MUMBAI’S HISTORY stresses on its importance as a vital port to the British Raj, but its real identity lies in how its local culture melded with it. The result is a unique heritage that still stands strong today. Here are some ways you can get past the façade of Mumbai and experience the unusual cultural mix that it is.
1. Kala Ghoda
If you’re in Mumbai on February, head to the Kala Ghoda area (literally meaning black horse), where the biggest cultural festival of the year takes place. The entire main street is taken over by stalls selling art and craft work, and prime performance venues are booked for plays, workshops and other events. The street is also lined with art installations, food stalls and street performers. Fair warning: it gets very crowded so avoid weekends and evenings.