is too much favourite to those people who are the all
Indian creeds and cultures. It is a spellbinding city,
throbbing with life and for many people ‘GATEWAY TO
INDIA'. Mumbai is a group of seven islands (Colaba, Mahim
Mazgaon, Parel, Worii, Girgaum and Dongri) whose
inhabitants, the Kolis have given the city its Indian name
Mumbai, after their Goddess, Mother Mumba Aai.
early Hindu rulers were conquered by Sultants of
Gujarat who were later defeated by the Portuguese.
The British, who followed, received these seven
islands as a dowry when Charles II married
Catherine of Braganza.
British in turn leased them to East India Company. A far
sighted President of the company namely Gerald Aungier was
the real founder of this city. He invited Hindu and Parsi
merchants from Gujarat to come to Bombay and develop it,
giving them all help and city never looked back.
is the capital of the state of Maharashtra since 1960, and
former capital of the old Bombay state, Bombay has long
been referred to as Gateway of India. In fact this large
traditional gateway was erected in 1911 to memorialize the
first visit ever made to India by a British king and
queen. Through this gateway the last British viceroy
deceased in 1947, marking the termination of almost 350
years of official British presence in India.
known to as Bombay is the leading financial center of
India and a major national commercial, transportation, and
manufacturing center. Mumbai Harbor, a broad, sheltered
bay located between the city and the mainland, is one of
the world's greatest natural harbors. The port receives a
large portion of the nation's total imports and is a
shipping point for goods produced in western India. Two
major railroads terminate in Bombay, providing service to
all parts of India. There is also a major international
airport in this city to serve the people.