If you are planning a visit to Mumbai this year, then here’s a video you will like. The video (filmed on Nokia Lumia HD Camera) captures the spirit of Mumbai; the city that teaches us that without struggle there is no success. In a nutshell, Mumbai is the capital of the western state of Maharashtra. Previously known as Bombay, it is also the most populated city of India and supposed to be the fifth most populated city in the world. Mumbai is supposed to be the most prosperous city of India and is supposed to have one of the highest GDP in Asia. In addition, Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment (Bollywood) capital of India. However, you will find big disparity between the huge skyscrapers and the home of the biggest slum of Asia.
Some of the best places to visit in Mumbai
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this is one of the richest temples in Mumbai. It is said that those who come to this temple and asks for a wish – it is granted. No wonder the temple is popular amongst the politicians and Bollywood film stars of India.
One of the top markets of Mumbai, this place is like a carnival. You’ll have the shopping experience of your life (Here’s a list of things you can buy). If you ever wanted to have your name written on a grain of sand, you can get it done here.
This is a 4.3 km boulevard located in South Mumbai. There is a beautiful promenade lined with palm trees as one of its highlights. At the northern end of the Marine Drive is famous Chowpatty Beach. The buildings on the seafront along the Marine Dive are decorated with art deco similar to what you find in Miami.
This is great place to have your evening walk and watch the sun go down. Chowpatty Beach is famous for its street food particularly the bhelpuri and pav bhaji. Although some will find it crowded and filthy but don’t let that distract you (one of the many things you will hate about India). If you love street food then this is the perfect place to try things like dahi-puri, kulfi, ice-gola, faluda, panipuri and ragda patties. A must place if you are in Mumbai.
Located on Elephanta Island about 10 km from the east of Mumbai, it is a must visit if you are visiting Mumbai. There are two sections of Elephanta Caves – Hindu and Buddhist which date back 5th and 8th centuries. The Hindu caves have rock cuttings representing Lord Shiva while the other set of caves house Buddhist monuments.
Located on the Arabian Sea, Juhu Beach is sprawling with activity in the evening. If you are lucky, you will meet many famous people taking their evening walks here. The flats surrounding the beach are considered the most expensive in the world. The beach is particularly famous for the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi where the idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in the water on the last day of the festival.
Gateway of India
This monument was built by the British when Queen Mary and King George visited India in 1911. (Mind you, this is different to the India Gate in Delhi). Opposite the monument, you will find the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who found the Mughal Empire.
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