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Mumbai Tourist Guide

Mumbai Tourist Guide

Mumbai Tourist Guide
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    Starting from Rs 8999/- including 3 star hotel stay and Site seeing all major attaractions including gateway of india
  • Location: Maharashtra,India -400001
  • Altitude: 14 m
  • Longitude: 72.8777° E
  • Latitude: 19.0760° N
  • Nearest Airport: Sahara International Airport
  • Nearest Train Station: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station
  • How to reach: By Air: The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is one of the major airports of India that connects Mumbai to different corners of the globe like London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mauritius and many others. The Santacruz Domestic Airport is at a distance of 4 kilometers from the International Airport and is functional round the clock. Taxis, autos and buses are easily available from both the airports. By Rail: Bombay Central and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus are the two major railway stations that connect Mumbai with numerous cities in the country. Trains from Central, West and East India arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus while trains from North India arrive at the Bombay Central Station. By Road: Mumbai is connected to different cities of India with National Highway numbers 3, 4, 8, 9, 17 and 50. Interstate buses ply to Nashik, Pune, Gujarat, Mahableshwar, Goa, Aurangabad and Panchgani.
  • Season to Visit: Winter (November-February): The winter months are the most pleasant time to visit Mumbai with temperatures going to a minimum of 15 degrees Celsius. The daytime is perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Monsoon (June-October): This is a beautiful time to visit Mumbai when you can experience continuous rainfall and pleasant weather. This is an excellent time to plan weekend getaways from Mumbai to various hill stations such as Lonavala, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran and Igatpuri.

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Bollywood (Location: Film City is in Goregaon, in the western sub

Mumbai Tourist Guide

Travelling to a new place is always exciting but at the same time can be daunting especially if you are a first time traveller to that particular city. You might have too many questions in your mind, like what all do I see there? Where do I stay? Where do I eat? Where should I entertain myself? etc. Realising your hardships, at Holiday Travel, we have made an effort to compile the tourist guides for various cities. 

 

Mumbai Overview

A vast city like Mumbai has abundant to offer from museums to parks, from temples to beaches and from fine dines to casual bars. Therefore, Holiday Travel has curated a complete Mumbai tourist guide to save you from the hassle of extensive research. Our travel experts have perfectly compiled every aspect of Mumbai to make sure you do not miss a thing.

'The City of Dreams', 'The City of Seven Islands' and 'The City that Never Sleeps' are just a few of the epithets used to describe the delightful city of Mumbai. The diversity of this city is a must experience for all. Tall skyscrapers and widespread slum areas, the rich and the poor, grand malls and local bazaars, movie stars and labourers, all exist side-by-side in this city. Home to the very famous Bollywood film industry, this capital city of Maharashtra and financial capital of India has a lot of exciting experiences awaiting its guests. A city that promises an experience like no other!

 

Top 10 Attractions in Mumbai

Gateway of India

Located at Apollo Bunder, this distinguished monument dates back to the year 1924. The imposing structure of the monument displays a beautiful confluence of Western, Arabic and Indian architecture.

 

Elephanta Caves

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specimen of the rock-cut art and architecture from the medieval times. Out of the two groups of caves existing here, the first group is believed to be Hindu caves and second is Buddhist caves.

 

Prince of Wales Museum

The Prince of Wales Museum created inside a Grade 1 Heritage Building of Mumbai is known to be one of the most prominent museums in India. The museum exhibits a myriad collection of ancient artwork, sculptures and artifacts.

 

Film City

This land where it is difficult to differentiate between reality and dreams is a must visit for all movie buffs. The massive film city is vast enough to accommodate almost 1000 sets erected simultaneously at any given point in time.

 

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is home to thirteen hundred species of flora and over five hundred species of fauna. Also, make sure you visit the Kanheri Caves inside the park premises.

 

Adlabs Imagica

Enjoy the thrill and adventure with a day excursion at Imagica, a few kilometers away from Mumbai. Imagica now hosts not only a theme park but also a water park and a snow park.

 

Marine Drive

The two kilometres long stretch of the beautiful seaside and skyscrapers is popularly also referred to as the Queens Necklace owing to its admirable twinkling lights in the night. Make sure you have the refreshing coconut water while you lay back on the promenade.

 

RK Studios

R.K. Studio and a film studio established in 1948 by Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor preserves and displays all the costumes used in the R.K. films.

 

Nariman Point

This business district of Mumbai is located at the southern tip of Marine Drive. Enjoy a serene walk by the promenade as the mist from the crashing waves flows around the air.

