The island city of Mumbai nestled in the Arabian Sea is India’s leading industrial, educational and tourist hub. The history of this cosmopolitan city dates back to the 16th century, when Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer christened the city Bom Baia, denoting ‘Good Bay’. The Portuguese ruler gifted this group of seven islands to Charles II of England, who subsequently leased these to the East India Company in the 18th century. The British made the city their headquarters for trading and renamed it as Bombay. This era saw the development of monuments, offices, railways and the famous Bombay Stock Exchange came into existence. The British ruled India for over 200 years, finally setting sail for Europe on 15th August, 1947; and the Government of India made Bombay the capital of Maharashtra. The 19th and early 20th century, saw an increase in small scale craftsmanship and very soon Bombay became famous for its flourishing textile industry. With the event of modernisation, in the 21st century, railways, airports, malls, banquet halls, theatres all wove their way into Bombay, now popularly known as Mumbai.
Mumbai is currently the most populour city in India, home to people of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. The latest historic additions are the ‘Bandra Worli Sea-link’ and the ‘Eastern Freeway’ which stretches 16.8km long, linking the Northern suburbs to the island city. The city is renowned for its unique, one of a kind ‘Queen’s necklace’ that dots the city’s skyline at night; besides several historic landmarks such as the ‘Gateway of India’, ‘Prince of Wales Museum’, ‘Chowpatty’, ‘Hanging Gardens’ and ‘Juhu beach’. The incredible city of Mumbai is a true melting pot, bringing together people from all parts of the country, as well as from the subcontinent and expatriate communities from across the world. It is the city that never sleeps, and the entertainment and financial hub of the county. In Mumbai one sees the many faceted aspects of India- the cultural diversity, the heritage precincts, the abiding love-affair with food, the passion for festivals and cricket in equal measure, bazaars and markets spanning from the largest flea market to the swish malls, skyscrapers and slums sitting cheek by jowl. Come and explore Mumbai’s madness in its truest hues!!
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