Mumbai, Maharashtra Travel Guide :
Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra State, India. Earlier it was known as Bombay. Mumbai is the most heavily populated city in india. With the population count of20.5 million peoples it ranks sixth in the list of most populated cities of the world. It can be also called the richest city in India with the highest GDP in the country. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and it has also developed as a Global economic center. It is houses a productive film industry of the world. Mumbai can be divided into two separate Regions, City and Suburban. Mumbai has a tropical type of climate. It is economic and business capital of India. The Administration of Mumbai is controlled by the Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation (BMC). An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer is appointed as a CEO of BMC who has all the executive powers for administration. A Police Commissioner of the rank of IPS is incharge of the Mumbai police force. Mumbai is the seat of Bombay high court. It hosts a branch of Indian Reserve Bank. It has headquarters of all the major Indian As well as International Companies.
Mumbai has different local transport facilities for local transportation. The major mode being used are local buses and local trains, together these two carry about 90% of the traffic. There are auto rickshaw and taxis also, Auto rickshaw is allowed to ply in suburban areas and the taxis can play anywhere. In addition there is a facility of ferries in limited areas of the city. Soon a Metro rail and Mono Rail project will be started in Mumbai to provide relief to the congested modes of present mass public transports. Mumbai is linked to other cities of India through many National Highways. There are many long distance trains connecting other cities of India. Air service is available which connects all the major national as well as International cities across the globe.
Though Mumbai seems like a Business capital city but it has many tourist destinations also. The major tourist attractions are the gate way of India, The borivoli National Park, The Film studios, Mumba Devi Temple, Hajji Ali Darga, and scores of business opportunities in the offing for the visitors. Ganesh festival is celebrated for ten days during September - October every year which is a major cultural event of the city. The rainy season from June to August is best avoided for visits as there are heavy rains then, in other seasons the city can be visited for tourism as the climate is generally dry and pleasant.