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  • Kala Ghoda Bazaar

    Kala Ghoda Bazaar

    For three months, between November and January each year, street musicians and performers of all kinds add to the colourful atmosphere of Mumbai's Sunday street bazaars, held near the Jehangir Art Gallery in the city's pedestrian plaza. The area becomes a hive of activity and excitement between November and January, with cultural performances and stalls selling a variety of crafts, folk art and food, but the stretch has become such a hub of cultural and artistic activity that it is now known as an art precinct all year round. The Kala Ghoda Art Precinct stretches from Regal Circle at the southern end of Mahatma Gandhi Road, to Mumbai University, which is further north on the same street. The attractions along this stretch include the Mumbai National Gallery of Modern Art, the Prince of Wales Museum, the Jehanqir Art Gallery, the Kala Ghoda Pavement Gallery (where talented young artists exhibit their work on railings set up along the pavement), the Museum Gallery, and Rampart Row (a restored heritage building packed with stores and restaurants). The area also boasts some of the city's most popular restaurants and is a great place to go shopping and eating-out.

  • Ganesh Chaturthi

    Ganesh Chaturthi

    Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav celebrates the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom and prosperity. Celebrations are held throughout India and this is one of the highlights of the year for tourists visiting the country. In communities all over India, life-like clay models of Lord Ganesha are made a few months prior to the festival and during the build-up to his birthday the statues are placed in elaborately decorated tents, where the locals come to pay homage and leave gifts. For ten days the statues - which vary in size from a few inches tall to massive - are worshipped in this way until on the 11th day they are carried in procession, accompanied by singing, dancing and general merriment, to be ritually submerged in a nearby river or sea. The huge procession in Mumbai, that culminates in the statue, or , of Ganesha being submerged in the Arabian Sea at Chowpatty Beach, is probably the largest and most famous of these celebrations. The complex of tents set up around the huge model of Ganesh in Mumbai host performances, craft and food stalls, free health centres and all sorts of other entertainments to celebrate the festival, which is a great favorite with locals and foreigners alike.

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