The shortest and most precise definition describing the nature of Mumbai is “the city of contrasts”. The contrast is seen literally in every aspect of the city life: its architecture, lifestyle of local folks, people’s temper and their attitudes towards life. During the city cruise travelers will meet women clad in traditional sari and young people in outfits keeping in traditions of European casual style.
1. The city is convenient for cruising by taxi as all means of public transport available in the area are always crowded. A cost of a trip should be discussed in advance and the counter … Open
Bombay is a city of extremes and unexpected discoveries, where skyscrapers stand tall next to slums, some aspects of livelihood of local residents are simply mindblowing. Everyone who wants … Open
The city is home to more than 20 millions of people. Travelers will surely notice an endless stream of folks during the tour through the central districts of the city. The streets of Mumbai are rather crowded even at night. Local residents hurry to night markets, supermarkets and on business day and night. Many tourists strive to visit the city during national fests and holidays in order to fully embrace the culture of local folks. The most remarkable and bright ethnic fest which history dates back to ancient times is the Genesha Chaturthi festival commonly celebrated at the end of August.
Among Indian cities, Bombay is arguably the most shopping-friendly one, as it’s littered with various markets and shops full of exotic goods. Zaveri bazaar should definitely spark … Open
Another Buddhist holiday is celebrated in early October and dedicated to the wife of Shiva, Durga. It is named Navaratri, which means “nine nights”. It is celebrated all over the country. In Mumbai, it is celebrated to great effect. At this time, traditional services are held. On special platforms in the central streets of the city, you can see the believers performing Indian dances “garba” and “dandiya”. Merchants are never in loss too, as they offer the visitors their best goods at the fair. The celebration ends with the Vijaya Dashami rite. It is the reproduction of the battle when Durga defeats demon Mahishasura.
Discovering the architecture of Bombay from bird's eye view! Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace, Central railway station, Mumbadevi Temple, St. Thomas Cathedral, Rajabai Clock Tower, all those monuments are defining the image of Bombay … Open
In Mumbai, jazz and blues are very popular. The Mahindra Blues Festival is held at the same time as the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, in early February. As a rule, the blues fest is held later. This is a major event not only in the region of Maharashtra, but also in entire India. The fest is always held in the Mehboob Studios. Here, bluesmen from all over the world perform. The names of headliners will make you understand how important the festival is. For example, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, and Walter Trout were invited to the fest.
Many locals still keep calling this city Bombay; this is a wonderful Indian city, full of riddles and mysteries. The oldest district of the city is known as South Mumbai. It is home to the … Open
The lovers of delicate jewels and businessmen should visit the most famous exhibition in Mumbai, the India International Jewellery Show, that is held in late July. It takes place in the Bombay Exhibition Centre where the visitors can see real masterpieces, jewels from famous Indian brands. In early February, gourmets will be impressed by the surroundings of Mumbai, Nashik. Tourists can learn about local culture by tasting local dishes at the SulaFest. It is held in the Sula Vineyards where you can listen to live Indian music (jazz, fusion, folk, and rock) and attend several master classes (for example, on dances or wide production).