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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, India's largest city is a delightful blur of colour and noise. Let us give you the grand tour of Mumbai with the help of our travel guide. 

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Places to stay

Accommodation is varied in Mumbai. There are luxurious hotels that have housed presidents and royalty, and there are also authentic Airbnbs scattered throughout the city. If you’re after that grand hotel experience we suggest that you 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 property is great for those on a budget.

Things to do

It goes without saying that the rich tastes and smells of authentic Indian cuisine are a big drawcard to this city, but when you're not sampling the local food, there are many things to fill your days 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 previously sat on its dock - takes one hour by boat to reach 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 city district and take yourself to the Art Deco Regal Cinema to marvel at a Bollywood movie, and after, why not 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 barbecue Tikka, crunchy samosas and refreshing 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 of your retail needs. Head to Crawford Market to find everything from puppies to fresh fruit and nuts and open every day except Sundays.

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

Be sure to visit Kulture Shop, an art haven featuring some of India’s most prominent artists. Buy graphic tees, prints, stationery and artworks from this local 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, but domestic flights between cities are plentiful.

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

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