Bombay', renamedMumbai', is the largest city of India and the country's economic capital.
Understand == ==
The official name of the city is Mumbai, which is derived from Mumba, the name of a Hindu goddess Mumbadevi and Aai, meaning "mother" in Marathi. Portuguese explorers called it Bom Bahia CityorGoodBayin the 16th century, referring to the deepwater port.
The name wasdistortedBomaim then transformed by the English in Bombay. The name was officially changed to Mumbai in 1995 but the name still uttilisé by the West and by many of the inhabitants of the city and its institutions.
Note that some names of monuments have also had their names replaced by an English Marathi name, but the English name remains largely unused.
Arrive == ==
Mumbai is connected by train with the rest of India. The two main stations are'Shivaji Terminus Chattarpati (CST) (known as theVictoria Terminus, VT) for trains from the South, andBombay Central' for the trains from the north. Both are equipped with a special window for foreign travelers (look for the wicket with MTDC).
By car === ===
In Mumbai, the roads are quite dirty and they are necessarily filled by people.
=== === By bus
Flowing == ==
Mumbai has an extensive network of local trains, oriented north-south, from two stations:Church Gate andVT.
=== === By bus
The bus company in Mumbai called BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport). The lines are numerous, and the dense network, with bus imperial, as in London, some with the roof open. Feel free to lose yourself in the city. Take a double decker bus, climb up, follow the line, you'll see some surprises await you.
=== === By taxi
It's pretty rare in India pointed out, but in Bombay taxis use the meter. However, calculating the price of a trip is quite complex, so be careful, for long journeys it is better to negotiate before, sometimes the price varies from one to two!
== == To see here
* Prince Of Wales Museum:Mahatma Gandhi Road.
Website: [www http://www.bombaymuseum.org/ . bombaymuseum.org /]< br> Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:15 to 18H. If you live in Colaba you can get there on foot. If you live in Churchgate take bus 123. If you live or Churchgate Colaba or is that you probably have not landed in Mumbai (check your ticket). The museum is surrounded by a beautiful park. Topped by a dome, which inspired Mughal wants, it houses collections of Mughal miniatures, sculpture, paintings and ivories. There is no real plan of the museum, you are in India, here the relationship to art does not worship this side found frozen in the West. In fact, one can compare to this museum an Oriental bazaar. He must wander, going from gallery to gallery, and do not hesitate to get lost. Surprising and pleasant surprises await you. On the ground floor you can see including sculptures and a series of miniatures on the life of Buddha. The first pieces of carved ivory and a series of miniatures of the eighteenth to the bourgeois life of the time. To see the second, the collection of jade from the Tata family.
* Mani Bhavan: 19 Laburnum Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai 400 007. Tel: 91-22-22.214.171.124 Fax: 91-22-126.96.36.199
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 18H. The museum is located near the hanging gardens. Churchgate, take the 106 bus and get off at Wilson College. Prince of Walles Museum, buses 80, 82 or 85 will take you to 500 meters. In fact it is a museum dedicated to Gandhi. It's a nice house where the Mahatma stayed when he came Mumbai. Photos, objects, Gandhi child, adolescent Gandhi, Gandhi as a statesman, Gandhi on the path of truth, Gandhi is the wheel and so on. If we ignore the aspect of personality cult, the visit is interesting and instructive, and pleasant place, even if it falls somewhat into disrepair ..
* Taraporevala Aquarium' Marine Drive.
Just before Chowpatty Beach. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 19pm. Building old-fashioned, anorexic collection of tropical fish. To visit if you have children or if you have never seen fish in a jar.
* Gateway Of India '
is a triumphal arch of yellow basalt, built in 1914 to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. At the time the charter does not furrowed the sky, and where major transcontinental travel were still in the boat, it really deserved its name from India Gate. Today it has become a promenade, a landmark, and the pier where boats leave for Elephanta Island. It is built on Apollo Bunder facing the Taj Mahal Hotel, and has some features architectural styles inspired Muslims of Gujarat. Behind the arc in a mini-park, stand the statues of Swami Vivekananda and the Maratha leader Shivaji, on his horse. At the foot of the arc, every night, there is a small night market where you can buy all kinds of handicrafts.
