Visiting Mumbai, you would never know that a of couple centuries ago it used to be seven individual islands. By 1838 the reclamation of land between those islands was completed, making Mumbai one complete landmass (known as the Hornby Vellard project). Nowadays the city is crowded (the fifth most populous in the world), full of history, people, and vibrant colors, smells, and tastes. You needn’t walk far between street side fruit juice, chai tea, lassi (an Indian yogurt drink blended with spices), and sugar cane juice stands. And great Indian food is around EVERY corner!
During our walkabout, we ventured through a museum, through the Oval where locals practiced cricket, through the local Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and over to the Taj Mahal Hotel, just across from the Gateway of India, where we were invited to be in a Bollywood film. Scam or not, being noticed is always flattering. We had dosa, drank juice, and reveled in the charm of this large city. Yes there is dust and grime along the roads, but looking beyond, it becomes clear that Mumbai is actually a very beautiful city full of beautiful people, handicrafts, and traditions. We even spotted some cows along our walk!