Mumbai - fly with Air France to the heart of Bollywood

Mumbai - visiting India's great Metropolis

With over 20.5 million inhabitants, Mumbai is the fourth most populated city in the world and serves as the capital city of India's Masharashtra state. Visiting Mumbai plunges you into India's historical and cultural heritage, as well as the financial heart of the country. The birthplace of "Bollywood", India's world renowned film industry, is also home to a thriving fashion world and lively nightlife. The city is composed of ultra-modern quarters alongside the city's traditional, more popular areas. You will find yourself in India's throbbing, vibrant city "that never sleeps".
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Mumbai- the city's major attractions

Mumbai has a tropical climate and is made up of seven islands on the west coast of India. The monsoon rains arrive in the city between the months of June and September., however, if you would like to experience the summer season, book your flight during the Spring months, between March and June. Come rain or shine, you can expect high temperatures during your stay.

Visitors can easily enjoy exploring the city thanks to the train and bus networks or pay for a ride in a traditional rickshaw. The Mumbai Metro line is due to open and will be the latest addition to the city's ever-growing modern structures. The Metro service links the Vesova and Ghatkopar precincts, the east and west suburbs of Mumbai.

If short on time or if you would like a general overview of the city's attractions, the Mumbai Darshan tourist bus is an ideal way to experience the atmosphere and choose among the many sights visited during the tour. It is also an ideal way to move through the city's heavy traffic, the scale of which is quite impressive and even legendary.
Major attractions of Mumbai:
  • The Prince of Wales museum - The former Military Hospital houses collections of Tibetan and Nepali art, Indian decorative arts. The building is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, a blend of several Indian styles.
  • Mahalakshmi Temple - Many Indians come here to the beautiful and ornate temple to worship the Goddess of Wealth, to whom the temple is dedicated.
  • Juhu Beach - a stunning beach lying in Mumbai's fashionable district, you will find a vibrant nightlife, eateries and vendors of all kinds.
  • Gateway of India - this monument bears witness to India's colonial past. It is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture and was built to commemorate the visit of King George the 5th.
  • Chowpatty Beach - experience the carnival atmosphere on this beautiful beach, bustling with people from all walks of life.

One cannot speak of Mumbai without mentioning its role in Indian cinema, indeed, one of the largest film industries in the world. Bollywood is as successful as ever and you may even come across a film shooting on Juhu Beach, a popular site for film sets. Often referred to as the "Las Vegas of India", or the "Los Angeles of India", Mumbai is associated with prosperity, entertainment and glamour.

Mumbai and festivities

Mumbai is also home to a number of festivals throughout the year, true moments of celebration of faiths, customs and traditions of the many cultures and religions that co-exist in this vast city. In April or May, you may witness the major festival of the Buddha Purinama, which celebrates the birth of Buddha, or in September, the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the worship of Lord Ganesh, the God of Wisdom. The joyous atmosphere and splendid colourful displays engulf the whole city, a wonderful spectacle to behold.

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