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Friday, February 22, 2008

Mumbai : The Kohinoor of India

Mumbai, Bombay, Bambai and Mumai all these words touches to our heart every time. What is the secret behind this word? I know many suggestions or remarks may hit on this question. Well, Mumbai a metropolitan, and running over a years with all type of religions and personalities. Personalities from lower middle class to most riches one.

A capital of the Indian state, Maharashtra. With an estimated 2006 population of thirteen million, it is the most populous city in India, and by some measures, the most populous in the world. Mumbai is located on seven now-merged islands which are Isle of Bombay, Mazagaon, Colaba, Old Woman's Island, Parel, Worli, and Salsette Island.

Mumbai serves as an important economic heart of the country, contributing 10% of all factory employment, 40% of all income tax collections, 60% of all customs duty collections, 20% of all central excise tax collections, 40% of India's foreign trade and 40 billion Rupees (US$ 9 billion) in corporate taxes. Mumbai's per-capital income is Rs.48,954 which is almost three times the national average.

Visitors if you are in Mumbai, please don't miss the opportunities to visit following great places within the Mumbai region:

Asiatic Society of Bombay: The Asiatic Society of Mumbai can trace its origin to the Literary Society of Bombay which first met in Mumbai on November 26, 1804 and was founded by Sir James Mackintosh.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum): Mumbai's biggest and best museum is a fascinating mishmash of Islamic, Hindu and British architecture displaying a mixed bag of dusty exhibits from all over India. This museum has opened in 1923. Its aureate Indo-Saracenic style was designed by George Wittet - who also did the Gateway of India.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus): Distinguished, high-spirited and flooded with people, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) is the city's most spendthrift black letter building, the beating heart of its railway network, and an apothegm for compound India.

Chowpatty Beach: Chowpatty is still a best-loved point for anyone out to enjoy what passes for fresh air. Get the full experience by sauntering through the many beach side stalls for some bhelpuri or a head massage. The water is not the cleanest but the beach is litter-free, maintained the security with carrying out a control by lifeguards and fired up at night. Visiting Chowpatty in the evening is an all-important part of any trip to Mumbai. The spotlight of every year at Chowpatty is Ganesh Chaturthi (August/September), when immense crews assemble to watch images of the elephant-headed god of good fortune, Ganesh, trooped through the city streets and swallowed in the sea.

Colaba: It is an informal central office of Mumbai's tourist panorama., It's a hustling district packed with street stalls, markets, bars and budget to midrange lodgings. Colaba road with cobblestones analyzes the foreland and is the traffic-filled artery connecting Colaba's jumble of side streets and gently breaking down residences.

Likewise Mumbai fascinates with some of these beautiful sights e.g. Crawford Market, Elephanta Island, Gateway of India, Haji Ali Mosque, High Court, Jehangir Art Gallery, Kotachiwadi, Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Malabar Hill, Mani Bhawan Museum, Marine Drive, Monetary Museum, Mumbai Zoo, Museum Ship Vikrant, National Gallery of Modern Art, Nehru Center and Nehru Planetarium, Prithvi Theatre, St. Thomas Cathedral, Taj Mahal Palace, University of Mumbai and Wankhede Stadium.

Friends and new comers, plan your tour accordingly and take a great beauteous and pleasures moments of MUMBAI.
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