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

Ganesh Chathurti Festival in Mumbai

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

Colorful Crawford Market

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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Bandra, Mumbai’s Other Side

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

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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