Call Mumbai by any name, ‘The City of Dreams’, ‘The City that Never Sleeps,’ or ‘Bollywood.’ And that’s just what Mumbai is about, a little dose of everything in extremely high intensity.
Bollywood India’s biggest film industry thrives in this city. This is an industry that builds dreams overnight and shatters them in a few minutes. But no one stops dreaming. Thousands of aspirants walk into Mumbai each day to try to be the next Shahrukh Khan, or Amitabh Bachchan. Movie stars, film sets, dance, and music is in the air of Mumbai. Come, feel the magic of the films.
After you’ve had your fill of the extravagance of Bollywood, take a few minutes to admire the colonial architecture of the city by a walk in the Fort district. 18th century columns, friendly looking gargoyles and nymphs on the building walls, and elaborately engraved arches are all waiting to be discovered. Gothic architecture, renaissance revival carvings and neo-classical styled buildings all have stories to share. Did you know that an original copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy is preserved at the Asiatic library in Mumbai? Or when King George V visited the city he insisted on seeing the Taj Mahal here. The white monument was recreated out of plaster for him and later replaced by the yellow basalt Gateway of India.
Mumbai is full of surprises. It has a quick pace, intense energy and happy mood like no other city. It also has a thriving music, theatre, and culture scene. However, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who can talk about Mumbai without mentioning food. Mumbai’s street food culture is so popular that a number of its dishes like pani puri, vada pav, and spicy curries have found its way to restaurants all across the world.
You can also spend time on Mumbai’s coast by going on a boat ride or sitting by the beach. Or dive straight into the hustle and bustle by taking the world famous local train at peak hours. Or walk through the spice market, flower market, and jewelry market. Just remember to keep your eyes peeled and your ears open, for Mumbai is a treat that satisfies every one of your see.