Travel to Mumbai, India – Episode 454

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Hear about travel to Mumbai India as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephanie Hays of about travel to this crowded, noisy, vibrant city.

With the background sounds of the horns of auto-rickshaws, we find out why a girl from Chattanooga, Tennessee ended up in India’s largest city.

When Stephanie and her husband missed the experience of learning something new every day they got jobs in India. “People should come to India period. I think Mumbai gets overlooked a little. I think Dehli has more of the history. It’s the capital. There’s tons of sites. Mumbai as a whole is just an exciting vibrant city, but it’s a little bit trickier to discover. It’s hands down my favorite city in India.”

We go on a virtual early morning bike ride with Stephanie through the streets and markets of South Mumbai at 6 am to avoid the traffic and the heat of the day. She takes us to the Gateway to India, past the Taj Hotel and through Fort. We pass Mumba Devi Temple which Mumbai is named after. We pass people opening their shops, showering in the streets, sweeping up bits of gold of the streets of the jewelry area. “Some of these places if you went back to it at noon, you wouldn’t recognize it, you wouldn’t be able to walk down the street.”

Stephanie directs us to the cow shelter in the middle of the city which houses over 300 cows. “You can feed all these cows because of course that is an important part of Indian Hindu culture and not something you expect to find in the middle of a city with 20 million people.” Marine Drive is the next stop which is an “iconic 3 kilometer stretch of road along the sea. Mumbai is on the sea and very long and narrow. This is a sea promenade, so it’s where you’ll see couples hanging out and old people walking, people selling food.” It has “a lot of Art Deco buildings. Sometimes they call it the Maimi of Dubai.”

Sassoon Docks is Stephanie’s favorite place in the city which is a large wholesale fish market. “There’s hundreds of people selling fish and peeling shrimp. They go out on these wooden boats into the sea for 7-10 days at a time. It’s a colorful place, full of activity and full of lots of terrible smells and slimy fish and things so it’s not for everyone. I am fascinated by it every single time.”

Stephanie tells us what type of fruit to buy at the Crawford Market as well as what street food to try and what to avoid. We talk about the Dabbawallas system which delivers lunchboxes across the city. We look down at the world’s largest open-air laundry at Dhobi Ghat. We end our trip with sunset at Chaupati.

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Show Notes

Reality Tours & Travel
Guide to Mumbai
Gateway of India
Mumba Devi Temple
Cow Shelter
Marine Drive
Sassoon Docks
Crawford Market
Custard Apple
Dhobi Ghat
Girgaon Chaupati
Pav Bhaji
Prince of Wales Museum
NGMA Mumbai
Mani Bhavan
Raj Mandir Cinema, Jaipur
Regal Cinema
Liberty Cinema
Wankhede Stadium
Oval Maidan
Hill Stations
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Elephanta Caves
Banganga Tank
Worli Fort
Bandra-Worli Sea Link


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

10 Responses to “Travel to Mumbai, India – Episode 454”

tom lohrmann


We flew through India on the way to Nepal. A very seasoned traveler (100+ countries) and I (40+ countries) both didn’t want to get out of the airport. Nothing of India interested us. Now, after listening to the podcast, regret not taking taking the time to see it. Perhaps we will make it back one day.

Who knew???



I’ve been listening to the Amateur Traveler for many years now (go check out the Lagos episode, everyone, cos I’m the guest on that one) and I like every episode, but I particularly loved this one. I think it’s because Stephanie seems to have the attitude to travel that I have (or wish I had), and spoke more of experiencing Mumbai than trudging mindlessly from one identikit museum to the next. Plus Mumbai is a city I would love to visit; I’ve been to India before, but not to that part of the country.



David and Tom, that’s what I love to hear!



This is a great podcast for those interested in #India and #adventure: @AmateurTraveler @stephshays



Our former CEO, Stephanie Hays, discussing why you must visit Mumbai on the @AmateurTraveler podcast! #india #travel

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This is a great podcast for those interested in #India and #adventure:

Robert Cooke


I visited Mumbai in 2011 and back up what Stephanie said although I wish I visited more places that she referenced.
To that I would add courthouse. It’s placed in old British Victorian style building and it’s fascinating to see Indian legal system in action.

Furthermore I took the Dharavi slum tour that Reality tours offer and 100% back up what was said. It opened my eyes to the fact that there is a lot more entrepreneurship than you would. It’s not somewhere you or I would want to live in but it’s not what you expect either. If one does visit Mumbai highly recommend the tour.



In january i was surfing internet while on surfing some articles i found this beautiful website with lot of articles on places. The aim was to find good place to spend with my family members. By clicking & browsing amateurtraveler i found article section related to mumbai & its tourist destination. It is quite interesting & near from my location. so we visited mumbai in march 2018 to spend beauitful holiday with my family. Thanks to Amateurtraveler for helpful article.



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