Mumbai is the most populated city in India with over 20 million people and the fourth largest city in the world. It has had a fascinating history with various rulers from Asian to Portuguese and finally the British, for many years Mumbai was ceded to the powerful East India Company. Indian Independence came in 1947 and Mumbai was one of the leading protagonists for Independence. The city was originally built on 7 islands but in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, a massive project joined the islands to form one landmass with a major harbour.
The building of the Suez Canal in 1869 turned Mumbai into one of the major harbours of the Arabian Sea and to this day Mumbai holds a major place in maritime trade. The harbour has become congested but this is being tackled.
Some of the major older buildings date back to the British era with grand old structures like the Victoria Terminus and Bombay University and surprisingly it has the second highest number of Art Deco buildings with only Miami beating it.
Today the city is bustling and the commercial capital of India, originally the wealth was based on textiles and the harbour but today the city has expanded into engineering, healthcare, diamond markets and information technology. There are many billionaires and over 100 skyscrapers darken the horizon and the city is getting richer by the day.
Trade is the lifeline of Mumbai and parcel deliveries often concentrate on Mumbai as it is a major hub with air, sea, road and rail links. Deliveries are relatively cheap so parcel trade or gift deliveries are easy and efficient. Care must be taken to read the rules and get the right import agent and ensure that the paperwork is scrupulous. The good carrier has tied up with excellent local delivery services and India is built on good service and Mumbai has good service.
It is important to bear in mind the following points when you send a parcel to Mumbai:
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