Flying to Mumbai? See what's beneath you!

View Delhi from the air with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Hidden Journeys


The Hidden Journeys Project aims to enliven the flying experience and transform it into a fascinating exploration of the people, places and environments thousands of metres below by providing inspiring information to air travellers about the parts of the world they fly over (


The latest guide to be released explores the fascinating landscapes of northwest India, covering the fort city of Alwar high in the Aravalli Mountains, the pristine Chambal River, the sacred Narmada River and tribal cultures of Thane along the flight path from Mumbai to Delhi.


India is experiencing one of the most remarkable economic transformations of any nation on Earth. At the heart of this economic evolution are the financial and cultural hubs of Mumbai and Delhi: two ancient cities, brimming with thousands of years of history which now represent a modern India.


However, this economic transformation is evident throughout the rest of the country far from the streets of Delhi and Mumbai. Along the rest of the flight path over northwest India are new environments, people and economies which have developed amongst traditional cultures.


For example as the Indian population’s thirst for electricity grows, the sub-continents many rivers have been dammed to generate hydroelectricity such as along the Narmada Valley. Amongst Thane, the most populated district in India just north of Mumbai, traditional Warli paintings adorn building as part of the ancient art form’s inclusion into current culture.




Railway Station, Bombay c. 1890 © RGS-IBG image by Clifron & Co. - The station is an iconic symbol of colonial architecture in Mumbai.


 Celebrating Mumbai © Nico Crisafulli - Mumbai celebrates many festivals from different cultures and is known for its colourful festivities.


Holi in Mumbai © Ravi Khemka -The city welcomes all cultures and festivals which are celebrated by all regardless of their religion.


Mumbai © USGS/EROS - Mumbai is the result of an extensive land reclamation project that joined seven islands together.


Jai Vilas Palace © Ajay Patil -The imposing Jai Vilas Palace in northern Thane District was built as a home for the Munke tribal royal family.



Alwar City Palace © RGS-IBG image by Sybil Sassoon - The opulent City Palace is now used as a museum and office space for government officials.


Alwar Fort Walls © Carlton Browne - The walls of Alwar Fort stretch across the Aravalli Hills, the worn-down peaks of the oldest mountain range in India.



Delhi © RGS-IBG - 1880 - A mosque and street scene at Delhi. Market stalls have lined Delhi's streets for centuries as locals sell food and handmade goods by the roadside.


Chandni Chowk, Delhi © Peter Rivera - The bright colours of a textile stall at Chandni Chowk market. India is famed for its colourful and highly desired fabrics.


Post courtesy of The Hidden Journeys Project


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