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Mumbai
Travel Guide

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs4,400 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

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! (728 reviews)

"Everything was good.."…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

Sofitel Mumbai BKC Hotel
Taj Lands End
Taj Lands End
5 out of 5
Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Bandstand, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
The price is Rs6,000 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mt. Mary Church and Lilavati Hospital. Bandra Kurla Complex and Juhu Beach ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (748 reviews)

"A very pleasant stay. The in-room dining prices are a bit on the higher side. But overall great property."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2021

Taj Lands End
Hyatt Regency Mumbai
Hyatt Regency Mumbai
5 out of 5
Sahar Airport Road, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
The price is Rs4,038 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of MIDC Industrial Estate and Phoenix Market City Mall. KidZania Mumbai and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (877 reviews)

"Great Stay."…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

Hyatt Regency Mumbai
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.
Mumbai House Luxury Apartment
Mumbai House Luxury Apartment
3 out of 5
Station Road, Mumbai, MH
The price is Rs2,352 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

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
Lalco Residency
Lalco Residency
4 out of 5
Kalpataru Estate, Jogeshwari Vikhroli, Link Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai, Maharashtra
The price is Rs4,500 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

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
Apartment In Mumbai City Centre
Apartment In Mumbai City Centre
2.5 out of 5
Bldg No 1 Flat No 11 Vivekanand Society, 2nd flr, Mahim West, Hinduja Hosp., Mumbai, Maharashtra
The price is Rs3,200 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

Located in Dadar, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre and Shivaji Park. St. Michael's Church ...

2.8/5 (4 reviews)

"Owner of the property is very arrogant and non cooperative person"…"

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2018

Apartment In Mumbai City Centre
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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Reviews of Mumbai

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Not very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2020

Don't be put of by the crazy traffic in Mumbai, for me it is what creates part of its character.

4/5 - Good

Oli

2 Mar 2020

Mumbai is a city of contrasts. It is certainly not for the faint hearted traveller. The cheapest way to get around the city is by train, taxis are cheap too, you can use Uber. Everyone is friendly and most will understand English.

4/5 - Good

Mark

10 Feb 2020

Better air and cleaner than delhi, but crazy traffic

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

Over crowded, pollution is rife, very noisy, chaotic roads, unbelievable contrast between rich and poor areas (which are sometimes right next to each other), a lot of uncomfortable stares and asks for selfies just because of our skin colour...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Feb 2020

People in Mumbai were quite nice. That is what I liked best about the city. However, it is an expensive city.

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