People booking flights to Mumbai may be interested to learn that one journalist believes that the city holds a thousand worlds.

The metropolis of Mumbai is a city full of contrasts waiting to be  discovered, one travel journalist has claimed.

Writing in the Times, Stanley Stewart commented that people on holidays to Mumbai should explore some of the city’s neighbourhoods as well as following the tourist trail.

He said that the identifying features of Mumbai are its people rather than the buildings and suggested that travellers head off the beaten track to find the heart of the city.

Seek out the bazaars, he advised, where you will find “a river of people surging through narrow lanes of colour and aroma, of cows and handcarts”.

“This river of people is the lifeblood of Mumbai,” Mr Stewart added.

According to Lonely Planet, visitors to the city should ensure that they make a trip to the Crawford market, which hosts a “magical” range of stalls, before heading on to see the University of Mumbai and the High Court, which embody some of the city’s stunning architecture.

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