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Mumbai is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. With a population of approximately 13.66 million it is one of the most populous cities in the world. Along with the neighbouring suburbs of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it forms, at 18,950,000, the world's fifth most populous metropolitan area. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. Mumbai's port handles over half of India's maritime cargo.

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment centre of India, generating 5% of India's GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 40% of maritime trade, and 70% of capital transactions to India's economy. Mumbai is one of the world's top ten centres of commerce by global financial flow, home to important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the corporate headquarters of many Indian companies and numerous multinational corporations. The city also houses India's Hindi film and television industry, known as Bollywood. Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a better standard of living, attract migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a potpourri of many communities and cultures.

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The Haj Ali Dargah (Marathi: हाजी अली मशिद) (Hindi: हाजी अली दरगाह) (Urdu: حاجی علی درگہ‎) is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in Mumbai. Lying as it does in the heart of the city, the dargah is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Mumbai. Although it is a mosque and dargah, it is very popular among Hindus from Mumbai itself, other parts of Maharashtra and southern Gujarat. It is believed that praying at the dargah helps fulfill one's wishes.The Sunni Barelvi Movement of India Controls the Dargah and Masjid as is the case of most of the Masjids of Mumbai.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Marathi: छत्रपती शिवाजी टर्मिनस), formerly Victoria Terminus, and better known by its abbreviation CST or Bombay VT) is a historic railway station in Mumbai which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India, and serves Central Railway trains terminating in Mumbai as well as the Mumbai suburban railway.

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View of Thakur Village, Kandivali, Mumbai
Credit: Nitin

'Thakur Village is a planned but congested residential township, nestled snugly between the green foothills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park towards the east with the forest land controversy and the Western Express Highway (Mumbai-Ahmedabad NH8) towards the west. It offers the perfect combination of living in nature's proximity whilst being connected to all major areas of the city. An upcoming flyover at the busy Mahindra junction promises to ease the traffic woes, which Thakur Village has been notorious for in addition to the everyday waterlogging during rainy seasons, since the past few years. Thakur Village stands apart from other planned localities in Mumbai, due to its spectacular skyline, mostly upper-middle-class citizens, and self-sufficient nature.

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