The exotic, vibrant city of Mumbai entices thousands of visitors every year with its endless list of festivals, superb restaurants, fabulous beaches and warm, welcoming locals. Once known as Bombay, this magical, diverse city has a population of approximately ten million people and is a thriving, cosmopolitan region.
Before the English arrived in in the 1600's, the city was renowned for trading silk, onyx, cotton, tobacco, muslin and rice. By the 1700s, the city was referred to as 'The Gateway To India'. After the Mughals Attack in 1688, Bombay expanded once again and attracted thousands of people in search of employment.
Mumbai invites visitors from all over the globe who return year after year. The city is also now famed for the most prolific film industry, producing more than 200 films per year more than Hollywood. It could be argued that the region celebrates some of the most colourful festivals in India; such as Holi, where locals run rampant through the streets of the city with vividly coloured paint and water. Keep reading to find out more about this gem of a city.
Arguably, the region is also home to the very best markets such as Colaba Causeway, with its hundreds of stalls offering everything from jewellery to toys and clothes. Foodies will delight at the offerings from the plethora of restaurants to visit, and street food enthusiasts are spoilt for choice when it comes to the city's seemingly endless array of food stalls.
Famed for its glorious beaches, visitors can soak up the sun and appreciate the stunning sunrises and sunsets whilst relaxing. This colourful region also boasts a fine selection of art galleries and artisans also sell their creations from street corners and market stalls. Mumbai truly is the city that never sleeps, the cosmopolitan region steeped in history, culture, fine dining and more. It's hardly surprising that this amazing city has developed to become one of the world's favourite tourist destinations, with visitors returning for years to come.
Situated on the western coast of the Indian peninsula, the beautiful, vibrant city of Mumbai is one of striking contrasts, where old meets new. Built around the city's natural harbour and with the hills of the Western Ghat forming the backdrop, this amazing region has to be seen to be believed. In addition to the beautiful scenery, visitors will discover a plethora of attractions and places of interest.
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This city is renowned for its myriad of cultural and historical events which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each and every year. Whatever your taste or interests, you're sure to find a festival or event to entertain you during your visit.
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