The Indian government changed the name of Bombay for Mumbai within its measures to end the names of the English past. However, this immense and exciting metropolis was discovered by the Portuguese as a small fishing village and grew in an unstoppable way until it suffocated within the language of land that it occupies between the coast and the Arabian Sea with its current 13 million inhabitants.
The capital of Maharashtra is today the most westernized India you can visit. It has lost many visitors due to the terrorism that has hit the city in recent decades, and as is usual in emerging countries is a city in which accelerated development runs over millions of people plunged into misery as the neighborhoods of executives and skyscrapers grow endless. If we go to Bombay we will see a lot of poverty and at the same time and in the same streets we will see the new India, the skyscrapers, the new rich class and luxury.
Visiting Bombay is an experience that is not supported by many monuments. Actually I can not recommend emphatically more than the visit to the Gateway of India and the Prince of Wales Museum in terms of specific cultural points. But a visit to the center of Bombay will reveal the old English Victorian architecture and a thrilling street crowd that will sometimes drag us from here to there. In the center, not only the red buses of two floors remind us of the English past, but the Maidans, which are typical English parks occupied by Indians playing cricket, should not be missed.
If you go to Goa and land in Bombay at the Sahar airport, I recommend a visit, even if it's quick to the center of Mumbai. The airport is to the north and even if you take a taxi, get ready for more than an hour's journey to the hotel if you are in the center. Bombay traffic is insane, whether you arrive at the airport or the train station called Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus. In comparison with other Indian locations, it will be less rickshaws, forbidden and replaced by taxis. There is even a blue taxi with air conditioning and extra fee.
For compulsive shoppers I can recommend the Crawford Market and the endless downtown bazaars, such as the Chor Bazaar. If we want to kick the Chinatown we must know before that it is a very degraded area of ??prostitution.
In Bombay we can leave the bustle and make a trip to Colaba and from there in an hour to the island of Elephanta. It is a haven of peace, a fishing village that lives outside the urban madness of Bombay. On the island the temple of the cave is worth a visit where we will see the sculpture of the three faces or Shiva Trimurti. It is also worth visiting Byculla and the Veemata Jeejamata Museum, where we can see the history of India's industrialization.
Bombay in the eighties and nineties suffered a great social upheaval due to the worsening of living conditions and the growth of slums. There were great strikes and the unstoppable rise of the Indian far right in the municipal government, with anti-Muslim hatred as a slogan. Bombings against mosques and Muslim neighborhoods caused exoduses and refugee camps. In 1993 a succession of bombs collapsed hotels and buildings of the financial center that the police attributed to Muslim groups coming from neighboring Pakistan. In 2006 attacks by Islamist groups were repeated in the metro with various bombs, and in 2008 there were multiple attacks throughout the city.
TYPICAL DISHES :
As befits a city that is intended to be international and cosmopolitan, in Mumbai there are numerous public food and beverage establishments, especially in Colaba, but also in the other parts of the city, where they offer succulent lunches in the Luxury hotels up roti kebabs hugely spicy at the street stalls. Mumbai restaurants offer a variety of specialties of the kitchens of all corners of India.
There are purely vegetarian Hindu restaurants serving Gujarati and South Indian dishes, as well as Muslim coffees offering meat specialties. In Mumbai there are also many Chinese restaurants, very popular, and Iranians, whose specialty is lamb in mint sauce.
In the city's coffee shops, which serve draft beer and Western-style cuisine, the local middle and upper class mixes with foreign tourists. Other options for non-vegetarians are the Parsis restaurants, where a lentil stew known as "Dhansak" is served. Also, in the lunch houses of the style of Goa and Mangalore you can taste the pork vindaloo or the very spicy fish curry.
Thali: Tray where a medley of bittersweet specialties is served, all at the same time.
Kadhi: Curry plate of yogurt, and fried that are seasoned with bay leaves and sautéed vegetables.
Reshmi Kebab: Boneless chicken, spiced and grilled.
Khaman Dhokla: Salty cupcakes steamed with chickpea flour.
Bhel-Puri: Rice and hot sauce with fried stuffed bread.
Khinga: Giant prawns marinated in yogurt and cooked spices.
