AIRLINE: Qatar Airways
DEAL: Mother’s Day Special Offer
CABIN: Business Class
FROM: Boston, Massachusetts – BOS
TO: Mumbai, India – BOM
PRICE: from $2997 roundtrip
BOOK: by 05/15/2018
DEPART: September 1, 2018 – October 30, 2019
Hotel Deals in Mumbai, India
About Mumbai, India
Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई) , a cosmopolitan metropolis, earlier known as Bombay, is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai was originally a conglomeration of seven islands on the Konkan coastline which over time were joined to form the island city of Bombay. The island was in turn joined with the neighboring island of Salsette to form Greater Bombay. The city has an estimated metropolitan population of 21 million (2005), making it one of the world’s most populous cities.
Mumbai is undoubtedly the commercial capital of India and is one of the predominant port cities in the country. Mumbai’s nature as the most eclectic and cosmopolitan Indian city is symbolized in the presence of Bollywood within the city, the centre of the globally-influential Hindi film and TV industries.
The names of Mumbai’s monuments tell us the story of which way political winds were blowing when they were built. In the late 19th century the British named everything after their Queen, so we had Victoria terminus, Victoria Gardens, and the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute (built in 1887 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation). In the early 20th century, they named everything after the Prince of Wales.
After independence the colonial names could not be retained of course, so they were renamed. Depending on whether the city was suffering from bouts of nationalistic pride or Marathi pride at that time, they were named after either Jawaharlal Nehru (the first Prime Minister of India) or Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj (King Shivaji, who founded the Maratha empire in the 18th century). Often, they were named after Shivaji’s mother, Jijabai. The advantage of this was that using Veermata Jijabai (“Courageous mother Jijabai”) for a place that was earlier named for Victoria maintains the same abbreviation, so “Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute” (formerly Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute) is still VJTI.
For a traveller, the practical problem would be that many places have multiple names. Multiple places are named after Nehru, Shivaji, or Jijabai, so you need to be careful about specifying which place you need to get to.
Few important names changes to remember are:
- ‘Victoria Terminus’ is now ‘Chhtrapati Shivaji Terminus’
- ‘Jacob Circle’ is now ‘Saat Rasta’ or ‘Sant Gaadge Maharaj Chowk’
- ‘King’s Circle’ is now ‘Maheshwari Udyyan’
- ‘Kurla Terminus’ is now ‘Lokmanya Tilak Terminus’