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Mumbai: Intoxicated by the Indian megacity

If you were to just sit and watch at the roundabout on Mahatma Gandhi Road and watch the bustling people, the chaotic traffic, the crazy hustle and bustle go by, you would have inhaled more big city life (and garlic flags and taxi exhaust fumes) than anywhere else in the world.

Fairytale India: Off to Mumbai!

Mumbai, the capital of the state of Maharashtra, is a fascinatingly attractive megacity and the most cosmopolitan city in India.

One would do well to give up being German at the latest on the first foray, to simply neglect hygiene regulations, order criteria and punctuality mania, instead to give the inner hard drive space for an almost unbelievable range of impressions.

And - even if it hurts and stinks - to get involved with all your senses: to a rousing microcosm between experience and survival, between Moloch and fairy tale world - and to an unofficially estimated 22 million Mumbaikar, who knows for sure.

Questions like what people can endure and endure, whether a city can also implode and what the mayor's day-to-day life might look like ... run through your head anyway.

So get involved: the pace, the confusion, the haze, the noise, the blaze of colors - you have to make friends with the city, otherwise it will leave you cold.

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Mumbai is staggeringly diverse

Already on the first kilometers of exploration on foot and by taxi, you realize: Mumbai, which was called Bombay until 1996, is as wonderful as it is shockingly diverse. The city on the Arabian Sea has a rich past and a bright future.

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It impresses with its historic colonial buildings and modern architecture and is also shocking in view of the gigantic slums. It smells beguilingly of exotic plants and spices and smells pitifully of garbage and dirt.

At dawn it is eerily quiet, in rush hour you are honored almost deaf. Bitter poor lives here in the front yard of obscenely rich.

Mumbai is home to tens of thousands of millionaires and millions of the poor. The city is so grotesque in human and environmental disdain and yet so intoxicatingly colorful and lively.

Heartbreaking and heartwarming, passionate and capable of suffering, confusing and contemplative, energetic and exhausting. Tolerant and spiritual - but goddamn it. Love-hate relationship may apply to many and many things.

Mumbai is the richest city in India

Mumbai, India's richest city, is the center of the stock exchange, banks, Bollywood - and the end of the line for dreamers, those who have failed and those who have despaired. Millions of people in a confined space, many of whom just seem to be waiting: for customers, for the evening for the big hit.

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At the fruit stand, in the battered Toyota, under plastic sheeting with satellite dishes over which the ravens circling. Millions of people - many of whom toil in an inhospitable parallel world from dawn to dusk, like in the Dhobi Ghat, a gigantic "open-air washing area".

Prosperity, for which the new high-rise buildings on the edge of the Dhobi Ghat also stand, is within one's grasp, but will remain inaccessible for the vast majority.

Fresh and tasty cuisine

Mumbai surprises: the city is greener than expected. The lush tropical vegetation shows grace in some places and covers a lot that one would rather not see. Parks, cricket fields, green spaces offer space to shake out and take a deep breath.

And: The metropolis is heaven for street food fans. Eating is always and everywhere, it seems. Bhel Puri, for example (puffed rice with vegetables and chutneys). Or Vada Pav (fried potato ball in a bun).

The selection is almost limitless, just as creative as it is diverse and inexpensive on top of that. Where it is full, it is guaranteed to be fresh and tasty.

Mumbai may also hit the stomach and the mind, guaranteed to get under the skin, right to the heart. This city gives you shuddering goose bumps.