With a buzzing energy on par with New York City’s, Mumbai, also known as Bombay, is India’s wealthiest and most populated city. While many tourists flock to the Colaba area, the city’s individual neighborhoods possess varied characteristics and are each worth visiting.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Foodies | Intellectuals | Style Mavens | Soul Searchers
When to goDecember-February | March-May | September-November
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
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3 Days: Essential Mumbai
Mumbai offers many historical, culinary, style and spiritual experiences. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day One: History
In the morning, get to know the city with guided touring of its most important historical sites, like the impressive Gateway of India, classic Victoria Station and the Dhobi Ghat Laundry District. After a gourmet meal at Ziya in the Oberoi hotel, spend the afternoon exploring Mumbai’s Colaba neighborhood. Finish the evening with drinks at the royal Taj Mahal Palace.
Day Two: Spirituality
Explore the secrets of Hindu spirituality with guided tours of the ethereal Mahalakshmi Temple and the pink granite Siddhivinayak Temple. For lunch, dine on seafood at the mouthwatering, quirky restaurant Trishna. In the afternoon, enjoy a private boat ride to the island of the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site that includes a magnificent temple to Shiva covered with rock carvings.
Day Three: Style
Immerse yourself in contemporary Indian culture with guided touring through some of Mumbai’s more trendy neighborhoods. Visit Bombay Electric to see creations by rising star and punk Indian designers, shop for artisanal textiles and splurge on accessories at Bungalow 8. Devote your afternoon to the Mumbai dining scene, which ranges from hole-in-the-wall outlets serving authentic fare to highly cosmopolitan eateries that offer refined, globally-inspired cuisine.
Where To Stay
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Taj Mahal Palace & Tower
A landmark hotel, this century-old harbor-front property embodies the spirit of Mumbai, rising even grander and taller after the tragic terrorist attacks of 2008.
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Though it tends to attract more business travelers, the Oberoi is quietly opulent and elegant and its location cannot be beat.