Mumbai (Bombay) Vacations

One of the largest cities on the planet, Mumbai is a microcosm of India. Although twenty-one million souls call Mumbai home -- living in everything from slum shanties to gilded palaces -- most were born elsewhere. A city of immigrants built on top of seven islands over 600 years, Mumbai is layered with striations of Indian culture and history. From ... Read more
Udupi vegetarian cuisine to Kashmiri saris and British colonial buildings to Portuguese churches, Mumbai -- also the home of the Bollywood film industry -- is the cultural pulse of India. For visitors, this means Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is a cache of fascinating experiences. Just shopping in the bazaars or picking up a classic bhel puri (a rice ball with potatoes and tamarind sauce) from a street vendor is an event. To see history, head to the Gateway of India, built in 1924 for King George V of England. If you’re interested, hop on a boat from here for a highlight -- the views of the harbor, or you can go further and visit Elephanta Caves. Spend the night at a five-star deluxe hotel like the Oberoi Mumbai or the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, as Mumbai is world-renowned for some of the best service in the world.

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Mumbai (Bombay) things to do and experiences

  • Gateway of India
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  • Marine Drive
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  • Juhu Beach
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  • Elephanta Caves
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Mumbai (Bombay)


The temperature in Mumbai and the surrounding area hovers in the 80s (26-31C) for most of the year, but what you’ll want to watch out for is the extremely heavy rain of monsoon season, which lasts from June ... Read more
through September. During this time, all the extra water puts a strain on the city’s already questionable drainage system, and unless trudging through streams of dirty water is on your travel itinerary, it’s best to come at another time of year.

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Top Mumbai (Bombay) restaurants

  • Leopold Cafe
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  • Out of the Blue
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Leh, India

Great place to understand different culture, Mumbai gives place to all. The commercial hun of India.

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Pittsford (town), New York

One of the busiest cities we have ever been in, but everyone seems to be ok with it. I think it is best to go on a tour to make sure you see a lot and are able to get through traffic.

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Port Elizabeth

Ah Mumbai! My entry point and introduction to the magical country of India. What a gloriously busy place filled with such rich history and culture and colour. This buzzing city never slows down and can be quite an overwhelming experience but oh so worth it!

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Local from Mumbai (Bombay), India

One of the best city in the world and financial capital of INDIA, Mumbai is visited by many tourists from all over the world. Mumbai is fulfilled by coastline, Temples, historic places, nightlife, luxury and many more.

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Cambridge, UK

The world’s third largest city, with a population of over 17 million, Mumbai is also home to the Bollywood film industry.
From ocean promenades where you can linger to watch glorious sunsets, to spiritual focus points and exciting night life - Mumbai has so much more to offer than the casual visitor passing through might realise.
Mumbai is a place where extremes merge into each other, and divisions blur. It's a multicultural melting pot of different cultures, religions and languages living in close proximity to each other, with an overriding tolerant atmosphere and a warm friendly heart.
It's a city where the very rich and destitute live side by side, where dogs can sleep peacefully in city streets dodged by frantic autorickshaw drivers. Mumbai is endlessly fascinating to me, and also has pretty perfect weather!

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San Francisco, California, USA
Community Manager

A must while in India. Interesting contrast to Delhi. Be sure to catch a Bollywood film while you're in town :)


To be honest with u , Mumbai is big city with lots of different places and peoples !! Noise pollution is in highest position which made me crazy !!!

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Sydney, Australia

For many people, Mumbai is the first glimpse of they'll get of India -- crowded, polluted, noisy, jumbled, confusing, fragrant, stinking, rich and poor and completely itself. If you're entering via this route, keep this in mind: Bombay is NOT India - it's an own-world, a vibrant and buzzing and intoxicating and frustrating place, like any other city of more than 15 million people. So: let's get to what's good:
(1) Great beaches (have some chaat at Chowpatty)!
(2) Cool museums (Price of Wales Museum has some serious treasures and a great audio-tour)
(3) Awesome nightlife (party with Bollywood stars, if your wallet will stretch that far)
(4) The Mumbai Harbor and the Elephanta Caves (take the tour from the Gateway of India - it rocks).
(5) Fabulous food (Bombay duck, fabulous South Indian dosas, fine biryanis, and amazing Goan seafood).
There's nothing you can do to prepare you, so pack some patience and a sense of the absurd and jump in with both feet -- it's the only way to live like a real Mumbaiker!

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Local from Mumbai (Bombay), India

Diwali is a festival of lights in India and since Mumbai is a melting pot of the nation where every culture mixes together and celebrates the festival it is here that you can see a burst of colors, sparkle, fireworks and festive delicacies on every street and homes.

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Stuttgart, Germany

cheap but not the cheapest hotels near arthur bunder road colaba, realy a lot to see for some days, i love the Crawford Market.

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