* St John's Church :'< br> Also called Afghan Church, It is located at the end of Colaba Causeway and was built in 1847. It is dedicated to soldiers who perished during the war in Sind in 1838, and the first Afghan war of 1843.
* Taj Mahal Hotel :< br> More than a hotel, a monument. Planted on Apollo Bunder in the middle of a neighborhood, for the optimists is an island of comfort in a sea of misery, for it is very pessimistic Chabrol. In fact as soon as you leave the sidewalks of the hotel, you're assaulted by a gang of beggars have arisen from who knows where. Surreal. It sounds stupid to say, but the Taj Mahal Hotel has nothing to do with the famous mausoleum Taj Mahal in Agra to it. I remember a couple of large Breton who came up to see the Taj Mahal Mumbai, and was surprised to find that what they had before their eyes do not match the pictures they had seen. Sorry Sir, but you were far too far south. The hotel has two wings, the old wing and new wing, a big ugly tower abutting the old part of the hotel, built 70 years later. The old wing was built in 1904 on the initiative of the Tata family (great Parsi industrialists and philanthropists). It is a typical Victorian style palace wearing a magnificent dome. Legend Hotel was built upside down by a French architect who committed suicide in despair. But this is only a legend, you see. For my part, I was always surprised to see the main entrance to the pool, and the secondary entrance to the seaside Feel free to visit the hotel and go to restaurants and bars, prices are equivalent to those prevailing in the West. For breakfast, for less than $ 8, try the buffet in the cafeteria; Tea Time at the Piano Bar with a huge picture window overlooking the Arabian Sea (although it is often difficult to get a seat) dinner-concert Go to the top-floor restaurant of the new wing (view over the city). And must, a French bakery where you can buy croissants. Believe me, if you have the money, more than any other palace in the city, it is imperative that you reside.
:: GARDENS< br >* Hanging Gardens (Hanging Gardens) :< br> They are located at the top of Malabar Hill was built in 1881 on several reservoirs in the city, near the Towers of Silence. It is said that these gardens were created because the varound which dismember the bodies placed in the towers, let down too many pieces of bodies in vats. These gardens are famous for their hedges cut in the shape of animals. Plant a zoo. From here you also have a superb view over the city.
Marine Drive (renamed Netaji Road Subbash) :< br> Mumbai could be the Miami of Asia, and Marine Drive promenade was his English. Nicknamed "the Queen's Necklace" because of the row of streetlights, which borders the avenue, is the favorite place for walking digestive residents of Mumbai. The avenue was laid out in 1920 on land reclaimed from the sea promenade along Black Bay it starts from Nariman Point and Malabar Hill joined, to Chowpatty Beach. It is bordered by residential properties which would give the appearance of plush seaside of the Riviera if they were so poorly maintained.
* The dabbawallahs :< br> One of the peculiarities of Mumbai. A unique show, or how came the idea of delivering pizzas at home. The show takes place at 11:30 precise, weekdays, at the corner of Vir Nariman Road & Queen's Road. Thousands of bowls (Dabbas) arrive at Churchgate in the suburbs, and are sorted by teams of dabbawallahs. They are listed by number on the sidewalk outside the station and are then delivered to their recipients (minor officials or other employees). In these bowls, their lunch, made by their wife or mother at home, and delivered hot to the office. This feat is the expression of a social fact, the caste system. It allows thousands of employees from having their meals made by the rituals of purity inherent in the Hindu religion, hot, home delivered, on time. So they are sure to be no unclean defile their food.
* Malabar Hill :< br> This is a residential area located off Marine Drive. Flora Fountain take bus 108, otherwise if you're in Colaba, bus 106, Regal Cinema (Wellington Circle). Malabar Hill is a neighborhood-ventilated area which offers magnificent views over parts of the city, which retains many architectural features of its past. When Mumbai becomes stifling to cool, go check it out.
