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INFORMATION ABOUT MUMBAI

Mumbai formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the most populous city in the world. With an estimated population of about 13 million in the city (as of 2007)[1] and 7 million in the suburbs,[2] it forms the world's second most populous metropolitan area. Mumbai is located off the west coast of India. The city has a deep natural harbour and the port handles over half of India's passenger traffic and a significant amount of cargo.[3]

MUMBAI HISTORY

Present Mumbai was originally an archipelago of seven islands. Artefacts found near Kandivali, in northern Mumbai indicate that these islands had been inhabited since the Stone Age. Documented evidence of human habitation dates back to 250 BCE, when it was known as Heptanesia (Ptolemy) (Ancient Greek: A Cluster of Seven Islands). In the 3rd century BCE, the islands formed part of the Maurya Empire, ruled by the Buddhist emperor, Asoka. During the first few centuries of our era, control over Mumbai was disputed between the Indo-Scythian Western Satraps and the Satavahanas. The Hindu rulers of the Silhara Dynasty later governed the islands until 1343, when the kingdom of Gujarat annexed them. Some of the oldest edifices of the archipelago the Elephanta Caves and the Walkeshwar temple complex date from this era.

MUMBAI TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum


  • Kala Ghoda


  • Mumbai Treasures


  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus


  • Fort


  • Chowpatty Beach :Chowpatty Walk The Sands Chowpatty is still a favourite spot for anyone out to enjoy what passes for fresh air. Get the full ...


  • Crawford Market :Kalbadevi The colourful indoor Crawford Market (or Phule Market) is the last outpost of British Bombay before ...


  • Elephanta Island :Elephanta Island Terrific Temple Island Every day except Monday, a flotilla of tourist boats heads out from the Gateway of India to this ...


  • Gateway of India :Colaba This yellow basalt arch of triumph is an exaggerated colonial marker conceived after the visit of ...


  • Mani Bhavan :Chowpatty The building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Bombay is now a small, but engrossing, ...


  • National Gallery of Modern Art :Kala Ghoda This gallery in the Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall is a bright, spacious and modern exhibition ...


  • Worli :The most striking thing about this cultural complex is the bold modern architecture. The tower looks ...
  • St Thomas' Cathedral :Fort This charming church is the oldest English building in Mumbai. Construction began in 1672, but the ...


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