The celebrated fishing colony of yesteryears, Mumbai has metamorphosed into the commercial, financial and entertainment hub of India and one of India's most happening cities. Also known as the 'Bombay', this tinsel town has many sobriquets attached to its name like 'Hollywood of India', 'Investor's Paradise' and 'Aamchi Mumbai'. With a legacy dating back to being an important centre of trade and commerce to the Portuguese and the East India Company, the city still holds its conventional charm and presents a perfect blend of traditionalism with strikes of modernism thrown in.
Being the most populous metropolitan city in India and the capital city of Maharashtra, Mumbai has come a long way to be named as named as an Alpha World City and has surely carved a niche for itself with its own internationally acclaimed landmarks. One should not miss out on the fact that Mumbai has the maximum number of young individuals bustling with hoards of students, IT and ITES professionals. Mumbai, in the last few decades, has grown exponentially and this growth has been seen in all sectors. Initially celebrated for its commercial and financial institutions, the city of Pune has transformed into one of the major entertainment hubs of the country. As rightly said development breeds development, the city today boasts of housing some of the most elite IT, ITES, MNCs, production houses, hospitality, automobile and nuclear companies. Considering the fact that Mumbai is blessed with myriads of career opportunities, the city is just so appropriate for students pursuing higher education or for employment. Mumbai has recently seen a huge boom in the real estate sector owing to the fact that emigrant students and employees and corporate houses are in constant search of residential accommodation and commercial properties respectively.
Mumbai is an abode of cultural confluence and rightly named as the 'Melting Point of India'. It is an interesting fact that you can find people belonging to various races residing in Mumbai. It presents different shades of culture in its numerous suburbs. The city area can be seen painted in typical Mumbaiya colours where cosmopolitan shades mix perfectly with traditional values, whereas areas like Colaba, Nariman Point, Malabar Hill, Worli, Mundhwa, Prabhadevi, Bandra, Juhu, Andheri and other suburbs portray contemporary sketches. These areas are the hot-spots of Mumbai and home to the most exquisite, state-of-the-art restaurants, hotels, clubs, malls, gyms, spas, multiplexes, convention centers and offices.
These areas also adorn some of the most amazing residential complexes, private townships, apartments, villas and duplex for a perfect lifestyle. And the most remarkable fact is that most of these establishments are architectural wonders and are laden with modern facilities. Many of these residential complexes have great futuristic modern day amenities, like superior construction quality, aesthetic design, clubs, swimming pool, gym, jogging tracks, gardens, waste management system, rain water harvesting and much more. As a matter of fact, due to these efforts these areas are the most sought after. With gigs, international singers, DJs, theatres, fashion shows and bands performing in the city; Mumbai can't just get better in its entertainment quotient. The city has every right to attract the young and the old alike.
Mumbai also boasts of places of tourist importance in and around the city like the famous Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach and Chowpaty, Haji Ali, Kamla Nehru Park and Essel World. The development of tourism facilities and hospitable nature of the Mumbaikars have made Mumbai one of the most outstanding tourist destinations in the country. The hospitality industry in Mumbai deserves tremendous credit in enhancing the tourist quotient of the city in the world. From a simple roadside eatery to a fine-dining restaurant, delectable taste and satisfaction is what you get from these bistros. The internationally renowned ISKCON Temple and Siddhivinayak Temple attracts a lot of foreigners every year and hotels like Taj Mahal Palace, Trident, The Oberoi, ITC Grand Central, The Leela Mumbai, Grand Hyatt and others ensure their comfortable stay. Restaurants like 21 Fahrenheit, Barbeque Nation, Leopold Cafe, Cellini, Trattoria, Dome and various others are all dedicated to set the taste-buds craving for more.
Mumbai has grown into a cosmopolitan city, no doubt, but it still has retained its conventional which makes it a haven for the Mumbaikars. And if your life gets dull, one can pack his bags and plan a getaway to Karjat, Rajmachi, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Amby Valley, Matheran, Silvassa, Daman and Kashid for a wonderful and adventurous weekend. Proximity to these weekend hot spots also make Mumbai a splendid and comfortable place to reside in.