500+ Words Essay on Mumbai City of Dreams
The famous Film director, Yash Chopra once said;
“Mumbai is infectious. Once you start living in Mumbai… I don’t think you can live anywhere else.”
The ‘City of Dreams’ or Mayanagri, as it is called, Mumbai (previously Bombay) is one of the most sought after cities of not just India, but the whole world. It is situated in the west part of India. Also called as the Financial Capital of India, Mumbai, is one of the largest cities of India.
Mumbai is one of those places in India where the past meets the present. Marathi is considered to be the regional language of Mumbai, as it is a part of Maharashtra. Also, Mumbai is famous for the textile industry.
It is also one of the highest populated cities of India. It was also named as the Alpha World City in the year 2008. Interestingly, this city has the most numbers of Millionaires and Billionaires of the country.
Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, with an area of 603 squared-kilometres, lies on the western coast of India. It made from the group of seven islands, and hence, it is sometimes also called the Island city.
These seven islands are as follows: Isle of Bombay, Mazagaon, Colaba, Old Woman’s Island, Parel, Worli, and Salsette Island.
Mumbai was named after a local goddess, Mumba Devi in 1995. The history of this spectacular and modern city dates back to the rule of the famous King Ashoka.
These seven islands were under the rule of him until his demise. After his demise, it was ruled by various rulers. And finally, these isles were handed over to the East India Company by the Portuguese in 1668, and then it was named “Bombay”.
These islands were finally merged into a single mass through various infrastructure projects in 1845; But it was the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, that opened the city to the rest of the World. And from here on, Mumbai went on to become a major port in India.
Post-Independence, Mumbai went on to become one of the most developed cities of the country, and in 1960, it was declared as the new Capital of Maharashtra.
Places to visit in Mumbai
Gateway of India
The Gateway of India, also known as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai, is located on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder area at the end of Chhatrapati Sivaji Marg, South Mumbai. It was built during the British Raj, to be used as a ceremonial entrance to India for the Viceroys and Governors of Bombay. The structure is 85 feet high.
Officially named as the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, it is a 3km long road along the coastline in southern Mumbai. Large crowds of people gather here, to experience this beautiful walkway and the stunning scenario of the setting sun at dusk. Interestingly, Marine Drive is also known as ‘Queen’s Necklace’, due to the effect of the streetlights surrounding the place, making it appear like pearls when viewed from the top.
Also known as the Celebrity Beach of Mumbai, it is one of the most famous and most-visited beaches of India. Tourists visit this beach to experience its peaceful atmosphere and its scenic beauty. Not just that, the beach is also famous for its local street foods.
Located just 10 kilometres away from the mainland Mumbai, the Elephanta Islands consists some of the most artistic caves, i.e. the Elephanta Caves. These caves which were built between around 5th and 8th century. Till then, the caves had survived every calamity that met with it.
Bandra Worli Sea link
Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, it is a cable bridge that connects Bandra to Worli. This bridge stands as an example of one of the brilliant engineering miracles. The length of this bridge is around 5.6 kilometres and had decreased the traffic by a considerable amount. And many more places are there to visit.
Mumbai, despite being the financial hub of the country and the place of the world-famous Bollywood, it still has its own problems and hurdles that it need to overcome.
The rising difference between the poor and rich, and the existence of Underworld, are some of the issues that the city is still struggling with.
But still, like every other city, this city has its own issues, which it is trying to solve, nonetheless. There are many reasons that make this one of those cities, where people come to fulfil their dreams.
As the famous Novelist, Salman Rushdie once said:
“You can take the boy out of Bombay; you can’t take Bombay out of the boy, you know.”