Mumbai also known as Bombay is the capital of the state of Maharashtra in India. It is one of the most famous cities, not only in India but across the world. The City is also popularly known as the ‘Mayanagi’ which means the Magical City as the glamorous film city is based here. It is also the financial capital of India as it houses major financial institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange and headquarters of many Indian and multinational companies.

Mumbai is constituted of seven islands namely Bombay Island, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli, and Old Woman’s Island. In ancient times Mumbai was under the regime of Traikuttak, Maurya, the Chalukyas, Shilahar and Yadavas. Portugese then conquered it and ruled it for 134 years followed by British rule which lasted 284 years.

Mumbai is the biggest city in terms of populations and hundreds of people come to the city from all over the country for employment. Till a few decades back, the major industries in Mumbai were textile and seaport but since then it had diversifies into various sectors including engineering, healthcare, diamond-polishing and information technology. It has offices of numerous companies both national and multinational including the five of the Fortune Global 500 companies. Most of the country’s television and satellite networks and publishers are based in Mumbai.

Mumbai is one of the most popular tourist destinations across the world. It has many monuments and forts that give an insight into the architectural history of the city. Some of the popular tourist spots are Gateway of India, Hali Aji Mosque, Hutamas Chowk, Mahalaxmi temple, Afghan church, Jain temple, Nehru Planetarium, Kamala Nehru Park, Rajbai tower etc. Tourists can also spend their time at the beautiful Marine drive, Juhu beach, Chowpatty beach or Malabar hill.

Located at the coast, Mumbai has a humid weather. Due to its tropical location, the temperature remains moderate throughout the year. Temperature reaches upto 42 degrees in summer and drops to around 10 degrees in winters. One must avoid visiting Mumbai during monsoons as Mumbai receives very heavy rainfall. The best time to visit Mumbai is between October and March.

The city is well connected to the rest of the country and world. There are regular flights to Mumbai from other cities of the country and of the world. Tourists can also take a train from any part of India to reach Mumbai. Another way to reach Mumbai is by road and it is again well connected by state and national highways with the rest of the country and there are regular buses to Mumbai.

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