* Flora FUNtain :< br> When the Great Albion dominated the world, the world trembled at his pace. India was the jewel in the crown, Bombay's largest port by colonial mimicry, the city gave the appearance of London. Were sent around the red double decker bus, as in London, was built a railway station in Victoria, as in London, and London was built as a Piccadilly Circus that was called Flora FUNtain. It was erected in 1869 in honor of Sir Bartke Frere, Governor of Bombay from 1862 to 1867. The square is the center of the business district of Mumbai, and all around you will find many banks (American Express, Thomas Cook, etc.)..
* :< br> On Marine Drive, near the end of the promenade, to Malabar Hill. Colaba, bus No. 121, at the Electric House. Churchgate train or bus 106 (get off at Marine Lines or Chandri Road). I know you say you nice, that says beach said midnight swims. Sorry, Chowpatty Beach, the beach is not Martinez. Even if you wear your bathing suit made of titanium, Teflon lined, Chernobyl design, I strongly advise against swimming. Unless the blue septic tank means nothing to you. In fact the charm of Chowpatty Beach lies in the attraction it offers. Rifle bob, little game for children, pony ride, itinerant barbers, cureteur ear, contortionists, sand sculptors, beggars, pickpockets and so on. It has a fair hand side of throne and a court of miracles, which does not displease the Indians who come on Sunday as a family enjoy the local specialties, and the bhelpuris kulfi ice-cream. Here, during the celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi, the Indians come to dispose of images and statues of the elephant-headed god. If you are in Mumbai during this period, do not miss the festivities.
* Juhu Beach :< br> 20 kilometers north of Mumbai. This is the preferred range of people in Mumbai, who like to go there with family on Sunday. This is also a resident, in lavish mansions, many stars of Indian cinema. For Indians, Cannes, Deauville and Malibu both. Result, many luxury hotels, and very few other guesthouses and cheap hotels. It is possible to swim, except during the monsoon when the sea gets really dangerous.
Crawford Market (renamed Jyotiba Phule Market ) :< br> Located 800m north of Victoria Station. Several buses from Colaba and Churchgate will help you get there. These are the halls of Mumbai: fruits, vegetables, meat stalls, spice etc.. There is even a section for live animals. You can buy parrots, pigeons, monkeys, mongooses and even cats and dogs. But attention to the import of animals is subject to rigorous regulation. To avoid the crowds, you must visit the market early in the morning (before 8:00). It is a festival of sounds, smells, images not to be missed. The fountain and some bas-reliefs are the work of the father of Ruduyard Kipling (Kim, The Jungle Book etc..). If the labyrinth capharnaumesque frightens you, nick-guides will offer, for a few rupees, to make you visit the market.
== Features == close
You can do a lot of things in Mumbai and around: watch a movie, visit temples, relax on Chowpatty beach or enjoy one of the numerous markets and bazaars in Mumbai. One activitiy which can be recommended is a visit in Dharavi, according to the density the biggest slum in Asia. You can walk around alone but please don't wonder if you get lost. Better is a guided "Slumtour" with Reality Tours and Travel (www.realitytoursandtravel.com). A 2,5 hours tour costs Rs 500 and brightens the bad image of slums by explaing the economical power and the unique sense of community in Dharavi. 80% of the profits go to different non-profit projects on site and in Mumbai (www.realitygives.org). Reality Tours and Travel also provides other city tours.
If you stay several days, it is possible to make a film set in India, filming seek regularly appearing Western. You'll get paid $ 50 to give the air of fun in a night club or a swimming pool. Beware of scams. False artitistiques agents are numerous, opposite the Taj Mahal Hotel, offer to work as an extra in Bollywood, with hard cash.
=== === Backpacker
Middle class === ===
- TheLeopold Cafe on the main street in Colaba. Price a bit high for quality food, service not included. This is the place where tourists are found. Draft beer and quick service. The menu is quite impressive and offers a mix of Indian dishes, Iranians (the owners are Parsis), western China. At first there is a room where one can find pairs of young and old Indian. Prices are slightly higher than in the room below.
Mumbai is a city where m is the most expensive in the world, hotels have high prices for the services they offer.
=== === Backpacker
Some rabbit traps in Colaba to about 400-500 Rupees night.
