<p>Photo: Chowpatty Beach</p>

People cool off at popular Chowpatty Beach, with the Nariman Point business district in the distance.

Photograph by Sam Hollenshead/Polaris

Home to the razzle-dazzle world of Bollywood—India’s answer to Hollywood—rambunctious Mumbai (Bombay) is an utterly mind-bending assault on all the senses. A veritable melting pot of religions, customs, and culinary traditions, this is India’s economic powerhouse and its most cosmopolitan metropolis. Said to have more millionaires per square mile than Manhattan, Mumbai also has the dubious distinction of housing Asia’s largest slum. Indeed, the “City of Dreams,” as it’s affectionately dubbed, is a city of sharp contrasts: business tycoons drive past scantily clad street urchins; swanky bars overlook rickety chai stalls, and women wrapped in chiffon saris shop alongside college girls flaunting the latest Western designer wear. Yes, if there’s a city that stirs the soul and fires the imagination like no other, it’s Mumbai.

Mumbai Photos and Quiz

Mumbai Experiences

  • Photo: Ganesh CD player, Mumbai, India

    Photo Gallery: Modern Mumbai

    Venture into India's bustling metropolis that ranks as the nation's most populous.

  • Picture of Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, Mumbai, India

    I Heart My City: Munira’s Mumbai

    Munira Chendvankar has traveled across much of India, but maintains a “happy bias” toward her hometown. Here are a few of Munira’s favorite things about Mumbai.

  • <p>Photo: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus</p>

    Mumbai Must-Dos

    Our experts recommend the top attractions in and around Mumbai—with advice on how to get the most out of your visit.

  • <p>Photo: An art gallery</p>

    48 Hours: Mumbai Guide

    Tradition and trendiness meet in this bustling Indian city.

Take a Nat Geo Trip

Select a destination or trip type to find a trip:

See All Trips »

Join Nat Geo Travel's Communities

2015 Traveler Photo Contest

  • Picture of a tree under night stars in Deadvlei, Namibia

    See the Winners

    Explore the top photos, share your favorites, and browse all entries.

Take a Nat Geo Trip

Select a destination or trip type to find a trip:

See All Trips »

Get Social With Nat Geo Travel