When Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram steps into Bombay for the very first time, the first thing he notices is the smell. He says, “It smells of ten thousand restaurants, five thousand temples, shrines, churches, and mosques, and of a hundred bazaars devoted exclusively to perfumes, spices, incense, and freshly cut flowers.” Beneath the veneer of professional anonymity beats the human heart of Mumbai: a thriving melting pot of communities, cultures and religions. Hop On’s Matunga tour reveals the inner workings of the city’s humanity: where ancient communities preserve their cultures against the rising tide of Modernity, celebrate their festivals with much gusto and pursue their diverse paths to spiritual salvation alongside each other. Discover a mini-South India in the Matunga flower market, a beautiful church dedicated to the Madonna and the curious fire-worshipping community known as the Parsis, ancient migrants to India from Iran. Don’t forget to try our delicious food recommendations!
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