Mumbai (मुंबई, Bombay), Maharashtra, India

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Mumbai skyline with the Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Mumbai skyline with the Bandra-Worli Sea Link
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Mumbai (मुंबई) (see map) is the largest city in India. It covers 603.4 sq km (233 sq mi) and has a population of 12.5 million within the city limits, and 22 million within its metropolitan area.

Guide to Mumbai Hotels

It's never easy finding the hotel that's just right for your stay. Still, by taking a little time to do your research, you increase your chance of getting a good hotel at the best price. Go through the list of hotels in Mumbai which we've put together, with full description, star rating, address, location map and evaluation. Pick the hotel of your choice and view the rates offered by different booking sites. Yes, we show you prices from different websites, so you don't have to visit them one by one.

More on Mumbai

Mumbai was formerly known as Bombay. It is the capital of Maharashtra state. The city occupies the island of Salsette - to be precise, the city was originally built on a group of 7 islands that formed the island city of Bombay, which covers 67.79 sq km (26 sq mi). It was then joined to the island of Salsette to form Greater Bombay.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
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authorshipRahul Megharaj
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Due to it being created from land reclamation of islands, much of Mumbai is low lying, with average height of between 10 m (33 ft) to 15 m (49 ft) above sea level. The highest point in Mumbai are the hills at Salsette, at 450 m (1,476 ft) above sea level.

The main dome of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai
The main dome of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai
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authorshipJoe Ravi
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Mumbai experiences a tropical wet and dry climate. The wettest months are June through September, during the southwest monsoon. The annual average rainfall is about 2,147 mm (84.5 in). Average temperature in Mumbai is around 27.2°C (81°F).

Mumbai is the commercial capital of India. The whole over knows it as Bollywood, the centre for Hindi film production. It is a fast moving, cosmopolitan city quite unlike the rest of India. The Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India as well as the headquaters of numerous Indian companies such as Tata Indicom and Crompton Graeves are all located here.

History of Mumbai
In comparison to Delhi and other major Indian cities, Mumbai is relatively young. Although there is documented evidence of human habitation in the Mumbai area going back to 250BC, the actual Mumbai was sea that was only formed through land reclamation. Mumbai came to being when the Portuguese appropriated the original islands from the Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in 1534. They were then ceded to Charles II of England in 1661 as dowry for Catherine of Braganza, daughter of the Duke of Braganza, the future King John IV of Portugal.

Nagdevi Street, Mumbai
Nagdevi Street, Mumbai
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authorshipBruce Tan
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Planning your trip to Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhonsle, the founder of the Maratha empire in 1674, is the gateway to Mumbai. The airport has two terminals: Terminal 1, called Santacruz terminal, for domestic flights, and Terminal 2, Andheri terminal, for international flights. A free shuttle bus service connects the two terminals. Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport is located 28 km from downtown Mumbai. Getting to town is by prepaid coupon taxi: go to the taxi counter, buy the coupon, and give it to the taxi driver. The coupon has the taxi registration number on it, so you shouldn't take any taxi. The charges includes any tolls to be paid.

In addition to the domestic flights at Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, you may also take the train from Mumbai to most destinations in India. To purchase Indian Railway tickets online, go to the Indian Railway Online Passenger Reservation Site,

Borivali Train Station, Mumbai
Borivali Train Station, Mumbai
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Exploring Mumbai

The easiest way to get around in Mumbai is by taxi. There are two types, the air-conditioned, blue/silver taxis called Cool Cabs, and the standard non-airconditioned yellow-and-black taxi. Minimum fare is Rs13. You can either rely on the meter (which is matched against a tariff card) or prepay for the journey. Cool Cabs 40% higher than the ordinary taxis, but may be worth the comfort.

To call a taxi, contact:
City Cool Cabs: +91 22 2216 4466, +91 22 2218 9620, +91 22 5688 4466
Cool Cab: +91 22 2490 5151, +91 22 2490 5152.

Places of Interest in Mumbai

  1. Ballard Estate
  2. Bandra
  3. Bandra-Worli Sea Link
  4. Banganga Temple
  5. Colaba Causeway
  6. Crawford Market
  7. Elephanta Island
  8. Film City
  9. Flora Fountain
  10. Gateway of India
  11. General Post Office
  12. Haji Ali Mosque
  13. Horniman Circle
  14. Juhu Beach
  15. Kala Ghoda
  16. Khotachiwadi
  17. Mahalaxmi Temple
  18. Malabar Hill
  19. Marine Drive
  20. Mumbai Stock Exchange
  21. Prince of Wales Museum
  22. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
  23. Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg
  24. Town Hall
  25. Victoria Terminus
  26. Wellington Fountain

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