Navi Mumbai – A Beautiful Destination For Tourists

Almost every day a visitor or traveler to Mumbai will come across news about navi Mumbai in the local Mumbai news. A city on the west coast of Maharashtra flanking the Arab Sagar, it was initially developed in 1972 as a twin city of Mumbai. With a total area of around 344 square kilometers, it is one of the largest planned cities in the entire world. Stretching from Airolin near Thane towards to the north to Uran to the south; the new city with length almost equal to that of original Mumbai is joined with the mainland through Vashi and Airoli bridges.

Vashi and Nerul are the most developed parts of the new city and known as the king and queen of navi Mumbai. Nearly 150,000 out of the total population of around 260,000 in this city live in these two areas. The city is the only one from India having featured among the super cities of the world in National Geographic Channel. All the features of original Mumbai like the Mumbai shopping festival, parties in Mumbai, and Mumbai nightlife are also available in the city. And in terms of economic activities and affluence, it challenges the main city quite efficiently. It is also one of those cities that flourished with public private participation programs.

Majority of the people are Agri and Koli. Official language of the city is Marathi but the common on-street language is Mumbaiya Hindi that is a blend of Hindi, Marathi, and Urdu languages and some invented words. English is also extensively spoken, especially by white collared working populace. Hilly in parts and covered by wetlands in others, the city is still sparsely populated. Yet the media makes it a point to include it as a regular part of the local news in Mumbai. Temperature of the city varies from 220 Celsius to 360 Celsius in general and the summer temperature at times goes up to 410 Celsius coming down to 170 Celsius at times in winter. Average annual rainfall is 2000-2500 mm while the humidity is 61-86% making it considerably humid zone.

According to the 2001 Census reports the city had 3/4th of a million as population but it is gradually increasing. Average literacy rates is 74% and higher than national average. However there has been constant migration from the main city to this area which still has the potential to house many more. Given the will and appropriate leadership extended by political parties in Mumbai it has got the potential to become as busy and bustling as old Mumbai.

While 86% of the people are Hindus, 10% are Muslims and others include Sikhs and Christians. True cosmopolitan nature of the city is evident from Brahmagiri where one will find Balaji, Swaminaray, and Amritandamay, and Naraynaguri Temple complexes, Little Flower Church, Sikh Gurudwara, and Muslim Mosque.

Red NMMT buses form the most common transportation in navi Mumbai. Other forms of transport are the taxis and auto rickshaws. Suburban railway network of Mumbai covers most part of the new city. Nerul is also an important external link junction station.