The City of Mumbai is unlike any other city in the world. It is India's New York City – hurried, entrepreneurial, and sophisticated. The Port of Mumbai is India's economic engine, industrial hub, and heart of the Hindi film industry. It offers the glamour of Bollywood, the energy of cricket on the maidans, spicy sweet snacks on the beach, red double-decker buses, and amazing colonial architecture. The Port of Mumbai is a magnet for tourists, offering many attractions including the famous 1911 Gateway to India (India's Statue of Liberty). There are far too many things to see and do in the Port of Mumbai to describe in this article. For more detailed information, please visit the Port of Mumbai's tourism website.
The Port of Mumbai has a tropical climate influenced by the Arabian Sea. It has two distinct seasons: humid and dry. Lasting from March to October, the humid season has temperatures of around 30 ° C (86 ° F). Monsoon season, from June through September, is very rainy, with most of the annual rainfall. From November through February, the dry season has moderate humidity and warm weather with some cold northerly winds. The coolest time of the year, in January, averages about 16 ° C (61 ° F).
The Gateway of India in the Port of Mumbai is the city's most famous monument. Built to memorialize King George V's visit to what was then Bombay in 1911, the colonial-era arch combines Hindu and Muslim styles and represents those two cultures. Overlooking the Port of Mumbai harbor, this is often the first place that tourists visit in the Port of Mumbai. Behind the Gateway of India are steps that lead you to the water and motor launches where you can get a cruise of the harbor.
The Port of Mumbai's Chowpatty Beach is a popular spot where locals gather to watch the sunset and enjoy the sea breezes. Unfortunately, it's too polluted for swimming. At night, Chowpatty Beach becomes a carnival atmosphere with Ferris wheels, pony rides, monkey shows, and "beach" entertainers who read your astrological future or put on a yogic gymnastics show. For tourists, Chowpatty Beach at night is a must-see.
Elephanta Island in the Port of Mumbai harbor is famous for its Shiva Temple and ancient cave temple carvings. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the "City of Caves" boasts a collection of rock art attributed to the cult of Shiva. The big high reliefs in the main cave are awe-inspiring. A visit to the small island also offers some wonderful views of the Port of Mumbai's skyline as well as a break from the city crowds. The ferry ride takes an hour during which your guides describe the religious meaning of the site. The temple art apparently dates from the 7th Century after the Guptas' golden age. Unfortunately, Portuguese invaders must have used the statues of Hindu gods for target practice, and many were destroyed or damaged. Therefore, visitors to Elephanta Island are asked to be especially careful during their visit.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum is the Port of Mumbai's largest museum. It contains items from throughout India, including ancient scriptures, beautiful Mughal paintings, hand-crafted armaments, and priceless artifacts from the cradle of civilization, the Indus Valley. The building that houses the collections is a perfect example of the popular early 20th Century Indo-Saracenic style. Designed by George Wittet in 1909, the museum's galleries include the country's first maritime museum. Finished in 1915, the building was used first for a Children's Welfare Centre and a Military Hospital (during World War I). The museum opened in 1922. Today, the g alleries contain exhibits on pre-proto history, sculpture, Indian miniature paintings, natural history, decorative arts, arms and armor, Far Eastern art, Nepal and Tibet, bronzes, and textiles.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Mumbai can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.