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Mumbai, a Key Global Tourist Destination

Updated on September 9, 2019
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Srikanth likes India. He is passionate about helping people make the most of their trip to India.


More than 12 million people live in Mumbai, which is the capital of Maharastra, India. This bustling metropolitan city is a blend of contrasts. This alpha world city is the financial and entertainment capital of India. It is the melting point of many cultures and communities. Mumbai has a tropical climate. The average annual temperature is 27.2 °C.

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How to reach Mumbai?

Mumbai is well-connected by air, sea, rail and road. It has six airports, including the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport; one sea port, the Port of Mumbai; more than 140 railway stations; and many bus stations.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport:
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM), Vile Parle East, Vile Parle, Mumbai, Maharashtra 40

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Hotels in Mumbai

5-Star Hotels
4-Star Hotels
3-Star Hotels
2-Star Hotels
1-Star Hotel
Hotel Sahara Star
Ramada Powai Hotel And Convention Centre
Keys Hotel Nestor
Hotel Midland
Hotel Arma Executive
Hotel Sofitel Mumbai BKC
VITS Hotel
Hotel Residency
Treebo Sea Side
Hotel Arma Galaxy
The Oberoi, Mumbai
The Regale by Tunga
Hotel Three Star Mumbai
Hotel Imperial Palace
Hotel Arma Court

Places of Interest in Mumbai

Here are some places to visit in Mumbai. These places attract tourists from all parts of the world.

Gateway of India

This arch monument was built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit India in 1911. Located in Colaba, South Mumbai, the Gateway of India is in ‎Indo-Saracenic style of architecture‎. Its four turrets, which are designed with intricate latticework, are its prominent features. It is an important landmark in Mumbai.

Siddhivinayak Temple

This Hindu temple is dedicated to god Ganapati. This ISO 9001:2008 certified is in Prabhadevi. It is the richest temple in Mumbai. It receives donations of more than $1.5 million every year.

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Siddhivinayak Temple History

This temple was built on November 19 1801. Not many people visited its small 3.6 metre square premises. One and a quarter centuries back, a renowned Hindu saint Shri Akkalkot Swami Samarth ordered his disciple Ramakrishna Jambhekar Maharaj, who was also a fervent devotee of Lord Ganesh and Gayatri Mantra, to bury two divine idols in front of the temple.

The saint also prophesized that 21 years later a Mandar tree would grow in that place with a Ganesha idol manifesting from its branches. The prophecy came true as told and thereon the temple surged to great popularity with multitudes visiting it.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Railway Station

This historic railway station, which is in Victorian-Gothic style of architecture, was built in 1887. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in Bori Bunder area.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station Code


Bandra–Worli Sea Link

This cable-stayed bridge (with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts on either side) is 5.6 kilometers long. It is a modern architectural beauty. It is India's first eight-lane freeway over the open sea.

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This popular amusement park is located in Gorai. It covers an area of around 64 acres. It is the largest amusement theme park in India. Around 1.8 million people visit EsselWorld every year. Its family rides, adult rides and children rides are immensely popular among visitors.

Essel World Timings

10.00 am
7.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
10.00 am
8.00 pm

Heartfulness Meditation Center

If you are one of those people who is interested in spirituality, meditation, Self realization, etc, you need to visit Heartfulness Meditation Center. Located near C K Thakur High School in Navi Mumbai, this meditation center offers you opportunities to relax, to refine yourself, to evolve.

I liked their practical and scientific approach. They do not give long lectures. They give you techniques and allow you to experience the benefits. People here are warm, friendly, welcoming and full of love. I experienced real humanity here.

SRCM Heartfulness Meditation Centre, Mumbai:
Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Plot No 2/A & 2/B, Sector 16, Babuji Memorial Ashram, Near CK Thakur H

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A very good meditation arena.

— Indra Joshi

Marine Drive

Marine Drive is officially known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. This 3.6-kilometer-long arc shaped boulevard in South Mumbai is also known as Queen's necklace because of its shape. When viewed from an elevated point at night, yellow street lights make the road look like a beautiful necklace.

Marine Drive is at walkable distance from Churchgate and Marine Lines stations. Cabs are available from anywhere in Mumbai. It is a popular landmark in the city.

Marine Drive is ranked the top tourist destination by Holidify. Art deco buildings, Chowpatty Beach, sunset point and walkway are main attractions around this six lane concrete road.

The highlight of Marine Drive is the beautiful promenade, which is lined with several palm trees. You need not pay anything to enjoy the beauty of Marine Drive. It also features many high-end hotels and restaurants.

Marine Drive is also the largest viewing gallery in the world. It has hosted many events in the past, including IAF airshow that was held in October 2004. Bombay Marathon is an annual event.

Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir

This ISKCON temple is in Girgaon. It is dedicated to the practice of bhakti-yoga. It was inaugurated in 1988. For more information about the temple call +91 22 2366 5500.

Safety Tips

Mumbai is a relatively safe city. However, it is advisable to take basic precautions. Avoid travelling in local trains during peak hours, especially if you have children. Avoid travelling in completely empty trains. For sightseeing, hire a car service with an informative guide.

If you are assaulted or harassed in public, scream, create a scene, especially if you are a woman. People in Mumbai are very helpful. It is better to use dial-a-cab service rather than the regular black-and-yellow cabs.

Avoid flaunting your richness. Avoid arguments with strangers, especially on sensitive topics like language, culture and religion. Do not reveal too much information about yourself, your travel plans, etc to any third person like hotel receptionist, room service and cab driver.

Emergency numbers:

Police: 100

Fire: 101

Medical: 102

10 Notable Residents of Mumbai

Sl No
Sachin Tendulkar
Former international cricketer
Mukesh Ambani
Business magnate
Aamir Khan
Film actor, producer, director and television talk show host
Javed Akhtar
Poet, lyricist and screenwriter
Troy Costa
Fashion designer
Rohit Sharma
International cricketer
Kumar Mangalam Birla
Amitabh Bachchan
Film actor, producer, television host, and former politician
Rishi Vohra
Anand Mahindra

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