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).
Operators like Neeta Travels and Abhi Travels provide regular bus connectivity to Mumbai. TicketGoose.com offers online bus booking in India to travellers visiting more than 4,000 destinations.
Earlier known as Wamansthali, Vanthali is a historical city in Gujarat’s Junagadh district. It was once ruled by Vanthali Wala Ram, who adopted his nephew Ra Chuda as he did not have any son, who could succeed him. After he ascended the throne, Ra Chuda changed his name to Chudasama and ruled Junagadh from 9th-15th centuries. As it is only 20 km away from its headquarters, it has several temples and forts worth visiting nearby.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic at Vanthali, but Junagadh has a number of options like Shikar Palace Hotel (Tariff –Rs.500), Hotel Sapphire (Tariff –Rs. 800) and Vishala Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,000).
Gujarati, Hindi and English are the most spoken languages of this city.
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 Varsada.
Places of Interest
Vanthali has a lot to offer its tourists, as it is close to the historical city of Junagadh (20 km). Some of the places of interest include Moti Baug, Science Museum, Durbar Hall Museum, Damodar Kund and Uperkot Fort.
How to Get There
Porbandar Airport, which is 78 km away, is the closest to the city.
Shapur railway station just 7 km away is the nearest from the city, but Rajkot railway station is a major rail head connecting Vanthali to other major cities
Buses are available from Junagadh, Keshod and Upleta. Mahasagar Travels is one of the top operators on this route. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons.