An island connected by bridges to the mainland, Mumbai is the industrial hub of everything from textiles to petrochemicals, and responsible for half of India’s foreign trade. Today it’s a teeming metropolis, commercial hub of an old civilization seeking to find its place in the New World Order.
Nearly thirteen million people live here – wealthy industrialists, flashy film stars, internationally acclaimed artists, workers, teachers and clerks – all existing cheek by jowl in soaring skyscrapers and sprawling slums. They come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and speak over a dozen tongues adding colour, flavour and texture to the Great Mumbai Melting Pot.
- Area: 440 sq km (170 sq mi)
- Population: 18 million
- State: Maharashtra
- Language: Hindi, Marathi & English
- Time Zone: GMT/UTC plus 5.5 hours (Current local time in Mumbai)