Mumbai formerly known as Bombay is the only cosmopolitan and the commercial capital of India. This bustling metropolis known as Mumbai is famous as the capital of the industrial state of Maharashtra. The place gets its name Mumbai from the local goddess Mumbadevi (the Goddess of the Koli fishermen) who is worshipped religiously in the traditional fishermen community of Maharashtra. Formed from the cluster of seven islands, Mumbai emerged out of the oldest area of the country.
Ruled for years by the Maharaja of Gujarat, Parsis, Portuguese and British people; the city of Mumbai became a multi-cultural city incorporating every culture and tradition into its fold. Mumbai has prospered a lot in the post-independence period and acquired the status of a commercial and financial capital of India.
The metro city is well nestled in the Western Ghats where one can enjoy the boating and fishing in the picturesque surroundings. Mumbai is the largest city on commercial level and the second largest city in size, next to Calcutta. Draped in the Maharashtrian culture, Mumbai is always known for the festive occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi and Guri Parwa. The Gateway of India is the major landmark in the city, which marks its majestic appearance. The city is also nearby the main tourist attractions of Maharashtra like Pune, Nashik, Dhule, Lonavala and Khandala.
The city of Mumbai has also got the right appellation of Indian Hollywood or Bollywood. The glamour industry or film industry in Mumbai has made a mark on the international level. The tourists often visit Mumbai to witness the colonial buildings standing at towering heights within the city. The city of Mumbai also has other tourist destinations to boast of including the Marine Drive (The Queen's Necklace), Crawford Market, Essel World, Elephanta Caves etc.
Tourist destinations in Bombay