Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Top Two Cities Of India – Delhi vs Mumbai

There is an apparent rivalry between Delhi and Mumbai. People have strong opinions about these two cities in India. Either they are hated or loved. Perhaps this is the only common quality between Delhi and Mumbai that they both evoke strong emotions. They don’t leave you indifferent.


In my opinion, Delhi is like a classy lady, while Mumbai is a charming damsel. The former has heritage and old-world charisma, while the latter has the vivaciousness to chuckle through life. What do you say?

Okay, let these photographs speak – 

Delhi has beautiful gardens and lots of green spaces.
Mumbai has beaches.
Delhi is a heritage city.
Mumbai is known for its churches.
Delhi has secretive spots like Hauz Khas.
Hauz Khas
Mumbai has iconic film locales.
Taj Hotel, Mumbai
Cafes in Delhi have western influence.
L'Opéra is a French confectionery shop in Khan Market, Delhi.
Cafes in Mumbai have buzz and oodles of character.
Cafe Mondegar, South Mumbai
Delhi has sophisticated markets.
Mumbai has colorful and vibrant shopping streets.
Delhi has history as its essence.
Mumbai has cinema as its heart.
Delhi has broad roads, big bungalows and lots of posh neighborhoods.
Mumbai has stunning skyscrapers. Hiranandani is perhaps one of the few posh localities of Mumbai. 

Delhi or Mumbai? Which one do you love more?

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38 comments:

  1. Interesting read.

    Neha :)

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  2. Beautiful comparison.. :) But for a true Delhi lover, it's the best city in the world... ;)

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    1. I can understand! :-) I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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  3. Beautiful post. I've been to both cities, but only spent a week in Mumbai. However, I'll always hold Delhi in my heart. I love the history and energy in that city.

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    1. Thank you! I personally love Mumbai.

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    1. Thank you, Akash! I'm glad you enjoyed them. :-)

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  5. Good and interesting stats about the differences between DIL and Wada Paav ! LOL!

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    1. Haha! :D Yeah...Both Delhi and Mumbai have their distinctive characteristics that are admirable!

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  6. Very interesting presentation highlighting the various aspects of the two cities, Renuka! Both the cities have their own identities and so unique, that's it's been difficult for me to not fall in love with both of them.

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    1. True! :-) Thanks Arti for your comment!

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  7. Interesting comparison. I would any day pick Mumbai over New Delhi.

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  8. Hi my vote goes for Mumbai...Delhi is like a 5 star hotel while Mumbai is like that Irani Cafe shop where you can be yourself without any pretense. Mumbai rocks

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    1. So well put! Yes, Mumbai is a charmer. It's a city that keeps you close to life.

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  9. Again very good article. I believe Mumbai score on some points over Delhi which includes - less crime related activities, Night life, weather condition & fashion. Delhi on the other hand score on its history, world famous monuments, markets & affordable housing. Each city has its own share of facts. My heart says Delhi, but mind says Mumbai. Difficult to pick one. :)

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    1. Thanks Vishal :-) Everybody has their own perspective about things. I personally love Mumbai. I have lived in Delhi for a decade, so I do have some memories that I cherish. However, I don't wish to live there ever again. I like it as a tourist place.

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  10. Delhi is definitely my favourite one!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I have a feeling you will love both Delhi and Mumbai! :-)

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  11. Delhi's home to me so it occupies a spot in my heart that can't be taken by any other place. But I LOVE Mumbai so much, although I've only ever been there as a visitor (the max I lived there at a stretch was for 2 months). I think it's a city that lets you be, and it definitely has an energy in its air that Delhi doesn't. I suppose if I were to draw analogies, Delhi for me is like family - I love it fiercely but it infuriates me sometimes; it always wants me to take more precautions than I care to; and I'm happy to get away from it but after a while I start missing it. Mumbai is like a friend to me - fun to be with, fearless, independent, sometimes so broke it would draw on your resources!

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    1. Very well put, Ami! :-) The rivalry between Delhi-Mumbai isn't for no reason!

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  12. Hmm, I honestly don't know which one I prefer after now having been to both. We saw more things in Delhi but I think that our lack of exploration in Mumbai was more to do with being tired at the end of our trip than what there is to see! I think they are equal ;)

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    1. I can understand, Emily! As a tourist, it's a different perspective. :-)

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  13. I love the pictures, Renuka. I have studied advertising in Delhi and now live in Mumbai. Frankly, for living purposes, it's Mumbai any day. But Delhi is so beautiful! I'd stay away from comparing the two, but I do know that people are strongly divided. Such a lovely post!

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    1. Right said, Pratishtha! In fact, no two cities can be compared. It's just something about some places that makes you fall in love with them!

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  14. I've only been to Delhi but from what I've heard and seen of Mumbai, I think I would like Mumbai more.

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    1. I am sure! :-) Mumbai has a certain charm that's hard to beat.

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  15. Good read! I am going to India at the end of December for a wedding and we will be travelling after what places are must visits? We are going to the Taj Mahal and Goa for sure but are open to suggestions!
    Drinkingandblogging

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    1. That would be great! :-) Well, Delhi and Mumbai are a must! And then you should make it to Rajasthan, Kerala, Sikkim and Karnataka.

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  16. Wonderful topic that you covered Renuka! It's quite engaging and true to relate to.

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    1. I hope you enjoyed the pictures too!

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  17. Great comparison! I've always found the difference between Mumbai and Delhi to be similar to the difference between Karachi and Lahore, or between Sydney and Melbourne. I'm a Delhi/Lahore/Melbourne person myself - but I still love the boldness of the waterside cities!

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    1. I totally agree! :-) Even I think there is a similarity between Mumbai-Delhi and Melbourne-Sydney, and of course, I love Mumbai-Melbourne more!

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  18. I love this post Renuka!
    Delhi is home to me, so it will always hold a special place in my heart.
    But I also love visiting Mumbai, which I do fairly often, and just cant seem to get enough!
    You've captured the essence of both cities in your pictures and your post. :) Great read.

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the post and the pictures. :-)

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  19. Do you think either would be safe for an woman (American) traveling alone?

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    1. Mumbai is quite safe. Although Delhi doesn't have a 'safe' city reputation, it is manageable as long as you are well-researched and in good company. But I would say that the basic rule to follow is to be cautious and take care of yourself wherever you are.

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