The heartland of Bollywood – Mumbai

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Mumbai ( formerly Bombay) is the place where majority of Bollywood movies are made . The name Bollywood itself is derived from the combination Bombay + Hollywood. Many iconic movies were made at Mumbai. From iconic Hollywood and Bollywood movies those were shot at Mumbai :

  1. Mission Impossible 4: The Ghost Protocol
  2. Slumdog Millionaire
  3. Munnabhai MBBS
  4. Bombay
  5. Chennai Express

It is also location for many regional movies like Kamal Hasan starer Tamil movie Nayakan, Kannada movie KGF, Kaththi ( Vijay movie) etc

Location: Maharashtra, India

Destination type : Leisure destination

History of Mumbai

  1. Human habitation of Mumbai existed since the Stone Age, the Kolis (a Marathi fishing community were the earliest known settlers of the islands)
  2. The Maurya Empire gained control of the islands during the 3rd century BCE and transformed it into a centre of Buddhist culture and religion.
  3. Portuguese explorer Francisco de Almeida’s ship sailed into the deep natural harbour of the island in 1508, and he called it Bom baía (Good Bay)
  4. Bahadur Shah ,then ruler,  was obliged to sign the Treaty of Bassein with the Portuguese on 23 December 1534. According to the treaty, the islands of Mumbai and Bassein were offered to the Portuguese
  5. The marriage treaty of Charles II of England and Catherine of Portugal on 8 May 1661 placed Bombay in British possession as a part of Catherine’s dowry to Charles
  6. After getting independence from British rule Mumbai became capital of Indian stat Maharashtra

Activities for tourists at Mumbai

  1. Stroll around iconic Marine Drive where the movies like Wake up Sid, Munnabhai MBBS, Dhoom, Guru were made
  2. Visit Mumbai Chhatrapati Sivaji terminus which is a World Heritage site with world’s largest density of ria travelers . Nowonder this was chaosen as location for Slumdog Millionnaire, Chennai Expess, Bunty Aur Babli, Rock On
  3. Feed pigeons at Gateway of India which is part of Indian history and location for movies like Bombay, Hero No:1, Mann, Nayakan ( Tamil)
  4. Move through Dharavi where the movies Slumdog Millionnaire, Sarkar, Salaam Bombayand Traffic Signal were made
  5. Enjoy street food at Juhu beach the location for movies like Anand, Seeta Aur Geeta

How to reach there


The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly Sahar International Airport) is the main aviation hub in the city and the second busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic.It is well connected to many of the major cities of the world . It has flights to cities like:

  1. New York
  2. London
  3. Paris
  4. Dubai
  5. Zurich etc

It also has flights to domestic destinations like:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Kolkata
  3. Kochi
  4. Chennai
  5. Banglore etc


Mumbai is also well connected to most parts of India by the Indian Railways. Long-distance trains originate from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus, Andheri and Borivali. Connect Mumbai with destinations like:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Chennai
  3. Kochi
  4. Goa
  5. Kolkata
  6. Banglore
  7. Pune etc


Best time to visit Mumbai are winter months November to February


Average temperature

Winter season (November to February)

19°C to 30°C

Summer season (March to May)

22°C to 33°C

Nearby destinations

  1. Lonavala (84 kms away)
  2. Khandala ( 295 kms away)
  3. Daman and Diu ( 173 kms away)
  4. Elephanata caves( 14kms away)
  5. Karla caves ( 70kms away)

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