Thursday, July 18, 2024



Unlike other cities in India, which grew around sacred sites or trading routes, Mumbai is a city built by the British to serve British mercantile interests. The city of Bombay was officially renamed Mumbai in January 1996.  The mumbaites believe that this name came from the goddess 'Mumba', worshipped by the original Koli inhabitants.  When the Portuguese arrived they called the harbour Bombaim, which may have stemmed from 'buan bahia', meaning 'good bay' in Portuguese, or was a corruption of the original Koli name.  When the islands were donated to the British, they anglicised Bombaim into Bombay.  As the country's busiest port and largest financial centre, it effectively remains the commercial gateway between India and the rest of the world.  Parsis and Gujaratis dominate the city's economy. Mumbai is home to the country's largest stock exchange. The Reserve Bank of India is also located here.

image    Tourist Attractions
» AArey Milk Colony » Adlabs Imagica » Bandra Worli Sea Link
» BB and CI Railway Headquarters » Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Building » Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
» Gateway of India » General Post Office (G.P.O) » Ghodbunder
» Kala Ghoda » Kanheri Caves » Malabar Hill
» Marine Drive » Mumbai High Court » Mumbai Stock Exchange
» Mumbai University » Raj Bhavan » Royal Bombay Yacht Club
» Secretariat » Taj Mahal Hotel » Towers of Silence
» Town Hall and Library
image   Churches
» Afghan Church » Basilica of Mount Mary » St. Thomas Cathedral
image   Dams, Lakes, Beaches and Waterfalls
» Chowpatty Beach » Erangal Beach » Gorai and Manori Beaches
» Juhu Beach » Marve Beaches » Versova Beach
image   Fairs, Festivals and Events
» Mumbai Events and Festivals » Bandra Fair » Banganga Festival
» Christmas » Dahi Handi » Diwali
» Dussehra » Elephanta Festival » Ganesh Chaturthi
» Gokul Ashtami » Gudhi Padwa » Holi
» Kala Khoda Festival and Fair » Mahavir Jayanti » Makar Sankranti
» Nag Panchami » Narlial Purnima » Parsi New Year
image   Forts, Palaces, Monuments and Museums
» Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum » Mani Bhavan » Nehru Museum
» Prince of Wales Museum
image   Getaways
» Vaitarna Lake and Dam
image   Islands
» Elephanta Island » Madh Island
image   Mosques
» Haji Ali Mosque
image   Parks, Gardens and Zoos
» Essel World » Fantasy Land » Flora Fountain
» Hanging Gardens » Kamala Nehru Park » Mumbai Zoo
» Nishiland Water Park » Sanjay Gandhi National Park » Sassoon Dock
» Water Kingdom
image   Shopping
» Mumbai Shopping Areas » Bhuleshwar Flower Market » Central Cottage Industries Emporium
» Chor Bazar » Crawford Market » Fashion Street
» Mangaldas Market » Oberoi Shopping Center » Taj Mahal Hotel
» World Trade Center » Zaveri Bazar
image   Temples
» Jain Temple » Mahalakshmi Temple » Walkeshwar Temple