A vibrant and colorful metropolis
Mumbai, earlier known as Bombay, is a city of paradoxes: renowned as the country’s financial nerve centre, it is an important centre of theatre, art, music and classical dance. Today the cosmopolitan population of the city consists of people from all over the country. It is an industrial metropolis as well as the textile and film capital of the country. A city steeped in tradition and a rich historical past, it is yet a city where contemporary scientific and business practices flourish. A vibrant, colourful and busy metropolis, Mumbai is the premier city in western India.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Mumbai.
Gateway of India
Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument, is one of the starting points to explore the city. It was built as a Roman triumphal arch during the British rule complete with four turrets and intricate latticework. This monument was built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai and years later, the last horde of British troops left India through this gateway.
Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhi ji used to use.
Prince of Wales Museum
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum) is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and stands in oriental grandeur in spacious palm decorated gardens. The museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History.