Comprising seven islands on India’s Southwest coast, Mumbai is the financial, commercial, and culinary capital of India and principal port of the Arabian Sea.
The nation’s most populous city, and growing by an estimated 300 families per day, Mumbai is dubbed India's “City of Dreams” for its migrant community arriving in search of a better life. Formally known as Bombay, the megatropolis is home to Bollywood’s entertainment industry producing up to three film features daily, where gold and diamonds are an economic staple, and deeply-rooted in Buddhism and Hinduism, moving on a scale and at a pace far beyond Western comprehension.
Six-miles from Mumbai in the Arabian Sea, UNESCO World Heritage Site Elephanta Island hosts five Hindu cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, two Buddhist caves, and multiple stupa mounds. The basalt rock cave carvings and stone sculptures date back to the 2nd century BCE, narrating the synchronies in Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography.
Few places on earth have as varied and vibrant cuisines as India, which is why time must be reserved for indulging in only the best. The ace of spades for modern Indian fare, Trèsind in Mumbai boasts powerful ingredients and robust flavors through playful presentations, sharing the journey of taste through India’s culinary cultures and origins with flirty, colorful twists.
Designed by British architectural engineer Frederick William Stevens and completed in 1887, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus sits on what was once the old Bori Bunder railway station. Originally Victoria Terminus and still the functioning headquarters of India’s Central Railway today, the Italian Gothic style station has been a historic UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.