The massive city of Mumbai dominates this region. It is home to India’s world-famous Bollywood movie industry and the Reserve Bank of India and is one of the top 10 financial centers of the world. The city, formerly known as Bombay, is also a transportation hub, with sea, rail, road and air service linking it directly to the rest of India and the world. Mumbai is also known for its immense slums and an area that is arguably the world’s largest red-light district.
Although the Mumbai Maharashtra Region is predominantly Hindu, the city of Pune is home to several Christian ministries along with spiritual centers for a number of eastern religions.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India’s first six-lane, high-speed road, was completed in 2002 and has reduced travel time between these two cities to about two hours.
Bombay’s famous Victoria Terminus, known as the VT, was built in 1888 and still serves as the main train station for the city of Mumbai.
Not far from the city’s booming financial district, several million people are jammed together in Mumbai’s massive slums, the largest in the world. Ironically, most of its residents came to Mumbai looking for a better future.
On the streets of Mumbai, you can see modern high-rise buildings, colonial-era apartments and a traffic mix of pedestrians, motorcycles, cars and just about anything else that moves!