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Mumbai is Known as Bombay

Aug 18, 2007
The city of Bombay originally consisted of seven islands, namely Old Woman's Island, Colaba, Mazagaon, Mahim, Wadala, Parel, and Matunga-Sion. This group of islands, formed part of the kingdom of Ashoka. Mumbai city formerly Bombay is located in Maharashtra, situated on the western coast of India

The streets of Mumbai are congested with carts cattle, and motor vehicles and the air is thick with smog and the sound of horns, but despite this the city has much to offer and those on route to Goa.

Fifteen million people live in Mumbai industrialists, film-stars, artists, workers, teachers and clerks all living cheek-by-jowl in soaring sky scrapers and sprawling slums. They come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and speak over a dozen languages.

Mumbai has a relaxed attitude to alcohol compared to other Indian cities and there are bars, clubs and discos where boys and girls mix as freely as in any Western city. How ever, night club entry is often restricted to couples only. But the classic Bombay night out is a trip to the cinema.

The city is also the epicentre of the entertainment industry. The Hindi film industry, popularly known as Bollywood is located here. Most of India's television and satellite networks are located in Mumbai. It has a strong entrepreneurial culture and it salutes the entrepreneurial spirit of the people.

Shopping in is city is a memorable experience as you wander through its Bazaars with striking names like Chor Bazar, Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazar. At the Chor Bazar you will find a phenomenal collection of antiques, jewellery, wooden articles, leather ware and general bric-a-brac.

The city is India's great market place. Some people consider it to be a giant bazaar first and a city with a civic consciousness second. Bandra, the so-called Queen of Suburbs is the residential abode of the famous such as Mumbai film stars, industrialists and the likes.

The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Situated at the Apollo Bunder, the gateway holds greater historical significance as the last of the British troops that left India by sea, marched through its portals. The monument is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. You can also go for a short cruise through Mumbai's natural harbour in one of the little motor launches that are stationed here.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a writer for The Bombay Villa Rental Site
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