Flights To Mumbai, India

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Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it's India's largest city and is the country’s financial and commercial centre and its principal port on the Arabian Sea. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city's also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.

Located on Maharashtra’s coast, Mumbai is India’s most-populous city and it is one of the largest and most densely populated urban areas in the world. It was built on a site of ancient settlement and it took its name from the local goddess Mumba—a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, one of the principal deities of Hinduism—whose temple once stood in what is now the southeastern section of the city. It became known as Bombay during the British colonial period, the name possibly an Anglicized corruption of Mumbai or perhaps of Bom Baim (“Good Harbour”), supposedly a Portuguese name for the locale. The name Mumbai was restored officially in 1995, although Bombay remained in common usage.

Mumbai’s cultural life reflects its ethnically diverse population. The city has a number of museums, libraries, literary organizations, art galleries, theatres and other cultural institutions. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), housed in a building that is a British architectural mixture of Hindu and Muslim styles, contains three main sections: art, archaeology and natural history. Nearby is the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai’s first permanent art gallery and a centre for cultural and educational activities. Western and Indian music concerts, festivals and dance productions are held throughout the year in the city’s many cultural and entertainment facilities. Mumbai also is the centre of the enormous Indian film industry, known as Bollywood, the name derived from an amalgamation of Bombay (the city’s former name) and Hollywood.

 

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