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.
Chhapi is a village in the Vadgam taluka of the Banas Kantha district in Gujarat. It is located between the villages of Sidpur and Kanodar. It is about 12 km from Vadgam and 109 km from State capital, Gandhinagar. Chhapi is known for its railway station and the railway line that passes through it. Chhapi is well known for its Jain temples and timber industry.
Places to Stay
Rooms at Dharamshalas are available at nominal rates in Chhapi. Alternatively, one can stay in hotels in nearby Palanpur. Some of the hotels are Hotel Greenwoods (Tariff – Rs. 750), Hotel Lajwanti (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Palanpur Yatrik Bhavan (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The local language is Gujarati. Other language spoken is Hindi.
The International Kite Festival celebrated on 14th January, Holi in the month of March and Navratri in the month of October are some major events here.
Places of Interest
Chhapi is well known for the temple of Manibhadra Veer, located about 7 km from the village, at Magarwada. Other attractions are Vadgam Lake (12 km), Balaram Mahadev Mandir (35 km), and Ambaji Mata Temple (70 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Chhapi is the Ahmedabad Airport (130 km).
Regular trains to Chhapi are available from other major cities of the country. Chhapi Railway Station and Umardashi Railway Station are close to Chhapi. Express trains from Ahmedabad stop at these stations.
Mofussil Services links cities, towns and villages within Gujarat. You can get online bus booking offers through various travel websites, especially during festive occasions.