India’s financial powerhouse, Mumbai offers travellers a heady mix of shopping arcades, nightclubs, theatre, music, gourmet restaurants and numerous sightseeing options. The Koli fisherfolk were the original inhabitants of Mumbai (formerly Bombay), comprising of seven swampy islands. The city of Mumbai in Maharashtra also offers visitors a bunch of touristy beaches along the shores of the Arabian Sea. Today, thousands and thousands of fortune-seekers flock to the city of Mumbai as they call it the ‘City of Dream’. On the one hand, you have the glitz and glamour of Mumbai to soak up. On the other, the city also reminds you of the British Era; the Victorian townscape is still quite much visible. During your trip to Mumbai, you can also participate in the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, celebrated with much pomp and show.
Climate & Best time to Visit Mumbai
Each season in Mumbai carries a unique charm. The climate in Mumbai remains pleasant throughout the year, with temperatures remaining constant (around mid 20s) during winters (November to February) and mid 30’s during summers (March to June). Monsoon season arrives in July and the city is lashed by heavy rainfall. Although the best time to visit Mumbai are the months between October and March, the place can be visited throughout the year.
Major Tourist Attractions in Mumbai
In Mumbai, sightseeing is fun and makes a lot if sense. There is a good variety in terms of tourist attractions in Mumbai as well. You have to visit monuments, museums, beaches, tombs, cave and even hill stations. Some major tourist attractions in Mumbai are as follows.
Gateway of India
Over the years the gateway of India has become synonymous with Mumbai. The monument was built in the year 1911 to celebrate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to Mumbai. It was here that the last of the British troops departed from after India’s independence. The surrounding area makes an excellent picnic and hangout spot.
Popularly known as V T, the head quarters of the Peninsular Railway Company was designed by F W Stevens. Opened for public in 1887, the site is listed as one of the top 200 heritage monuments on the planet.
Chowpatty beach is one of the most popular places in the city which starts to teem with life every evening. People from all over Mumbai come here for leisure and enjoyment. While on a visit to the place, do not miss out on a spicy treat of ‘bhel puri’ (a local dish).
The marine drive runs along the sea from Nariman Point to the Malabar Hills. A most favored long drive, it is an ideal place to watch the sunset.
Nine kilometers from the Gateway of India, the Elephanta caves, situated on the Elephanta islands are a group of ancient rock cut caves dating back to the sixth century. The caves here house Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
Just a few kilometers away from the din and bustle of Mumbai lies Matheran. Calm and serene, Matheran promises a refreshing break for the nature starved urban soles. Enjoy a beautiful view of sunset from the hills or just take a quite walk by the lake side, there is a unique charm in every aspect of life at Matheran.
Lonavala is a famous hill station located just 120 km from Mumbai. Ideal as a weekend getaway, the place is bestowed with numerous gifts by mother nature, being adorned with placid lakes, lush greenery and gurgling streams of water descending from the hills.
Popular Shopping Centres in Mumbai
Mumbai has a number of shopping locales where you can shop for everything from local hand made stuff to international brands. Places like Chor Bazaar, Zaveri Bazaar, Crawford Market and Bandra promise you an unforgettable experience while improving your bargaining skills. Some of the must buys include antiques, jewellery, leather goods and wooden articles.
Dining Out in Mumbai
Some of the best multi cuisine restaurants in Mumbai include Aangan The Restaurant (Vashi), Bagicha (Juhu), Delhi Darbar (Andheri), Desire (Vile Parle), Grass Hopper (Vile Parle), Jewel of India (Worli) and Just Kababs (Colaba).
Nightlife in Mumbai
If you are a late-night freak and love to party, Mumbai is the place. As soon as night begins to fall, Mumbai seems to acquire a brand new persona. The city has countless nightclubs where you can shake a leg and sway your hips to popular western music. The suburbs of Colaba, Juhu and Bandra have come up with a number of nightclubs. Your concierge will provide you the complete update about where you can go and enjoy your nightlife in Mumbai.
Mumbai Travel (Airport/Railway/Road) Information
By Air : Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport is located just 29 km from the city centre. A number of international airlines ply regularly to Mumbai from countries all over the world such as Canada, France, Mauritius, Britain, Egypt, Japan etc. The domestic airport is located at santacruz in northern Mumbai. The major domestic flight carriers operating services to all major Indian cities include Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara and Air Deccan.
By Rail : Mumbai is an important railway station of both the western and central railways. Local trains, which can be boarded from Churchgate station connect almost every locality in Mumbai and are the best means of local travel (though the tourists should avoid travelling by local trains during peak hours when these things can get extremely crowded). The interstate trains can be boarded from Mumbai Central Station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (VT) with computerised ticket booking system installed at both these locations.
By Road : The entire state of Maharashtra has a well built and well maintained network of metalled roads that connect the city with other major neighbouring cities. Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation operates deluxe and standard buses to all the neighbouring cities in and outside the state including Pune, Gujarat, Goa and Andhra Pradesh. The main inter state bus stand of the city is located just outside the Mumbai Central Railway Station.
Local Transport : There are various means to travel across various destinations inside the city, which include BEST (one of the largest bus networks in the country) that also provides you with the added excitement of travelling in double decker buses. Besides, metered taxis and auto-rickshaws are easily available to travel across the city and its suburbs, which are easily recognized by their unique black and yellow colour. Cars are also available for hire, although you will need a valid international license to drive in Mumbai.
Distance from Mumbai to Major Cities
Ahmedabad : 545 Km
Aurangabad : 403 Km
Delhi : 1407 Km
Panaji : 593 Km
Pune : 163 Km
Surat : 263 Km
Location : Maharashtra
Tourist Attractions : Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, Chowpatty Beach
Best time to Visit : October to March
STD Code : (91) – 22