The most crowded city of India, Mumbai may remind of New York with its people rushing around, adrenaline in daily life and high buildings. Home to famous Bollywood cinema where 120 movies filed a year, Mumbai is also famous for people delivering lunchbox called dabbawallah. Every day they deliver the food in mess kits they take from over a hundred thousand houses to the workplace of the breadwinner at lunch.
FROM BOM BAHAI TO MUMBAI
In the first half of the 16th century, Portuguese people named the city under their domination “Bom Bahai” meaning “Beautiful Gulf”. The name has been uttered as “Bombay” when the British who bought the city as a wedding gift to Catherine of Braganza who married Charles II in 1661. The city whose name has changed in 1995 has become the namesake of Goddess Mumba Devi.
STARS OF THE CITY
Gateway of India: In the past India would be accessed by sea and entered by a port named Gateway of India. The gateway shaped as a monument was constructed as a mix of islamic art and gothic architecture styles in honor of the visit by English King George V. Interestingly, the gateway has been the place where the Indians showed the British the door after the fight for independence they won in 1947.
Elephanta Island: It was the Portuguese people who saw the statue of giant elephant here who named the island which is enlisted in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. You will not be able to see the statue because the statue has been moved to be exhibited in Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai.
St. John Church: The structure which is located in the region named Colaba Causeway where you can find the restaurants and shops was constructed for soldiers who had died in the Afghan War in 1843, thus is known as the Afghan Church. Rumor has it that only one soldier returned from the war alive and what is known about the war are those narrated by this soldier.
Prince of Wales Museum: The building was constructed in honor of the Prince of Wales who would later be crowned to be known as King George V. The name of the museum which bears the traces of both Indian and gothic style has been changed as “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya”, and yet do not force yourself to say it. Everyone understand it when you say of Prince of Wales Museum.
Marine Drive: A marvelous walkway along the sea, which is called the “Queen’s Necklace” by people because of the lights of street lambs in the evening. Next you can go to the Chowpatty Beach, Malabar Hill which is one of the richest streets of the city and Oval Maidan where people play cricket.
Chowpatty Beach: Chowpatty Beach is a place where people enjoy themselves day and night. If your journey to Mumbai is on July, I recommend you to watch Ganesh Chaturti Festival organized in Chowpatty Beach.
Jain Temple: This temple which belongs to Jain religion was constructed in the first years of the 20th century. A glorious structure furnished with marble and adorned with pictures belonging to this religion on the walls and mirrors.
Malabar Hill: You are in the richest and the most classy neighbourhood of the city. Here is important in that it is the place where Walkeshwar Temple is located as well. Grape Gardens in Malabar Hill and its marvelous view is another reason to visit here.
Mahalaxmi Temple: The temple was constructed by a contractor who believed in Goddess of Wealth Laxmi in the 18th century. The coast where it was located would be swept by the waves. They believed that if they construct the temple there it will protect the coast road from the waves and indeed nothing happened to the road from then on.
Dobi Ghat: It is impossible to say I saw Mumbai without seeing Dobi Ghat which is accepted as the laundry of the city which is familiar from the movies. All the laundry companies in the city mark the clothes left to them and then send here.
Mani Bhavan Ghandi Museum: This house where one of the most important leader of the world who was the symbol of passive rebellion, Mahatma Ghandi once lived has been decorated so as to reflect the slices from his life.
Victoria Gardens: There is a museum where several Works belonging to the history of this city and a zoo in the garden. It is also the place where tired travellers have a rest and enjoy the green. The current name of the Victoria Gardens is “Cicamata Udyan”.
You won’t come to India and ask “what I will eat”. World-renown Indian cuisine is waiting for you. Red meat is consumed little and chicken is predominately used in the cuisine due to their religious beliefs. Apart from the chicken, sea food and rice are among the building blocks of the meals. Coconut is a frequently used ingredient in the desserts.
If you are a shopping addict, you have fallen to heaven. Options are abundant from big shopping malls and street sellers. However, keep in mind that wherever you are, bargaining is a significant part of the shopping culture here. The hardest part is to chose among antiques, embroiders, jewellery, silk and cotton cloths and etc.
You can use cabs easily in the city. It is both easy to find one and it is not expensive.