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Once a cluster of 7 islands, Mumbai was conceded to the Portuguese by the local ruler in the 16th Century. Later, the English acquired it when it was given as a dowry to King Charles II when he married a Portuguese princess. Today cosmopolitan Mumbai is a commercial nerve centre apart from being one of India's busiest ports. It is an industrial metropolis as well as the textile and film capital of the country. The earlier inhabitants of this place, the Kolis, have given the city its Indian name, MUMBAI, after their goddess, Mother Mumba.

Bombay is a city of paradoxes: renowned as the country's financial nerve centre, it is an important centre of theatre, art, music and classical dance. Today the cosmopolitan population of the city consists of people from all over the country. It is centre of industry, commerce and foreign trade, a city of skyscrapers and huts which clearly shows a result of too quick growth and inadequate accommodation, a city of milling crowds and vitality, a city on the move. A city steeped in tradition, and a rich historical past, it is yet a city where contemporary scientific and business practices flourish. A vibrant, colourful and busy metropolis, Mumbai is the premier city in western India.


Arrival text

You arrive today at Terminal 2 of Mumbai International Airport. Once you are done with customs, immigration, and baggage collection you will notice our representative waiting for you with a Sita placard when you are just about to exit the Arrival Terminal.

Start early to a visit a fisherman's beach where you witness live action of boatmen bringing in their fresh catch of fishes for auction. Enroute visit coir yarning and mat weaving units. Later continue the drive to reach the beautiful farmhouse set by the backwater. Breakfast will be served before the cycling tour. Interact with the family and exchange experiences with brief introduction to some of the heritage relics available in the house. After breakfast, start pedalling through the local countryside. Later at the river bank, cross over to the other side on a canoe. Continue cycling for another 4kms to reach the fish market. The Expedition Manager will explain the life and activities around the market. Giving an insight of how well the economy is balanced among the communities. Cycle again, for a stretch of 7kms back, to the farm house.