Mumbai – Bollywood of the East – What’s so Funny?

Haji Ali

Bollywood has become a land of convergence among the top stars in both the silver screen and the Indian catwalk.

1. GateWay of India

Built in 1924, a large door to commemorate the deaths of the generals during the First World War, it is also called the “Indian soldiers commemoration.”

Gate Way of India
Photo: Wanderers

This is a French-style building, the top has a large circular oil lamp with a diameter of 3.6m, on the big holidays, this light is lit up.

the door is carved with the name of more than 90 thousand soldiers. The gate is located near to the beach, behind the tourist pier, opposite the majestic Taj Mahal Hotel which makes it more magnificent.

2. Elephanta Caves : This is a monkey island with many fine carvings in the cave floor appearing from the 6th to the 8th century. You will admire a masterpiece of 5 meter high Trimurti statue. You can see Elephanta cave by boat which travels from GateWay of India to Cave.

3. Malabar Hill: There is a garden at the top of the hill, where you can see the sunrise beyond the ocean. There is the famous “Jain Temple” and the Kamala Nehru Park too.

4. Marine Drive: Chowpatty coastline, which connects the nearby attractions. At night when the lights are lit, this place is called “queen’s bead” attracting thousands of people to watch the sea at night.

Mumbai Railway Stattion
Photo: Thousandwonders

5. Victoria Central Station: The most beautiful Gothic building in Mumbai along with the western central railroad office building. There is a very romantic Flora fountain close to the station. From the station to the Crawford market is quite convenient for visitors.

6. Haji Ali Temple: A mansion rising in the middle of the ocean, formerly buried Haji Ali. Every day many worshipers visit the shrine to pray for their saints but only the whole temple can be seen at the tide time.


The annual festival is also a feature of this colorful India. There are festivals that carry religious roots, related to the gods in the divine. During the ceremony, they usually organize the worship procession (Yatra).


There is also an unique traditional form of carriage. In a car, a huge temple court was built with paper and other similar materials, sometimes as high as a 2-3 storey house.

The carriage is decorated with colorful papers, people make flowers, display the image and burn incense. The monks and drummers sat on the carriage, just as they were performing and the followers follow the car.

There is a secular festival that expresses the needs of the ordinary life of the ordinary people, so it is organized more simply and without sacrifices. People go to somewhere outside to pray for good luck.


The people of Mumbai are very friendly, talking, shaking heads always means understanding the problem.

For shopping enthusiasts, do not forget to visit the Bandra, Colaba, Crawford markets selling all kinds of cloth, candy, leather goods in Dharavi. Along the main roads there are many stalls selling shoes, children’s clothing, saree, scarves, rubies or if you want a luxury place, World Trade Center is waiting for you!


Mumbai is also known as the “Sleepless City” because it can not be limited to day and night. Nightclubs here with many restaurants, lounges, casinos, bars and movie theaters will make you happy after the whole day of hard work.

Most of the discos charge entrance fees, and some only allow you to join without a partner! Some of the bars are lively like Havoc, Bonaparte’s, Avalon.

Come to Mumbai, do not forget to enjoy the variety of specialties here. Especially the spicy curry with nan and roties and sweets after the food.

Other favorite dishes such as Vada Pav, Bhel Puri, Paani Puri, Dabeli and Masala Papad are served in the restaurants as well as the street vendors will be the charm of the country.


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