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 artifacts 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

The Leela Mumbai
The Leela Mumbai
5 out of 5
Sahar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400059
The price is ₹11,500 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb
₹11,500
per night
10 Feb - 11 Feb
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Mumbai. Enjoy free parking, 4 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,016 reviews)
"The staff were outstanding they couldn’t do enough, excellent service"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2023

The Leela Mumbai
Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
5 out of 5
Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400 001
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ₹18,500 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar
₹18,500
per night
1 Mar - 2 Mar
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Mumbai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 10 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,024 reviews)
"Wonderful and restful. Staff were incredible and anticipated before being asked. Security was courteous, very thorough but low key."

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2023

Taj Mahal Tower, Mumbai
Trident Bandra Kurla Mumbai
Trident Bandra Kurla Mumbai
5 out of 5
C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400 051
The price is ₹12,250 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
₹12,250
per night
7 Mar - 8 Mar
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Mumbai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (788 reviews)
"A good hotel if you want to do something in BKC area like going for US visa."

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2023

Trident Bandra Kurla 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.
Landmark Asia Serviced Apartments
Landmark Asia Serviced Apartments
3 out of 5
Ashok Nagar Building Complex, Old Military Road, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai, Mahrashtra, 400072
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Mumbai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
3.2/5 (19 reviews)
Not a service apartment.l
"The apartment listing does say it has a kitchen — but has no stove or cookware. Only a microwave with some serving dishes. The place advertises itself as a service apartment which by definition means “ A serviced apartment will include a full sized, fully equipped kitchen, enabling you to prepare ..."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2021

Landmark Asia Serviced Apartments
Theory9 Premium Serviced Apartments Bandra
Theory9 Premium Serviced Apartments Bandra
3 out of 5
193 Turner Rd St, Martins Rd, Opp Rolex Showroom, Bandra West, Mumbai, MH, 400050
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Mumbai. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and dry cleaning or laundry services. Popular attractions Linking ...
2.5/5 (2 reviews)
"Quite a good location with friendly staff, but it was noisy at night particularly if you have one of the rooms at the front of the hotel."

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2023

Theory9 Premium Serviced Apartments Bandra
Mumbai House Luxury Apartment
Mumbai House Luxury Apartment
3 out of 5
Station Road, Mumbai, MH, 400055
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Mumbai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Popular attractions Linking Road and NMIMS Mumbai ...
3.5/5 Good! (2 reviews)
"Good and Minus Points - 1) location was extremely good, 2) Food was very nice, 3) Average services. Minus Points - 1) Dirty Washing Machines, 2) School building is located next to this service apartment, Very noisy 3) Late night ground staff and service staff was very rude 5) Reception phone not ..."

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2022

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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