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Presenter : Zay Harding

Mumbai City Guide

Zay on Juhu Beach, Mumbai

In Globe Trekker: Mumbai City Guide, Zay Harding explores one of India’s most diverse and exciting cities.

The-PosterWallah,-Mumbai-SmallHis journey starts in Bandra, the city’s coolest suburb where Bollywood’s biggest stars hang out. Zay meets a Bollywood mural artist who is transforming Bandra’s walls into a living memorial to Indian cinema before going out for a night on the town with the city’s top gossip columnist.

Next, Zay explores Dharavi, India’s biggest slum. Made famous by the movie Slumdog Millionaire, he discovers that the area is now a hotbed of commercial activity and takes part in a class where slum-dwellers learn the principles of Bollywood acting, hoping to become the next big star.

In the south of the city, Zay takes in Mumbai’s largest fish market at Sassoon Docks, where every morning the city’s earliest inhabitants, the Koli, auction off their catch.

He then goes on a walking tour around the historic Fort area, stopping off at major landmarks built during the time of the Raj, before checking in at the luxurious Taj Palace Hotel.

Koli-fisherwomen-selling-the-fish-at-the-fish-auctionLeaving the city for the day, Zay travels to the sea fort of Murud Janjira. Built in the 16th century, its huge defensive walls and incredible firepower make this the only fort on India’s entire west coast never to be defeated.

Back in Mumbai, Zay visits a dhobi ghat, where hundreds of washermen clean the city’s dirty laundry by hand in a huge, open air laundromat.

He then goes shopping in Chor Bazaar, known as the thieves’ market, and the best place in the city to uncover a hidden gem.

Leaving Mumbai once more, Zay flies to Ellora, a World Heritage Site, regarded as the greatest example of cave excavation architecture in the entire world.

Zay-does-pole-yogaReturning to the city, Zay tries his hand at Malkhamb, an ancient form of pole yoga.

He then meets the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and discovers how the movement to end British rule started in Mumbai.

Finally, Zay braves the city’s notoriously overcrowded train network and travels to the northern suburb of Juhu.

He ends his journey on its famous beach where every evening the city turns out to catch the sunset over the Arabian Sea.


With thanks to the following People and companies:

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Mumbai Magic Tours

 Dhiresh Sharma and Travel Logs

Le Sutra – the Indian art hotel

Best Western, India

Hotel Sahil, Mumbai

Tushar Gandhi

Ranjit Dahiya, and the Bollywood Art Project

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, Mumbai

Jet Airways

Reality Tours

Miss Malini


Manish Malhotra

Baburao Laadsaheb’s Bollywood Acting School 

Viraat Kasliwal and Raconteur Walks

Amod Basole – Tour Guide

Places Mentioned - India

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