'Commercial Capital of India', 'City that Never Sleeps', 'City of Dreams', etc are some of the adages used in context of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra. The city is forever alive, pulsating, vivacious and always on the move! Hoards of people travel here from different parts of the country as well as the world, for tourism purposes, for studying, on business, or to fulfill their dreams of being a part of the glamour industry. It is the place where liberalization and modernization have made a deep influence, adding to the enthusiastic spirit of the people.
Earlier known as Bombay, the city was once divided into seven separate
islands that were later linked to form a single landmass. It first went
into the hands of the Portugal and they later presented it to King
Charles II of England, as a part of the dowry of Princess Catherine de
Braganza. With time, the city developed to a great extent. The progress
was further accelerated after India attained independence in the year
1947. Today, Mumbai is counted amongst the most popular and most visited
cities of the country.
One of its major attractions is Bollywood, the dream destination of the
aspiring actors and singers. People also come here to catch a glimpse of
their favorite heros and heroines. Bombay come across as a blend of the
modern views, combined the traditional Indian customs and values. On one
hand, we can see the numerous pubs, bars, discotheques and clubs in the
city, on the other hand are the religious places like Siddhivinayak
Mandir, Haji Ali Dargah, St. Thomas' Cathedral, etc - all of them
visited by Mumbaikars in large numbers.
The official language of Mumbai is Marathi, which is spoken by the
majority of its population. Hindi and English are the other commonly
spoken languages of the city. When here, whether for tourism or any
other purpose; do not forget to taste the spicy, but delicious, street
food. This includes food items like pav bhaji, bhel puri, sev puri, pani
puri, vada pav, etc. Bombay is a shopper's delight, with its large
number of shopping markets and shopping malls. Even the beaches situated
there are definitely worth a visit. Traditional yet modern, fast paced
yet dreamy - this is Mumbai for you!