Dabbawalas hard at work

Mumbai’s Dabbawalas and Dhobis

Sometimes when you visit a large city, it can seem like every other city; the food and language may be different, but the high-rises seem similar, shops are familiar. At the same time, I often seek out the recognizable in the new to help understand a place. This was definitely the case when I arrived in Mumbai, a city unlike any I’d visited before.

The tricked-out auto-rickshaws reminded me of Bangkok’s tuk-tuks. The honking car horns reminded me of Hanoi. The elaborately designed and decorated trucks and buses reminded me of chicken buses in Central America. Yet Mumbai is entirely unique, even among the large cities of India. This became even more clear on a dabbawalas and Dhobis morning tour.

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April 22, 2016 by
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Exploring Mumbai’s Street Food

Mumbai is entirely overwhelming, but our “Eat Like a Local: Mumbai Street Food Tour By Night” put all of our concerns to rest.

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October 15, 2015 by
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Where to Party in Mumbai

Sas-Bahu temple in Udaipur

As the home of Bollywood and India’s financial capital, it’s no surprise that Mumbai—easily the country’s most cosmopolitan city—has a wealth of nightlife offerings, most of which double as high-end restaurants in the earlier hours. Looking for where to party in Mumbai? Check out these local favorites.

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August 13, 2015 by
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Mumbai’s Best Historical Sites

Mumbai Victoria Terminus

Mumbai has been an important coastal hub for almost two millennia, and over the centuries this seaside city has fallen under the rule of numerous kingdoms and dynasties. Although many of the city’s earliest structures have long turned to dust, the city is still home to a few older archaeological sites along with plenty of […]

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June 11, 2015 by
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Mumbai’s Trendiest Hotels

Chowpatty Beach

    As one of India’s most visited cities, Mumbai has no shortage of hotels, from simple guesthouses to opulent five-star palaces. Over the past few years, plenty of trendy boutique and design hotels have begun popping up across the seaside metropolis. Here are a few of Mumbai’s trendiest hotels. Adobe Boutique Hotel Located in […]

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April 30, 2015 by
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A Day at the Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Trimurti Carving

One of only two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mumbai (the other being the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station), the Elephanta Caves are also among the city’s finest historical attractions. These caves are situated on Elephanta Island (aka Gharapuri) in the Mumbai Harbour, some nine nautical miles from the mainland, and date back from the […]

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February 11, 2015 by
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Mumbai Street Food

Pao Bhaji

Like most big cities in India, Mumbai has its own celebrated take on street food. It’s served up in roadside stalls and, increasingly, air-conditioned restaurants devoted to replicating street food favorites. Here are a few Mumbai street food specialties that every visitor should try at least once.

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November 11, 2014 by
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Ganesh Chathurti Festival in Mumbai

The Ganesh Chathurti Festival in Mumbai celebrates the Hindu god Ganesh.

It’s one of the biggest celebrations in the city, and in 2014, the Ganesh Chathurti Festival in Mumbai will take place from August 29 to September 8.

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July 29, 2014 by
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Colorful Crawford Market

Crawford Market in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Jan via Flickr.

One of the best ways to feel the pulse of a new destination is by spending some time in one of its markets. Mumbai’s colorful Crawford Market is a perfect place to do so.

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May 6, 2014 by
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Going Behind the Scenes of Bollywood in Mumbai

Before traveling to India, I had no idea how much celebrity surrounds the entire Bollywood culture there. Sure, I’d heard about it, but nothing prepared me for the billboards and incessant TV ads full of Bollywood stars. To more fully understand this phenomenon, I decided to take a tour of important Bollywood sites and studios in Mumbai the epicenter of Bollywood film production.

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March 13, 2014 by
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