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.
A port city on the west coast, Ratnagiri comes under the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Located close to the Sahyadri Mountains, the fertile soil in the regions makes this an agricultural city. Fishing is an important industry in this region. The ‘Hāpus’ (Alphonso) variety of mangoes is one of the main fruits cultivated in the region. The Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project is located in this district.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Ratnagiri. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Landmark, Hotel Vivek, Vihar Deluxe Hotel and Hotel Krishna Sea View that offers rooms from Rs.1000 onwards
All annual festivals like Onam, Vishu, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Marathi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Mandavi Beach (3kms), Bhatye Beach (4kms), Atulit Bal Dham (1kms), Ganpatipule temple (21 kms) and Nivali Waterfall (20kms) are places to visit in this city.
How to Get There
Ratnagiri has its own airport
Ratnagiri has its own railway station
Ratnagiri bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators like Mukund Krupa Travels, Paulo Travels and National Tourist run regular buses to and from the city. Book bus ticket online from the comfort of your home with just a click of a mouse.