The Leela Mumbai
A tranquil retreat in Mumbai
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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. This dynamic destination has both historic and contemporary architecture, bustling markets, large shopping malls and luxurious hotels.
You can spend your days exploring this vibrant city before escaping to Mumbai’s main promenade, Marine Drive. This contemporary seafront boulevard borders the Arabian Sea and is lined with palm trees. As the sun sets, the c-shaped road glistens with the street lights, earning it the nickname of the ‘Queens Necklace’.
The city’s top tourist attraction is The Gateway of India, an arch-monument erected to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, the first British monarch to visit India.
Enjoy a trip across the bay to the UNESCO listed Elephanta Caves where you can see temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. These ancient caves are believed to be approximately 1,500 years old and are filled with intricate sculptures and cave paintings.
Mumbai is also the home of Bollywood and you can learn a lot about India’s thriving film industry on a Bollywood-focused tour of the city. For a change of pace and scenery, take yourself off to one of the many beaches on the coastline. Chowpatty Beach is great for spending a day on the sands and it’s also well served by surrounding bars and restaurants.
Dining in Mumbai is an experience in itself, with tantalising aromas filling the air from the many street food vendors and various eateries. Make sure you try the South Indian tiffin and butter chicken – absolutely delicious!
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Time Difference: GMT +5 hours 30 mins
Currency: Indian Rupee
May is the warmest month with temperatures varying between 32 and 40°C. The coolest month is January with a low of 18°C.
There is a monsoon season between June and September when heavy rainfall can be expected at any time.
Gateway of India
Constructed in 1924 to memorialise the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, the Gateway of 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.
An iconic hotel boasting elegant and luxurious accommodation, top-class service and superb views of the Mumbai skyline and Arabian Sea