Mumbai, the capital city of the state of Maharashtra which was initially a composite of seven marshy islands, is a now a 3km wide and 22 km long wide strip where millions of people reside. With a cosmopolitan nature, the city is the "melting pot" wherein Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Parsis, and Christians co-exist happily under the common designation, the 'Mumbaikars'. Presently Mumbai is the dream city for all, from businessmen to film stars, from designers to tycoons and not to forget the common people.
Mumbai is the entertainment as well as the commercial hub of India. Formerly known as Bombay and presently referred as the "Alpha World City", this exhilarating city of Mumbai is among the most populated cities in the world. Lying in the western coast of India, this glamorous city has a natural harbor.
Gateway of India
The Gateway of India, with its regal arches, stands guard facing the Arabian Sea at Apollo Bunder in bustling Colaba area of Mumbai. The most popular tourist attraction, it is the unofficial icon of the city of Mumbai and is a reminder of its rich colonial history as Bombay. It is the first structure to welcome visitors entering the city by sea, it is popularly called ‘Taj Mahal of Mumbai’.
Marine Drive is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay and links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Large crowds of people come to this place to stride along the beautiful walkway and to view the stunning sight of the setting sun at dusk. Marine Drive is also referred to as 'Queen's necklace', because the street lights make the road look like a string of pearls and create an illusion of a necklace, when viewed at night from any elevated point along the pathway of the drive.
Girgaon Chowpati Beach
Girgaon Chowpatty is one of the famous public beaches adjoining Marine Drive in the Girgaon area of Mumbai, India. The beach is noted for its Ganesh Visarjan celebrations when thousands of people from all over Mumbai and Pune come to immerse the idols of Lord Ganesh in the Arabian Sea.
The Haji Ali Dargah is a reminder of the multi-cultural roots of Mumbai. It is open to all people irrespective of their faith. It has been braving the seas for over six centuries now and is a beacon of hope for the faithful. Amongst the patron saints of the city, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah has immortalized himself in the city’s sea and its rocks.