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Culture in Mumbai

Mumbai is a fascinating city of furious energy and millions of people, where astounding colonial-era architecture jostles with temples, slums and fashionable enclaves.
Mumbai’s Unescolisted Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
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This 140-year-old dhobi ghat (place where clothes are washed) is Mumbai’s biggest humanpowered washing machine: every day hundreds of people beat the dirt out of thousands of kilograms of Mumbai clothes and linen in 1,026 open-air troughs. It’s a fascinating sight. The best view is from the bridge across the train tracks near Mahalaxmi station.


This city beach is a favourite evening spot for courting couples, families, political rallies and anyone out to enjoy what passes for fresh air. Evening bhelpuri (crisp fried thin rounds of dough with lentils, puffed rice and onions) at the throng of stalls at the beach’s southern end is an essential Mumbai experience. Forget about taking a dip, as the water is toxic. Settle for a hot-pink sunset with the hazy city skyline strung out as a backdrop.

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