Mumbai which formerly known as “Bombay” is the capital city of Maharashtra. It is one of the Largest and most populous cities in India also counting to be the second most populous metropolitan area in India.
The seven islands that make Mumbai were earlier the home to the people of “Koli” communities. The name Mumbai has been derived from “Mumba” or “Maha Amba” which was the name of the Patron goddess of Koli community Mumba Devi.
Serving to be the Commercial, Financial and the Entertainment Capital of India, it has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai cases three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings. The city houses many important financial institutions like Reserve Bank of India, the National Stock Exchange of India and also India’s premier scientific and nuclear institutes like Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, Indian Rare Earths and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
India's many unions like Larsen & Toubro, State Bank of India (SBI), Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), Tata Group, Reliance, Godrej and five of the Fortune Global 500 companies are based in Mumbai.
Mumbai is the origin of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke had set up the foundations with silent movies followed by Marathi talkies with the oldest film getting broadcasted in the early 20th century. Mumbai also houses Bollywood and Marathi industries.
Mumbai's history serves as a major trading centre and has led to the amalgam of the diverse range of cultures, religions and cuisines coexisting in the city. You can start with a Parsi dish Akuri on toast which is made up of Scrambled eggs and is a part of Breakfast meal in this city.
Here you will also find a South Indian tiffin including steamed idlis or fried vadas dumplings dunked in spicy sambhar available every half-kilometre and at any time of day or night. Mumbaikars and the ones who have already been to Mumbai would have tried this fast food dumpling “Batata Vada”.
As this city is a blend of cultures so there is wide to offer when it comes to food from Butter Chicken to Bhelpuri, Bombay Sandwich to Ragda Pattice, Chicken Manchurian to Faloodas and the list goes on.
There is a lot to cover when it comes to this Dreamer’s city so I would take you to the best highlights here in my next wrytup!