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Nariman Point and Cuffe Parade

Mumbai, formerly Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the financial capital of India. With a population of approximately 13.66 million it is the second most populous city in the world. Along with the neighbouring suburbs of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it forms, at 18,950,000, the world's fifth most populous metropolitan area. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. Mumbai's port handles over half of India's maritime cargo.

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment centre of India, generating 5% of India's GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 40% of maritime trade, and 70% of capital transactions to India's economy. Mumbai is one of the world's top ten centres of commerce by global financial flow, home to important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the corporate headquarters of many Indian companies and numerous multinational corporations. The city also houses India's Hindi film and television industry, known as Bollywood. Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a better standard of living, attract migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a potpourri of many communities and cultures.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Marathi: छ्त्रपती शिवाजी अंतरराष्ट्रीय विमानतळ) (IATA: BOMICAO: VABB), formerly Sahar Airport, is situated in the city of Mumbai in Maharashtra, India.
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The airport, with its two terminals spread over an operational area of 1,450 acres (5.9 km2), is India's largest and most important aviation hub and it primarily serves the city of Mumbai. The terminals were formerly known as Sahar (international) and Santa Cruz (domestic). In 1998, the airport was renamed after the 17th century Maratha Emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhosle, to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

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Mumbai Taj Mahal Hotel.
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The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower is a prestigious luxury hotel located in the Colaba region of Mumbai, next to the Gateway of India.

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Back Bay viewed from the south east
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Back Bay is a waterbody off the coast of Mumbai city, located to its (south) west.The shore of Back Bay includes the famed Chowpatty Beach of Mumbai. Other landmarks are the office district of Nariman Point, which is actually only an extension of the Back Bay Reclamation; the Queen's Necklace, which is a promenade road along much of the foreshore, that was once called the Marine Drive during British rule, and has been since renamed as the Netaji Subhashchandra Bose Road; the Oberoi Hotel; the Air India headquarters building; the Marine Plaza Hotel; the Taraporewala Aquarium; Wilson College, and the Malabar Hill promontory to the north-west of the bay, and which includes the wooded Governor's House or Raj Bhavan compound..

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