources.

  • National Gallery of Modern Art It houses a superb range of artworks collected from all across the world. This is is an organization that is part of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture – Department of Culture, Government of India.

  • Prince of Wales Museum The museum displays an array of Indus Valley artifacts dating back to 2000 BC. You can also see here relics of the Gupta and Maurya Periods. Some other popular museums in Mumbai are Bhau Daji Lad Museum, National Maritime Museum, RBI Monetary Museum, Nehru Planetarium, Jehangir Art Gallery and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum.


Beaches in Mumbai
Explore in detail about the popular beaches in Mumbai.

  • Chowpatty Beach After a tiring day, spending some time on the serene water of this beach will make you completely relaxed. It is located near the Malabar Hill. Plenty of fast food stalls are there that you can explore for relishing great eatables.

  • Juhu Beach It is the most visited beach in Mumbai, which remains crowded due to its central location all through the year.

  • Marine Drive It is another important beach of the city, which is located along the seashore of the Arabian Sea and is spread between Nariman Point and the base of Malabar Hill.

  • Versova Beach Versova Beach is a great attraction of Mumbai, which is considered as an extension of Juhu, with only a stream that separates the two.

  • Madh Island Beach Located along the northwest coast of the Mumbai, the beach is known for its pastoral background. It creates a contrast with the lavish bungalows dotted its forefront.


Best Places to Visit in Mumbai
Mumbai offers great sightseeing experiences through various tourist attractions. You can visit here historical monuments, manicured gardens, elegant parks, art galleries, beaches and amusement parks. It attracts people to come here and enjoy sightseeing tours and explore its beauty. More information is given on various tourist attractions to be visited on Mumbai tour.

Other Important Attractions
The city of dreams, Mumbai is an amazing home of the number of colonial relics, archaic bazaars, modern malls and much more. The Sea Link, Film City, Essel World and Kala Ghoda are some of the other famous attractions that you must see in Mumbai.

Religious Places in Mumbai
Mumbai city enjoys an aesthetic atmosphere together with religious passion and features a large number of spiritual places. There are many religious places in Mumbai that may take your couple of days if you start exploring them. Some of the popular religious places to be visited in Mumbai are

  • Haji Ali Dargah It is one of the most sought after sacred places in Mumbai, which is visited by people without any religious prejudice. It is the tomb of Haji Ali, a rich merchant who left all his assets and became a saint on his returning from Mecca. In the center of Worli Bay, the place is as serene as scenic.

  • Siddhi Vinayak Temple It is among the most revered temples in India, which is dedicated to Lord Ganpati. The temple was built in 1801 and features an exquisite architecture.

  • Mumba Devi Temple Imagine its significance as the name of city from Bombay to Mumbai has kept after the main deity of the temple, Mumba Devi. It is located in the Bhuleshwar area of the city. Mumba Devi is considered as an incarnation of the Devi (the Mother Goddess).

  • Mahalaxmi Temple It is one of the popular Hindu Temples in Mumbai, which has idols of Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Kali. All three idols are adorned with gold jewelries.

  • ISKCON Temple Situated close to the scenic Juhu Beach of Mumbai, ISKCON Temple is among the most popular and must visit temples of the city. The main deity of the temple is Radha Krishna. However, idols of other gods and goddesses are kept in the temple.

  • Mount Mary Church It is one of the admired sacred places for Christians in Mumbai. This Roman Catholic Church is popularly recognized as 'The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount'. The church is located in Bandra area of the city and people from different religions visit this place.

  • St. Michael's Church Sited in the Mahim area of Mumbai, this church is an evidence of the colonial influences in India. St. Michael’s Church is visited by a great number of people. Built around 16th century, it is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Mumbai.


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