Top Things to do in Mumbai
- Take in the views of the Taj Mahal Palace
- Head to the museums
- Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
- Immerse yourself in Bollywood
- Join a festival celebration
- Head to the beach
- Gatecrash an Indian wedding
Mumbai is a city that’s always on the move, always in a hurry, always busy. Because of this, it has much to offer from history to arts to shopping and nightlife. You could start your day at the sea-facing Gateway of India on the Mumbai Harbour waterfront, take a look at the latest inclusions at the famous Jehangir Art Gallery, or visit nearby Elephanta Island which holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
The official languages of India are English and Hindi and most people understand at least some of either language, or a blend of both known as "Hinglish". Marathi is also the official language of the Mumbai and the state of Maharashtra, and is spoken widely in the city.
Best Time of the Year to Visit Mumbai
India experiences mild winters, and Mumbai itself rarely gets cold. Most of the year, the weather is hot and humid throughout the day (and night). December through February is cool and dry; the humidity hits from mid-March to mid-June and then again during September and October. The monsoon season is from mid-June through August. The best time to visit Mumbai is from December through February, when it is pleasant outdoors.
The Indian monetary unit is the Rupee (Rs. or INR), which can be divided into 100 Paise. 1 US dollar is equivalent to about 64.6 INR.
Top Things to See and Do in Mumbai
1. Take in the views of the Taj Mahal Palace – Mumbai’s most famous landmark, this stunning hotel is a fairy-tale blend of Islamic and Renaissance styles, and India’s second-most photographed building.
2. Head to the museums – When you travel to Mumbai, be sure to check out the city’s numerous art and history museums. Try out Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai’s biggest and best museum displays a mix of India-wide exhibits.
3. Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Imposing, exuberant and overflowing with people, this monumental train station is the city’s most extravagant Gothic building and an aphorism for colonial-era India. It’s a meringue of Victorian, Hindu and Islamic styles whipped into an imposing Daliesque structure of buttresses, domes, turrets, spires and stained glass.
4. Immerse yourself in Bollywood – Mumbai is the birthplace of Indian cinema and home of Bollywood. Check out some films while you’re there.
5. Join a festival celebration – A wide variety of Western and Indian festivals offers a chance to eat, drink, and dance. Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, Navratri, Moharram, and Maha Shivratri are all popular festivals that visitors will enjoy experiencing.
6. Relax, drink and eat at Colaba Social – Colaba is the best of the locations of the hip Social chain, which combines a restaurant/bar with a collaborative work space. The happening bar nails the cocktails and the food spans everything from fish and chips and poutine to Punjabi and Mangalorean.
7. Head to the beach – Beaches are a great attraction in the city so why not head to the coast to enjoy swimming and sun.
8. Gatecrash an Indian wedding – Head to the gymkhanas on Marine Drive and listen out for the telltale sounds of an Indian wedding in full swing – bhangra, Bollywood grooves, Punjabi rap – sashay straight through the doors and shake a leg. If anyone asks, you’re the groom’s neighbor’s daughter’s friend from Florida.
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Sophie Davis// Sophie’s Suitcase
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