Photoblog: Streets of Mumbai Erupting into Colors

Posted on July 24, 2010 by

An explosive city of endless energy and vigor – Mumbai erupts into a cacophony of sounds, colors and smells. For the first-time visitor, its loud, chaotic characteristics scream at you in the face. And although I’ve been warned several times, the rumbles of Mumbai still catches me by surprise. I’m here in the powerhouse of India, starting my month-long journey through this country I’ve long fantasized about.

From my 28th-floor suite at ITC Grand Central Mumbai, the city’s urban sprawl unfurls before me. The financial capital of India is a city of extremes: skyscrapers soar through the skies, alongside tightly-packed slums. To define a city as complex and extreme as Mumbai is close to impossible. My pictures will give you a glimpse of Mumbai through its raucous streets, traffic and food stalls.

Street Life

Mumbai inhabitants literally live on the streets. Walkways spill onto the streets, pedestrians weave past traffic oblivious to honks while buffalos join in the mad rush. The ubiquitous black-and-yellow cabs are constantly zigzagging through the buzzing traffic, forming part of Mumbai’s cityscape.

taxis in mumbai, india 

newspaper men in Mumbai, India Newspaper gets piled up on workers’ heads and then delivered to your doorstep.

taxi attack in Mumbai, India

a girl crossing the road in Dharavi, Mumbai

These shots (above and below) were taken in the slum area of Dharavi, where the blockbuster ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was filmed. With Mumbai having one of the most densely populated slum areas in the world, estate prices are still increasing and in turn worsening the problem.

water buffalo on the streets of Dahravi, Mumbai 

Food Stalls

Street food gives Mumbai its colors and character. Although hygiene is often an issue, the sight of these deep-fried snacks, tropical fruits and chapatti are simply enticing.

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Fruit stalls in Crawford Market are sprawled across a large area, each competing in colors and aroma. Tropical fruits are laid out in the open, attracting the citrus addicts.

fruit-seller in mumbai, india

lime for sale in Dharavi, Mumbai

Street hawkers in Dhavani, Mumbai

 

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

19 Responses to “Photoblog: Streets of Mumbai Erupting into Colors”

  1. Francesca Maggi July 24, 2010 9:38 am #

    These photos make me want to hop on a plane IMMEDIATELY!!! Thank you.

  2. Abhijit July 24, 2010 1:34 pm #

    Refreshing photos, for someone who's lived in Bombay (I will always call the city Bombay, its original name) for 4 years during college. By the way, are you also visiting Bangalore during your travels?

    • admin July 25, 2010 2:41 am #

      Thanks Abhijit, I guess the photos portray a sort of good side of the city. Unfortunately, I’ll just be in Northern Spain, Bangalore’s not in my itinerary. Definitely will have to make a trip there the next time I’m back! Already in love with India, so rest assured I’ll be here soon. Are you originally from Bangalore?

  3. Abhijit July 25, 2010 7:01 am #

    I guess you mean Northern India there.. Nah, I'm not from Bangalore.. just work here. My home's right in middle of India, though parents hail from North India.. and I've traveled lots of places around India..
    What's your itinerary? Bombay is definitely a good place to start :D
    Ah, I have so many questions, let me email you (oh but I don't have your email id)!

  4. Arepeace August 21, 2010 8:49 am #

    I’ve been to Mumbai recently and someone willing to take me for a tour with his bike.It was an awesome experjence.Luckily it was not scam

    • Nellie August 23, 2010 5:07 pm #

      Wow sounds like fun! I should have tried hopping on a bike, that must have been thrilling! :)

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