Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries. Located by its natural harbor, this bustling port city has many facets – primarily as a cultural melting pot where people of all fortunes reside. Energetic, colorful and resilient, Mumbai is both the financial and entertainment capital of India, and is home to many billionaires and millionaires. Yet it’s also a booming metropolis of about 20 million people and India’s most populated city! You will never be bored as Mumbai is a city that never sleeps, with its fascinating colonial heritage, plethora of shopping avenues, vibrant nightlife, and some of the country’s oldest restaurants.

Highlights

  • Gateway of India
  • Marine Drive or Queen’s Necklace
  • Dhobi Ghat
  • Crawford Market

 Places to stay

Swimming pool at Marine Plaza in Mumbai, Central/ West India

Marine Plaza

Hotel Style: International

The Marine Plaza Mumbai, is certainly enviable with it's prime location at the junction where Marine Drive meets Mumbai's bustling business district.  See Hotel

The Leela Mumbai

Hotel Style: International

The rich culture and mystique of India blend with the traditional hospitality of the Leela group to give you one of India's finest business hotels - the Leela Kempinski.  See Hotel

The Queen's Necklace - Marine Drive in Mumbai, India

The Oberoi, Mumbai

Hotel Style: International

Contemporarily and adroitly luxurious, the Oberoi Mumbai is an elegant luxury hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea.  See Hotel

The Taj Mahal Palace

Hotel Style: Heritage

The original pioneer of luxury, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower is an architectural marvel showcasing contemporary Indian designs along with beautiful vaulted alabaster ceilings, onyx columns, graceful archways, hand-woven silk carpets, crystal chandeliers, a magnificent art collection and a dramatic cantilever stairway.  See Hotel

The Trident Nariman Point

Hotel Style: International

The Trident is an ultra-modern high-rise 5 star hotel with its own shopping arcade.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Half day visit to Banganga Tank

Banganga or Banganga Tankis, is an ancient sacred water tank..part of the Walkeshwar Temple Complex in the Malabar Hill area of Mumbai, surrounded by 400-yr old temples..a Heritage amidst a concrete jungle! Visit Banganga to see the Sacred Tank, believed to contain water from the Holy Ganges and the oldest surviving structure in the city. Observe the way of life beside a temple in nearby villages and settlements. Ritual bathers believe the pool’s mossy waters have holy significance and contain healing powers. Banganga continues to function as a timeless devotional hub..the paradox of traditional life coexisting with unrestrained modernization!

Half Day Architecture Tour of Mumbai

Mumbai is a treasure trove of unique architecture and buildings with some of the most interesting ones being closed to the public. In this experience, a senior expert will take you inside these ‘closed to public’ buildings, including the magnificent Victoria Terminus and the beautifully restored Bombay University Library. You will be introduced to the history and architectural features of these monuments and hear fascinating stories about the people who envisioned and built them.

City Highlights of Mumbai

Explore Mumbai (formerly Bombay).. the most populous Indian city..a veritable cultural potpourri! See the Gateway of India..a historic landmark; Drive past High Court, Mumbai University, scenic Marine Drive (Pearl’s Necklace), Flora Fountain, Asiatic Libray, Prince of Wales Museum; Pass by Victoria Terminus Railway Station, Municipal Corporation Building; Visit Hanging Gardens, Kamala Nehru Park, Mani Bhavan, Horniman Circle; Partially glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence from afar while driving past. Explore vibrant Markets and Bazaars.

Half day Mumbai Temple Tour

A spiritual tour of Mumbai’s temples will not disappoint..seek blessings of the many Hindu Gods/Goddesses..Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman, Riddhi and Siddhi, Mumba Devi, etc. Experience Hinduism, see people pray and what they offer to appease God’s. Visit Babulnath Temple (Lord Shiva Temple)..feel the peace and tranquility here; Mahalaxmi Temple (one of Mumbai oldest temples)..located in scenic Breach Candy, at the foot of Malabar Hills; Siddhivinayak Temple..a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha..the ‘elephant headed god’ said to be the destroyer of obstacles..see the idol carved from a single black stone (750m high – 600m wide)..devout Hindus walk here barefoot from their homes. End at Mumba Devi Temple (Shakti Temple), the patron ‘goddess of the city’..’Mumbai’ is named after her. After this, you will also understand why the cow is revered and can be seen outside most Indian temples!

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