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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Bandra's oceanfront drive. Photo courtesy of Senorhorst Jahnsen via Flickr.

Bandra, Mumbai’s Other Side

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.

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February 11, 2014 by
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Mumbai’s Dharavi Slum

Dharavi Slum in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Mark Hillary via Flickr.

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.

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January 14, 2014 by
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Mumbai’s Markets and Bazaars

Incense vendor in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Meena Kadri via Flickr.

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.

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December 17, 2013 by
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Family-Friendly Things to Do in Mumbai

Hanging Gardens in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of rajkumar1220 via Flickr.

The thought of traveling with kids to Mumbai is a daunting one, but the rewards of discovering a vastly different culture in one of India’s most vibrant cities make up for the challenges of family travel here. It might not seem so at first, but you’ll find several family-friendly things to do in Mumbai.

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November 19, 2013 by
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Mumbai’s Best Museums

Mani Bhavan in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Christian Haugen via Flickr.

As one of India’s major cultural centers, Mumbai has been through a lot and kept notes. One of the best ways to better understand the local culture is to visit some of Mumbai’s best museums — everything from art galleries to excellent collections of historic artifacts.

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October 22, 2013 by
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Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar. Photo courtesy of Leonora Enking via Flickr.

Chances are, if you plan to do any shopping while in Mumbai, you’ll probably end up at some point in the Chor Bazaar. This sprawling flea market — one of the largest in India — dates back more than 150 years and is located right in the heart of the Muslim quarter.

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September 24, 2013 by
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Watching Cricket in Mumbai

A game of cricket on the beach. Photo courtesy of Ravi Khemka via Flickr.

One of the many legacies left from the British colonial period in India is the sport of cricket, the most popular sport in the country with a history dating back to 1721. If you have some extra time in your itinerary, watching cricket in Mumbai is a great way to fill in the gap.

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August 27, 2013 by
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What Not to Do in Mumbai

Vendor in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Meena Kadri via Flickr.

A city as big, crowded and chaotic as Mumbai overwhelms in every sense of the word. For many travelers, it’s an unforgettable place with a distinct spirit, but to really make the most of your time in the city, there are a few rules and precautions you should follow. Before you hop on the plane, read up on what not to do in Mumbai.

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July 30, 2013 by
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Where to Stay in Mumbai

Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. Photo courtesy of Thomas Galvez via Flickr.

The fast-growing, chaotic city of Mumbai — a city home to well over 18 million people — offers the kind of diversity of neighborhoods you’d expect from such a big metropolis. The choice of where to stay in Mumbai depends largely on the type of experience you want to have, but here’s a look at some of the best areas.

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July 2, 2013 by
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