Urban Exploration 2013: Mumbai


That was the first photo report from my trip to Asia as part of the Urban Exploration project. Today I want to tell you about the largest city in India, Mumbai.
The contrasts of Mumbai are amazing. More than any other megalopolis of the world - except, perhaps, São Paulo - it is a world of contrasts. Here, antiquity coexists with modernity, poverty with luxury. The city has many nightclubs and temples, secular people and religious fanatics. In Mumbai, the largest slums and the most expensive real estate in Asia.
1. University of Mumbai. A beautiful example of a beautiful architecture built during the colonization of India.

2. The residence of ambassadors.

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4. The campus of Mumbai University and a huge cricket ground in the heart of the city.

5. Cricket is the most popular sport in the city, it is played by many residents. The city has two international stadiums for cricket - "Vankhid" and "Braburn". Football is the second most popular sport. The Mumbai Marathon is held annually.

6. Chhatrapati Shivaji Station, we will come back to it and consider it in more detail.

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8. With roofs in Mumbai, everything is very difficult.The reason is that, at every entrance of a residential / office building a security guard sits and to get through it is often very problematic, they speak only Hindi and it is almost impossible to explain something to them. But that's not all, whole families can often live on the roofs, and they are also not happy to see you at home.

9. Mumbai marina: on the left is the Arabian Sea, on the horizon high-rise buildings in the business center of the city.

10. Gateway to India is an Indo-Saracenic basaltic arch with details typical of Gujarati architecture, which was laid on the Bombay seafront in honor of the coronation visit of King George V in December 1911. View from the roof of the Taj Mahal hotel. Because of the series of attacks, it’s problematic to get to the gate, on weekends you need to defend a decent line of several hundred meters in length to pass through the metal detectors.

11. Arabian Sea.

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13. The city center, in the background are high-rise buildings at Mumbai Central.

14. One of these high-rises is the five-star FourSeasons Hotel. A unique place, on the one hand, is surrounded by slums, on the other hand, skyscrapers under construction in the business district of Mumbai.

15.Unfortunately we were not allowed into the restaurant, the dress code was not passed, so we had to climb onto the roof.

16. The height of the hotel is over 130 meters, it enters the 20 tallest buildings in Mumbai.

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18. People burn garbage on the outskirts of slums. Here is a cool view from the residents of a five-star hotel.

19. On one side of a slum, on the other a fast-growing business center. Chic contrasts.

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21. Hippodrome and high-rise in the area of ​​Mahalaxmi.

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24. Peninsula Business Park at Lower Parel Station.

25. Imperial Towers in the Mumbai Central area.

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27. Imperial - a high-rise complex, which is a pair of towers, skyscrapers in the city of Mumbai. The height of the towers is 240 meters. The highest building in the city.

28. Palais Royale - on completion, it will be the tallest skyscraper in Mumbai. Height 320 meters. Our attempts to get on this building at night, suffered defeats, extremely Indians are well able to guard their buildings, for example for the first time I saw that the barbed wire on the fence of the building was connected to electricity.

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30. Children's playground on the roof of one of the houses in the Mumbai-Central.

31. Chhatrapati Shivaji Station is one of the most populous stations in India. Like India's largest airport, it is named after the national hero of India, Chatrapati Shivaji.

32.The station building is an extremely intricate, even arty, combination of traditional neo-gothic architecture for the Victorian period with Indo-Saracenic style motifs (stone dome, turrets, lancet arches and a complicated plan). The station is a symbol of Mumbai, as the main international trade port of India. In 2004, the station was included in the World Heritage List.

33. To get to the roof of the station in the daytime is almost impossible, so we had to make our way there at night, while the policemen and Nastya and I slept in the scaffolding, climbed into one of the sections of the station building and from there we reached the dome.

34. Inside the station is decorated with wood carving, iron and copper railings, the main staircase is made with a balustrade.

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36. Unfortunately, the city saves backlight at night, and apart from a few shots there is nothing to shoot here.

37. There is no metro in the city, so a huge number of people use electric trains, they go to the city center almost every 2-3 minutes. At rush hour sometimes there are such hustles that you are literally taken out of the car.

38. Dharavi, a district in Indian Mumbai, became the "backdrop" for the movie "Slumdog Millionaire."Dharavi is the largest slum in Asia; more than 1 million people live here.

39. Traffic at the station Mahim Dzhunktion.

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41. In Dharavi live more than one million people. There are no more densely populated slums anywhere else in Asia. There are schools, churches, mosques, bakeries, manufactures, factories and, of course, huge garbage dumps. Not only bachelors live in slums, but also many families. Often, three generations live in a house of 10-11 square meters, i.e. about 8-10 people. There are schools in the slums, both private and public. In a private school, education is paid, costs about 200 -300 rupees per month or 4-6 dollars.

42. You can rent a room in such a house for 3-5 dollars per month.

43. Most of the population of Mumbai caste "untouchables". The untouchables are not part of the system of the four varn. They are considered to be able to defile the members of higher castes, especially Brahmins. The untouchables are divided according to the traditional activities of their representatives, as well as according to the place of their residence. The most common categories of untouchables are the Chamari (tanners), dhobi (laundresses), and Dalits. More details on Wikipedia

44. Inside the slums, a real tin is created, children, cattle and a lot of garbage are running everywhere.A foreigner who has come into the depths of this area is a very big rarity, therefore every child or adult considers it his duty to say hello or just walk after you.

45. Settlement near the station Mahim-Juice.

46. ​​So ended Mumbai.

47. Next stop is Bangkok.

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