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City Guide: MumbaiLocated at the west cost of India, on the Salsette Island, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the most populous city of India. The city is composed of lakes, rivers, creeks, bays and islands. Mumbai is the commercial, financial and entertainment capital of India. The port of the city is a significant international trade location. The Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the headquarters of most of the countrywide corporations are located at the city. Mumbai is home to Bollywood (Indian Film and Television Industry). The city climate is generally warm and humid with three seasons (winter, summer and rainy seasons).
Tourist AttractionsMumbai is an attractive tourist destination to be experienced rather than being toured. The city stands in the forefront with its nightlife and its beaches.
Coloba and Fort area is the first stop to start your journey of exploring the city. Gateway of India in Coloba is the starting point to tour the city. Being a remnant of the British Raj, this monument is a popular spot, especially in the evening and on the weekend. As the Mumbai's hearth, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) at Flora is the most brilliant monument from the Raj-era. This Gothic architectural highlight is more than a station. St. Thomas' Cathedral at Fort is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mumbai. This enchanting church is the oldest British building in the city.
Nehru Planetarium and Nehru Center at Worli has a bold modern architecture. Its tower is striking. There is an historical exhibition, a theater and restaurant within the cultural complex.
Elephanta caves on Island off the coast is another UNESCO World Heritage Site at the city. Taking a ferry from Gateway of India to the Elephanta Island is one of the best things that you can do in Mumbai. In addition to its natural atmosphere, you will get to know Hinduism at the island.
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum at Chowpatty is the building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed when he came to Mumbai. This small house is now used as the museum. Here, you will find a photographic history of his life and the letters that he wrote to Hitler and Roosevelt.
Culture & EntertainmentMumbai is the homeland of Indian Cinema, Bollywood. Indian film industry is the biggest one in the world considering the number of films produced throughout the year.
Mumbai has a potent performing arts scene. National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) harbors the stages of Jamshed Bhabha Theatre (the first opera theater of the city), Tata Theater, Little Theater and Experimental Theater. English dramas, musical concerts, small-scale dances and more are performed at these stages. Prithvi Theater at Juhu is home to the best plays of the country during annual drama festival. Nehru Center at Worli is the cultural center for both Indian and Western theater and music performances.
The city hosts many festivals and cultural events. Mumbai Mango Madness (May) is one of the most significant summertime events. Alphonso mangoes and their juice are amply consumed. Elephanta Island Festival (September-May) is the classical music and dance festival held on the Elephanta Island. Nag Panchami (Snake Day, July) is celebrated all around the country. At the festival, the snake charmers make incursions onto the city streets and the snake images garnish the city. Various snake traditions of Hinduism are staged.
Cricket is the most popular game in the city. The beaches of the city are magnificent natural locations for fresh air, sun, sea and more joyous amusements.
Nightlife is different from the other cities of the country. The existence of a more western night entertainment is realized at the city. Bars, discos, clubs and other places offer a great range of music genres.
Food & DrinkMumbai has the best restaurants in India. The cosmopolitan structure of the population shows itself in the culinary culture of the city. Parsi food, the Western fastfood chains, Italian, especially Chinese palates and seafood, continental and whatever you want is available for your taste.
The city is famous with its street food stalls and food bazaars. Bhelpuri stalls, Vada Pav stands, Sandwich stands and Chinese food stalls are among the most prevalent kinds.
Udipi restaurants (restaurants serving South Indian fast food) are available at every street of the city. Iranian cafes are the best places for Chai (bread) and Makhan-Pau (butter).
Coffee shops and bars/pubs offering every kind of drink teem in the city.
Dozens of varieties of mangoes exist in Mumbai. The most popular kind is undoubtedly Alphonso.
ShoppingMumbai is the biggest marketplace of the country. The largest and the most diversified consumer market of India is Mumbai itself. The huge bazaars and markets of Mumbai are popular all over the world. Fabric and home textiles, designer clothes, jewellery, antiques, art and furniture, footwear are the key supplies of the shopping world at Mumbai.
Bhuleshwar Wholesale Flower Market, Chor Bazaar, Fashion Street and Zaveri Bazaar are among the major city bazaars.
Crossroads Mall on Tardeo Road is the largest shopping mall in the city. Atria Mall, Phoenix Mills, In-orbit Mall and Infinity Mall are among the best shopping centers of the city.
In Skylife Mumbai
Mumbai Monsoon Shopping
Mumbai Monsoon Shopping
Its streets packed full of tIny shops, IndIa’s cultural haven MumbaI promIses a fabulous shoppIng experIence, most lIkely wIth some hard bargaInIng to boot. Here are a few tIps for a MumbaI shoppIng spree...
• Colaba Causeway is a must-see for its shops, where you can find everything imaginable from books to jewelry.
• You can bargain in almost any shop where you don’t see the ‘Fixed Price’ sign.
• Fashion Street in south Mumbai is a gigantic market specializing in export surplus goods.
• Don’t buy without first comparing prices for the same item in several shops. Be insistent when bargaining.
WHEN TO GO
Before the Diwali Festival of Lights (November and December)
At the start of the monsoon season (June)
WHAT TO BUY?
Natural stones and jewelry
Indian silk and cotton fabrics
Ticket Sales Offices: Mumbai
|Address||Turkish Airlines INC 1st Floor, Times Square Bldg.Western Express Highway (next to Sai Service) Andheri East Mumbai 400 069|
Reservation: 091 22 61997900 / 01
Sales: 091 22 61997902-05
Saturday : 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday : Closed
Monday, Friday: 09:00 - 17:30
|TK Airport Office|
|Address||TURKISH AIRLINES, BACKUP OFFICE,TERMINAL 2B, FIRST FLOOR, CSI AIRPORT, SAHAR ANDHERI EAST, MUMBAI-400099|
|Phone||(00-91)-22-6685 9314 00-91-22-66859321|
09:00-17:30 Local Time Is Open Mon-Sun(7days) - Tickets cannot be purchased at the airport.
|Address||212, SOLITAIRE PARK ANDHERI-GHATKOPER LINK ROAD OPOSITE MIRADOR HOTEL ANDHERI (EAST), Mumbai- 400099|
|Phone||(91-22) 283 02 551|
|Fax||(91-22) 283 03 290|
Mumbai: Airport Map Information
Chatrapati Shivaji Airport
Address : Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai 400 099, India Phone : +91 22 2682 9000
Mumbai: Airport Map Information
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- Thu 35°C
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|Monetary Unit||:||Indian Rupee|
|Phone Code||:||+91 22|
|Language||:||Hindi (official), Marathi (official), English (essential)|