India’s largest city, Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the home of the Bollywood film industry.Although Mumbai doesn’t have as many historical constructions as other Indian cities, there is still a lot to see and do in this great metropolis. It’s the type of destination that you can feel as well as see with the urban buzz that surrounds you.
Mumbai is the home of Bollywood and you can learn a lot about India's thriving film industry on a Bollywood tour of the city.
Dining is an experience in itself, with tantalising aromas filling the air from the many street food vendors and plentiful restaurants.
A short trip across the bay takes you to the UNESCO listed Elephant Island where you can see intricate temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
Time Difference: GMT +5 hours 30 mins
Currency: Indian Rupee
May is the warmest month with temperatures varying between 32 and 40 degrees Celsius. The coolest month is January with a low of 18 degrees.
There is a monsoon season between June and September when heavy rainfall can be expected at any time.
Leisure & Activities
Gateway to India
Constructed in 1924 to memorialise the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, the Gateway to India is also the location where the last of the British troops departed when India became independent in 1947. It’s a very atmospheric place to visit, with street vendors selling all sorts of memorabilia.
Mumbai has some beautiful beaches, suitable for the whole family. They can be a little bit noisier than what you are probably used to, but that’s India! Some of the most popular beaches include Chowpatty Beach, Versova Beach, and one of the most famous is Madh Island Beach, which is surrounded by mangroves.
Approximated to be more than 1,500 years old, the Elephanta Caves is a Hindu shrine devoted to Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. You will need to travel by boat to the island.