Mumbai, previously called as Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is also considered as the commercial, financial and the entertainment capital of India. In fact, it is literally the wealthiest city in India with higher number of millionaires and billionaires living there in comparison to the other Indian cities.
Mumbai is also called the city of the dreams where people from all over India come to fulfill their dreams. The inhabitants of Mumbai, colloquially termed as the “Mumbaikars” are very hardworking people, very witty and passionate about their lives. They are also very chirpy and tireless all the time and they are what make Mumbai a city that never sleeps. However, there is no definition of a true Mumbaikar, but if I have to describe them, then it will be a perfect transfusion of North meets South or East meets West.
The official language of Mumbai is Marathi and it is also the most commonly spoken language in the Maharasthra state. English is also widely spoken in Mumbai, and is the primary language of communication of the white-collar workforce of the city. A colloquial form of Hindi, known as the Mumbaiya version of Hindi is also heard in the streets of Mumbai. It is nothing but a mix of Hindi, English and Marathi and has resulted due to numerous immigrants from different parts of India. However, Mumbai being a cosmopolitan city, it accepts several other languages. So, hearing Telegu, Gujrati, Kannada, Konkani, Dangi, Varhadii etc. is very common in Mumbai
Mumbai is the most populous city in India. And, so Mumbai comprises of several neighborhood, each having its own distinctive flavor. The prices of the localities will definitely vary as per the amenities and infrastructure of the area. But, if I have to suggest you some happening and desirable places to live, then that would definitely include Bandra Bandstand, Malabar Hill, Altamount Road, Hiranandani Complex, JVPD Scheme, Pali Hill, Breach Candy, Worli Sea face and Versova. However, if you have got slight budget issues, then living in Navi Mumbai will be comparatively cheaper for you than living in Southern and Western Mumbai.
With various historic sites, bustling market and numerous cultural institutions, Mumbai is quite an attractive tourist destination. If you visit Mumbai, make sure you do not miss out the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Haji Ali Dargah, Mount Mary church, Taj Mahal Palace, Elephanta Island, Chor Bazaar and Juhu Beach. The climate of Mumbai is tropical wet and dry. It is moderately hot with high level of humidity. Mumbai does experience some of the worst floods every year. The winter months are quite pleasant in Mumbai, so it is best to visit it during that time.
The cultural diversity of Mumbai gets reflected in the culinary richness of the place. The street food has its Muslim, Gujrati, Parsi, South Indian and Maharashtrian influences. Some of the most delicious dishes that you must never miss when you visit Mumbai definitely constitutes of Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Pav Bhajji, BhelPuri and Sev Puri, Akuri on toast, Baida roti, Butter Chicken, the Bombai sandwich and Bheja fry. There are also various other dishes available in Mumbai. You also get to find out a varied mix of restaurants. So, enjoy whatever satisfies your taste buds.
I am sure you will fall in love with the diversity, glamour and the liveliness of Mumbai once you visit this beautiful city.