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Mumbai previously known as Bombay should be on the itinerary of any tourist traveling to India. The name Mumbai comes from mumbadevi, patron goddess of the koli fishing folk, the earliest known inhabitants of Mumbai. Mumbai, the state capital of Maharashtra is a major metropolitan city of India.
The bustling city of Mumbai is the financial, commercial, industrial and celluloid capital of India with the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade, a major International airport and India's largest Stock Exchange. It is the hub of cinema and film industry-the "Indian Hollywood" is also known as 'Bollywood'. Mumbai is India's international gateway and it is easy to reach Mumbai by air, rail or road.
Mumbai is India's international gateway. Being the commercial capital of the country, Mumbai has all infrastructures for domestic and international travel and is more accessible than other Indian cities.
By Air: Mumbai can be reached through numerous flights. The international terminal Sahar, renamed as Chatrapati Sivaji International Airport operates round the clock. Hotel bookings and pre-paid taxis are available at the terminal.
The domestic terminal Santa Cruz is about 5km apart and can easily be reached through regular shuttle buses between the two terminals. The domestic airport is well connected and can be used to visit most parts of Western and Southern India. Flights to Mumbai
By Rail: Mumbai is a prominent railway hub of the country. It is the headquarters to two railway zones, central and western.
While Central Railways handles services to the east and south, Western Railways has services to the north from Churchgate and Central stations. The main railway station Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) formerly known, as Victoria terminus (VT) is located in the heart of the city. Local and outstation trains ply from here. Other railway stations are Dadar, Churchgate and Kurla. Bookings are to be made in advance to avoid the last minute rush, as trains are the most used mode of transport. The extensive system of suburban electric train network is the most sought after transport means in Mumbai for city travel. Flights to Mumbai
By Road : Mumbai is well connected by a network of roads to the rest of India by and state highways. Mumbai has one of the best public bus systems of any major Indian city called BEST buses. Mumbai has a huge fleet of metered black-and-yellow taxis as well.
Shopping in Mumbai is a memorable experience as one wanders through its bazaars with charming names like Chor Bazar, Mutton Street and Zaveri Bazar. Chor Bazaar is believed to have the original name Shor Bazaar or the Noisy Market, that aptly described the yelling and shouting of the local traders on Mutton Street while selling their second hand house hold goods.
Today, it is a bustling market selling a range of new and old furniture, antiques, jewellery, wooden articles, leatherwear and other curios. Mutton St in Chor Bazaar specializes in antiques, ingenious reproductions and miscellaneous junk. Crawford market is famous for flowers, fruits, meat and fish.
Zaveri Bazaar is the main retail centers for gold and diamonds, and nearby Pydhoni for silver.
It has excellent jewellery that has international quality ranging from simple glass bangles and classical necklaces to ornate folk art and elaborate costume jewellery. One may also find a cluster of up market boutiques in Om Chambers at Kemp's Corner and a series of showrooms on Hughes Road, just behind Chowpatty Beach. Islamic attar (essential oil) perfume shops are found scattered along Mohammed Ali Rd, clustered in Bhendi, Null and Zaveri Bazaars.
Colaba and Flora Fountain (Hutatama Chowk) in the heart of South Mumbai is famous for ethnic artifacts and departmental stores. People looking for cheap clothes frequent Fashion Street. Bandra, the so-called Queen of Suburbs, is the residential abode of the who's who of Mumbai's Bollywood stars, industrialists and the likes. Bandra's Linking Rd is worth a stroll, though the clothes here tend to be familiar western labels rather than local designs.