Mumbai was previously called as Bombay and has to be on the itinerary of any traveler coming to India. This name "Mumbai" actually comes from Mumbadevi, goddess of the koli fishing folk, the initial acknowledged inhabitants of this city. Mumbai is also the capital of Maharashtra and one of the major metropolitan cities of India. The lively city of Mumbai is the celluloid, industrial, commercial, and financial capital of India with the busiest and the largest port that handles India's foreign trade. It is the main hub of Indian film industry and cinema, which is called as 'Bollywood'. This city has various famous tourist attractions and if you are planning to visit metropolitan, then make use of this Mumbai Tour and Travel Guide from Splendid Vacations.
Gateway of India This national heritage building was constructed as a honor for King George V and Queen Mary, who were on an official visit to Mumbai in the year 1911. It was opened for public view in the year 1924 and constructed from yellow basalt and reinforced concrete that displays the combination of Muslim and Hindu style of architecture.
Elephanta Island This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises of typify beautiful carvings and sculptures, encompassing a Lord Shiva temple. To visit Elephanta Caves, people can take a ferry boat from Gateway of India. It is a accepted belief that Portuguese constructed a fort on this island and used the caves for target practice. This tourist attraction is visited my many tourists every year.
Siddhivinayak Temple- This holy place is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha. Inside the temple is a statue of Hindu God ‘Ganesha’ is placed which is carved out of a single black stone. Only after 1952, this temple became very famous and large number of devotees started to visit it every year.
Juhu Beach It is one of the most popular and largest beaches in Mumbai. This beach is six km long and ringed by Arabian Sea on the west. You can enjoy different types of Indian street-side food items. In the evening, this beach is crowded by many people to see the sunset at the horizon of Arabian Sea.
Mount Mary Church This Roman Catholic church is a very famous religious destination in Mumbai dedicated to 'Virgin Mary'. It is believed to be constructed in the year 1640 and known for healing powers. This church is located on the top a hill called as 'Sunderban Bandra', that overlooks the grand Arabian Sea. Mount Mary Church has beautiful interior work that makes it very attractive.