Whatever you may think of Slum Dog Millionaire, the shots and scenes at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus were certainly impressive. Now over 125 years old, the former Victoria Terminus, still known locally as VT, is an impressive maze of infrastructure, noise and people. Anywhere from 3.3 to 4.5 million pass through VT, and this masterpiece of Indo-Gothic architecture anchors a suburban rail system that ferries 8 million people daily.

If you travel to Mumbai, a quick stop at VT / Chhatrapati Shivaji is a must. It is a microcosm of what India is all about: the smells, noise, people, bustle sum up a country and its largest city, on the move, and despite challenges, is moving forward.

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VT is one of greatest Indo-Gothic architectural masterpieces in Mumbai

 

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The VT exits to an exciting, overwhelming and congested Mumbai

 

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The taxi queues at VT are endless

 

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VT is one of the world's busiest yet loneliest cities

 

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In the early afternoon VT is relatively quiet

 

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus stares above the masses

 

 

 

 

 

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.