Mumbai

Mumbai is known as much for its throbbing night life as it is famous for being the busiest and economically prosperous city of India. Mumbai is a busy metropolis, nevertheless, it is a tourist hot-spot because of its energy and vigor. Dubbed as the commercial capital of India, the city is home to some of India's largest corporate houses.Mumbai is a wonderful tourist destination. This erstwhile insignificant port city has now developed to become one of the foremost metropolis of the world. Other than the charms of being in a beautiful metropolis, Mumbai has monuments of historical importance. The Gateway Of India is one such magnificent monument and prime tourist attraction in the city.

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The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India: is the main museum in Mumbai, formerly Bombay.[4] It was founded in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of Bombay, with the help of the government, to commemorate the visit of the then prince of Wales. It is located in the heart of South Mumbai near the Gateway of India. The museum was renamed in the 1990s or early 2000s after Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire.The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporating elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain. The museum building is surrounded by a garden of palm trees and formal flower beds.

The Kanheri caves :are spread over a wide area. Each cave served as the room of a single monk which had a stone podium that was probably used as a bed. There is also a huge hall which houses the 'Dagoba' , a Buddhist Image. The Hall was used as a place for mass religious meetings or for group worship.

Juhu Beach: lies in the suburbs of Mumbai. To the west of Juhu Beach is the Arabian Sea and to its east are Santacruz and Vile Parle. The Versova Beach is towards the north of Juhu. It is situated 18-km north of the Mumbai city centre and one of the most posh areas of Mumbai. It is a popular destination for elite class for residential apartments and bungalows.

Film City:  The very name of the "Film City" of Mumbai, is a source of inspiration for many young and budding talents of our country. Apart from being the business capital of India, Mumbai is famous for the various production houses. The Indian film city is fondly called as "Bollywood" which is an important source of entertainment for most of us. The Film City is also a major spot of tourist interest. The travel agents who organize the sightseeing of Mumbai keeps almost an hour for the tourist to go round the Film City.

The Gateway of India: is one of the architectural marvel of our country. Located on the southern part of Mumbai on the shores of Arabian Sea, the Gateway of India is an important landmark of the city. It is virtually the starting point for any tourist who wants to get acquainted with the exuberant and exciting life of Mumbai. The huge monuments speaks at length about the history of our country. The beautifully engraved designs and the well built pillars remind us of the colonial rule and the sacrifices of our fellow country men.

The Worli Fort : was built by the British as a precautionary measure around 1675 overlooking the Mahim Bay. The Fort is situated at a strategically important place from where the British Navy could see the vessels approaching the western coast of our country. The Worli Fort is does not attract many tourist because of the surrounding fishing areas. The Fort is in the middle of the Worli Fishing Village that makes the for quite inaccessible.

Marine Drive: is a stretch of 3 km in South Mumbai, from Nariman Point to the end of the Malabar Hill. It is in the form of an inverted 'C', with a metal six lanes road running along the coast of Arabian Sea. It is popularly known as the 'Queen's Necklace', because during the night the street lights shine like diamonds from a higher elevation. The Chowpatty Beach lies on the northern fringe of Marine Drive.

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