India's City of Dreams

While India’s political centre may reside in New Delhi, its beating creative heart rests in the vibrant streets of this coastal metropolis in Maharashtra. More than 21 million people proudly call Mumbai home, making it the most populous city on the Subcontinent, as well as the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan.

Whether you’re travelling with a special someone, the whole family, or all by yourself, you’ll find an abundance of things to do in Mumbai.

There’s a good reason one of its many nicknames is Mayanagri, or “City of Dreams”. Thanks to a booming film industry, a cutting-edge art movement, and an innovative start-up scene, the city has long held a special allure for artists, entrepreneurs, actors and anyone with the drive and ambition to strive for something greater. As a result, Bombay, as it’s still commonly referred to by locals, has an infectious energy and a sense that anything might be possible. Though the torrent of sights, sounds, smells and colours here can at first feel dizzying, this city rewards travellers who are willing to look deeper. There is no shortage of fascinating things to see in Mumbai and it’s easy to succumb to this culturally diverse city’s intoxicating atmosphere.

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Experience a Touch of Bollywood Magic

When many travellers ponder what to do in Mumbai, the first thing that often comes to mind is Bollywood.

India’s Hindi-language film industry churns out flicks at a rate that eclipses that of its Los Angeles rival and sells billions of tickets around the globe annually. While you may not get to meet megastars like Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan, you can still catch a glimpse of showbiz with a group tour of one of the studios. If you’re lucky, you might even get a brush with stardom yourself. Talent scouts regularly prowl the streets near the major studio in search of extras for crowd scenes in upcoming productions.

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