Mumbai for many might seem like an overpopulated, dirty and unpredictable city. All of this is true. However, pull apart this cloak of judgement from your eyes and you might discover a fascinating and teeming city like any other in the world and even unique in many ways. So once you are done with the regular tourist spots take out some time to take these unconventional tours. Visit the home of Indian cinema, as you take a sneak peek into what makes tinsel town. Perhaps catch a glimpse of your favourite stars or maybe a quick chat too. Visit Asia's largest slum not as a tourist but as a traveller and dispel all your notions of a 'slumdog millionaire' or when the sun sets just get out and soak in the night life of Mumbai. Whatever you do or see, we forbid you from leaving Mumbai without doing these things. Try them and get a sense of what makes Mumbai.
So you were always fascinated by the silver screen. What could be a better place than Mumbai for the movie buff ? Home to Hindi Cinema known as Bollywood, do take a tour of Film City where more than 100 movies are made every year.
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Built in 1978, Film City covers an area of 350 acres and comes equipped with 20 indoor studios, as well as, outdoor settings for filming. It isn't open for public without prior permission but you can take guided tours. Maharashtra Tourism offers guided tours which includes drives past home of Bollywood stars, watching live filming of movies and also visits to sets.
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Dharavi Slum Tour
Explore the largest slum in Asia as you embark on a tour of this mass of humanity. Let go of pre-conceived notions about life in the slums and your idea of a slum. Tours are offered by 'Be the local tours and travels. Tours start from Rs 500 and go up to Rs 4000.
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Dharavi Slum Tour
Small scale industries abound in Dharavi and what you will see is a spirit of community.
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Mumbai at night tour
Mumbai never sleeps goes the popular saying. As dusk falls and the heat and sights of the day dissipate, lovers, families and night birds head out to enjoy the darkness. Sit by the Marine Drive and listen to the melody of the sea or simply go around visiting places like Chowpatty beach or visualize how it feels like to stay in a 2 billion dollar home as you look at Antilia towers, home of Mukesh Ambani.
Mumbai at Night Tour
See the CST railway station , site of 2008 terror attacks and also one of the busiest railway stations in the country. Gloriously lit up in the evenings, this World Heritage Site will be a treat for the eyes.
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Mumbai Street Food
A visit to Mumbai would be incomplete without visiting the famous 'khauo gallis' which offer authetic street food.
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Mumbai Street Food
Try out the pav bhaji and bhel puri unique to Mumbai and also some lesser-known food. For the non-vegetarians, there will also be a variety of meats to choose from.
They have been the subject of study for Harvard, Wharton and Stanford business schools. Watch the world famous Mumbai dabbawallas in action as they deliver 200,000 boxes of lunch daily to offices across the city.
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Started to meet the needs of the British rulers, this business has continued till this day. Witness this system in operation at Churchgate railway station every day between 11.30 am and 12.30 pm as dabbawallas load lunch boxes on trains and head for their customer's offices.
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