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Mumbai

The Indian city of dreams, other than being the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra is also the financial and entertainment capital of the country. The city’s role as a major trading centre throughout its history has been a major influence in shaping its present day culture of diverse religions and influences. The city offers a cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle with a variety of food, entertainment and night life.

Mumbai has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Elephanta Caves, and boasts of the architecture that is a blend of Gothic Revival, Indo-Saracenic, Art Deco, and other contemporary styles.
Mumbai with its diversity and disparity brings about all sorts of emotions in a person.
Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi
Depending on the cycle of the moon, usually in the month of August or September, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi ( celebration of the birth of the beloved Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha) falls on the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month. The festival is celebrated for 11 days with the finale being the biggest on the last day.

The festival begins with the people placing huge statutes and sculptures of Lord Ganesh at their homes or temples. On the last day, the statutes are paraded thru the streets with much aplomb and fanfare, with people dancing on the streets and chanting, before immersing the these elaborately constructed statutes of Lord Ganesha in the ocean. It is said that in Mumbai alone over 200 thousand statutes are immersed in the ocean.
Mumbai Tour of Dharavi- one of the largest Slum of Mumbai
Not very long ago this was the largest slum of Mumbai. Today it is just an eyesore smack in the middle of the bustling city, one of the most expensive real estate on offer.

Dharavi  came into existence in late 19th century once the mangrove swamp inhabited by Koli fishermen got  filled in  with coconut leaves, rotten fish, and human waste. The local fishermen were deprived of their fishing grounds— and moved to other occupations, along came other artisans and workers from various small industries. The place today is bustling with activity, with  many trades and economic activities ( both legal and illegal ) carried out in the area. The place might not give the image of extreme poverty and despair as projected in movies, on the contrast you might be able to see the spirit, hope and ingenuity of the people living there.

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