Suggestively located, the iconic Gateway of India overlooks the Arabic Sea and dominates the port with its majestic figure. Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in the 1911, it is now a major draw for tourists thanks to the lively atmosphere that buzzes with vendors and street food.
Once the Crawford Market was located between the British fort and the local town, built in 1869. It is more a throwback to a Victorian market than modern day India. The friezes on the exterior walls and the stone fountains in the interior are designed by Lockyard Kipling, father to Rudyard Kipling. Gobs of fresh fruit and vegetables are sold here including ‘smuggled’ chocolate and cheese.
Being a polluted metropolis, Mumbai is certainly not renowned for crystal-water beaches and white sand. Chowpatty Beach more than an idyllic place, is a gathering point that, with its myriad stalls, offers delicious street food and a buzzing atmosphere. At sunset, people flock down the quaint coastline that transforms itself into an open-air fair with pony rides, fortune tellers and local snacks.
Located in the heart of Mumbai, The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple honors Lord Ganesh, the most revered god within the whole of India. Dating back to the 1800s, it features majestic altars and the idol of Shree Siddhivinayak carved out of a single black stone.
In the western outskirts of Mumbai, the stunning Kanheri Caves are laid in the middle of the majestic Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Carved out of rock mountains and with an history that dates back to the first century BC, they are existing proof of the Buddhist influence on India. The surrounding forest is also spectacular, featuring an area full of waterfalls and local flora.
An evocative view stretches upon the horizon, workers bent over piles of clothes and a pungent scent of soap mixed with smoke - Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest laundromat, is still a reality in Mumbai. Thousand of clothes pass through the 700 stone washing platforms everyday and are quaintly hanged on intricate dry lines, in a colorful show that is one of a kind.
Located on Elephanta Island, the 5th-8th century ancient caves represent a perfect solution for a day trip. The network of rock-carved caves is an important world heritage site, boasting magnificent sculptures and architectural wonders. Associated to the cult of Lord Shiva, it is a place where the peace of the senses reaches a whole new level.
Situated on a small hill in the southern part of the city, Malabar Hill represents the most extraordinary vantage in central Mumbai. Surrounded by upmarket residential areas, it is home to the ruins of the world heritage Walkeshwar Temple that, with its almost a thousand years, is one of the most ancient temples in town. The popular Baganga Festival of Music is usually held here in January.
Architect of a form of non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi was a spiritual and political leader whose influence stirred a nation, if not the world. The Gandhi Museum, once house of the man who defined modern India, now preserves his spirit, showing, every now and again, films about Gandhi and his speeches and guarding a library partly dedicated to his prominence.
Inspired by the most revered figure of Jawaharlal Nehru, prime minister and leader of the Indian Independence movement, this diverse artistic hub consists of a Planetarium and a permanent exhibition that covers every aspect of India´s development and culture. Committed to promoting emerging artists, it also displays new talents, aiming to inspire new generations of young Indians. Special arrangements are made to watch, study and photograph solar and lunar eclipses, and many similar events.
Located just behind Victoria Terminus, the largest GPO in India was completed in 1913. The imposing edifice is the template for the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and includes high vaulted ceilings and marble topped tables in the interior. It is certainly well worth a visit.
The Iskcon Temple is a beautiful temple that honors the Lord of Krishna. It is to be found within a short walk from Juhu Beach and it fascinates tourists with its peaceful, holy atmosphere. Located in the so called Harekishna Land, it represents a great escapade from the chaos of the city center.
Authentic North Indian food with an excellent selection of lamb dishes, the Food Inn offers an intimate venue and a pleasant atmosphere, the ideal solution for a perfect dinner experience. Indulge on their beautifully cooked Mutton Afghani, the tender meat is an explosion of flavors.
The authentic Goan food is brought to a whole new level at the New Martins, serving basic options but certainly delicious. Among the thousand of positive aspects just be aware, it does get busy and if you don't want to fight over a table with the crowd of tourists, make sure you pop in before the lunchtime rush.
The Leopold Café & Bar has been around since 1871, and it is appropriate to say that it is still kicking. The conveniently located bar boasts a fine selection of brews accompanied by a spectacular view, offering a wide variety of dishes from the Indian tradition to continental specialties.
Located at the elegant Renaissance Hotel, Nawab Saheb is a feast for kebab and curry lovers. The upscale restaurant boasts finely decorated interiors and excellent service, providing superb Indian regional cuisine aiming to constantly exceeding expectations.
Elegantly located in Mumbai's downtown, the Thai Pavillian creates unique exotic dishes, combining premium ingredients with great passion in catering to their guests' needs and the highest standards. Impeccable service complements the experience, offering excellence all year round.
A great variety of dishes and an intimate atmosphere, Out of The Blue is a cozy restaurant where dim-lights and soft music create a delightful and romantic atmosphere. Choose between vegetarian food, pasta, risotto, barbecue dishes and mock-tails, guests are often entertained by stand up comedians and concerts, making Out of the Blue a must-do in town.
Terrific vibes and hip interiors, featuring walls painted by Mario Miranda which suggestively describe the history of Mumbai, Cafe Mondegar represents one of the coolest hangout in town. An old-fashioned jukebox lightens up the atmosphere, recreating an evocative retro scene.
