According to an excerpt from the Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cities hosted on Encyclopedia.com, the name Bombay was changed to Mumbai in 1995. The name is derived from the Hindu deity Mumba Devi.
Mumbai was founded in 1668, initially as a British fort meant to protect the empire's trading interests. During the 18th century, Mumbai became a major manufacturing and industrial center. The city later became the financial and commercial capital of India. It is the capital city of Maharashtra State. Mumbai lies at sea level, with 23 miles of coastline and a tropical monsoonal climate. The majority of the city's inhabitants are of Maratha ethnicity, with Gujarati peoples being the most sizable minority group.Learn More
Like the United States, India is a large country with regional variations in the types of food prepared. However there are characteristics common to most Indian food.Full Answer >
Parts of the Himalayan mountain range are located in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Butan, China and Afghanistan. The majority of the range is located in India, Nepal and Bhutan.Full Answer >
The animals that are depicted on the National Emblem of India include lions, a horse and a bull. The Indian National Emblem is a reproduction of the Sarnath Lion Capital in Uttar Pradesh, which was built by Emperor Ashoka around the third century B.C.Full Answer >
People visit the Taj Mahal because it is one of the most beautiful and recognized examples of Mughal architecture in the world. It is also considered a great scientific achievement of the wealthy Mughal empire.Full Answer >