Mumbai

The city of dreams, the land of opportunity, the city of seven halls, Alpha City. Mumbai goes by many names. And each represents a different facet of this surprising city.

Mumbai is built on seven islands that were once inhabited by fishing communities. It served as the capital of the Bombay Presidency under the British Raj. It was a hotbed of politics during India’s Independence Movement. It was called Bombay under 1996.

Today, Mumbai is the commercial, financial and entertainment capital of India, generating 6% of India's GDP, 25% of the industrial output, 33% of Income Tax, and 40% of foreign trade. It is home to important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India as well as the headquarters of numerous Indian and multinational corporations. It is also home to the Indian film industry, Bollywood that derives its name from Hollywood.

Not surprisingly, it is the richest city in India and home to the largest number of billionaires in India. Due to the job opportunities it offers, Mumbai attracts hordes of migrants from all over. It is the most populous city in India, and the second most populous city in the world with a population of approximately 14 million. It is the true melting pot of different cultures, communities, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, traditional festivals, and cuisine. It is a truly cosmopolitan city that offers tourists a unique flavour of arts, music, theatre and culture. Do make it a point to attend the Kala Ghoda Festival and see for yourself!

On your visit to Mumbai, you can celebrate both Western and Indian festivals like Diwali, Eid, Christmas, Good Friday, Dussera, Moharram and many more. If you happen to be in the city in the month of September, you can participate in the week long Bandra Fair that commemorates Mother Mary and is celebrated by people of all faiths.

Mumbai has a tropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. The rain season lasts four months from June to September and sees very heavy rainfall.

There is a lot to see in and around Mumbai:
Gateway of India – Mumbai's most famous landmark, The Gateway of India, is situated at Apollo Bunder. It was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. A procession of viceroys and governors were welcomed to India as they disembarked from their steamers, giving the monument its name.

Chowpatty and Juhu Beach – These are Mumbai’s most famous beaches. Chowpatty on Marine Drive has a number of stalls selling Bhel-Puri and Pani –Puri, Mumbai’s local fast food! Whereas, Juhu Beach is about 30 kms away from the heart of Mumbai. It is a popular picnic and buzzes with activity on weekends.

Kamala Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens – To get a bird’s eye view of the city, just troop up to these parks. Situated on Malabar Hill, they offer a great view of Marine Drive that resembles (and is rightly called) ‘Queen's Necklace’. The Hanging Gardens are surrounded by beautiful flower beds and lush green lawns and are a huge hit locals and tourists alike.

Elephanta Caves - Elephanta Caves are located on an island about 10 kms. To reach here, you have to take a ferry from the Gateway of India. These 7th century caves house temples carved from rocks. The pride of the place is a three headed bust of Lord Shiva, popularly known as ‘Trimurti’ or ‘the one with three heads’.

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Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 7 - Day 13 & 14

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 7 - Day 13 & 14

Fourteen adventurous days have passed and our teams had the time of a life. Princely tells us one last time about the exciting events of the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017!   Day 13 Only a couple of days before the Mumbai Xpress 2017 comes to the finish. The longest rally in our calendar never fails to excite t...
22 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress Recap 6 - Days 11 & 12

Mumbai Xpress Recap 6 - Days 11 & 12

It's been adventurous two weeks during our rickshaw adventure, but we are quickly approaching the last days of the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017. But first, here is one more of our Princely's great updates! Day11 "Do something stupid and take a picture of it I"   The first school visit in the rally was pla...
17 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 5 - Day 9 & 10

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 5 - Day 9 & 10

Princely never gets tired of telling us all about what's happening during the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress, our amazing rickshaw adventure from Mumbai to Chennai. Check out here what happened last! Day 9 It was raining when we started the day in Goa. By 8.15 am we had our briefing for the day. Crossing border has been hi...
15 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 - Recap Day 6, 7 and 8!

Mumbai Xpress 2017 - Recap Day 6, 7 and 8!

We are halfway through the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017 and as always, Princely is here to tell us all about the events during our exciting rickshaw adventure! If you have missed the exciting first days, you can check them out here, here and here! Day 6 It’s again an overcast morning and it drizzling every now and t...
14 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017: Recap 3 - Day 4 and 5

Mumbai Xpress 2017: Recap 3 - Day 4 and 5

Day 4 and 5 of the Mumbai Xpress 2017 Our teams are slowly getting used to live on the road in a rickshaw, but that doesn't mean that it gets any easier! Here is Princely's account from day 4 and 5 of the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017!   Day 4 In the morning of Alibag the over cast climate and rain challenge...
11 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 - The Stats Are Out!

Mumbai Xpress 2017 - The Stats Are Out!

Drum roll.... the stats are in! After day 5 of the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017 Team 1 Axles of Arrogance have established themselves as leaders with 2800 points, but are closely followed by Team 13 Daft Trunk Garage with  2700 points. Team 3 Just in Time has still good chances to catch up though with 2500 points. It ...
10 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017: Recap 2!

Mumbai Xpress 2017: Recap 2!

Days 2 and 3 of the Mumbai Xpress 2017.   By now the Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge 2017 is well underway, and teams are braving the Indian roads and... rain. Here's Princely with his update from Day 2 and 3:   Suburb Driving Being a Sunday, the second day of Rickshaw challenge Mumbai xpress 2017 had...
8 Aug, 2017 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 1: The Adventure Begins!

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 1: The Adventure Begins!

The Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge 2017 is off to a great start.   Another August means another Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge, which crosses Southern India from Mumbai to Chennai. It's the longest rickshaw challenge, and there's so much to see. With such a distance to travel, it's important that participants ...
6 Aug, 2017 by David 
The Incredible Rickshaw Challenge Travel Journal

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A talented Malabar Rampage participant has made a beautiful Rickshaw Challenge travel journal.     Faustino Rodriguez Quintanilla, who completed the Malabar Rampage this year as a member of Team Karacol, has made an incredible rickshaw challenge travel journal. It includes beautiful drawings, mementos, an...
18 Jul, 2017 by David 
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Our favourite photos of God's Own Country, Kerala.   Kerala, the slender state on South-India's South-Western Malabar Coast, is known as God's Own Country. We can't dispute the nickname: though small, the Kerala is home to heavenly nature and incredible variety. On events like the Malabar Rampage, we marvel at K...
16 Jul, 2017 by David 
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