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Mumbai
About Mumbai
Originally a group of seven islands, Mumbai is today, the capital city of Maharashtra and the commercial capital of India. It is one city that is said to be awake all the time, viz., it never stops functioning. Day or night, Mumbai is always alive and running. It is one of the most modern cities of the country, though, this by no means indicate that Mumbai has lost its cultural heritage. It is very much possible to see the culture of the people in the day to day lifestyle. Infact, it would not be wrong to say that modernity and tradition have blended finely to give way to a new lifestyle.

Reaching Mumbai
Mumbai is one of the important gateways for international tourists who wish to explore the land of India. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport receives flights from various international destinations. The domestic airport of Mumbai operates flight that connect it to different parts of the country.

Domestic tourists can also reach Mumbai by railways. Mumbai, being a very important city of India, is connected to various other cities like Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Calcutta, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Madras, Nagpur and Trivandrum.

Regular bus services also connect Mumbai to major tourist centres.

Mumbai Attractions
Mumbai» Gateway of India - The Gateway of India was built as a mark of honour to the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. The Gateway of India, built of yellow basalt, is today an important landmark of the city. The central dome is 48 feet in diameter and reaches upto a height of 83 feet. Located at the seaside, the Gateway also provides enjoyable excursion in a boat or a ferry. For any tourist visisting Mumbai, a trip to the Gateway of India is a must.

» Mahalaxmi Temple - Dedicated to Goddess of wealth, the Mahalaxmi temple is situated at the edge of the Arabian sea. An interesting anecdote associates itself with the construction of the temple. It is said that a causeway was being built at the place, however, the moment the foundation was laid, a huge wave would come and wash it away. Then, one night, a labourer saw Goddess Laxmi in his dream who commanded him to dig out an idol of hers from that place and build a shrine over it. This was done, and amazingly, the waves never disturbed the construction of the causeway in future (which was built very soon). Today, the Mahalaxmi temple is a sacred place for Hindus who throng in thousands everyday to offer their prayers.

» SiddhiVinayak Temple - The SiddhiVinayak temple is extremely holy for the Hindus and is dedicated to God Ganesha, the Elephant god of Hindus and the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple is a standing evidence of the religious faith of the people. Thousand of devotees flock to the temple daily and stand in long queues for hours before they get an opportunity to have a darshan of their god. The long waiting period does not deter in any way the devotees' desire to offer their prayer to the God.

Dargah of Haji Ali » Dargah of Haji Ali - Located a little distance away in the sea, the dargah of Haji Ali is reachable by a paved way. It is dedicated to an affluent merchant who gave up all the worldly pleasure to set out on a pilgrimage to the holy Mecca. The tomb, which is around 800 years old, has green and red chaddar covering it. Thousands of devotees and tourists also visit this shrine everyday to pay their respect to Haji Ali.

» Juhu Beach - Located at the shores of the Arabian Sea, Mumbai has many beaches worth visiting. However, the most popular of these is the Juhu beach. Numerous people, both residents and tourists, visit this beach every day to walk in the waters, play with the sand, eat and drink on the beach stalls and click a photograph with loved ones. It will not be wrong to say that whenever people think of entertainment at a low cost in Mumbai, they think of the Juhu beach. Easily accessible, it is one of the best places to spend some time introspecting as well.

» Marine Drive - Marine Drive is one long pathway with sea on one side and modern buildings on the other. Once, it was called the 'necklace of the queen' because the street lights illuminated the entire pathway like the jewels in the necklace of the queen. Here, tourists can simply take a walk with flock of pigeons giving them company or cross the road to enter some of the most modern shooping malls of the city. The Marine Drive is also one of the busiest streets of Mumbai.

Essel World-Mumbai» Essel World - Sprawling over 64 acres, Essel World enjoys the status of being the city's only international styled theme park. Here tourists can enjoy as many as 45 rides and a game. A Water World section is a virtual paradise for children, especially in summers. They are free to run and play with water as much as they want. It is one place in Mumbai where people can let themselves go completely and enjoy to the hilt.

» Prince of Wales Museum - This museum was built as a mark of respect to King George. The architecture of the museum follows the Indo Sarcenic style. Within the museum, the collection ranges from art and painting to archaeology and natural history. The museum is worth paying a visit once.

Departure from Mumbai
Tourists need to report at the Resham Bhavan (Churchgate, MTDC office) latest by 15.00 hrs. From there, they will be transferred by bus to the railway station. The Deccan Odyssey departs on Wednesday at 16.40 hrs from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Station. Dinner is served on board.

Arrival In Mumbai
The train arrives in Mumbai at around 07.30 hrs. Breakfast is served on board. The royal journey on Deccan Odyssey ends here but the memory of it will stay forever in the hearts and mind of the passengers.



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