Mumbai is the city of dreams. It is this city which attracts thousands of new aspiring actors and actresses from all over the country. A fast-paced city, the city is known for its cosmopolitan and proactive outlook.
Here is a list of things you should do while in Mumbai
1. Marvel the architecture on a heritage walk around Fort and Colaba, Mumbai’s famous precincts. Make sure to visit the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, Flora Fountain, and Crawford Market.
2. Take a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Bollywood (one of the largest film industries of the world). Visit an old heritage cinema, peek inside a film star’s makeup room and pose for souvenir snapshots with famous Bollywood stars. It is from this place that Bollywood has emerged and has put its cinematic stamp all over the world.
3.Go spelunking! Take a boat from Ferry Wharf and visit the Elephanta Caves, a network of sculpted Hindu and Buddhist caves. While there, eat the delicious wild berries that the locals sell on roadside.
4.Get an inside look at the slums of Dharavi. It’s a breathtaking and overwhelming experience with its ultra-dense housing, poverty and wealth existing in close proximity in the heart of Mumbai. The Oscar nominated movie Slumdog Millionaire was shot here.
5. Enjoy one of the many festivals – Holi, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi – no matter when you are in Mumbai, there’s always a local festival going on there.
6. Explore the markets of Mumbai and navigate the labyrinth of narrow lanes. Buy masala at the Lalbagh Spice Market, cooking utensils in Null Bazaar, or antiques and other gems in Chor Bazaar.
7.Visit Sassoon Docks, one of the largest fish markets in Mumbai. See travelers and boats haul their catch in at dawn and learn about Mumbai’s fish trade.
8. Explore Dhobi Ghat, the largest open air laundromat in the world. Then, ride the trains with the dabbawalas – people who transport hot meals from homes to offices everyday. Prince Charles was also impressed by them.
9. Take a walk along Marine Drive; the Queen’s Necklace features excellent views of the Mumbai skyline. It is especially magical during the monsoon when you’ll be sprayed by the waves.
10. Ride the local transport! Mumbai is famous for its double-decker buses and notoriously crowded local trains, but it is one of the best and cheap ways to get around and explore the city