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INFORMATION ABOUT MUMBAI
Mumbai formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the most populous city in the world. With an estimated population of about 13 million in the city (as of 2007) and 7 million in the suburbs, it forms the world's second most populous metropolitan area. Mumbai is located off the west coast of India. The city has a deep natural harbour and the port handles over half of India's passenger traffic and a significant amount of cargo.
Present Mumbai was originally an archipelago of seven islands. Artefacts found near Kandivali, in northern Mumbai indicate that these islands had been inhabited since the Stone Age. Documented evidence of human habitation dates back to 250 BCE, when it was known as Heptanesia (Ptolemy) (Ancient Greek: A Cluster of Seven Islands). In the 3rd century BCE, the islands formed part of the Maurya Empire, ruled by the Buddhist emperor, Asoka. During the first few centuries of our era, control over Mumbai was disputed between the Indo-Scythian Western Satraps and the Satavahanas. The Hindu rulers of the Silhara Dynasty later governed the islands until 1343, when the kingdom of Gujarat annexed them. Some of the oldest edifices of the archipelago – the Elephanta Caves and the Walkeshwar temple complex date from this era.
The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing
ACCOMODATION/STAY OPTIONS IN MUMBAI
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