Mumbai is a city where the past and the present meet in the same breath. With every step you take here, you’ walk among colonial Victorian Gothic buildings framed by sleek new towers that represent India’s presence in the global business scene. A strong entrepreneurial spirit draws dreamers and mammoth international corporations to open offices, while executives regularly descend here to make real estate and finance deals. But at the same time, the streets are teeming with women in colourful saris and men in kurtas, and the sound of chanting periodically bursts from the city’s many temples. The attractions, too, look forwards and back: the 18th-century Chor Bazaar, one of the city’s several visit-worthy markets, and the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, dedicated to the life of the freedom fighter, coexist alongside dozens of art galleries, sea-facing shopping complexes, and stores selling antiques, jewels, and Western and traditional clothes from internationally recognized local designers. Dishes Indians have eaten for hundreds of years can be had at many long-time dhabas on Chowpatty Beach. The after-dark scene is vibrant with new wine bars, upscale restaurants and discos that play international hits and remixed Bollywood tunes until the early morning hours.
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