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Mumbai a cosmopolitan metropolis, earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai was originally a conglomeration of seven islands on the Konkan coastline which over time were joined to form the island city of Bombay. The island was in turn joined with the neighbouring island of Salsette to form Greater Bombay. The city has an estimated metropolitan population of 21 million (2005), making it one of the largest cities (ranked by population) in the world.

Mumbai is undoubtedly the commercial capital of India and is one of the predominant port cities in the country. Mumbai's nature as the most eclectic and cosmopolitan Indian city is symbolized in the presence of Bollywood within the city, the centre of the globally-influential Hindi film and TV industries. It is also home to India's largest slum population.

Gateway of India: the Gateway of India, Mumbai's landmark, is a huge archway on the water's edge at Apollo Bunder. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. It has historical significance for India because after the country's independence, the last British troops left Indian soil, marching under the Gateway of India to board their waiting ships.

Juhu Beach : one of the largest and frequently visited beaches of India, the Juhu beach is located 18-km north of the city centre. It is nicknamed as the uptown bourgeois paradise.

Marine Drive: located in the central Mumbai, Marine drive was built in the 1920s and 1930s on land reclaimed from the sea. A popular sea front, Marine Drive is also the main thoroughfare.

Essel World: An excellent place to get entertained, Essel World, offers over 40 exciting rides, games, and attractions. The Water Kingdom is said to be the largest of its kind in Asia.

Bollywood : The Film City or "Bollywood"- as it is called produces the second most number of pictures in the world every year. Visiting a movie studio to watch a movie being shot in India's commercial film capital is an experience worth attempting.

Kamla Nehru Park : located at the top of Malabar Hills, Kamla Nehru Park is the park also provides you a spectacular view of the city and the sunset.

Chowpatty : Situated in the suburbs of the city, and known for its festive atmosphere, food stalls and hustle and bustle, Chowpatty is perhaps the most famous beach of Mumbai. This beach encapsulates the spirit of Mumbai.

Aarey Milk Colony : located at a distance of 32 kilometers from main Mumbai city, Aarey Milk colony of Mumbai is one of the most modern milk colonies in the world. You can also try the fresh milk and snacks in the colony's canteen here.

Jain Temple : located on the Malabar Hill, the Jain temple houses frescoes depicting various events in the lives of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras. A large number of devotees as well as tourists visit the Jain temple every day.

Haji Ali's Tomb : this tomb is a mausoleum built to commemorate Haji Ali, a Muslim saint, who perished by drowning while traveling to Mecca.

Bazaars in Mumbai: among the famous markets in Mumbai, Kalbadevi, Bhuleshwar, Mangaldas, Zaveri and Chor Bazaar are some of the markets worth exploring.