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Brief History Of Mumbai

Learning a bit more of Mumbai

Mumbai, the city of dreams and subsequently the city that never sleeps, was home to a flurry of small islands that once constituted the fishing colonies, the Kolis. Mumbai borrows its name from the Koli Goddess Mumbadevi, and the Marathi word ‘Aai’, which translates to ‘mother’. Over time, a number of Hindi dynasties ruled the seven islands until the Muslim Sultans of Gujrat ceded to the Portuguese in 1534, followed by an upsurge of vandalism and crime. The Portuguese, at the time, referred to the city as ‘Bom Baim’, which translates to ‘Good Little Bay’. In 1661, the Portuguese gave the seven islands in with the dowry of Catherine of Braganza when she married Charles II. After taking possession of the seven islands in 1665, the British anglicised the Portuguese version of the city, naming it ‘Bombay’.


Magnificent Places To Stay

Mumbai, the land of opportunity, is a multi-ethnic land, for thousands of people come here frequently to try their luck in the Indian Film Industry, Bollywood, or simply to get a taste of urbanisation and nightlife it exhibits. Your experience here may not be exhilarating, for it is indeed the most populous city in India, but it promises not to leave you in regret. Most hotels in the city are priced a tad bit high, though offering an unforgettable stay. However, if you’re trying to save up on money, you could rent an apartment or live as a ‘Paying Guest’ in someone’s apartment. No matter what, you can always find a place to sleep in the city that never sleeps! Bon voyage!


Delicacies of Mumbai

Mumbai has a variety of cuisines ranging from fine dining hotels to the very popular street food. This is a city where people turn to the delicious Vada Pav for sustenance!
Fine Dining- There are a number of fine dining hotels in Mumbai, offering world cuisines and local food. We would suggest having the street food if you want a taste of the local cuisine. The cuisines that most restaurants have to offer include Chinese, South-Indian, Thai, Lebanese, Korean, Italian, Mexican, Continental, Punjabi, Mughalai and Malvani (Konkan cuisine).


Travelling in Mumbai

Mumbai’s most preferred way of getting around is in an ‘Auto Rickshaw’, a motorized version of the three-wheeler pulled rickshaw, and second to that is a Taxi. Public transport on land includes ‘BEST’ (Pronounced ‘B S T’ by the locals) buses which run through the city, mostly on the ‘Link Road’. The city also has an efficient suburban train network. Local trains are known as the lifeline of Mumbai, for thousands of people board these trains to the moon and back, the best way of getting around if you’re in a hurry.