Flights to Mumbai (BOM)

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Some call it the City of Dreams, others know it as Maximum City. Whatever you call it, once your flight to Mumbai lands, you’ll know exactly why you came – this is India’s economic dynamo, the home of Bollywood, a wealthy cosmopolitan metropolis where fortunes can be made and lives transformed.

It’s also a city packed with people striving for a better life. Mumbai is home to more than 21 million people. The city is crowded and chaotic, full of energy and hope, and always expanding. It’s come a long way since its early days as a group of seven islands inhabited by fisherfolk. Since then it’s been ruled by Hindu and Muslim dynasties. The Portuguese and the British have also left their mark.

Today, many visitors are drawn by Mumbai’s colonial architecture, while others come for its eclectic food scene, which features vibrant cheap eats from street vendors and high-end cuisines.

Colaba is the lively backpackers’ haven that’s home to the Gateway of India and the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel. But further afield there’s fashionable Bandra, the Queen of Suburbs, with its trendy lounges and restaurants; plus Juhu to the north, the Beverly Hills of Bollywood, where celebrities live in luxury beachfront apartments.

Rich or poor, the allure of Mumbai’s seafront is always strong. From Marine Drive to Chowpatty Beach and beyond, couples and families flock to admire the views of the bay at night. As they might tell you: there aren’t many better ways to end a day in Mumbai.

See the Gateway of India

One of India’s most famous buildings, the Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Completed in 1924, it has become a monument to the end of colonialism in India, and is a major tourist attraction.

Wellington Pier
Colaba
400001
mumbai.org.uk/gate-way-of-india

Breeze through the bazaars

For atmosphere, chaos, excitement and a great bargain or two, you can’t beat Mumbai’s bazaars. The 150-year-old Chor Bazaar, or Thieves’ Market, is a sprawling flea market offering everything from sacks of rice to antiques, while Crawford Market is housed in a grand colonial building, and is great for buying fruit and spices.

Crawford Market
Dhobi Talao, Fort
Maharashtra
400001
crawford-market.com

Explore Elephanta Island

One of Mumbai’s most important cultural sites, Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbour is home to a network of caves containing some of the most striking Hindu carvings in India. Highlights include the monumental statue of Mahesh Murti, and the Nataraja dancing Shiva statue. Boats to the island leave from the Gateway of India.

Path to caves
Gharapuri
400094
N18 58 0.012 E72 56 8.988
whc.unesco.org/en/list/244

Be a Bollywood star

Since Mumbai is the home of Bollywood, which churns out more than 700 movies each year, it’s the ideal place to catch a film – or better still, star in one. Visitors from abroad are always in great demand as extras, and sometimes all it takes is hanging around Colaba, looking cool, to be approached.

Colaba Causeway
Apollo Bandar
Colaba
400005

Catch some cricket at Wankhede Stadium

Cricket is not just a sport in Mumbai – it’s an obsession. If people aren’t talking about it or thinking about it, they’re playing it. In the streets or on the Azad Maidan opposite Victoria Terminus, you’ll see aspiring cricketers in action. Alternatively, watch a IPL (Indian Premier League) match at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.

Wankhede Stadium
D Road
Churchgate
400020
+91 22 2279 5500
iplt20.com/wankhede-stadium

Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum

Not only is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum packed with an incredible array of around 50,000 artefacts, the building itself is a treasure to behold. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style in 1915, it is set among acres of palm trees and pretty flowerbeds.

159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Kala Goda
400032
+91 22 2284 4484
facebook.com/CSMVS

Leopold Cafe

Established in 1871, this charming old favourite is a focal point for travellers, backpackers and locals in Colaba. Its fan-cooled dining room has a lively atmosphere, and at the end of a hard day’s sightseeing, it’s the perfect place to kick back and tell a few tales.

Shahid Bhagat Singh Road
Colaba Causeway
Maharashtra
+91 22 2282 8185
leopoldcafe.com

Abode Bombay

Abode, which calls itself ‘the ultimate anti-chain hotel’, is a 20-room boutique bolthole occupying a century-old building in Colaba. The place is lovingly kitted out in retro dark-wood furniture, the beds are comfy and the location is right in the middle of downtown, where all the action is.

1st Floor
Lansdowne House
M.B. Marg (near Regal Cinema)
Apollo Bunder
Colaba
400001
+91 80 8023 4066
abodeboutiquehotels.com

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