Mumbai – the high-energy financial, fashion and film capital of India – has spectacular food, a richly colourful culture and spirituality, incredible architecture, thrilling nightlife and live entertainment, and plenty art galleries and museums. There’s also the glitz and glamour of Bollywood, award-winning luxury hotels, street markets, and much more to explore. It’s all infused with Mumbai’s ancient history, powerful present, and what is surely a fascinating future. In terms of famous sites to see and things to do, here’s a quick look at Mumbai’s not-to-miss classics…
Gateway of India: Mumbai’s most prominent landmark, the 85 foot-high Gateway of India arch faces out towards Mumbai Harbour. Best way for your family to experience it? Take a ride with your kids on a horse-drawn “tanga” carriage along the seafront to the site.
Marine Drive: Marine Drive is the much-loved promenade also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as it resembles a string of pearls when illuminated at night. A walk here during the day or at night gives you a gorgeous glimpse into Mumbai life.
Chowpatty Beach: At the northern end of Marine Drive is Chowpatty Beach, where you can take the family to explore its many hip and happening restaurants, cafés, shops, and art deco style buildings. In the late afternoon, you’ll be rewarded with a glorious sunset over the Arabian Sea.
Kala Ghoda Art District: This art district is home to several museums and art galleries – Chhatrapati Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, and others. For you and your creative kids, it’s a great place to spend the morning or afternoon.
Colaba Causeway: Being India's fashion capital, shopping at Mumbai’s high-end malls and designer boutiques is a must. But it’s at the city’s many markets where the world’s gurus of style come to be inspired. At Colaba Causeway, you can bargain hunt for traditional style shoes and slippers, handicrafts, and some very cool clothing and fashion accessories. At Chor Bazaar, you’ll find antique furniture, exquisite textiles and lots of locally made jewellery.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: Built in 1887, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is Mumbai’s historic railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a magnificent piece of Mumbai architecture, and remains Mumbai's largest and busiest working train station today.
Haji Ali Dargah Mosque: Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and shrine built almost 600 years ago on a tiny island just offshore of Worli. Besides being an important Islamic site in Mumbai, it is also a popular tourism spot and can be accessed via a footpath connecting it to the mainland.
Mumbai: Where to stay
Mumbai has a huge selection of accommodation options, from well over 100 luxury hotels, to the most basic and budget friendly guest lodges and backpacker-style sleepers.
Number one on the city’s uber-luxury list is the legendary Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, the grand dame of Indian hotels. With its opulent blend of European and Islamic architecture, The Taj is as much a landmark of Mumbai as the Gateway of India, which it overlooks.
For families with kids, the Oberoi Mumbai offers a prominent position on Marine Drive, with unparalleled views of the Mumbai skyline and Arabian Sea. It was recently awarded “India's Leading City Hotel 2018” at the World Travel Awards 2018, and ranked the second “Best City Hotel in Asia” by readers at the Travel+Leisure USA World’s Best Awards 2018.
Overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Bandra Worli Sea Link, the Taj Lands End, Mumbai is another classic in the city. Designed in a modern, contemporary style, the hotel still reflects Indias’ heartwarming hospitality tradition.
For spectacular views, the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai offers the city’s highest cocktail lounge. Plus, the hotel staff are on hand to arrange a family dinner, suggest kids’ outings, or arrange a babysitter, should mom and dad want to head out to explore the city.
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Online Info! For an overview of what’s on offer for travellers in Mumbai and throughout India, visit the official travel site www.incredibleindia.org
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