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Mumbai Introduction


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Mumbai—or Bombay, as it was known until 1997—remains India's city of dreams. It is so dynamic that immigrants still flock there in hopes of becoming successful entrepreneurs. Despite its rich heritage and friendly citizens, Mumbai can overwhelm foreigners with its sheer headcount, smells and sounds. Pollution and poverty are also part of the cosmopolitan picture.   Click here to see the full Mumbai travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mumbai Geography


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Mumbai sits on India's west coast on a trapezoidal peninsula that is connected to the mainland by a series of bridges. The city's most important physical feature is its harbor, where for many years the Gateway of India arch has welcomed visitors from around the world. In 1947, the last 150 British soldiers marched out from there. The city now greets visitors arriving by rail, road and air.   Click here to see the full Mumbai travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mumbai History


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Until the British arrived in the 18th century, the area around Mumbai was a marshy collection of seven islands inhabited mostly by fishing communities (known as koli). A succession of dynasties, both Hindu and Muslim, ruled the area until the Portuguese raids of the early 1500s. The Sultan of Gujarat ceded the area to Portugal in 1534. They called it Bom Bahia—meaning "good bay."  Click here to see the full Mumbai travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mumbai Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Though Mumbai lacks the historical attractions of New Delhi and Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta, which was the capital of British India), it is such a fast-paced city that visitors may not even notice. The contemporary sights, sounds and smells of almost 15 million people converging on a relatively small area (237 sq mi/614 sq km) can be entertaining enough. Welcome to a city that feasts, fasts and retains its festive spirit.   Click here to see the full Mumbai travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mumbai Nightlife


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Disco isn't dead—at least not in Mumbai. At night, dozens of nightspots become packed with dancers moving to the beat of Western music. Mumbai's glitteratti prefer theme clubs. These places are best visited for the experience they offer rather than the food and drink. They come and go very quickly, but a few seem to have some staying power. Generally speaking, however, a casual attitude dominates in most bars and clubs. The best neighborhoods for nightlife are Colaba, Lower Parel and Bandra. Hotel concierges and the city's newspapers can help visitors find the appropriate place to unwind. Most pubs and discos close by 1:30 am, but a few stay open until 3 am.   Click here to see the full Mumbai travel guide on Travel42 »

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Mumbai Restaurants & Dining


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Mumbaikars love food. Combine this gastronomic passion with the city's immigration history, and you have the most varied cuisine offered anywhere in India. Thus, dining out is a good way to explore the culture of the city and the country.   Click here to see the full Mumbai travel guide on Travel42 »

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