A menu with timeless European flavours, Salt Water Café offers their guests everything from breakfast, lunch to dinner. They even have their own in-house bakery and mouth-watering desserts and baked goods can be ordered such as hazelnut mousse, hot chocolate fondant, Danish pastry and chocolate fudge cookie.
A traditional English pub with a great selection of whiskeys, The Barking Deer Brew Pub offers a relaxing solution after a hectic day. Perfect for playing board games, it features tasty pub food that ranges from burgers to little bites along with plentiful choices of draft beers.
Ready to be the queen/king of the dance-floor? Rock Bottom's spacious venue is just waiting to be discovered, offering some chill-out areas as well as a VIP lounge and DJs spinning hip tunes till the early hours. Bollywood, house or progressive music, get your dancing shoes ready, everything you need is at Rock Bottom.
Located on the 34th floor of the Four Season Hotel, Aer Lounge boasts a sweeping view of the city and the sea, offering a chic location to grab a bite or a drink while listening to the catchy tunes of the DJ. The popular Happy Hour is an event not to be missed, with great deals on cocktails and champagne.
One of the most happening clubs in Mumbai, Royalty is where the young and hip crowd of Mumbai is headed. The elegant interiors meet with upbeat tunes in a venue spread over 10.000 sq/feet, creating a vibrant and enjoyable atmosphere - the best Friday and Saturday night are indisputably at Royalty.
A perfectly located rooftop lounge, Breeze boasts one of the most staggering view of Mumbai. The wide selection of drinks is served with delicious Mediterranean cuisine, offering a service that is rigorously ten out of ten. Let yourself indulge in their snacks with a glass of good wine. Breeze is the ultimate rooftop experience.
A finely stocked bar and some of the most experienced experts in mixology, Vie Lounge has no shortage of options among cocktails, mocktails or liquors, featuring also an attentively selected wine list. Let yourself indulge on their delicacies, while the cozy venue and unique interiors create an extraordinary atmosphere.
More a throwback to a Victorian market than modern day India, Crawford Market mostly specializes on the freshest fruit and vegetables, although it offers every shade of India's products. The quaint building where it is located features scenes of Indian rural life and farmers on friezes designed by the artist John Kipling, as well as boasting Kipling’s Fountain inside the market itself.
Arm yourself with patience, at Colaba Causeway the quest for bargains never ends. From jewelry to books and from handicrafts to clothes and souvenirs, this popular road bustles with tourists and locals. Once your feet start aching, take a break at one of the pretty cafes along the way.
Closely resembling a flee market, at Chor Bazaar anything, from worthless second-hand merchandise to collectibles and antiques, can be found. Food vendors are a peculiarity of this buzzing street, offering a wide range of local food. Pop in on Friday, when Chor Bazaar houses an interesting street market.
A rambling Victorian style store, Khadi Village Industries Emporium has a long history and it is certainly the place to go for traditional Indian clothing. Is is also good for finding souvenirs, furniture and jewelry, and it is a favorite among travelers and locals.
A trendy market spread in over one kilometer of shops, Fashion Street is a shopping mecca. Offering every sort of clothes, souvenirs and knickknacks, it is an enjoyable solution for an afternoon of crazy bargaining or leisurely browsing through the merchandise. Besides, street food at the Fashion Street is a must-try.
Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport is the busiest airport in India. Expect it to take around 90 minutes to get into the city centre as the traffic can be very heavy. To get to the city centre you can either go by train, bus, rickshaw, taxi or by renting a car. The fastest way to reach the city is by train. The nearest station to the domestic terminal is Vile Parle and the nearest one to the international terminal is called Sahar. www.indianrailways.gov.in BEST buses provide bus services in the city and suburbs. From the domestic terminal you can take bus 312 to Vile Parle East and Andheri East. From the international terminal you can also take bus 312 to Vile Parle East, and number 308 will take you to Andheri East. www.bestundertaking.com You can also reach the city centre by a rickshaw by finding them at the domestic terminal. Taxis and car rental companies are available outside both the domestic and international terminals.
The city buses are run by BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) and, although being normally crowded, they are ideal for short journeys. To get around with public transport you must be acquainted to the system; if you are a tourist, it is advisable to plan your journey in advance. Tickets can be bought from the conductor on-board. The fastest way to get around the city is by train. The city has three different lines: Western Line, Central Main Line and Harbour Line.
There is no shortage of taxis in Mumbai and they can be easily found throughout the city. Taxis usually have meters, but watch out for those meters set on the previous fares and make sure your driver has a conversion card. Book my Cab: www.bookmycab.com Taxi for Sure: www.taxiforsure.com/mumbai-cabs
Numerous post offices are located throughout the city, making it easy to find places to buy stamps and to post letters. Letters can be posted at the letter boxes sparsely located within the city, easy to find thanks to their characteristic vivid red color. Government Post Office: GPO Building, Fort, Mumbai Post Office: Dadar East, Mumbai
Within the various pharmacies located in town, Noble Medicals is one of the leading pharmacy retails chains and can be found in 27 locations in Mumbai. Noble Medicals: Asha Parekh Hospital, S V Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai Sind Ayurvedic Pharmacy: 3, Anju Shopping Centre, Tilak Road, Mumbai Golden Chemist: Bharat Kunj Compound,West, Pheroz Shah Mehta Road, Santacruz East, Mumbai