Mumbai City Guide
Formerly Bombay, Mumbai is the city of dreams and is the financial capital of India. It is the city of glamour and a home for the Bollywood fraternity and a life support of the Hindi cinema here in India. You can explore India’s best nightlife in Mumbai. Mumbai is one of India’s largest software producers and is the central city for industries ranging from textiles to petrochemicals.
How to Get There
Mumbai’s International and domestic flight terminals both are named after Chhatrapathi Shivaji and it is a gateway to the South India. The International terminal is 4 km away from the domestic terminal. It has foreign exchange counter, Tourist office, Hotel reservation counter and 24-hour pre-paid taxi facilities to take care of foreign visitors. The domestic terminal also has foreign exchange counter, ticket counters and a restaurant. One thing to be aware of is that the domestic flights of Air India take off from the International airport.
There are numerous options for a stay in Mumbai, ranging from budget to mid-range and luxury hotels. Mumbai lifestyle is exuberant when compared to rest of the urban India. The cost of living is quite high and so the prices of mid-range hotels may also seem expensive. But it should not pose a problem, as the choices are abundant suiting your budget. For reasonably priced accommodation you can check out Hotel Harbour View, Garden Hotel, Fariyas Hotel, Hotel Diplomat and Hotel Ascot are some options. And if you crave of comfort and luxury you switch to Hotel Taj Mahal, The Oberoi, Gordon House Hotel and Le Royal Meridian or there is The Orchid, Marine plaza and Leela Kempinski are an absolute bliss.
Sights to See
The Gateway of India at the Mumbai harbour is an amazing arch that leads to Elephant caves island. These famous caves have rock carvings of Hindu deities.
There Is Haji Ali mosque that is located off the coast, it has the tomb of Haji; a Muslim saint and was built during the 19th century. You can also visit Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangharalaya, which is Mumbai biggest museums and displays Hindu, Muslim and British architecture from all over India.
The Chhatrapathi Shivaji Railway terminus is a heritage building buzzing with crowd. The Juhu and the Chowpatty beach are good for a stroll. Marine drive is a place to go for perfect sunset view. Colaba is the main shopping area for tourists.
Where to Eat
You can fill your stomach at Leopold café and bar, which is very popular and even Café Churchill, is not a bad idea. For snacks and sweets visits Kailash Parbath. Delhi Durbar is good for Muglai and Tandoori, Tendulkar’s and Basilico serve European cuisine. Sanuk Oriental is good for Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian food.
Entertainment & Nightlife
You can dance all night with Bollywood actors at Insomnia at the Taj Mahal hotel. Athena attracts Mumbai’s young crowd. Not Just Jazz By the Bay is the popular Jazz club of Mumbai. To watch Hindi and English play you can visit the Prithvi Theatre and National centre for the performing arts. Or you can simply indulge in horseracing at Mahalaxmi Racecourse.
When to Go
Mumbai sweats with humidity all through the year. You can visit the city anytime of the year except for the rainy season; Mumbai literally drowns in the months of June-September.
Ajantha and Ellora caves are close to Mumbai that you can visit via Aurangabad.
And you can also visit the Hill stations at Poona, just about 6 hours journey from Mumbai.