Mumbai or Bombay (the official name until 1995) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world, with an estimated city population of 21 million. In this crowed town of 603 km², poor and rich people live in the same areas. Just under a big new building, we can see a slum. Mumbai is the wealthiest city in India, it has the highest number of billionaires and millionaires among all cities in India. But there is also the biggest Slum of Asia : Dharavi.
In the south of Mumbai, « In town » as Indian people say, there are still the beautiful buildings of the English colonization. It is the touristic part of Mumbai. We can see the Gateway of India, the Taj Mahal Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in Bombay. There are also few museum with lots of object which trace the history of India and religion. We can also see some beautiful garden apart from big building, high way and klaxon noise. Those place, with the see side, are the favourite place for the couples. They choose those place fare away their areas, and hide them behind umbrella. In India, this is frowned upon to flirt in the street and sometimes forbidden. I saw some public notice where it was written “No kisses”. Do not forget to visit crawford market, the biggest market where you can find everythings; to take the train until Victoria Station and admire the architecture; to go to the dhobi gates,mahalaxmi to see a big human washing machine; to test the street food, all that is fried is safe and to not drinking tap water!
Mumbai have a tropical climate. During all the year, the temperature are between 20° C and 35°C . There are seven months of dryness and peak of rains in July and August. The cooler season from December to February is followed by the summer season from March to June. The period from June to about the end of September constitutes the south-west monsoon season, and October and November form the post-monsoon season. I went in India between October to February, the best period in India, without monsoon and not to hot ! Just perfect.
"Mumbai is the financial and commercial capital of the country as it generates 6.16% of the total GDP. It serves as an economic hub of India, contributing 10% of factory employment, 25% of industrial output, 33% of income tax collections, 60% of customs duty collections, 20% of central excise tax collections, 40% of India's foreign trade and ₹4,000 crore (US$590 million) in corporate taxes." (Source: Wikipedia, Mumbai)
Until the 70s, Mumbai owed its prosperity with textile mills and the seaport. Now, its economy is more diversified and include finance, engineering, healthcare, diamond-polishing and information technology (IT). The 6 keys sectors in Mumbai are finance, gems and jewellery, IT ans ITES, leather processing, textiles and entertainment.