Date: 20 June 2012
Mumbai, the commercial capital of India is actually a conglomeration of several islands joined together. Located on the Western coast of India, Mumbai is cosmopolitan city with entrepreneurs, Heritage buildings, discos and clubs, cricket, Bollywood and more. The most important tourist attractions in Mumbai are The Gateway of India, Marine Drive, the Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Shrine, Juhu and Chowpaty beach, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Elephanta Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the Kamala Nehru Park.
The Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport operates round the clock and offers flight connectivity all round the globe. Mumbai is also well connected to most parts of the country by the Indian Railways. Mumbai Port Trust and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust are the two major sea ports in Mumbai which are in operation.
One can enjoy the tasty Mumbai style street food, notably Pani Puri, bhelpuri, shevpuri and the tasty chaats near the Juhu and Chowpatty beaches. Mumbai offers a variety of Indian cuisines at restaurants like Copper Chimney, Khyber, Kareem's Malad, Jimmy Boy, Sheetal Bukhara and Great Punjab. Dakshin offers the rare delight of regional, ethnic and coastal cuisines from the southern states of India. Konkan Café, Goa Portuguesa, Masala Bay, and Trishna, are some of the city's restaurants to find soul satisfying flavoured sea food.
The markets and bazaars (shopping centres) of Mumbai are one of the most sought after tourist attractions and it draws tourists again and again. The Chor Bazaar (Colonial-era lamps, Art Deco clocks, and vintage items), The Crowford Market (Fruit and Vegetables and pets of all breed, shape and size), Zaveri Bazaar (Gold), Fashion Street (Clothes, jewellery, belt, bags) and the Linking road (Indian traditional clothes, children's clothes) are some of them.