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Mumbai India
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Mumbai, India

India’s commercial capital is also a place where dreams come true. The glitter and glamour of Bollywood, the Hindi film industry, attracts thousands of hopefuls every month to this metropolis. The city itself hums with a vibrancy not seen elsewhere in the country. It prides itself on its nightlife and has some of the trendiest restaurants and pubs.

Mumbai, or Bombay as many locals still think of it fondly, was once a cluster of seven islands. Ruled by the Portuguese for over a century, it was handed over to the British in the mid 17th century as dowry for Princess Catherine of Braganza. Traces of these Western influences linger in several nooks of the city and can surprise even long-time residents.

The sea gives Mumbai – and Mumbaikars – much-needed space to stop and breathe. A good place to begin exploring the city is from the Gateway of India, at the southern end, built to mark the visit of King George V.

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Mumbai Suburban Railaway

Take a ride on the Mumbai Suburban Railaway, better known as the “Local”. The city’s trains are not for the faint hearted, but it ...


Marine Drive

Enjoy a buggy ride. Feel the cool evening sea breeze on your cheeks on this ride up and down the stretch called Marine Drive, on a...


Chor Bazaar

Hunt for bargains at Chor Bazaar. Literally meaning “thieves’ market”, it’s the best place for cool collectibles, old film posters...

What to do in Mumbai - Irani chai  

Irani chai


Prithvi Theatre

Catch a play at Prithvi Theatre. There is always something interesting on at this theatre named after Prithviraj Kapoor, the patri...

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Where to eat in Mumbai - Thackers


They take their food very seriously at this beachfront restaurant serving vegetarian Gujarati cuisine. Go for the generous thali platters with numerous cups containing dal (lentils), vegetables, curries, chutney, pickles and savoury items. Gujarati food is known for being mild, sometimes to the verge of being sweet, so don’t worry about your palate catching fire as is possible sometimes with Indian fare. Dip your roti into any of the dishes and remember to eat with your fingers. Licking is allowed.

Insider Tip: If the thali sounds daunting, try the chaat (savoury snacks) from the a la carte menu; it is delicious street food without the street.

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