 

Worli Sea Face

Extending from Narayan Pujari Nagar in the south to Worli Fort in the north, worli attracts locals and tourists throughout the year. Worli sea face features significant attractions such as Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Haji Ali Dargah and Worli Fort.

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Top 5 Romantic Points in Mumbai for Lovers

  1. Juhu Beach

Undoubtedly, the best spot in the town to spend a relaxed evening while you admire the mesmerizing view of the sunset. Juhu beach is renowned for a wide variety of typical Mumbai style street food.

  1. Chhota Kashmir

Enjoy a peaceful boating experience with your loved one at Chhota Kashmir in Arrey Milk Colony. This is a great choice for couples who want to enjoy each other’s company in spend a memorable evening.

  1. Hanging Gardens

Hanging gardens are at their best either early mornings or late evenings. This garden overlooking the Queen’s Necklace (Marine Drive) is a favourite for couples who want to enjoy a leisurely walk away from the busy city life.

  1. Bandstand and Bandra Fort

Bandstand and its adjoining Bandra Fort is an ideal place to spend some quiet and secluded time while they adore the waves of the Arabian Sea crashing against the rocks.

  1. Powai Lake

Also referred to as, Lover’s Point, couples can spend some quality time by this lake, chit-chatting. Hiranandani Gardens and numerous eating joints are at a close proximity of this lake.

 

Local Shopping in Mumbai

  1. Colaba Causeway

Colaba Causeway, close to Gateway of India has remained a favourite shopping spot for tourists for over a decade. Causeway is a great place to shop for authentic Indian souvenirs, carpets, chandeliers and antiques. The norm at this market is that the more you buy, the lesser you pay for each individual item.

  1. Fashion Street

Fashion Street, next to Flora Fountain at Churchgate is a great place to buy cheap clothes. Bargaining is a must skill if you wish to shop here. Make sure you don’t pay beyond 1/4th of the quoted price.

  1. Chor Bazaar

This market at Grant Road translates to, ‘Thief Market’ and is a widespread marketplace selling stolen items. The interconnecting lanes with numerous street vendors sell a wide variety of items from car accessories to shoes.

 

Best Hotels to Stay in Mumbai

Luxury Hotels in Mumbai:

  1. ITC Maratha

This grand hotel hosts lavish amenities such as butler services, club lounge, massage chairs, outdoor pool and American-style breakfast spread.

Cost: Rs. 16,981 per couple per night

Address: Sahar Road, Opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, Andheri East, Mumbai 400099, India

Contact: 022 2830 3030

 

  1. Hotel Sofitel BKC

The opulent rooms with vivid colours and plush fabrics are tastefully designed to provide all comforts to the guests.

Cost: Rs. 19,840 per couple per night

Address: C 57 Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East Maharashtra, Mumbai 400051, India

Contact: 022 6117 5000

 

  1. Grand Hyatt

The luxurious hotels with courtyard gardens boasts of amenities such as two outdoor pools, sauna, jogging track, sports courts, a shopping center, fitness center, a tranquil spa and salon.

Cost: Rs. 13,440 per couple per night

Address: Bandra Kurla Complex Vicinity, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai 400055, India

Contact: 022 4942 5361

 

Budget Hotels in Mumbai:

  1. Hotel Transit

This modern hotel is equipped with all amenities like casual restaurants, bars and meeting rooms.

Cost: Rs. 3,359 per couple per night

Address: Nehru Road Extension, Vile Parle East, Near Domestic Airport, Mumbai 400099, India

Contact: 022 2612 8882

 

  1. Treebo Sea Side

This budget accommodation overlooks the Juhu Beach and the Arabian Sea. The wood-paneled international restaurant with a terrace is the ideal place to unwind.

Cost: Rs. 3,753 per couple per night

Address: 39/2 Juhu Beach, Juhu, Mumbai, Juhu, Mumbai 400049, India

Contact: 093228 00100

 

  1. Hotel Milan International

This cosy pocket-friendly hotel is located in the central well-connected area of Santacruz and is at a close proximity from all major tourist spots in Mumbai.

