Since the people in Mumbai vary from extremely poor to extremely rich, the housing situation varies as much. From no home (living on the street) via living in a slum to owning an entire private skyscraper and everything in between.
Also there is the heritage of the colonial era when the British ruled, which left the city with its main landmarks and some impressive colonial architecture.
One characteristic that unfortunately applies to almost every building, from whatever nature, is that they are all badly maintained, damaged and crumbling.
It really stands out when a building looks new, clean, whole and well-maintained. They are the little gems in an enormous city, to be found with a spotlight.
Here is a compilation of Mumbai's buildings: poor, rich, business, private, heritage, monument, governmental.
|A street with a European feel|
|The Regal Cinema, a famous art deco cinema. We intend to go see a Bollywood movie there|
|Police Head Quarters; a gorgeous building|
Gated building for Parsis
Looking through arches like this one gives a look into a maze of streets behind it:
Suddenly a sparkling building amongst all the grayish:
|Victoria Terminus; the main railway station. A beautiful building.|
|Crawford Market Building; once a gorgeous markethall, no doubt.|
|The world famous Tah Mahal Hotel, target of severe bombings some years ago. Colonial grandeur to the max|
Another famous landmark: the Gateway of India, a huge arch, built by the British
The most famous and controversial building of Mumbai, is the private skyscraper of Mukesh Ambani. He built this 27 story building for his wife, children and mother plus a staff of 600 people!!!! By chance the balcony of my new local friend looks right at it.
Near the building is Mumbai's largest slum. What can I say.........