Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It's an exhilarating city, fuelled by entrepreneurial energy, determination and dreams. Mumbai is the stronghold of the Indian film industry. Throughout the year Western and Indian music concerts and festivals and Indian dance shows are performed in Bombay. Mumbai is the industrial hub of everything from textiles to petrochemicals, and responsible for half of India's foreign trade. The size of the population means the city has enough social problems to last a lifetime, but its spirit is irrepressible and it has personality by the bucket load. As the cultural bridgehead between east and west, whatever happens in the rest of India tends to happens first in Mumbai, and it usually happens with the maximum amount of swank and noise.
|Area||603 Sq Km|
|Altitude||8 to 450 meters above sea level|
|Language||Marathi, Hindi, english, Gujrati|
|Rainfall||2,200 mm average yearly|
|Temperature||Sum. Max 34° C Min 27° C
Wint. Max 30° C Min 19° C
|Best Time to Visit||Round the year|
|Chowpatty Beach||Crawford Market||Prince Of Wales Museum||Nehru Centre|
|Gateway of India||Nehru Planetarium||Flora Fountain|
|Elephanta Caves||Kanheri Caves||Karla Caves||Matheran|
|Lonavala & Khandala|
Mumbai is India's great market place. You can pick up handicrafts from all over the country from various state government emporiums. They stock a large range of arts and crafts ranging from sandalwood carvings and bronze figurines to Kashmiri papier mache and miniature paintings. In Mumbai's retail stores , you'll find interesting cotton dhurries (rugs), Maharashtrian brass work, Blackwood furniture, Rajasthani dolls, block-printed bed covers and hand made environmentally friendly paper. Look out for locally produced muslin, silk saris from the central Maharashtrian town of Paithan, cotton brocade shawls from Aurangabad and textiles decorated with distinctive Warli tribal designs.