Travel in Mumbai
• Travel in Mumbai
Today I want to tell you about the major cities in India - Mumbai. Mumbai contrasts are striking. More than any other metropolis of the world - with the exception, perhaps, of São Paulo - it is a world of contrasts.
Here antiquity coexists with modernity, poverty to luxury. The city has many nightclubs and temples lay people and religious fanatics. In Mumbai, the biggest slum and the most expensive real estate in Asia.
Mumbai University. Chic example of beautiful architecture built during the colonization of India.
The campus of the University of Mumbai and a huge playground for cricket in the city center.
Cricket - the most popular sport in the city, many people play it. The city has two international stadium for cricket - "Vankhid" and "Braburn". Football - the second most popular sport. Mumbai Marathon is held annually.
Chhatrapati Shivaji, to Him we shall return and consider it in more detail.
everything is very difficult from the roof in Mumbai. The reason is that, sitting guard and get through it is often very difficult, they speak only in Hindi and something to explain to them almost impossible in each entrance of an apartment / office building. But that's not all, on the roofs can often live whole families, who are not happy to see you at home.
Pier Mumbai: Left Arabian Sea on the horizon, one can see the skyscrapers in the business center of the city.
Gateway to India - a basalt arch in the Indo-Saracenic style with the items typical of Gujarati architecture, which was laid on the sea promenade in Bombay after the coronation of King George V's visit in December 1911 view from the roof of the hotel Taj Mahal. Due to a series of terrorist attacks to the gate to get problematic on weekends need to defend a decent place a few hundred meters to go through metal detectors.
the Arabian Sea.
The city center, in the background one can see the high-rise at Mumbai Central station.
One such high-rises - a five-star hotel Four Seasons. A unique place, on the one hand is surrounded by slums, on the other - under construction skyscrapers of the business district of Mumbai.
In the restaurant, unfortunately, was not allowed, the dress code is not passed, so I had to climb onto the roof.
The height of the hotel more than 130 meters, one of the 20 tallest buildings of Mumbai.
People burn garbage on the outskirts of the slum. Here's a cool kind of offer residents five-star hotel.
On one side of the slums, on the other - a fast-growing business center of the city. Chic contrasts.
Hippodrome, and high-rise buildings in the Mahalaxmi area.
Peninsula Business Park at the station Lower Parel.
Imperial Towers in Mumbai Central area.
Imperial - high-rise complex, which is a couple of skyscrapers towers in Mumbai. The height of the tower - 240 meters. The tallest building in the city.
Palais Royale - on completion of construction it will be the tallest skyscraper in Mumbai. Height - 320 meters. Our attempts to get on the construction site at night, were defeated, extremely Indians are good to protect their buildings, for example, the first time I saw that the barbed wire on the fence construction has been communicated to electricity.
Playground on the roof of one of the houses near Mumbai Central.
Chhatrapati Shivaji - one of the busiest railway stations in India. As the largest airport in India, named after the national hero of India Chhatrapati Shivaji.
The station building is an extremely intricate, even fanciful combination of traditional Victorian Gothic Revival architecture with motifs of Indo-Saracenic style (stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and complexity; the plan). Station is a symbol of Mumbai as a major international trading port of India. In 2004, the station was included in the World Heritage List.
Get on the roof of the station during the day - it is practically impossible, so we had to wade there at night. While the police were asleep, we climbed scaffolding on one of the sections of the station building, and from there reached up to the dome.
Inside the station is decorated with wood carvings, iron and brass railings, the main staircase is made with a balustrade.
Unfortunately, the city saves on the night illumination, and apart from a few frames there is nothing to shoot.
In the town there is no subway, so a huge number of people use the train, they go to the city center almost every 2-3 minutes. During rush hour times there are such a crush that you literally carried out of the car.
Dharavi, the area in Mumbai, India, has become a "backdrop" for the film "Slumdog Millionaire." Dharavi - is the largest slum in Asia, home to more than 1 million people.
The traffic at Mahim station Dzhunktion.
In Dharavi live more than one million people. Such densely populated slum is no longer anywhere in Asia. There are schools, churches, mosques, bakeries, manufacturing, factory, and, of course, a huge garbage. In the slums are not only bachelors, but also a lot of families. Often in the same house three generations living area of 10-11 square meters, t. E. 8-10 people. In the slums there are schools both private and public. In a private school education is paid, it costs about 200 -300 rupees a month, or 4-6 dollars.
To remove a room here in this house you can for 3-5 dollars a month.
The majority of the population of Mumbai "untouchable" caste. The Untouchables are not included in the four castes. They are considered to be able to desecrate the members of the higher castes, particularly the Brahmins. Untouchables are divided into traditional activities of their representatives, as well as areas where they live. The most common category of untouchables - Chamars (tanners), Dhobi (washerwomen), Dalits.
Inside the slum is happening is a real tin, running around children, cattle and around a lot of garbage. A foreigner who visited the area in depth - it is very rare, so every child or adult feels obliged to say hello or just like you.
The settlement near the station Mahim-Dzhunktion.
So I ended Mumbai.