Cost: Rs. 1,894 per couple per night

Address: 1st Road, Near Milan Subway, Santacruz West, Kothwadi Area, Mumbai 400054, India

Contact: 022 6560 8943

 

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Best Restaurants in Mumbai

  1. Nawab Saheb

Cuisine: Asian, Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options, Halal,

Cost: Rs. 3,000 for a meal for two

Address: 2 & 3B, Near Chinmayanand Ashram, Powai, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Mumbai 400087, India

Contact: 022 6692 7558

Open Hours: 7:30 PM – 11:45 PM all days

 

  1. Peshawri

Cuisine: Indian, Asian, Gluten Free, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal

Cost: Rs. 6,500 for a meal for two

Address: Sahar Road, Andheri East, ITC Maratha, Mumbai 400069, India

Contact: 022 2830 3030

Open Hours: 12:30 PM – 2:45 PM and 7:00 PM – 11:45 PM all days

 

  1. Celini

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Cost: Rs. 3,500 for a meal for two

Address: Western Express Highway, Grand Hyatt, Mumbai 400055, India

Contact: 022 6676 1234

Open Hours: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 6:00 AM all days

 

  1. By The Mekong

Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Vietnamese, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Cost: Rs. 4,000 for a meal for two

Address: 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Palladium Hotel, Mumbai 400013, India

Contact: 022 6162 8422

Open Hours: 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM all days

 

  1. Romano’s

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Cost: Rs. 2,000 for a meal for two

Address: Project Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, JW Marriott Hotels, Mumbai 400099, India

Contact: 90225 55573

Open Hours: 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM all days

 

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Street Food in Mumbai

  1. Vada Pav refers to batter fried potato served inside a yeasty bread with spices. Try this at stalls outside Mithibai College or stalls at Grant Road Station and Churchgate Station.

 

  1. Bhelpuri, also known as chaat throughout the country is puffed rice mixed with assorted chutneys. Can be tried at the innumerable tiny stalls dotted in the entire Mumbai city.

 

  1. Rolls are different meat or cheese grilled and served with a roti and spice. Try them at Bade Miyan, Ayubs and Kareems.

 

  1. Bhurji is prepared either in the form of Paneer Bhurji or Egg Bhurji and eaten with bread. Try is at the Maker Chamber Area at Nariman Point.

 

  1. Chinese food stalls serve a typical Indian twist of this cuisine and refer to it as, Indian Chinese. Can be tried at the numerous stalls near Dadar station.

 

Nightlife in Mumbai

  1. Aer, Worli

This grandest and most posh rooftop bar and club of Mumbai is set up on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel. You can enjoy a fancy dinner and drinks while you savour the mesmerizing views of the city that this place offers.

  1. Blue Frog, Lower Parel

Blue Frog revolutionized the concept of live music in Mumbai. This fancy nightclub has egg-shaped seating arrangements, great food and drinks, modern LED screens and an endless list of high-profile visitors.

  1. Dome Bar, Marine Drive

The south Mumbai bar perched on the rooftop of the Intercontinental Hotel is undoubtedly the best place in the town to enjoy a lovely sunset and the twinkling light dog Marine Drive. The huge white tables and cushy white sofas on the breezy terrace are illuminated by candlelight after dark.

  1. Escobar, Bandra

This hip Bandra hangout creates a warm and sexy vibe with its all white leather furnishings. Escobar proudly boasts a 77 feet bar, believed to be the longest in the city.

  1. Trilogy, Juhu

The ocean facing nightclub nestled in the Sea Princess Hotel is an ideal spot for those in the mood for a heavy dance night. Trilogy has remained a favourite for the Bollywood set, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for stars tapping to the electro beats and twinkling lights.

 

Weekend Destinations Near Mumbai

  1. Lonavala

Lonavala nestled in the Sahyadri Hills offers an alluring experience of nature’s most gifted region. Surrounded by waterfalls, dams, lakes and dense forests proves to be an ideal getaway for nature lovers.

Best Time: Throughout the year

Distance: 83 kilometers from Mumbai

Places to Visit: Tiger’s Leap, Bushi Dam, Rajmachi Fort, Celebrity Wax Museum and Amby Valley.

 

  1. Matheran

Located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, this tranquil hill station has been declared as an Eco-sensitive region with no modes of transport plying within the town.

Best Time: Throughout the year

Distance: 81 kilometers from Mumbai

Places to Visit: Panorama Point, Louisa Point, Monkey Point, Charlotte Lake and Shivaji’s Ladder.

 

  1. Alibag

This coastal town in the Konkan region is well known for its crystal clear water, sandy beaches and rejuvenating air. Apart from beaches, you can also visit coconut groves and temples. An ideal getaway for water sports enthusiasts.

Best Time: November to March

Distance: 96 kilometers from Mumbai

Places to Visit: Nagaon Beach, Vrindavan Farm, Kolaba Fort, Alibag Beach and Kanakeshwar Forest.

