Often termed the 'New York of India', Mumbai as a city has the highest population in India and is an unusual combination of extreme poverty and glamorous wealth. Streets of Bombay Gothic look out onto the Arabian Sea in the shadow of the Gateway to India, a constant reminder of the British presence in India. Originally 7 islands, the city originally termed Bombay is condensed in history; its trading advantages within the Empire, Mughal influence and the devastating effects of the plague, all of which are still evident today. An unimaginable amount of traffic and a sometimes unbearable population of 12 million, Mumbai is not for the faint hearted, but beneath the layers of dirt and poverty there is an honesty and optimism in the millions of the locals.
With it's multiple layers of history, its unsurprising that Mumbai is rich in museums, not only full of incredible evidence of it's colourful past, but also exhibitions of grand architecture. From the Prince of Wales to the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai museums are amongst the largest and finest in India. With so many in such a condensed area, here's a guide to those to visit and those to miss.