Mumbai, India’s Maximum City and the gateway to Bollywood’s tinsel world, offers the best possible cosmopolitan ambience in the country. As the most affluent city in India, Mumbai continues to be the Mecca for fortune seekers. The foundation for modern-day Mumbai was laid in 1845 when all the 7 constituent islands of the city were joined under the Hornby Vellard project. Since then Mumbai never looked back and today it is the financial hub of the nation accounting for more than 6% of India’s GDP. Bustling with diverse cultural activities, king-size entertainment, and scintillating night life, Mumbai, as they say, never gets the time to sleep.
A quarter of India’s industrial output comes from Mumbai. The mainstay of Mumbai’s economy used to be textile mills. But in the later years the city has gradually diversified into engineering, leather, entertainment, gems and jewellery, financial services, and IT. This financial powerhouse is dotted with the corporate headquarters of numerous global and local enterprises. Two main bourses of India, the BSE and NSE, the RBI, and the market regulator SEBI all have their central offices in Mumbai. Opening of the Mumbai-Pune knowledge corridor has acted as a catalyst to beef up Mumbai’s IT muscle.
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 30 km from the city’s centre. Tropical wet and dry climate can be seen in Mumbai. Average yearly temperature in Mumbai is 27.2 °C. A suburban rail network and buses run by BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) are the two most important transport services found in Mumbai. Taxis, both air-conditioned (blue and white coloured) and non air-conditioned (black and yellow coloured) run on Mumbai’s roads. Ample tourist spots are present in Mumbai to tickle your wanderlust. Notable places those should not be missed in Mumbai are Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Juhu Beach, Crawford Market, Haji Ali, Chowpatty Beach, Nehru Science Centre, Siddhivinayak Temple, and Bandra-Worli Sea Link.