 

  1. Mahabaleshwar

This wonderful hill station is known for its lush green dense forests, beautiful strawberry farms, waterfalls, valleys, hills and ancient temples. The charming views, serene lakes and enticing valleys are a delight for one’s soul.

Best Time: October to June

Distance: 264 kilometers from Mumbai

Places to Visit: Venna Lake, Dhobi Waterfalls, Elephant’s Head Point, Arthur’s Seat and Chinaman’s Falls.

 

  1. Bhimashankar

Situated at a height of 3,250 feet, this temple town is known for its Jyotilingam shrine of Lord Shiva. Bhimashankar has remained a hotspot for trekkers seeking to explore magnificent hills and lush rainforests.

Best Time: November to February

Distance: 214 kilometers from Mumbai

Places to Visit: Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary and Hanuman Lake.

 

Tips for Travel to Mumbai

  1. The local language in Mumbai is Marathi. However, locals are fluent with Hindi and English as well.
  2. Make hotel reservations for your stay in Mumbai well in advance to ensure good rates and a confirmed reservation. Tipping the staff at the beginning of the stay will ensure you good service.
  3. Hire a cab and driver for your stay in Mumbai. Do not opt for driving yourself as the traffic can be a daunting affair.
  4. Insist on using a meter while you ride a taxi or rickshaw to avoid being over charged.
  5. Carry a sunscreen and hat or a light scarf for protections against the sun.
  6. Purchase sealed bottled water and do not consume tap water.
  7. Avoid travelling during peak traffic hours, i.e. 7-11 am and 4.30-8.30 pm.
  8. Beware of pick pocketing and mobile or bag snatchers in populated areas such as traffic signals and railway stations.
  9. Though major shops and restaurants accept credit/debit cards, always keep some cash in hand for vendors who do not.
  10. Littering in Mumbai is a punishable offence and a fine of Rs.200 can be levied.

 

An incredible city like Mumbai has a lot to offer. However, at Holiday Travel we have curate the best possible itineraries to ensure you have a stress-free and enjoyable holiday at the most affordable rates. Holiday Travel provides you with all travel related information and services that help in planning seamless vacations. So gear up for your perfect getaway!

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Hotels in Mumbai

 

Recommended Hotels in Mumbai

1. Trident Nariman Point 

2. The Taj Mahal Palace

 

 

Where Mumbai is Located

Mumbai Location is in the western India and it is the capital city of the state of Maharashtra. Mumbai location is perfectly set in the western coast of India, by the bank of the Arabian Sea. Mumbai can be called as an island city as it is made from the cluster of seven islands and its name is derived from Mumbadevi (the goddess of the koli fisher folk). Mumbai city consists of two different regions namely the city and the suburbs.


 

How to Reach Mumbai


By Flight: Mumbai’s airport is the Sahara International Airport and has many international airlines flying to Mumbai. These flights connect Mumbai to almost all the major international and domestic locations. Mumbai Central and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (or VT) connect the city to the rest of the country.

 

By Bus: Buses from other states arrive at the Mumbai Central Bus Station. Most of the inter-Maharashtra buses arrive at this station as well. Bus services ply regularly between Mumbai and cities like Bengaluru, Surat, Nashik, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mangalore, Kochi and Goa

 

By Train: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station is Mumbai's main rail head. It is well connected to all major cities and is also the main railway station for the local trains running within the city. Mumbai is well linked with other parts of the country by a huge network of trains. 

 

Gateway of India (Location of Gateway of India)

On the waterfront in Colaba, south Mumbai. Opposite the Taj Palace and Tower Hotel.)
Mumbai's most recognized monument, the Gateway of India, was constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. It was completed in 1920 and remains as a striking symbol of the British Raj era. After this era ended in 1947, the last of the British troops departed through the Gateway of India. The looming Gateway is designed to be the first thing that visitors see when approaching Mumbai by boat. It's also a popular place to start exploring Mumbai. These days the atmosphere around the monument resembles a circus at times, with numerous vendors peddling everything from balloons to Indian tea.


 

Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat

(Location of Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat: Next to Mahalaxmi railway station (the 6th station on the Western Line from Churchgate), central Mumbai. Walk out of the station and turn left on the bridge.) This massive open air laundry provides an unforgettable glimpse into the inside of the city. Dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought here and painstakingly hand washed by the dhobis (washermen) in the seemingly endless rows of concrete troughs. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, requires incredible strength and determination. The thousands of dhobis spend hours every day standing up to their knees in water filled with chemicals, manually scrubbing and beating the dirt out of each item of laundry.On the waterfront in Colaba, south Mumbai. Opposite the Taj Palace and Tower Hotel.)


