Mumbai is a stunning paradox of hope and confusion, magic and madness. Where the changing modernness of India has been experienced most intensely. Right from Gandhi’s come back from England in 1915 to the protests against the Simon Commission in 1928, Bombay, now Mumbai, has been home to many key events of the freedom struggle.
The City: Then and Now
Mumbai has a long complex past—handed down from Dutch imperialists to British. There existed a time when public statements, playing of music, singing of songs, the exhibition of pictures and poster were considered a crime by law. The colonial authorities would invoke their convenient powers to swing lathis and point their guns at innocent publics.
Today, Mumbai is a melting pot of life style. It soaks everything in its cloth and makes it its own. From Portuguese and European citizens who moved to the city years ago to struggling performer hoping to make it big; from Bollywood superstars and big industrialists to slum citizens and tribes of fishermen—the city boasts of stories from all walks of human existence. Mumbai is one of the main centers of fine art, society, theater, dance, drama and music in India all driven by the never-say-die spirit of Mumbaikars.
Don’t leave from Mumbai Before You:
Stroll down Marine Drive: Walk down the seafront at night to soak in hundreds of glittering street lights that form the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ or sit by the waterfront to hear the grumbling sea.
Take a walking journey around the city: The city is rich in heritage and discipline, with some of the most wonderful inspiring buildings dotting the strange lanes. Lose yourself in this magical world as you walk through the pages of history!
Experience the night life: The nightlife in Mumbai is dazzling enough to make anyone fall for it. From hole-in-the-wall beer bars, debonair lounges, happening nightclubs to in-vogue theaters, fine art galleries and live-music areas – this city has something to suit everyone’s pocket and so Mumbai is called as the hub of nightlife.
The Street Food: Pav bhaji, Bhajias, Vada Pav, Sev Puri, Pani Puri, Dahi Puri, Kala Khatta – Mumbai is a authority delight. Experience the layers of textures, colors, flavors melt in your mouth in dishes that are very light on your pocket!
A Typical Maharashtrian Meal : Make sure you pamper your taste buds with Thaali Peeth (a multigrain sour pancake), Kandha Pohe (flattened rice bites), Sabudana Vada (sago and potato fritter dotted with roasted peanuts), Misal Paav (a spicy curry made of pulses served with bun) and Kothimbir Vadi (coriander leaf and gram flour friedcake).
Colaba Causeway: Junk jewelery, posters, artifacts and anything else you can imagine is sold here at a very reasonable rates.
Linking Road, Bandra : Fashionable shoes, junk jewelery, bags and clothes. From fancy designer brands to A-grade imitations off the street—Linking Road has it all you say.
Mumbai is easily reachable through flights and railways.