Mumbai, located in the state of Maharashtra is known as the “New York of India,” and not just because the exploding population is forecast to be 28 million in another decade.
The city is so cosmopolitan that world travelers can instantly feel at ease, while still experiencing authentic Indian culture.
It is an eclectic mix of colors, spices, smells that eventually all become a part of the energizing landscape. You may find ramshackle vendor booths alongside incredible architecture; beaches feature vendors selling food, oversized balloons, and a festive carnival atmosphere; Bollywood celebrities live, work, and are spotted out and about by locals seeking out their idols.
The city is packed with iconic gems and hidden pockets, making it possible to spend several days on the brochure, and then stepping off into then chaotic landscape for an entirely unique experience.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly the Victoria Terminus) is Mumbai’s most elaborate and ornate architectural structure, another merging of Indian and British styles. It’s among the busiest railway stations in the world and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004.
Elephanta Island, the City of Caves (formerly Gharapuri Island) is one of the sights that acts a reminder of the spiritual, mystical aspects of exotic India. Reliefs, sculptures, and a temple all celebrate Hindu deities all in caves dating back centuries ago, located in the Mumbai harbor and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Elephanta Island is open every day except Monday, and costs 90 rupees on an economy boat and 110 rupees for an upgraded trip.
The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the 1911 royal visit of King George V (it was completed in 1924). Almost a quarter of a century later, the same basalt arch served as