 

Haji Ali

(Location of Haji Ali : Central Mumbai, just off the coast of Worli, not far from Mahalaxmi railway station.)

The imposing Haji Ali is both a mosque and tomb. It was built in 1431 by wealthy Muslim merchant and Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who was inspired to change the course of his life after going to Mecca. It also contains his body. Situated in the middle of the ocean, Haji Ali is only accessible during low tide from a narrow, 500 yard long walkway. On Thursdays and Fridays tens of thousands of pilgrims flock there to receive blessings from the dead saint. If find you need to pass some time until the tide lowers enough, there's a shopping center on the opposite side of the road. Unfortunately, women are no longer permitted to enter the shrine's inner sanctum. However, they can still visit its large open area.


 

Bollywood (Location: Film City is in Goregaon, in the western suburbs of Mumbai)

Mumbai is the center of India's booming "Bollywood" film industry. The architecturally resplendent Eros Cinema, adjacent to the Churchgate railway station, is a great place to take in a Bollywood movie. Alternatively, it's possible to go on a tour to the heart of the action in Film City. Or if you'd rather be in a Bollywood movie than simply see the set of one, that's possible too!

     
 

Kala Ghoda Art Precinct (Location of Kala Ghoda : Between the Fort and Colaba, in south Mumbai)

Kala Ghoda, meaning "Black Horse" in reference to a statue that was once located there, is Mumbai's cultural center. This crescent-shaped stretch is home to Mumbai's best art galleries and museums. It's also filled with cultural spaces, including some wonderful pavement galleries. Stroll around at leisure, but be sure to visit the acclaimed Jehangir Art Gallery. Every year in February, the Kala Ghoda Association hosts a nine day Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, which is interesting.

 

 

Heritage Buildings of Mumbai (Location: In and around south Mumbai.)

Mumbai has some captivating heritage buildings where you can marvel over staggering examples of intricate colonial architecture. Some of the best are the Gothic looking Prince of Wales Museum in the Kala Ghoda art precinct, Victoria Terminus railway station, the Bombay High Court (wander inside and be entertained by a trial) and the buildings of Horniman Circle in the Fort area. The feature of Horniman Circle is its huge gardens, which provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also have a wander past the historic 18th century homes in Khotachiwadi village.

 

 

Caves and National Park of Mumbai

(Location: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, in the suburb of Borivali, is 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Mumbai city center. Elephanta Island is 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Mumbai). In contrast to its millions of inhabitants and sprawling development, Mumbai surprisingly also has a national park located within its limits. It's worth a visit just to see the many ancient Buddhist caves, which have been hand carved into volcanic rock there. More caves, dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva, can also be found on Elephanta Island.

 


Mumbai Dabbawalas (Location: Railway stations around Mumbai, particularly at Churchgate terminus in south Mumbai)

Dabbawala, meaning a person who carries a container, is the term given to the thousands of men responsible for transporting and delivering around 200,000 lunch boxes of freshly cooked food to the city's office workers every day. This unique concept was started to meet the needs of British rulers. However, it's now continued on to service Indian businessmen who can't get home for lunch. Witness this incredible system in operation at Churchgate station from around 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., as the dabbawalas unload the lunch boxes from the trains and prepare to head to their customers' offices.


 

Markets and Bazaars of Mumnbai (Location: Colaba Causeway, Linking Road in Bandra, Crawford Market near Churchgate, and Chor Bazaar on Mutton street (opposite Shafi Masjid)

From the multitude of colorful pavement vendors that line Colaba Causeway, to the fascinating Chor Bazaar Thieves Market, Mumbai is full of interesting places to go street shopping. Stock up on attractive souvenirs at Colaba Causeway, delight in cheap shoes and clothes at Linking Road, scour the narrow alleyways of Chor Bazaar for antiques, and sample the fresh food while marveling at the architecture of Crawford Market.

 

Juhu and Marine Drive Chowpatty Beaches (Location: Exclusive Juhu is around 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the city centre, while Marine Drive Chowpatty is in central Mumbai, a short drive from the Gateway of India.) At the end of a tiring day of sightseeing, relax with the locals on the beaches of Juhu and Marine Drive, and watch the sunset. If you're feeling adventurous, you'll also be able to feast on tasty snacks offered by the multitude of food stalls and mobile food vendors. Favorites include roasted corn on the cob, bhel puri, pani puri and pav bhaji.

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