Mumbai City Descriptions

Bombay, or Mumbai as it is now called, is the commercial capital of India, a city of entrepreneurs, concrete towers, clubs and discos, cricket, Bollywood and more. The city, a cluster of seven islands, was named by its natives after the goddess Mumbadevi. After the Portuguese gained possession of the islands in 1534, they renamed it Bom Bahia, for the natural harbour, which served as a safe haven for its ships. The promise of business opportunities and religious freedom drew people to Bombay from all over the country. As the migrant population burgeoned, land was reclaimed, and the city began its haphazard metamorphosis from a trading post into a metropolis and industrial hub. Today, Mumbai is the country's financial and cultural centre. It is also home to a thriving film industry. It is seen, to the teeming masses that flock there to live and work, as a place where opportunities abound. Its inhabitants, an amalgam of great wealth and abject poverty, are swept into the endless maelstrom of activity that characterizes this city of dreams. Places to visit in Mumbai include the Victoria Terminus, the Gateway of India, the Hanging Gardens, Mani Bhawan (where the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi resided for several years) and the Prince of Wales museum.

Getting to Mumbai

  • By Air – Mumbai beats Delhi, Kolkata and Madras for international air traffic. Almost all major International airlines operate direct flights to and fro Mumbai. Mumbai airport serves as a major hub, and connects almost all parts of India.
  • By Rail - Mumbai is connected by super fast trains to almost all major cities of India.

Best Places to Stay in Mumbai

Fariyas, Mumbai Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located in the heart of the busy shopping and commercial district of South Mumbai, the Fariyas hotel is just a stone's throw away from the Gateway of India and the Colaba Causeway. Modern, well furnished rooms,  with tea-coffee making facilities, mini-bars, individual climate control etc make the Fariyas a good value for money accommodation option in Mumbai. Leisure facilities at the Fariyas include a swimming pool, fitness center and several restaurants and bars.

Marine Plaza, Mumbai Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Overlooking the Arabian Sea , on the Marine Drive in Mumbai, is the Hotel Marine Plaza . It is a  fashionable hotel with  international standards of hospitality and comfort. The Hotels superb location is best enjoyed from its rooftop terrace garden or the coffee Shop , both of which offer excellent sea views . Most rooms and suites are sea facing.  Leisure facilities at the Marine Plaza include an outdoor swimming pool, and a well equipped fitness centre.  The hotel is also home to Geoffrey's , one of Mumbai's best known British style pubs.

The Leela, Mumbai Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located just a stone's throw from Mumbai's International airport, the Leela is a Deluxe hotel, ideal for those with just  a short time to spend in Mumbai, or for those, wanting to be close to the airports.  The Leela boasts of ultra modern and ultra hi-tech, comfortable and well appointed rooms and suites.  Leisure facilities here include a large outdoor swimming pool and  a state of the art Spa and fitness centre.  The Leela is also home to some of North Mumbai's best known restaurants, like the "Great Wall", famous for it's Chinese cuisine, and the "Stella", one of Mumbai's favourite Italian eateries. 

Trident, Mumbai Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Towering above the skyline and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Trident, Nariman Point, is centrally situated in the heart of the shopping and business district. It is within walking distance from major corporate houses, entertainment, recreation and shopping centers, 5 minutes drive from the Gateway Of India and 10 minutes drive to the main Convention Centre. Well appointed rooms, many offering ocean views, with broadband and internet access, mini-bars, tea-coffee makers etc. Leisure facilities include a large swimming pool, fitness center and several restaurants and bars.

Taj Mahal, Mumbai Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located on the waterfront, facing the Gateway of India,  and minutes away from Mumbai's commercial, shopping and banking districts, the Taj Mahal hotel has played host to several Heads of State and Royalty. Also, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel provides international standard leisure and business facilities. The Taj Mahal hotel is also home to some of South Mumbai's best known restaurants, including Wasabi, Mumbai's best known Japanese restaurant and the Zodiac Grill, it's award winning European restaurant.

Taj Lands End, Mumbai Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Nestling in Bandra, an elite suburb of Mumbai, overlooking the Arabian Sea, in the heart of the emerging business district of Mumbai, Taj Lands End boasts the city's finest restaurants, conferencing, banqueting, and business centre facilities.  The hotel is geographically located between North and South Mumbai, and is not far from the shopping and entertainment district.  The Taj Lands End has 300 elegantly appointed luxurious rooms and suites, that are among the largest in the city.  Most rooms offer a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.  Leisure facilities here include an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre that is open 24 X 7.

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