Portal:Mumbai

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Nariman Point and Cuffe Parade


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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Juhu Beach

Juhu Beach is the most famous beach in Mumbai city. It is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea in Juhu suburb.

There are three main entrances to the beach. One is from the Vile Parle side, another is from the Santacruz side and the third one is from the Andheri side.

Many tourists make it a point to visit the beach when they come to Mumbai, as it is a relatively uncrowded free space in the city, although it does get crowded in the evenings and weekends.

It is famous for its Mumbai street food, notably bhelpuri, pani puri, chaats, and of course pav bhaji. Due to the nature of the food stands hygiene standards are often low. On the southern end of Juhu beach there are many luxury hotels and apartments.

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The Mumbai planetarium complex at Worli.

Four planetaria in India are named after India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru Planetariums, located in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Jawahar Planetarium in Allahabad. The planetaria at Kolkata, Jaipur, Chennai and Hyderabad are called Birla Planetariums (either M. P. Birla or B. M. Birla) as they became possible from the donations from the house of Birlas (a prominent Indian business house also known for its philanthropy). In all there are 30 planetaria in India and many more are likely to come up in places like Surat, Nashik and Rampur in the short future.


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Back Bay viewed from the south east
Credit: Greg O'Beirne

Back Bay is a waterbody off the coast of Mumbai city, located to its (south) west.The shore of Back Bay includes the famed Chowpatty Beach of Mumbai. Other landmarks are the office district of Nariman Point, which is actually only an extension of the Back Bay Reclamation; the Queen's Necklace, which is a promenade road along much of the foreshore, that was once called the Marine Drive during British rule, and has been since renamed as the Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road; the Oberoi Hotel; the Air India headquarters building; the Marine Plaza Hotel; the Taraporewala Aquarium; Wilson College, and the Malabar Hill promontory to the north-west of the bay, and which includes the wooded Governor's House or Raj Bhavan compound.

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