highlights and main attractions of mumbai
Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is India’s financial capital and with its impressive skyscrapers, many wealthy and fashionable inhabitants and lively nightlife it has the feel of a true metropolis. This is India at its most glamorous and hedonistic, and it is no surprise that Mumbai is the birthplace of the Bollywood industry. However, it is also a place of real contrast and mesmerising extremes, where growth and development of new infrastructure is almost a given, but the humble Indian way of life is noticeable in equal measure and UNESCO-protected heritage and local community spirit are never too far away.
Overlooking the Arabian Sea on India’s west coast, Bombay was always an important gateway and port city, which became more significant following the opening of the Suez Canal. The Gateway of India, what many do not realise is that Mumbai is in fact an island, separated from the mainland via narrow creek.
Mumbai is also a seaside city and a stroll along Chowpatty Beach is wonderful for people watching and soaking up the coastal atmosphere.