Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and also the financial capital of India. It has many sobriquets like ‘The City of Dreams’ and ‘The city which never sleeps.’ The name ‘Mumbai’ is derived from Mumba or Maha-Amba, which is the name of the Goddess Mumbadevi and ‘Aai’ which in Marathi means Mother. The city was earlier known as Bombay, before being officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.
Budget Hotels in Mumbai
There are good budget hotels in the city of Mumbai. Some of these are the Eden Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 250 and 3 km from International Airport), Hotel Anjali Inn (Tariff – Rs. 970 and 7 km from Domestic Airport), and Hotel Good Luck (Tariff – Rs. 990 and 15 minutes from the International Airport).
The official language of Mumbai is Marathi. Other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, Gujarati as well as Urdu.
Events in Mumbai
Mumbai is well known for its night life. Occasions like the New Year celebrations are renowned. Major festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid as well as Navratri are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur here.
Places to See in Mumbai
There are plenty of places to visit in Mumbai. Prominent among them are The Gateway of India (29 km from Airport), Marine Drive (28 km from airport), Bandra Bandstand (13 km from airport) among other places.
How to Get There
The Mumbai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. It has a domestic as well as international terminal. It is located 26 km from the southernmost part of the city, Colaba.
The three main railway terminals in Mumbai are Mumbai Central (9km from Colaba), Bandra Terminus (15 km from Colaba) and Victoria Terminus (3 km from Colaba).
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Vallabhipur, also known as Vallabhi, is in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district. Located about 187 km away from its capital city, this is an ancient town steeped in history. It was once a popular centre of the Jains. There are several ruins in the town worth a visit.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Vallabhipur, but Bhavnagar about 45 km away has a number of options for tourists like White Rose Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 800), Blue Diamond Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 900) and Rangoli Park Hotel and Resort (Tariff –Rs.1,000).
Gujarati is the official language of Vallabhipur. Hindi and English are also spoken in the town.
Holi in March-April, Janmashtami in July-August, Buddha Purnima in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November are the most important festivals of this town.
Places of Interest
Vallabhipur has several places of interests for tourists, including Khodiyar Mandir, Bhavnagar (34 km), Victoria Park (35 km), Pillgarden (36 km) and Gaurishankar Lake (38 km).
How to Get There
Bhavnagar airport about 45 km from here is the closest to the town.
Dhola Junction, which is 20 km away, is the nearest from here. However, the major rail head is in Rajkot, which is 146 km away.
There are buses from Surat, Baruch and Kosamba. Jay Khodiyar Travels, Raj Travels and Laxmi Travels are some of the top operators catering to passengers on this route. Bus ticket booking discount coupons from travel portals can help you save money when you are travelling.