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During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement and upon India's independence in 1947 this harbor city was incorporated into Bombay State. In 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, a new state of Maharashtra was christened with Bombay being appointed as its capital. During the 19th century Bombay was known for its economic and educational development. However, in a short period of development, this city got transformed into the commercial and entertainment capital of India and was renamed Mumbai in 1996.

The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were earlier home to communities of fishing colonies. For centuries, these islands were under the jurisdiction of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese. Later these fell in the lap of British East India Company. Governor William Hornby started Hornby Vellard Project in 1782 which was aimed at uniting these seven islands into a single island with a deep natural harbour. This project successfully completed in 1845 with construction of major roads and railways, the reclamation project, which finally transformed Bombay into a major seaport on the Arabian Sea. This surely added a new dimension altogether, thus catapulting its development by leaps and bounds.

It is believed today that every train that reaches Mumbai brings with it hundreds of aspirants from all across India who wish to make this magical city their abode. Being a city of diverse cultures and a melting pot of commerce, industry, entertainment, enterprise, and politics, Mumbai's tryst with wealth and fame has been a great source of inspiration for many hopefuls.

Mumbai is big, really big!! It is full of film stars and celebrities, fisher folk and millionaires, dreamers and labourers, artists and corporate crowd, and many other genres of people. Mumbai is well acclaimed globally for Bollywood - the most prolific Indian film industry which is the largest producer of feature films per year in the world, closest contender being Hollywood. Apart from the Cine world, Mumbai is also home to Dhaaravi - Asia's biggest slum and Antilia – World's most expensive home standing tall at $21.5 Billion.

Mother Nature too is quite generous here as Mumbai jubilantly offers the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. Mumbai is also India's financial powerhouse with the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) and Dalal Street termed as one of busiest streets in the world. Also, Mumbai is a hub for fashionistas and other art aficionados. Interestingly, Mumbai has even evolved its own language known as Bambaiyya Hindi, which is a concoction of innumerable slangs and dialects. The heart of the city contains some of the grandest colonial-era architecture on the planet. Once here, a traveler uncovers unique bazaars, hidden temples, hipster enclaves and India's premier restaurants and boisterous nightlife.

If you plan to make Mumbai your introduction to India, then be preparedto join the hustle and bustle of this magical city which is ever bubbling with its opulent energy, limited public transport and punishing pollution makes it challenging for visitors. Mumbai is also a city with strong historical links, wonderful British architecture, museums, beaches, places of worship, and above all, a true galaxy of stars where Bollywood reigns supreme. Some of the major places to visit here include The Mahalaxmi temple, Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Mahim Church, Haji Ali, Chowpatty, Juhu Beach, Madh Island, Elephanta caves, Gateway of India, Film City and many more such places which form an integral part of this mesmerizing destination.

Mumbai also houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India, the SEBI and the corporate headquarters of numerous Indian companies and multinational corporations. It is also home to some of India's premier scientific and nuclear institutes like BARC, NPCL, IREL, TIFR, AERB, AECI, and the Department of Atomic Energy.

Being well connected with all major locations within India and abroad makes Mumbai a much vied after destination for those who wish to enjoy a vacation with that extra flavor, that any outsider gets to feel and experience here and interestingly also adopts it over a period of time….!!