The City of Dreams,' 'The City of Seven Islands' or 'The City that Never Sleeps,' are just a few of the names used to describe Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra. Formerly known as Bombay, the city is famed for being the financial powerhouse of India, the fashion epicenter and of course, Bollywood.
Mumbai is situated on India's west coast facing the Arabian Sea, making it one of the most humid cities in the country. The best time to visit Mumbai
is during winter (October to February). The right gap between the notorious Mumbai monsoons and sweltering summer heat undoubtedly makes it best season to travel to Mumbai
The peak tourist season to visit Mumbai
is during Christmas and New Year as the city is decorated with sparkling lights and hosts some of the best parties in the country.
In Mumbai, you get to experience the best of both worlds. While the city is known for its happening nightlife culture, the traditional festivals are also celebrated with same zest and zeal.
In January, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation organizes the Banganga Festival, a music festival attended by the top artists and music lovers across the country. The next month starts the Elephanta Festival, hosted in the magnificent Elephanta Caves. Every year, the island comes to the fervor with dancers and musicians perform outside the caves, beneath a star-studded sky. The sight is nothing less than magical.
On Gudhi Padava (April-March), the city celebrates the Maharashtrian New Year. The day is celebrated with enthusiasm with people decorating bamboo staffs with silk cloths and decorating their houses with intricate rangolis.
Then in August, Nariel Purnima is celebrated by the fishermen offering coconut to the Sea God. August also marks Parsi New Year, the day that the Shahenshahi Zoroastrian community landed in India while migrating from Persia. The day is celebrated in the fire temple where the community bonds are strengthened through feasts.
In the month of September, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in Mumbai. Colours come alive, palates get pampered, and singing can be heard on every street during this time. Mumbai's Ganesh Chathurthi truly is a treat for all the senses.
Seen in many Bollywood movies, the Nariman Point, Marine Drive and Juhu Beach are the most popular Mumbai tourist places
and are the best places to spend the winter evenings. However, Mumbai is also home to some of the fabulous architectures in the country including the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, The Asiatic Society, Mount Mary Church, Bandra-Worli Sea Link
, and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
The population in Mumbai is the most diverse. You can find everyone here from hard-laborers to starlets to gangsters to struggling artists and servants to millionaires; you can find a place for everyone to accommodate from cheap hotels to luxury hotels. You can book hotels in Mumbai
according to your budget and requirements - you won't be disappointed. You can also book Mumbai tour packages
for an easy and convenient holiday.
If you want to experience a true diversity of cultures, you must visit Mumbai.