Here's why you should be happy about your trip to Mumbai. For a start, it's one of the most populous urban regions in the world. The sheer number of people you will encounter on its streets alone ought to make this trip a memorable one for you.
Then there's the fact that it is India's commercial and entertainment capital, attracting migrants from across the country to create what is a fabulous melting pot of language, culture and cuisine unlike any other city in India. If you think New York's Times Square is the 'Crossroads of the World', the variety this city has to offer may come as a pleasant surprise to you.
Did we mention its long and colourful history? Its inhabitation since the Stone Age, its unique position in the Maurya Empire founded in the third century BCE, the reference made to it by Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150 CE, its European rulers? There are signs everywhere, provided you know where to look. This is where we come in. Let us hold you by the hand while you take a deep breath. Mumbai awaits. Plunge in.
Take the adventure on the road with this handy, printable guide:
the colourful history of colaba
6 stops, Easy
Mumbai’s Culture Square is how some locals now describe it. It’s hard to look at Colaba today, with its fancy stores, fabulous restaurants, great shopping and numerous art
go pub-hopping in colaba
Mumbai, Eat & Drink
6 stops, Medium
There are places where one can drink and places where one can drink well. Colaba very clearly belongs to the latter category. It crams in so many establishments, so much history, and so many great
salman khan ka bandra!
6 stops, Medium
One of our country’s biggest superstars lives in this suburb, in a one-bedroom hall apartment! It’s incredible, but true. Interestingly enough, Salman Khan has lived in that space
the arts walking tour
9 stops, Medium
All major cities have fascinating hidden sides that they choose to reveal at random. If you’re lucky, Mumbai will allow you a couple of those picture-perfect moments when you least expect it
the british in mumbai walking tour
4 stops, Medium
They came, they conquered, they left a lasting influence. If it weren’t for the presence of the British on these seven islands, it’s hard to say what the face of Mumbai would be
the bazaar tour
7 stops, Medium
If there’s demand, chances are a market will spring up somewhere to meet it. That’s how things work in aamchi Mumbai, where everything from flowers and antiques to second-hand cars
Breakfast with butterflies
Unit No 31 Aarey Colony,Goregaon East
Got up very early this morning. And went past this checkpoint to the Bombay Natural History Society's Conservation Education Centre (BNHS CEC). Another two kilometers down the road into the beginning of the forest reserve of Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
Today was their annual 'Breakfast with butterflies' event.
We started with a kit and a briefing on the butterfly kingdom. Then we split into groups with a guide and went off into the forests.
I have never seen so many different butterflies and just simply so many of them.
At one point I felt like an intruder. I did not belong there. It was a magic land where humans should not go disturbing.
After the 1.5-hour trail through dense forest on a steep landscape we learnt that we had been walking through a very special butterly ecosystem.
Along the way, we met all kinds of spiders and a pit viper in our path that was very happy to be photographed by each one of us.
Of course there was a small turn in the trail that the guide ensured nobody took even by mistake. That would lead to leopard land!
Back at home and work now.
What a switch. Just a couple of kilometres away is the the mall infested strip of road where I live.
Mumbai's love affair with the big screen
Films and Mumbai go way back, long before when it was called Bombay. Frenzied fans, a pulsating city and insane traffic still fails to put a stopper on the booming film industry. If you want to catch a celebrity in action, here are the corners you should haunt.
The Shantaram Tour
If it’s weren’t for Australian writer Gregory David Roberts, a whole lot of people would assume there’s nothing more to Mumbai than Bollywood and the Gateway of India. As his bestselling novel has revealed though, this is a city full of surprises at every corner. Here are some of the colourful spots that make their presence felt in Shantaram.
One day in South Mumbai
24 hours to visit one of India’s most vibrant cities? Not enough. Not enough at all. Still, for the few who refuse to spend more time, for whatever reason, here’s a list of places it makes sense to stop and visit. Hire a pre-paid cab for the day and rattle out the names. Or, stay in your hotel room and check them out with us.
Guide: Rohinton Mistry's long journey
Born in 1952 to a Parsi family in Mumbai, Mistry spent his early years here. Despite migrating to...
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