MUSEUMS AND PLACES OF TOURIST VISIT:
Prince of Walles Museum: Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mongolian books, jade collection, and porcelain. On the sea trip.
Victoria and Albert Museum: Dr. Ambedkar Road Byculla. Mumbai Municipal Museum, is located near Victoria Park.
Jahangir Nicholson Museum of Modern Art: Nariman Poin.
The Gandhi Memorial: Laburnum Road, Gamdevi.
Bombay National History Society: Hornbill House, near the Prince of Wales Museum.
The Marine Drive, the hanging gardens, the towers of silence, Munba Devi Temple, Rajabai Tower, Gateway of India, residential area of Malabar Hill.
DIVING AND ENTERTAINMENT DAYS:Bombay has great beaches and hotels where you can do many activities.
FUN AND ENTERTAINMENTS:
All the hotels have excellent bars and lounges where you can spend a good evening, find out about the traditional shows that are performed at the Tata Theater. In the daily newspaper they report on cultural events.
FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE CITY:
29 km. to the north of the city. Buses to the Air India Office to the big hotels. Taxi service available 24 hours. Taxi service to the city with fixed rates.
Many international flights depart and arrive from Bombay. Indian Airlines connects it with the most important cities in the country.
MARINE TRANSPORT :
There is a ferry service between Mumbai and Goa.
RAIL TRANSPORTATION / METRO:
Very well connected by train with the main cities: Bombay - Agra - Ahmedabad - Bangalore - Bhopal - Bhubaneswar - Calcutta - Cochin - Delhi - Goa - Gwalior - Hyderabad - Indore - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Madras - and Trivandrun.
Victoria Terminal Station, Bori Bunder, Telephone 293131.
TRANSPORT BY CAR:
The Road Transport Corporation of the State of Maharashtra MSRTC, has luxury coaches linking Bombay with Goa, Bangalore, Mangalore, Indore, Baroda and Hderabad.
Mumbai city buses are the best in India, no less crowded.
As in all the big cities of India, the traffic is dense and chaotic as all kinds of vehicles circulate through its streets.
INTERURBAN TRANSPORTATION WITH THE ALTER-DEDORS:
Numerous airplanes, trains and coaches connect New Delhi with the rest of the country.
Blacks with a yellow roof, do not always carry a meter and if they have it, it must be fixed correctly, it is best to ask for the price, since the rates change very easily and the taximeters are not always properly adjusted, there are places where pay the taxi in advance according to the destination, which will avoid problems and discussions.
THE RICKSHAW. Covered vehicles pulled by a man or motorized, are cheaper than taxis, ask for price.
RENTAL CARS (We recommend you book in advance):
You can only rent cars with driver or tourist taxis.
Government Office of the Government of India, 123 Maharshi Karve Road, Churchgate, telephone 293144 and Tourism Development Corporation in Maharashtra CDO Hutments, Madam Cama Road, telephone 2026713.
It is best to call from the hotels, although they tend to be delayed due to overload, an alternative may be the telex, in the good hotels they have a service.
Spanish mobile phones can be used in Bombay provided that before leaving Spain, the telephone company has been asked to authorize roaming calls.
Flights to Mumbai
Mumbai International Airport - BOM
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) is a major international commercial airport in Mumbai in India. The airport is located approximately 15 km north of the immediate city center at only 11 m above sea level . Originally called Santacruz , it bore the name of Sahar International Airport for a short time before being renamed to the 17th-century Hindu Maratha king. The airport is one of the busiest in South Asia. There are 46 international airlines operating regularly here. Air India , Jet Airways and JetLite have their hub here . The airport recorded more than 600 aircraft movements every day in 2015 and handled over 40 million passengers in 2015. In 2007, Mumbai became the first airport in India to join the world league of major airports with over 25 million passengers; Since 2010, it has been surpassed by the extended New Delhi airport.
The airport is already prepared for the handling of the Airbus A380 . For this purpose, the passenger boarding bridges and the parking positions were extended and the concrete pavement of the slopes strengthened. The following airlines are currently flying to Mumbai with the A380 : Singapore Airlines on the route Singapore - Mumbai and Emirates on the route Dubai- Mumbai. Since the summer of 2015, Lufthansa has been using an A380 on the Frankfurt-Main- Mumbai route.
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