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

Western Suburbs
ISKCON Temple featuring a temple or place of worship as well as a small group of people

Western Suburbs

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Cafés

3.5/5(256 reviews)

Beaches, seaside views and relaxing spas are just a few top things to explore in Western Suburbs. A visit to Juhu Beach or Mt. Mary Church might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Chakala Metro Station or Airport Road Station to get around town.

Powai
Mumbai featuring a sporting event

Powai

Known for Lakes, Gardens, Nature

4.5/5(14 reviews)

You'll enjoy the churches and gardens in Powai. You might want to make time for a stop at Powai Lake or Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

Bandra West
Mt. Mary Church showing a church or cathedral and heritage elements

Bandra West

Known for Sea, Cathedrals, Churches

Bandra West is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Mt. Mary Church and Linking Road while you're in town.

Colaba
Gateway of India which includes heritage architecture and heritage elements

Colaba

Known for Dining, Romantic, Castles

4/5(50 reviews)

The ample dining options and beautiful seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Colaba. A stop by Gateway of India or Colaba Causeway might round out your trip.

Vashi
Vashi, Navi Mumbai, India
trover photo by Letticia Albert

Vashi

Known for Skyscrapers, Natural Parks, Friendly People

3.5/5(8 reviews)

Bars and parks are just a few things travellers like about Vashi. A stop by Inorbit Mall is also recommended if you've got time to explore the area.

Marine Drive
Marine Drive as well as a large group of people

Marine Drive

Known for Sea, Friendly People, Dining

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Walk along the Queen’s Necklace to spot architectural wonders, enjoy coastal views and experience the carnival-like atmosphere of one of Mumbai’s most-loved beaches.

Top hotels in Mumbai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Niranta Airport Transit Hotel & Lounge Terminal 2 Arrivals
Niranta Airport Transit Hotel & Lounge Terminal 2 Arrivals
4 out of 5
Terminal 2 , Landside Terminal, CSI Airport, Sahar, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Rs7,999
per night
15 Nov-16 Nov

Located in Vile Parle East, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from MIDC Industrial Estate and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Phoenix Market City Mall. Powai Lake and Sanjay ...

4/5Very Good! (681 reviews)

"When I check out, the staff said I was short paid . He requested me to pay INR400 more. I checked with my booking and confirmed I have paid the full payment. I think it is not good. Then, I asked the staff to give me invoice. he refused to provide and said I need to get it from Expedia. Will you ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019

Niranta Airport Transit Hotel & Lounge Terminal 2 Arrivals
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
Rs8,170
per night
6 Dec-7 Dec

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,013 reviews)

"Location is good close to airport The leisure services are excellent, pool sauna jacuzzi Breakfast good Dinner was ok The satff are really helpful and accommodating and courteous Will return if I get a good deal"…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Grand Hyatt Mumbai Hotel and Serviced Apartments
The Leela Mumbai
The Leela Mumbai
5 out of 5
Sahar, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Rs8,000
per night
22 Nov-23 Nov

This family-friendly Mumbai hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Powai Lake and Sanjay Gandhi National Park. University of Mumbai and Mt. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (805 reviews)

"Nice pool, bar and spa. Staff were good. Club lounge was good"…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019

The Leela Mumbai

Popular things to do in Mumbai

Gateway of India
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Gateway of India

4.5/5(91 reviews)

An architectural wonder that showcases the artistic talents of the British Raj and is the entranceway to the fascinating neighborhoods of south Mumbai.

Mt. Mary Church
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Mt. Mary Church

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Discover centuries of history, impressive Gothic architecture, exquisite murals and magnificent views of the Arabian Sea at this hilltop church.

Elephanta Caves
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Elephanta Caves

3.5/5(17 reviews)

Explore a maze of ancient rock-cut cave temples, spot intricately carved statues of Hindu gods and enjoy striking sunsets over Mumbai’s city center.

Hanging Gardens
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Hanging Gardens

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Relax amid the picturesque confines of this peaceful park, spot interesting hedge sculptures and enjoy sweeping views of one of Mumbai’s most-loved beaches.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum

4/5(15 reviews)

Exhibits of Asian artifacts, decorative arts, paintings, sculptures and taxidermy are housed within the halls of a beautiful Indo-Saracenic palace.

Girgaun Chowpatty
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Girgaun Chowpatty

3.5/5(12 reviews)

Visit one of Mumbai’s most-loved beaches, which is famous for its fairground attractions and fortunetellers, sunsets, street food and a celebration of Lord Ganesh.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Mumbai

How to Spend a Weekend in Mumbai, India
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How to Spend a Weekend in Mumbai, India

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