The heart of Bollywood
Formerly known as Bombay, the city’s official name changed to Mumbai in 1995 when regional party Shiv Sena came into power, they saw Bombay as a relection of British Colonialism and wished the city’s name could reflect its Maratha heritage so renamed it to Mumbai, to pay tribute to the legacy of goddess Mumbadevi. It is India’s largest port, its commercial and industrial centre, sometimes referred to as the Financial Capital of India. It is also the heart of India’s thriving movie industry, known as Bollywood. In terms of film production, Indian Cinema is the largest film industry worldwide especially in relation to the large number of feature films produced.
The flights from Auckland to Mumbai take over 16 hours and 45 minutes, depending on the airline and transit points chosen. Contact your local Global Travel Network Agent to find the best possible airfares and suggestions to design your ideal holiday.
Some important places to visit are;
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly referred to as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India built in the early 20th century, featuring lots of domes, turrets, spires and stained glass. It is home to a collection of terracotta figurines and fine Indian sculpture, miniature paintings, porcelain, Nepali and Tibetan art as well as many other exhibits.
Gateway to India is a huge structure with a height of 26 metres and construction was completed in 1924. It overlooks the Mumbai harbour, entry point from the Arabian Sea. It was built to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to Bombay/Mumbai in March 1911. It is one of the most popular tourist spots and attracts vendors, photographers and food stalls.
Elephanta Caves, located in the centre of the Mumbai Harbour on Elephanta Island, it has a maze of ancient caves and temples lacerated into the basalt rock. With a stunning ceremonial arch that fuses the elements of European, Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Dhobi Ghat is a famous open air laundromat, thought to be the world’s largest outdoor laundry. The washers, known as Dhobi’s work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai’s hotels and hospitals. It is compiled of rows of open air concrete wash pens.
Mani Bhawan is located in the Gamdevi precinct of downtown, it is a museum and a library and was a focal point of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai from 1917 to 1934.
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, situated near the Gateway of India is well known as India’s most esteemed and luxurious hotel