Mumbai, a Bollywood spectacle
Dynamic and cosmopolitan, Mumbai is the megacity with all the contrasts. Everything from sumptuous buildings to the slums and colonial houses to Bollywood, a flight to Mumbai will not leave you indifferent !
Symbol of Mumbai, the Gateway of India, constructed in honour of King George V, is the starting point of your stay. Ideally situated in the Colaba Quarter, it is surrounded by an immense pedestrian square that will allow you to access the pier and take the boat for Elephanta Island. Unless you would prefer to linger over a cocktail in the prestigious Taj Mahal Hotel. The contrast will be startling, but don't hesitate to visit Dharavi : this legendary slum can be visited with the aid of a travel guide of Mumbai, for a responsible immersion.
At the end of the peninsula you will find the Malabar Hill Quarter. Its suspended gardens, its sublime Jain temple and its superb houses deserve, without a doubt, a detour after a flight to Mumbai. A visit of this quarter is properly completed by calling in at museum-house of Mahatma Gandhi.
To feel the pulse of Mumbai close to its population, don't balk at walking down to the Crawford Market. You'll discover all the riches of the people during the course of a unique experience, in the midst of multi-coloured saris. Afterwards, lose yourself in the admirable Khotachiwadi, a quarter that has survived from the Portuguese era. Less touristic, it will offer you a moment of relaxation at the heart of this lively megacity. Because you are in the capital of Indian cinema and because western extras are particularly appreciated by agents, go down to the Bollywood film sets, the highlight of the show for all those having an airline ticket to Mumbai !