Destinations In India - Mumbai

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Destination Mumbai

Blessed with a natural harbour, Mumbai is one of the busiest ports of India, conducting about 40% of India's maritime trade. Over the years, Mumbai has been transformed into the fastest moving, most prosperous and industrialised city in India with flourishing markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere rarely seen elsewhere.
Being the capital of Maharashtra and hub of filmstars, Mumbai as such attracts tourist from all over the world. Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is also known as the Gateway of India and a shopper's paradise offering almost every type of cuisine of the world.

City Highlights

Take a walk to the Afghan Church via Gateway of India. This gateway is a monumental arch 26-metre high, built to commemorate the visit of King George V of England and Queen Mary to the city in 1911. After that, explore the Hanging Gardens, which is also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens.

These terraced gardens are perched at the top of Malabar Hill and offer a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea, especially during sunset. Next, head on to Mani Bhavan and Prince of Wales Museum. This museum houses rare and ancient exhibits of Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands such as the Indus Valley Civilisation artifacts, relics from ancient India from the time of the Guptas and Maurayas.

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Lakshadweep Cruises

The spell bound expanse of emerald isles, Lakshadweep, studded in the blue water of the Arabian Sea unfolds another world in itself.

Five of the inhabited islands (Agatti, Kadmat, Minicoy, Kavaratti and Kalpeni) are open mostly to Indian tourists and Bangaram, an uninhabited island, is open to both domestic and foreign tourists.

Water sports facilities like swimming, Rafting, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, catamaran sailing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving are available in the islands.

Bangaram Island

The world's 10 best secret beaches (Sunday Times Travel Magazine Feb 8th 2004) that is just an hours’ flight from Kerala’s cultural capital of Cochin. This teardrop shaped piece of land is encircled by creamy sand. For a perfect outing, there are three uninhabited islands in the same atoll, Tinnakara, Parali-I and Parali-II. The deep, warm, clear waters of Indian Ocean with its myriad flora and fauna are an irresistible invitation to the scuba diving fraternity of the world.

The exquisite coral formation including the black coral formations, the variety and number of coral fishes - the angel, the clown, the butterfly, the surgeon not to mention awesome -looking but harmless sharks, mantarays, sting rays moray eels and turtles make diving at Bangaram an addictive experience.

Agatti Island

The Gateway of Lakshadweep, Agatti Island is Located 459 kms. from Cochin. Agatti and its satellite islands of Bangaram, Tinnakkara, Parali-I & Parali-II presents a breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea.

Agatti is the only island with an airport. The sea around the island offers excellent scope for water sports and fishing. Coral growths and multi coloured coral fishes are abound in its lagoons.

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