Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra. Mumbai is a group of islands in the Arabian Sea, comprising of Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli and Old Woman's Island, and are connected by bridges to the mainland. Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a harbour situated on the western coast of India.
In 1996 the city’s name was officially changed to Mumbai, a name derived from the Goddess Mumba who was worshipped by the Koli fishermen who were the oldest inhabitants of Mumbai.
Some of the main attractions of Mumbai are the Gateway of India, overlooking the harbour, the Prince of Wales museum, Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Elephanta caves which are situated on an island in the Arabian sea, Parsi Fire temple, Marine Drive also known as ‘the Queens Necklace’ and Chowpatty beach.
Being the commercial hub of the country, it is not just the tourist that comes to see Mumbai, a lot of business travellers frequent Mumbai. Be it the luxury resorts that dot the beaches, extravagant 5 star hotels, exclusive business hotels, economy and budget hotels, Mumbai is the place. These hotels cater to the taste and preference of the multitudes of travellers visiting Mumbai.
For those who prefer a stay in luxury in the heart of the city, Mumbai has many options in the many five star hotels in the city. These hotels have many facilities including spacious rooms, services like spas, gyms, salons, swimming pools, night clubs, business facilities like conference halls, party halls, airport pick and drop and multi-cuisine restaurants.
Some of the high end hotels in the city are Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, recently in the news due to the terrorist attack, Grand Hyatt, Taj President Hotel, JW Marriot, ITC Grand Central Sheraton & Towers, Leela Kempinski, Intercontinental Grand Mumbai, Trident Hotel and ITC Hotel Grand Maratha Sheraton & Towers. These hotels could cost you in the range of anything from Rs. 5000 and above.
For the budget traveller there are many mid level and budget hotels. Most of the better options are found around Colaba and the Fort area. MTDC has quite a few of their hotels in and around the city. Some of the other budget hotels are Samarth Hotel, Nalanda Hotel, Volga Hotel, Hotel Lawrence, Maria Lodge, Sea Shore Hotel, Bentley’s Hotel, Welcome Hotel, Hotel Oasis and Hotel Outram. These hotels could cost you in the range of Rs. 1000 to Rs. 3000.
Mumbai has an efficient suburban train network that is always overcrowded. Taxis operate 24 hours a day. Buses are also frequent to travel within the city. Mumbai is connected to the other cities by rail, road and air.