Mumbai is a city on the west coast of India that used to be called Bombay. Both names are still in use, which can feel a little confusing. However, no one raises an eyebrow here no matter what name you use. Mumbai is an economically important city for the country and many industries have their center here. Among other things, textile, oil and chemical industry.
Mumbai has a tropical climate with an average temperature of about 28 degrees all year around. It is a rainy season from June to September when heavy monsoon rains pull in over the city. The rest of the year there is almost no precipitation at all.
Elephant Island is a popular island off the port of Mumbai. Here you will find several interesting temple caves from the 8th century to explore. In addition to the historic temples, you also get the opportunity to see monkeys up close. The monkeys like to stay close to tourists and try to grab something to eat. Boat trips go out to the island daily between 09-14 and depart every half hour.
On location, you will not be able to miss that the world's largest film industry Bollywood is located here in Mumbai, the film culture permeates the city. Bollywood's history dates back to 1899 and today about a thousand films are produced here every year. There are daily tours of the filming locations that give you an insight into film production and allow you to experience film behind the camera. It is not uncommon for Westerners to be cast to be extras, so with a little luck you may get the opportunity to become a "star for a day". The Bollywood Museum and the Bollywood Hall of Fame are two attractions that can be added to the schedule to really fill the day.
If you are looking for some shopping in Mumbai, it is Hill Road and Linking Road in the district of Bandra the places to visit. Here you will find everything from clothing and shoes to accessories at good prices.
Indian food is very different depending on where in the country you are. For example, the further south you go, the more spicy the food gets. Here in Mumbai and the whole state of Maharashtra, it is mostly eaten vegetarian and the diet is very rich in carbohydrates.
A common dish in the region that you will find in every other fast food restaurant is Vada Pav. A kind of Indian variant of hamburger that instead of meat has a kind of curry-spiced and fried potato burger in the bread. Another popular dish is Pav Bhaji. This is a vegetarian curry stew served with soft bread and chopped raw onions.
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