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

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

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
N18 58 0.012 E72 56 8.988

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

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
+91 22 2279 5500

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
+91 22 2284 4484

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
+91 22 2282 8185

O:h Cha (Thai)

This kooky but cool Thai restaurant has caused quite a stir in Mumbai for its energetic presentation of classic recipes and spicy street food. Its dining room is cavernous, but from its paddy field-inspired astroturf walls to its bamboo-cage lanterns, there are enough warm touches to make you want to linger.

Mathurda Mills Compound
Senapati Bapat Marg
Lower Parel
+91 22 6633 4455

The Table (International)

Offering global cuisine with a fresh San Francisco influence, The Table has been lauded as one of the best restaurants in the whole of India. With its western decor and eclectic menu (from Korean barbecue beef to mac and cheese), you feel like you could be anywhere, if not for the Gateway of India nearby.

Ground floor
Kalapesi Trust Building
Opposite Dhanraj Mahal
Apollo Bunder Marg
+ 91 22 2282 5000

Dome (International)

Gazing out across the ocean from the rooftop of the InterContinental Hotel, it’s easy to forget the buzz of the city behind you. At Dome you can enjoy a small selection of light bites, such as sushi and spring rolls, all of which are almost as satisfying as the incredible view.

InterContinental Marine Drive
135 Marine Drive
+92 22 3987 9999

Ziya by Vineet Bhatia (Modern Indian)

Modern Indian cuisine doesn’t get much better than this. Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia – of London’s Rasoi fame – adds a sophisticated contemporary touch to some of India’s traditional and best-loved recipes. The restaurant itself has a plush yet understated dining room with sweeping ocean views beyond Marine Drive.

The Oberoi
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road
Nariman Point
+91 22 6632 5757

Indigo (Indo-European)

Indigo occupies a restored colonial bungalow within easy walking distance from the Gateway of India. It’s the brainchild of Chef Rahul Akerkar, who learned his trade in New York before returning to India to set up Colaba. Look out for the stunning rooftop dining area.

4 Mandlik Road
+91 22 6636 8999

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
+91 80 8023 4066

The Oberoi

One of Mumbai’s most celebrated hotels, The Oberoi has a prime location overlooking the Arabian Sea, and a reputation for excellence. Its rooms are suitably plush, the spa offers a wide range of luxurious treatments, and the restaurants are among some of Mumbai’s best (try the cookery class).

The Oberoi
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road
Nariman Point
+91 22 6632 5757

Le Sutra

India’s first art hotel, Le Sutra brought together a group of artists and designers to create a truly vibrant space across three eclectic floors, each one themed according to Hindu principles and mythology. The rooms are relaxing, and the day spa will rejuvenate even the weariest traveller.

14 Union Park
Khar (W)
Pali Hill
+91 22 6642 0025

Executive Enclave

Sometimes you need a clean, unfussy hotel with seamless service and a comfortable bed, and this place ticks all the boxes. But it’s the convenient location in lively, fashionable Bandra that really makes this an excellent choice. Survey the neighbourhood from the excellent rooftop lounge and terrace, and go explore.

No 331
Dr Ambedkar Road
Pali Hill
Bandra (W)
+91 22 6696 9000

Taj Mahal Palace

Located opposite the Gateway of India, overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Taj Mahal Palace has been setting the standard for service, comfort and style in Mumbai since 1903. The beautiful domed building has welcomed a host of dignitaries and famous people, and boasts 560 grand rooms, a lavish ballroom and a haul of fascinating memorabilia.

Apollo Bunder
+91 22 6665 3366

Svenska Design Hotels

A contrast from the chaotic city outside, this Scandinavian-inspired concept is an exercise in pure minimalism. But don’t worry, despite its lack of clutter, it’s packed with technological essentials such as high-speed Wi-Fi, iPads, Wii consoles and Sony PS3s. There’s also a pool, a health centre and a 24-hour butler and concierge service.

SAB TV Road, Off Link Road
Andheri West
Gundavali Gaothan
Andheri East
+91 22 4431 0000

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