Mumbai previously known as Bombay, is the capital and the largest city of Maharashtra state. Mumbai is a commercial capital of India and a predominant port. It is also a movies industry mecca known as Bollywood. It is a cosmopolitan city and a blend of the old with the new. Mumbai has two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Victoria Terminus Station and Elephanta Caves.
Major tourist sites in and around Mumbai: Victoria Terminus, Gateway of India, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mahalaxmi Temple, Jehangir Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market (Crawford Market), Haji Ali Mosque, Flora Fountain, Mani Bhavan, Siddhivinayak Temple, Juhu Beach, etc.
When to visit: best time to visit October to March. March to May are hot and humid. June to September is monsoon season.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: The major stations are Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus, known just as VT), Dadar Terminus, and Kurla (Lokmanya Tilak) Terminus. The Western line connects to the Western states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, and some parts of North India. The main terminal are Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus.
The Konkan Railway travels through the picturesque Konkan coast of Maharastra and is a good way to travel from/to Goa and Kerala.
Nearest airport: Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA: BOM) is one of the main international gateways to the country. Mumbai has excellent connectivity with most of the major cities around the world and India.
The airport is located about 28 km from downtown.
Buses: Mumbai is well connected by buses with major destinations in India. The MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) commonly known as ST, operates services to Mumbai from various cities in Maharashtra state through Mumbai Central Terminus.
By road: National highway numbers 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 17, and the Mumbai-Pune expressway provides links to all parts of the country.
The distance from Mumbai to Ahmedabad is about 550 km via NH48. It takes around 9 hours.
The distance from Mumbai to Goa is about 600 km via H48. It takes around 10-11 hours.
The distance from Mumbai to Bangalore is about 1000 km via NH48. It takes around 16 hours.
The distance from Mumbai to Delhi is about 1400 km via NH48. It takes around 24 hours.
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