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Mumbai

There is nowhere else in the world quite like Mumbai. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea and spotted with tropical rainforest, Mumbai is India’s largest city. A furious blur of colour and noise, Mumbai is not for the faint-hearted. So, relax and let us give you the grand tour. Discover Mumbai with the help of our travel guide. 

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Places to stay

Accommodation is varied in Mumbai. There are grand hotels that have housed presidents and royalty, then there are the more authentic Airbnbs that are scattered throughout the city. If you’re after that grand hotel experience book a room at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Complete with grand archways, shiny domes and a swimming pool, a stay in this hotel is an unforgettable experience. More modest lodgings can be found at the Juhu Residency Boutique Hotel. Just 18 rooms and free airport shuttle services, this boutique hotel is great for those on a budget.

Things to do

Besides eating, there are many things to do in Mumbai. Take the tourist boat from the Gateway of India to Elephanta Island. This heritage listed island, named by the Portuguese for its elephant sculpture that used to sit on its dock, takes one hour via boat to get to from the mainland. Make the 120-step climb to the 2,500-year-old heritage listed caves and sculptures carved into the hillside.

A more leisurely activity would be to settle in for lunch at the Taj Mahal Palace’s Masala Kraft, a modern twist on traditional Indian cuisine. For a more authentic experience make your way to the dhobi ghat slums and see how 10 million of Mumbai’s 20 million people live.

Make your way back to the main drag and take yourself to the art deco Regal Cinema to watch a Bollywood movie. After head to the expat favourite Café Leopold just around the corner for dinner. Order a traditional curry and a Kingfisher beer, with Mumbai’s expats.

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Food and drink

The food alone is enough reason to travel to Mumbai. Spicy curries, charred BBQ Tikka, crunchy samosas and cooling lassi, Mumbai has the goods. For budget eats, head to Mysore Masala Dosa a small stall on Bhulabhai Desai Road and see locals queuing for their unique take on the dosa (stuffed pancake).

For an up-market experience head to Punjabi Grill. Owned and operated by celebrity chef, Jiggs Kalra this restaurant specialises in Tandoor cooked meats, anything from duck to calamari.

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Shopping

Mumbai will satisfy all your retail needs. Head to Crawford market to find everything from puppies to fresh fruit and nuts. The markets are closed on Sunday.

If you’re after homewares or linen shirts head to Anokhi. Ethically manufactured, Anokhi uses traditional wooden block printing to create their beautiful and intricate patterns.

Plan to visit Kulture Shop. An art-haven featuring some of India’s most prominent artists. Buy graphics tees, prints, stationery and other arty objects from this Indian favourite. 

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Getting around

From the airport: Private transfers are recommended from the airport, and can be easily arranged at Mumbai airports or prebooked. Train travel or private car between cities is a good way to see the landscapes and culture of the country. Domestic flights between cities are plentiful.

In and around the city: Mumbai’s yellow and black taxis are perhaps the most convenient and inexpensive transportation in the city, despite the traffic. There are metro services available, however, women need to travel in women-only sections. For a thrill take a ride in a local rickshaw.

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