The home of Bollywood and Indian wealth; Mumbai is India’s most important city and the 14th largest city in the World. This massive city also has the highest GDP of any nation in South, West and Central Asia. As a result, this metropolis is called home by a vast array of different people from many different backgrounds and cultures. A true melting pot; a visit here will immerse you deep into a chaotic world, full of excitement and new experiences.
When it comes to planning a trip anywhere – let alone Mumbai – it is hard to know where to start. What follows is a comprehensive guide for your trip to this remarkable city; here you will learn everything you need to make that trip. Whether you want a relaxing family getaway or an exciting adventure Mumbai will give you the experience you desire.
As with any large city, Mumbai has a plethora of options for spending your time in the evening; and as with any city you’re not familiar with this range of choice can be very daunting. So the list that follows contains our recommendations for the best places to party when the Sun goes down in this city.
The Blue Frog
The Blue Frog features an exciting calendar of national and international musicians, DJs and comedy acts that grace its stage. The drinks menu is thorough and you won’t pay ridiculous prices here, the cocktails in particular go down a treat. If you wish to spend the evening here, we strongly recommended booking a pod; these are normally in high demand so book early.
Leopold’s Cafe & Bar
A visit to Mumbai would be wasted without an evening spent relaxing at Leopold’s Café & Bar. It is an iconic institution that has been operating since 1871; expect to find students, backpackers and anyone looking for a cheap drink. Inspired by Parisian cafes Leopold’s is a fitting juxtaposition to while away the midnight hours.
If you fancy a truly relaxing evening then we heartily recommend Indigo; this famous Mumbai restaurant hosts a wide variety of evening events with great DJs providing the tunes that get Mumbai going. Found in the centre of the city the ambiance here is exceptional and provides a candlelit and homely vibe.
For an authentic British feel why not try out Geoffery’s; This British pub has beer on draught and a décor that could fool you into thinking that you are really in London. The location is great and is in easy reach of the major hotels, and perfectly located near the cricket ground should you need any refreshment after a game.
Best Time to Visit Mumbai
It never truly gets cold in Mumbai, with 15 degrees Celsius being the lowest you can expect during winter months. It is best to avoid the area around the months of June to September as the monsoon season tends to make travel hard. We recommend exploring Mumbai from October to March when you can expect to find the temperatures nice and warm and the humidity low. The temperature here is generally always around 30 degrees Celsius. If you want to experience Mumbai’s culture at its finest then you should consider visiting around January and February when festivals and fairs bring the place to life.
Getting Around: Transport in Mumbai
Finding a taxi in Mumbai is easy as they are painted black and yellow. We recommend using taxis whenever possible as they are cheap and convenient. When traveling via taxi then be sure to understand the area that you want to reach as the drivers navigate by landmarks and not street names.
CST is one of the busiest train stations in India so plan carefully if you need to use this form of transport at any time. Travelling at rush hour is not recommended as it normally gets chaotically busy during these times. Mumbai Metro is an evolving project that is due for full completion in 2021, so use it when you can but be aware that it does not offer comprehensive coverage of the city.
“Transportation is great here. Trains have an amazing connectivity. Buses are also good. The best thing to do is to get the first class train pass as it’s economical, yet not too crowded. Learn to read 1 to 9 in Hindi numbers, this helps in finding bus numbers.”