India's largest port, its commercial and industrial centre, as well as its fashion capital, Mumbai is an endlessly fascinating hive of activity.
India’s largest port, its commercial and industrial centre, as well as fashion capital and heart of Bollywood (India’s thriving movie industry), Mumbai is an endlessly fascinating city. A melting pot for cultures from every corner of the country, Mumbai embodies a little bit of all India’s diverse traditions rolled into one. A jumble of captivating contradictions, grand colonial architecture rubs shoulders with chaotic bazaars, trendy restaurants,
exclusive boutiques, slums and shanty towns, all interspersed with beautiful, tropical palm trees. A shopper’s haven, this bustling cosmopolitan metropolis offers anything from pavement stalls and ancient markets to glitzy malls and designer outlets. A melting pot for cultures from every corner of the country, Mumbai embodies a little bit of all India’s diverse traditions rolled into one.
- Mumbai is the heart of Bollywood, India’s thriving movie industry.
- The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (previously known as Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), is a mass of buttresses, domes, turrets, spires and stained glass windows. Built in the early 20th century it houses a collection of fine Indian sculpture, terracotta figurines from the Indus Valley, miniature paintings, porcelain, Nepali and Tibetan art, as well as a range of other exhibits.
- In the middle of Mumbai Harbour lies Elephanta Island, with its labyrinth of ancient caves and temples cut into the basalt rock. It is a breathtaking ceremonial arch that combines elements of European, Hindu and Muslim architecture.
- Dhobi Ghat (Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat) is a well-known open air laundromat in Mumbai, it is known as the world’s largest outdoor laundrey. The washers, locally known as Dhobis, work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals. There are rows of open-air concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone.
- Mani Bhawan is situated in the Gamdevi precinct of downtown Mumbai, and acted as the focal point of Gandhi's political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. It is also a museum and a library.
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- Best time to travelYear round
- LanguagesIndia has over 22 languages spoken across its 28 States and 7 Union Terroteries. However English and Hindi are its official languages. English is spoken and understood across the country.
- Flying to MumbaiThe major gateways into India are New Delhi in the North, Mumbai ( Bombay) in the West, Bangalore and Chennai in the South and Calcutta in the East.
- CurrencyIndian Rupee
Make the Most of Your Adventure
- Explore the incredible network of the spectacular Elephant Caves.
- Delight in the extraordinary artworks, handicrafts, and other notable historical artefacts of the Prince of Wales Museum
- Experience a Bollywood tour with a visit to film sets to see the world’s second largest film industry in action. Maybe pick up a few dance moves yourself.
- Mumbai has a thriving night life and is often referred to as the city that never sleeps. Drive down ‘the Queen’s necklace’ or sample seafood from a wide selection of dining options.
- Enjoy India’s fashion capital with shopping excursions to all the big brands, swanky malls, and flea markets for knick-knacks.
Discover the many wildlife attractions of the flourishing Satpura National Park, which is also home to the elusive tiger.
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tea history of India, in picturesque Darjeeling – a spectacular plantation established in 1860.
The most popular port of entry for visitors to India, Delhi offers a fascinating mixture of old and new.
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