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Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. Mumbai is a city that virtually never sleeps. In this city of dreams, life never appears dull or boring, especially due to the presence of its interminable chaos and action. Generating the maximum share of country's revenue, Mumbai houses the country's largest production houses, stock exchanges, sea port and offices of some of the esteemed companies of the world. Not only is Mumbai the capital of Maharashtra, it is also called the Commercial Capital of India.

With a population of aprox 14,000,000, it is called the second most populous city proper in the world. Along with the neighbouring suburbs of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it forms, at 19 million, 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.

General Information
Area: 437.71 km2 (169 SQ MI)
Population: Aprox 14,000,000.
Language: Marathi, Hindi & English.
Touring season: November to February (winter months) are the best time to visit Mumbai.

The winter months (November to February) are the best time to visit Mumbai, when temperatures range between 74°F (23°C) and 86°F (30°C). The spring and summer months are uncomfortably hot with humidity and temperatures often reaching 104°F (40°C). The monsoons arrive in July and August and these months should be avoided if possible. Summers season in Mumbai is from April to Mid June followed by monsoon from Mid June to Mid September. The rain in Mumbai is extremely heavy and the annual rainfall of Mumbai is around 200cm. Winter in Mumbai lasts from November to February and during this season the weather of Mumbai is really pleasant. During the winters the temperature varies in between 15-25 C and all these climatic features of Mumbai makes it different from other Indian cities.

How to get there

Train: The Indian Railway with their modern and organized network connects Mumbai to major and minor destination in India. There are three important railway stations in Delhi to all major and minor destinations in India, namely New Delhi Rly. Station, Old Delhi Rly. Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Rly. Station. Trains run from all the parts of the country to Delhi. For nearby places like Chandigarh, Dehradun, Gwalior, Bhopal, Lucknow and Kanpur, the Shatabdi Express is recommended.

Mumbai is well connected by road to all major destinations in Central India. The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is located at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan and Anand Vihar. Delhi Transport Corporation and Road Transport Corporations of the neighboring States provide frequent bus services through Air Conditioned, Deluxe and Ordinary Coaches. Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available for getting to Delhi. During summer months, air-conditioned coaches are recommended.

Air: Mumbai has an extensive network of international and domestic flights. All the major airlines in the world fly through Mumbai and it is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. Domestic air links cover Mumbai from all the major cities in the country.

International Terminal - Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Sahar Airport)
Domestic Terminal - Santacruz Airport

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