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Mumbai is a Coastal City
by Douglas Scott

Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and is located on India's western coast on the Arabian Sea. The seven islands Colaba, Mahim, Parel, Mazagaon, Old Womans Island, Wadala, and Matunga Sion were joined together to form Mumbai.

The principal part of the cities is concentrated at the southern claw shaped end of the island. The southernmost peninsula is known as Colaba. It has a decent range of hotels and restaurants and is home to the two of the citys best landmarks the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel. Directly north of Colaba is the area known as the Fort, since this is where the old British fort once stood. Further west is Marine Drive, which sweeps around Back Bay, connecting the high rise modern business centre with Chowpatty Beach. To the north are the suburbs of Greater Mumbai. Here youll find the two airports, Sahar International and the domestic Santa Cruz.

It is never too hot or too cold in Mumbai and since it is a coastal city there is not much change in the temperature throughout the year. Due to its proximity to the sea the weather is humid throughout the year.

Mumbai is famous for its fast food consisting of vada pavs, batata vadas and bhel puri. Apart from its famous fast food, Mumbai offers lot of culinary variety such as South Indian, Chinese, Punjabi, Mughlai, Thai, Mexican and Lebanese. Amongst drinks the ubiquitously available coconut water is the most popular. Tea and coffee are the other popular beverages.

It is a city that never sleeps. No matter what time of night you venture out you will find substantial number of people on streets and roads. The city is famous for its vibrant night life. There are plenty of bars and clubs to suit every taste.

Mumbai is a shoppers paradise. From swanky air conditioned shops of big brands to street markets that involve hard bargaining, Bombay caters to shopper of every hue. There are niche-shopping areas for different items. Some of the famous shopping localities of Bombay are Crawford Market, Chor Bazaar, Colaba Causeway, and Fashion Street.

Juhu beach is one of the most famous beaches of India. It is also one of the most posh localities of Mumbai and home to many famous film personalities.

Chowpatty beach is one of the major tourist attractions of Mumbai and the site of many religious ceremonies. One can witness annual thread tying ceremony initiating young boys into the Brahmin caste, and the Nariel Purnima towards the end of the monsoons at the Chowpatty. But the place reaches it climax during Ganesha Chaturthi when lakhs of people congregate at Chowpatty and the idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in the sea.