Courtesy of the Taj

With a buzzing energy on par with New York City’s, Mumbai, also still known as Bombay, is India’s wealthiest and most populated city. While many tourists flock to the Colaba area for five-star hotels–the Oberoi and Taj–and top restaurants, the city’s individual neighborhoods possess varied characteristics and are each worth visiting.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in Victorian splendor on the harbor at the historic Taj Mahal Palace
  • Experience…the Elephanta Caves, home to Hindu and Buddhist rock carvings
  • Splurge…on accessories for yourself and your home at Bungalow 8
  • Eat…the seven-course gourmand menu at Ziya in the Oberoi
  • Drink…ginger-laced cocktails at Shiro
  • Savor…squid and tiger prawns from Trishna
  • VisitBombay Electric to see creations by rising star and punk Indian designers
  • SeeGateway of India, where the last British troops departed from when India gained its independence
  • Shop…the charming Colaba neighborhood
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations, itineraries and the top guides in the city

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Dhobi Ghat Laundry District, Dabbawalas, Victoria Station

Lay of the Land

Mumbai is set on a peninsula that dips south into the city’s harbor. Bandra sits in the north and is home to the Taj Land’s End hotel, a good option for visitors with early morning or late-night flights (the airport is in the north of the city). Heading south is Worli, the city’s prime business center. South of Worli sits the ritzy residential Malabar Hill and Marine Drive neighborhoods as well as another commercial district, Fort. Most of the city’s classic sights are located in the southernmost tip, home to Colaba, Apollo Bandar and Nariman Point. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link, a bridge that extends out into the bay, offers an alternate route for commuters as Mumbai has notoriously bad traffic congestion.

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