A melting pot of cultures, languages, religions, art, and diversities, Mumbai is a city many dream of living in and making it big at. The spellbinding charm of this city of dreams welcomes, embraces and shelters many dreamers and doers. Overlooking the blue expanse of the Arabian Sea, and with its beaches, promenades, modern skyscrapers and Victorian buildings, the city's skyline is a photographer's delight.
While wonders of collective faiths can be seen at Siddhivinayak Temple, Mount Mary's Church or the Haji Ali Mosque, festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Dahi Handi and Holi are celebrated with fervour by all irrespective of religion, caste or creed. Life is fast paced just like the fast locals traversing across the city, tirelessly year after year. The unmatched enthusiasm and spirit of the city are infectious and to that every Mumbaikar will agree.
There's a whole lot to do in this city that never sleeps. You'll be spoilt for choices with the options of food, fashion, music, movies, temples, mosques, churches, museums, theatres, beaches and a lot more. If you wish to experience Mumbai the offbeat way, visit the fish market at Bhaucha Dhakka, hop on to the open-deck bus at Colaba, ride on a ferry to the Elephanta Islands, listen to the qawwali or Sufi music at Haji Ali or read on for more.
Go On A Photo Walk At Fort
South Mumbai with its heritage buildings is a perfect place for shutterbugs. The Fort area in South Mumbai, which was the heart of the Bombay city back in the 18th century, consists of the marvellous Victorian architecture styled buildings and structures that will give you a feel of walking straight into the Bombay town of the British era.
So gear up with your camera, catch the first local train at dawn, preferably on a weekend when the business district of the city would be comparatively less crowded. Walk through the old lanes towered by the majestic buildings, that are truly a photographers delight, and get busy capturing, through your lens, the essence of Mumbai that recites stories of a bygone era.
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Drive Through The Bandra-Worli Sea Link
Spanning across the western coastline of Mumbai, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is not just an architectural marvel that has eased the congestion making travel hassle free in the fast paced city of Mumbai, but also a beautiful structure which has drawn attraction from many who enjoy travelling, driving and photography. Don't believe us? Just look up the hashtag Bandra Worli sea link and thousands of amazing photos and videos of this beautiful structure will pour in.
Two-wheelers and pedestrians are not allowed on the Sea Link. So get behind the wheels, hitch a ride or hire a cab to experience an amazing drive with picturesque views from this beautiful structure.
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Watch A Play At Prithvi Theatre
If you are someone who appreciates theatre and art, you must watch a play at Juhu's Prithvi Theatre which is known to be the best theatre of Mumbai. Built in the memory of Prithviraj Kapoor - the pioneer of Indian Theatre - the Prithvi Theatre hosts plays, workshops, literary and theatre fests all round the year.
You can watch some exemplary plays and witness some of the finest artists at work here in the Prithvi Theatre. The annual Theatre Festival is something you mustn't miss if you are a fan of art, literature, plays, poetry, cinema, or performing arts. You can look up the events and book tickets online. The theatre remains closed on Mondays.
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Feast At The Khau Galli
Julia Child says, ‘People who love to eat are the best people,' and Mumbai agrees with this. Which is why it has plenty of options for the food lovers. Explore the amazing Khau Gallis and taste the best of Mumbai's street food to satiate your taste buds. Food brings people together and this can be seen on the streets of Mumbai where people from all walks of life feast on the street food irrespective of their economical class or any other divide.
The Khau Gallis of Churchgate, Carter Road, Mahim and Ghatkopar are some of the popular ones where you can feast on variety of lip-smacking, vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian foods including chats, momos, shawarmas, sandwiches, milkshakes, vada pavs, kebabs and more
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Get Bookish At The Book Streets Of Flora Fountain
If you are intoxicated by the smell of books, head right to the book markets at Flora Fountain. Streets filled with rows upon rows of books, new and old, these markets are a paradise for serious book lovers.
The unique feature of this book market is that these are no fancy book stores; makeshift stalls are setup with hundreds of books lined up on the pavements. Some bookshops here let you exchange books and some also let you borrow books for a certain reading charge plus a refundable deposit.