- Hotel Lawrence. 3rd floor, 33 Roop Walk Lane, Off. K. Dubash Marg, Opp. Jehangir Art Gallery, Fort, Mumbai - 400 001. Tel: 22843618 / 56336107. 400 rupees a night, clean.
- The Seashore Hotel. 149, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Opp. Radio Club, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005. Tel: 22874237 / 38 / 22830457. 500 rupees a night.
- Al-Najaf. 17/21 Tantanpura Street, Al-Najaf, Dongri, Mumbai-400 009. It is located near Dongri next to Colaba. It costs 350 INR for a double room, there are 7, then there are triple room (700 rp), quad rooms (850Rp). There are also suplement for a room with TV. All the rooms are very clean, there is a ceiling fan.
Middle class === ===
- The West End Hotel in Marine Drive Is A good compromise: spacious rooms (with 2 houses Easily There), air conditioning, for 1200 rupees per person per night (breakfast EXCLUDING). Furthermore It Is Relatively central and all taxi drivers know.
- Bentley's Hotel
17, Oliver Road, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 001.
Tel: 91 - 22-22841474, 22841733, 22882890, 22823245, 22823246, 22841733, 22880442.
Fax: 91 - 22-22871846
The best quality / price Colaba. There is the "Bentley's Original" on Oliver Road And The Surrounding buildings of rooms, floors, shops or garages Converted Into bedrooms Converted Into bedrooms, aussi Which are Part of the hotel. Rooms from 1000 to 1300 rupees and 200 rupees more for air conditioning. Frankly For the 300 rupees (6 euros) difference, WE recommend The Larger rooms to 1.300 rupees, Sometimes Furnished With furniture dating from the Colonial era. 2-3 Times They Are Larger Than The Rooms to 1.000 rupees anyway if you are full Often Have not booked.
- Shelleys Hotel
30, P. J. Ramchandani Marg, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 039
Tel: 91 (22) 2284 0229 / 2284 0270 / 2284 0378
Fax: 91 (22) 2284 0385 Website
: shelleyshotel.com / www.shelleyshotel.com
built Facing the sea, is Colaba Causeway in 1935 The Facility has usurped protected heritage structure by the Indian government. A kind of monument protection. It has 36 rooms with TV, fridge, private bathroom and telephone. Room Prices Vary from 1.400 INR 2,000 INR Simple To The deluxe sea view (There are 8 of thesis). Very nice, small rooms are EACH floor, Overlooking the sea
- Strand Hotel
Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 001
Tel: 91 (22) 22 88 22 22
Fax: 91 (22) 22 84 16 24
Hotel Located in Colaba, Mumbai. Recently renovated, it Offers rooms with bathroom, TV, air conditioning, refrigerator. Non-stop room service, laundry service, catering, and some rooms, a superb view of the Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder and. For Two count of 3,000 INR 4,000 INR single room at the Super Deluxe. The service staff is nice, but a little invasive.
- Grand Hotel
17, Shri SRMarg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai - 400 038.
Tel: 91 (22) 66 58 05 00 / 66 58 05 06
Fax: 91 (22) 66 58 05 01
Website: www.grandhotelbombay . com
3 star hotel Located in central Mumbai, and Between Church Gate Colaba. The hotel has 73 spacious Rooms with wooden furniture, Specially Designated pour la hotel, They All Have satellite TV and a private bathroom. The property features a aussi restaurant, conference room, a currency exchange, and Will it cost you 3.500 INR 5,000 INR single to family rooms.
Mumbai Tour Packages
- Taj Mahal Hotel the most luxurious hotel of India. Owned by the Tata family.
- Renaissance, the hotel offers a complete service and quality (pool, gym, 3 restaurants, swimming pool). Eccentric of the old city but well located for the airport and to companies. On the edge of a lake, the scenery is magnificent. Perfect for business trips.
Keeping in touch == ==
Avoid course drinking water fountains provided for that purpose, or in restaurants which, given the ambient heat, bring the card always with a glass of cool water. Also avoid samus purchased at the corner of a street vendor and undoubtedly prepared the ground almost. Regarding drugs, it is best to take the necessary with self, knowing that the pharmacist in the corner does not necessarily speak English well ..
Manage the daily == ==