Mumbai is India’s bustling capital, a mix of grand avenues, colonial buildings, temples and bazaars. Once a collection of sleepy fishing villages, Mumbai grew up in the early days of the British East India Company, becoming a centre for the independence movement, then turning into the economic powerhouse it remains today. The city is lined with grand avenues and dotted with colonial buildings, extravagant temples and exotic bazaars. It is also home to “Bollywood”, the world’s largest movie industry. From Mumbai, you can travel to the 2,000 year old Buddhist cave paintings at Ajanta and the amazing rock cut temples at Ellora.
Mumbai- the bustling capital
The fascinating metropolis of Mumbai lies on the Arabian Sea on India’s west coast. The city flourished during the era of the British East India Company and the days of the Raj, as a centre for finance, industry and the navy.
It boasts some grand architectural jewels from the British era, such as the famous Gateway of India, and the Victoria Terminus Railway Station, as well as flamboyant Hindu temples, mosques, markets and busy bazaars. It is also the home of Bollywood and sumptuous hotels like the Taj Mahal Palace, a fantastical palace built in 1903. You can take a half-day tour to visit the UNESCO World Heritage cave temples on Elephanta Island, or travel farther afield to the 2,000 year old Buddhist cave paintings at Ajanta and the rock cut temples at Ellora.