If Mumbai is the first entry point to this crazy land of India, then brace yourself and get your seat belts on. This city is high on speed and the frenzy is maddening. And it is BIG, with millions of people pouring in from the city’s distant suburbs into its two main stations, the breathtakingly grand Victoria Terminus (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, CST) and Churgate Station.
As many people, so many dreams; Mumbai is the city that thrives on manufacturing dreams and selling them to the teeming millions. Mumbai, with its hyper-active media, a prolific film industry and a frenzied stock exchange, is the country’s financial powerhouse and fashion epicentre. Mumbai is also a city of crazy juxtapositions and contradictions. It is home to one of Asia’s largest swathes of slums as well as the most expensive homes in the world. And where else would you find the largest tropical forest nestled within a super urban zone.
If all this paints a forbidding picture of a daunting city, be brave and jump right in. Explore and you’ll uncover unique bazaars, hidden temples, India’s premier restaurants and a throbbing nightlife.