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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.