Travel 48 hours in Mumbai, an insider guide to the Gateway of India

City of Bollywood and of dreams

If New Delhi is the Washington DC of India, Mumbai is New York. It’s the country’s commercial, fashion and cinematic capital, and a place of extremes – harbouring the world’s most extravagant house (Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia, with 27 storeys and three helipads), as well as one of its largest slums.

Built across seven islands and reclaimed land, Mumbai’s coastal location provides its 18 million residents with lungfuls of sea air.

There are ancient monuments out on Elephanta Island and hidden in the vast jungle-park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, at the city’s northern edge, but this is still a young city, established as a trading hub in the 17th century.

Colonial-era monuments vie with each other along the waterfront, while glass-and-concrete structures increasingly claim the skyline.

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