A cacophony of sounds, smells, sights, and people, India can be overwhelming. And Mumbai is no exception. A true city of contrasts, Mumbai's modern skyscrapers loom over festering slums and humble chai wallahs eke out an existence alongside glittering Bollywood actors. The financial, fashion, and film capital of India, Mumbai is a place where stars are made, multi-million dollar deals are hatched and beggars, businessmen, cows and crazed rickshaw drivers all jostle for position in the chaos.
Handed to the British as the dowry of a Portuguese princess, Mumbai has seen it all - from Gandhi's anti-imperialist crusade to the threat of modern terrorism. But nothing can phase Mumbaikers - all 13 million of them, existing cheek-by-jowl in the commercial hub of an ancient civilisation seeking to find its place in the New World Order.
After the multi-sensory shock of Mumbai wears off, the city - one of India's cleanest - is a joy to explore. From grand, gothic remnants of the Raj to ancient Hindu temples and breathtaking feats of modern engineering, there's a new sight around every corner and more bars, boutiques, mega malls, galleries and restaurants than even the locals can wiggle their heads at.
A veritable melting pot of culture, language and cuisine, Mumbai is a destination that commands an extended stopover, just so you can get a proper taste. Go on, take a bite.
Inhabitants in India:: 1.252 billion
Inhabitants in Mumbai:: 19.291 million
Official language: Hindi and English
Currency: Indian Rupee
Time zone: GMT + 5.30 hours
Emergency number: Police: 100, Fire: 101, Ambulance: 307 7324
Constitution: Federal parliamentary constitutional republic
Country phone code: 22 (Mumbai)
Country code: 91
Local transportation: Trains, buses, cabs, private taxi
|Inhabitants in India:||1.252 billion|
|Inhabitants in Mumbai:||19.291 million|
|Official language||Hindi and English|
|Time zone||GMT + 5.30 hours|
|Emergency number||Police: 100, Fire: 101, Ambulance: 307 7324|
|Constitution||Federal parliamentary constitutional republic|
|Country phone code||22 (Mumbai)|
|Local transportation||Trains, buses, cabs, private taxi|
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