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Mumbai (/mʊmˈbaɪ/; also known as Bombay, the official name until 1995) is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West, or Central Asia. Mumbai has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India.

The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were home to communities of fishing colonies. For centuries, the islands were under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese and subsequently to the British East India Company when in 1661 King Charles II married the Portuguese Catherine of Braganza, and as part of her dowry Charles received the ports of Tangier and seven islands of Bombay. During the early 20th century it became a strong base for the Indian independence movement. Upon India's independence in 1947 the city was incorporated into Bombay State. In 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, a new state of Maharashtra was created with Bombay as the capital.

The city 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, TIFR, AERB, AEC and the Department of Atomic Energy.

The city houses India's Hindi (Bollywood) and Marathi film and television industry.Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India, making the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures. The local language spoken here is Marathi but Englishand Hindi are also spoken fluently. So a new visitor will not have much trouble.

Temperature varies throughout the year. March-June is summer months with temperature reaching almost 40 degrees. June-October  monsoon season with rain in full force.  November to February is mainly winter months but being a coastal city the winters are mild here and pleasant weather.

Places to see:   colonial architecture from the Victorian times ….mainly around South Mumbai area.  Famous monuments to be seen in this area are the Gateway of India, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) building, the Municipal Corporation and Police Headquarters and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sanghralaya (formerly, the Prince Of Wales museum). The famous Taj Mahal hotel is located just opposite the Gateway of India. The Mumbai University buildings and the High Court are also excellent examples of colonial architecture in the city.

Nehru science center and Nehru planetarium are very good places to visit as they have museum and planetary views shown at both centers Mumbai has a few beaches, at Juhu, Chowpatty, Marve. They are a great place to see how the locals spend their Sunday evenings, with various food and game stalls. The life line of Mumbai. the local trains run extensive network daily on three lines….Western line, central line and harbour line.

Mumbai is famous for its street food. Modern Mumbai has huge malls and multiplexes to cater to everyone’s needs with branded names. Mumbai is said to be another shanghai with development of metro and mono rails with latest and beautiful stations. Welcome to Mumbai…. The city that never sleeps.

Navi Mumbai (Navī Mumba'ī) is a planned township of Mumbai on the west coast of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is on the mainland of India across the Thane creek and well connected to Mumbai. Navi Mumbai is situated across two districts namely Thane and Raigad. The nodes of the city in the Thane district are developed and are hence administered by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation(NMMC) which was established in 1992. The remaining newly developed and developing nodes in the Raigad district are administered by CIDCO.

The city has a robust infrastructure, is well connected to other parts of the state and country and is relatively less polluted compared to Mumbai. Navi Mumbai has a good public transportation system with NMMT, the transport wing of NMMC, serving the bus commuters, the Mumbai suburban railway serving the train commuters and a large fleet of auto rickshaws for intra-nodal commute. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway starts at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai.

The city is home to various educational institutions offering courses in several streams including engineering, medical sciences, interior designing, hotel management, etc. Various MNCs like Siemens, McDonald's, Bureau Veritas, Bizerba, Larsen & Toubro, etc. have their offices/branches across the city making it an active business hub. Navi Mumbai also has various recreational facilities such as the golf course, central park and Pandavkada water falls in Kharghar, Parsik Hill near Mahape, Wonders park in Nerul, mini seashore or Sagar Vihar in Vashi etc. and several other public places like gardens and jogging tracks. Navi Mumbai also has many quality restaurants and luxury hotels for accommodation. There are many shopping malls such as Little World mall in Kharghar, Centre One, Inorbit and Raghuleela malls in Vashi, etc. Navi Mumbai is considered as an entry point of Mumbai city.

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