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Mumbai
Travel Guide

Mumbai showing general coastal views, boating and a beach

Prepare your senses for India’s entertainment and commercial centre, where Bollywood films are made and East and West cultures come together in an exotic blend.

Mumbai, on India’s west coast, is one of the largest cities in the world. Previously known as Bombay, Mumbai was once a series of small towns scattered over several islands before it was occupied by the Portuguese, and then later the British. The creeks and rivers separating the islands were filled in. Today Mumbai is the centre of India’s entertainment and finance industries, drawing people from all over the country and beyond.

As you make your way along the bustling streets, admire the architecture, feel the buzz of urban multiculturalism and shop at markets that offer everything from food to fabric. See colonial buildings in the Colaba region where you’ll find the Gateway of India, built from 1911 to 1924 to commemorate the first Indian visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Another impressive architectural feature is the Gothic-Revival Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station.

To properly appreciate the diversity of the city, visit some of its many religious sites, which come in all shapes, sizes and denominations. Highlights include the Mumba Devi temple, the Haji Ali mosque and St. Thomas Cathedral.

Go for a stroll down Marine Drive to see art deco buildings and great views of the Arabian Sea. This is also one of the best places to watch the sun go down — and the city light up.

Take a break from Mumbai’s bustle at the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill. Explore farther afield with a trip to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (previously known as Borivindi National Park), where you’ll find walking trails and the Kanheri Caves.

Brush up on your Indian history and culture at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, also known as the Bombay Museum. The building itself is impressive enough, but inside you’ll find an equally remarkable collection of art, architecture and natural history exhibits.

Art lovers should also check out the excellent collections at the National Gallery of Modern Art and at the Jehangir Art Gallery.

See industrial and historical artefacts from across India at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum.

Mumbai is a metropolis with enough to see and do to last a lifetime. An engrossing history and a remarkable mixture of cultures give this city a character and charm like nowhere else.

Where to stay in Mumbai

Sofitel Mumbai BKC Hotel
Sofitel Mumbai BKC Hotel
5 out of 5
C-57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
The price is Rs3,800 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Bandra Kurla Complex and U.S. Consulate General. MMRDA Grounds and Phoenix ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (738 reviews)
"Everything was good.."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

Sofitel Mumbai BKC Hotel
Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Serviced Apartments
Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Serviced Apartments
5 out of 5
Bandra Kurla Complex vicinity, Off Western Express Highway, Vakola, Mumbai, Maharashtra
The price is Rs4,400 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Bandra Kurla Complex and U.S. Consulate General. MMRDA Grounds and Juhu ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)
"Excellent hotel Near to US consulate"

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2021

Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Serviced Apartments
Taj Santacruz
Taj Santacruz
5 out of 5
Chhatrapati Shivaji Intl. Airport, Domestic Terminal, Santacruz East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
The price is Rs4,250 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Located in Vile Parle East, this luxury hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Juhu Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from MIDC Industrial Estate. Bandra Kurla Complex is 3.6 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (264 reviews)
"The service from stepping in to the Hotel to leaving was just catered perfectly and individualized just for the family. As we were traveling from out of country both the little ones had gotten ill yet they were extremely helpful and provided everything that was needed. They accommodated our early ..."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Taj Santacruz
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Byke Studio Apartment
The Byke Studio Apartment
3 out of 5
Saibaba Vihar Complex., Anand Nagar, Thane, Maharashtra
The price is Rs2,231 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Located in Thane West, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Sanjay Gandhi National Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Tikuji-ni-Wadi. Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Park ...
3.7/5Good! (6 reviews)
Acceptable if you have a clean around yourself
"You get what you pay for very nice place if they only cleaned properly, dated and sheets and towels are old and thin but in saying that they change them everyday and supply toiletries...very infested with mosquitoes as it is the season. Some language barriers hard to get a truthful reply they just ..."

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

The Byke Studio Apartment
Lalco Residency
Lalco Residency
4 out of 5
Kalpataru Estate, Jogeshwari Vikhroli, Link Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai, Maharashtra
The price is Rs3,780 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
This family-friendly Mumbai aparthotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone and NESCO Center. ...
3.6/5Good! (57 reviews)
Good place
"pretty good place, nice and clean. Would recommend"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Lalco Residency
Mumbai House Luxury Apartment
Mumbai House Luxury Apartment
3 out of 5
Station Road, Mumbai, MH
The price is Rs3,666 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
Located in Santacruz, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Linking Road, Juhu Beach and University of Mumbai. Bandra Kurla Complex and U.S. Consulate ...
Mumbai House Luxury Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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