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15 Photos to Make You Fall in Love With Mumbai

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Updated: 31 October 2017
We have picked 15 photos of Mumbai that showcase its very best—from historic Colaba to beachy Versova. If you aren’t already madly in love with the City of Dreams, these photographs will make sure you are!

Built in 1924 and ever since a symbol of Mumbai and its cosmopolitanism, the Gateway of India is equally adorned by visitors to the city and long-time dwellers.

Gateway of India David Brossard Flickr
Gateway of India | © David Brossard / Flickr

The stunning Bandra Worli Sea Link is just part of the daily commute for a lot of Mumbaikars, yet its grandiose structure draws hundreds of admiring visitors from around the country every day.

Bandra Worli Sea Link WoodysWorldTV
Bandra Worli Sea Link | © WoodysWorldTV / WikiCommons

Built in 1431 in memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant from Uzbekistan who let go of all material possessions to then propagate the teachings of Islam in the Indian subcontinent, the Haji Ali Dargah is among the most beautiful works of architecture in Mumbai.

The Mumbai Harbour is home to the Mumbai port, India’s most important port during the 19th and 20th centuries. Known as the gateway to India, this port is what has enabled Mumbai to establish itself as the commercial capital of the country.

The city’s many beaches are the biggest source of solace to its weary dwellers. Mumbaikars interact with the lush Arabian Sea all too frequently, and often come down to the city’s beaches to unwind.

Beach Rajarshi Mitra Flickr
Beach Cricket, Mumbai | © Rajarshi Mitra / Flickr

Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air laundromat, is one among the many unique mechanisms existing in Mumbai that has earned it the title of “City of Dreams.”

Mumbai’s local trains are its lifeline. Historic and uniquely capable, these trains are a source of wonder to visitors from around the world.

Mumbai Local Train Station | Rajarshi Mitra / Flickr
Mumbai Local Train Station | © Rajarshi Mitra / Flickr

Bandra’s famous Bandstand Promenade is among the best spots in the city to observe the sea and people watch.

Bandra Bandstand Vinay Nair Flickr
Bandra Bandstand | © Vinay Nair / Flickr

As India’s commercial capital, Mumbai is a fast growing, ever-evolving city. It is home to more than 18 million residents, and still attracts hundreds of migrants from around the country every day.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai’s primary railway station, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in addition to being one of the busiest stations in India. It also happens to be one of the most recognized symbols of Mumbai outside of the city.

Mumbai’s beloved kaali peeli (black and yellow) cabs have been serving the city’s transport needs for almost a century.

Mumbai is home to quite a few historic fishing communities. Locally called Kolis, they are recognized as the original residents of the islands that became Mumbai.

Mumbai has a burgeoning street art culture, which you can best observe in its western suburbs—particularly in the historic by-lanes of Bandra. From Bollywood tributes to socio-political messages, their subjects are varied and endlessly amusing.

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Colaba is much more than just a historic hotel in the city. It has served as an irreplaceable landmark in South Mumbai for almost a century, and preceded the Gateway of India in its role as a marker of the Mumbai Harbour.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel Rajarshi Mitra Flickr
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel | © Rajarshi Mitra / Flickr

Arguably India’s most vibrant and happening city, Mumbai is an experience everyone ought to have at least once. If you aren’t convinced yet, check out our top ten reasons why.

Sunset In Mumbai Aditya Doshi Flickr
Sunset In Mumbai | © Aditya Doshi / Flickr