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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Bandra, the “Queen of suburbs,” is one of Mumbai’s most glamorous neighborhoods. Home to the city’s rich and famous, including many of the nation’s most recognizable Bollywood celebrities, Bandra shows one of Mumbai’s more extreme sites, though an enjoyable one.
In India and throughout the world, Mumbai has become famous for the glitz and glamor of Bollywood, and the city serves as the home for many of the Indian film industry’s biggest stars. But there’s another side to the city, a side where life carries on in a manner quite different than in the suburbs of the stars. This is Mumbai’s Dharavi Slum. While often an overwhelming site for the visiting traveler, seeing this portion of Mumbai — even if from a distance — serves as an important reminder of just how lucky we are.
Shopping Mumbai’s markets and bazaars is a must-have experience involving all five senses. While the city has become known for its mega malls and name brand retailers, there’s something delightfully authentic about the colorful, sprawling street markets where you can still find interesting and inexpensive souvenirs to take back home.