Mumbai is situated on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. The city’s name derived from the Koli Goddess Mumbadevi.
Today Mumbai is identified as the wealthiest city in India. Mumbai houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE), the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian as well as foreign corporations.
Mumbai also houses Marathi Film Industry as well as Bollywood. Mumbai is a home of some of India's premier scientific and nuclear institutes like BARC, TIFR, AERB, NPCL, IREL, AECI, and the Department of Atomic Energy.
The business opportunities in Mumbai, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract people from all over India and, in turn, make the Mumbai city a mixture of many communities and cultures.
General Information About Mumbai
Area480.240 Sq. Kms.
Population of the CityAbout 2.1 Crores
Height from Sea Level'0' zero
ClimateTropical (Moderate Climate)
TemperatureIn Winter 28 to 16 Degree Celsius, In Summer 34 to 23 Degree Celsius
Languages spokenMarathi, Hindi, Gujarati, English, Urdu, Punjabi
Mode of TravellingSuburban Railway (Western, Central & Harbour Lines), BEST Buses, Taxies, Auto Rickshaws (In suburbs only)
AirportDomestic Airport - Santacruz, International Airport - Sahar
When to GoIt is generally quite hot in Mumbai. The heat reaches a peak during what the Mumbaikar call the warm season –a mild understatement- which falls between the end of February and the middle of June. From June to October it’s monsoon time but it's hot and muggy as soon as the rain is over. The most pleasant period is between November to February, the cool season and best of the year for visitors.
What to seeExcept for the caves of Elephanta, Mumbai has but a few sightseeing spots; compensating the scarcity of famous temples is its particular atmosphere, derived from the mixed nature of its population. Maharashtrians, Gujaratis, Parsees, Goans and South Indians all come here to make a living, and there is a sizeable community of Western Businessmen and their families. It is so cosmopolitan in appearance and outlook that the visitors feel at home immediately after his arrival. The triangle between Marine Drive, Gateway of India and C.S.T. constitutes the core of the foreigner’s Mumbai. Everyone’s first objective is Elephanta Island and its rock-cut temples. There is plenty to see on Malbar Hill and the Prince of Wales Museum is worth visiting. Mumbai is the base for trips to Ajanta-Ellora and the Karla Caves.
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