Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Mumbai

Mumbai

Mumbai is an endlessly fascinating hive of activity. India’s largest port is also the country’s commercial and industrial centre, fashion capital and the heart of Bollywood (India’s thriving movie industry). A melting pot for cultures from every corner of the country, Mumbai embodies a little bit of all India’s diverse traditions rolled into one. Expect a jumble of captivating contradictions; grand colonial architecture rubs shoulders with chaotic bazaars, trendy restaurants, exclusive boutiques, slums and shanty towns, all interspersed with beautiful, tropical palm trees. This bustling cosmopolitan metropolis offers everything from pavement stalls and ancient markets to glitzy malls and designer outlets. Set along the shores of the Arabian Sea, the city sprawls from a series of islands onto the mainland, with most of the tourist attractions located in Colaba, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. In the middle of Mumbai Harbour lies Elephanta Island, with its labyrinth of ancient caves and temples cut into the basalt rock.

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