1. Far more enjoyable than Delhi - Shocking experience like Delhi but not that in a depressive way
2. We let us get lost in the hustle and bustle of small, but busy streets full of striking colors, smells, and scents
3. Enormous cultural life, dynamism - a fascinating coexistence and mixture of the exotic East and the globalism dictated mostly by the West
4. When we had lunch with a resident friend in a non-touristy, mid-range eatery and enjoyed the same menu what the locals had eaten from metal tray
5. We felt not any danger in Mumbai, not even in the unpredictable milieus
6. Colonial buildings (eg, central railway station)
7. Helpful, polite locals (the pedestrians, not the drivers)
8. Obvious signs of the rapid economic development (e.g., Bandra-Worli Sea Link bridge), sizeable middle class
9. In some parts of the city, the proximity of the sea luckily improves the dominantly bad air quality
10. Two temples: the Hedavde Mahalaxmi and the Iskcon
1. Shocking social gap - To see villas on one side of the road and terrible slum on the other side.
2. Terrible air pollution, stench, and dirt in many places - Mumbai is an overcrowded megacity
3. We regretted not trying the street food at least one time (cowardice or reasonable caution?)
4. We went to a cinema, and contrary to our expectations, the audience did not follow singing the Bollywood movie's songs.
5. Terrible traffic jams and complete lack of driving culture
6. More expensive than most Indian cities
7. We were determined to walk on the streets all day, but the heat and humidity made that hard.
8. We had to accept that Mumbai is not about classic tourist attractions - there are no must-see museums, although the Gandhi Museum is impressive.
9. The pushy hand-sellers and the pressure by the beggars
10. I had to bargain all the time (and I’m weak at that)