Mumbai Holidays

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A city of awe and wonder

Mumbai holidays transport you to one of the most diverse cities in the world, where the streets hum with the energy of millions of people. This is India’s largest city – a jewel filled with a wealth of attractions.

Known for bustling markets and backstreet bazaars, for street food and UNESCO World Heritage Sites and – of course – as the home of Bollywood, Mumbai is a cultural treasure packed with surprises.

Mumbai’s appeal doesn’t end with the heritage of the Gateway to India, the Elephanta Caves or its colonial-era buildings. You’ll also find sprawling wildlife parks and golden city beaches that stretch for miles.

A great selection of luxury hotels means you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay during your holiday to Mumbai. 

Things to do in Mumbai

Mumbai is a place of endless variety – of colour, taste and sound. The electric atmosphere lends itself to a whistle-stop tour of UNESCO-listed spots and authentic markets.

Dine on street snacks and traditional cuisine

This is a city famous for its food, and no holiday to Mumbai is complete without sampling the local culinary delights.

More than 13 million people live and work in this on-the-go megacity and it has a culinary scene to match.

Tradition is honoured in Mumbai, with dishes such as akuri (Parsi-style scrambled eggs) and the Mumbai sandwich holding their own at Leopold Café, which first opened its doors way back in 1871.

For the best street food, head to Mohammed Ali Road. Here you can sample a range of tempting snacks including melt-in-the-mouth kebabs and moreish chicken sanju baba, while soaking up the sights and sounds around you.

Where to stay in Mumbai

The Fort district

The central Fort district makes the perfect base for a holiday in Mumbai.

This southern part of the city, near the famous Gateway of India monument, is packed with cultural attractions.

Tour the National Gallery of Modern Art, Jehangir Art Gallery and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, a history museum set between lush urban parks.

This neighbourhood is also well-connected, providing good routes to Colaba in the south and beachside Chowpatty in the north. 

Relaxing family resorts

Planning a Mumbai family holiday? If you’re travelling with children it’s worth considering resorts in areas such as Gorai, which often come with swimming pools that are perfect for younger ones.

One of Gorai’s major pulls is Gorai Beach, one of the region’s golden stretches of sand. The village is also close to local attractions such as Water Kingdom, Asia’s largest water theme park, and Essel World, India’s biggest amusement park.

City break convenience

Mumbai is known for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, and if convenience is what you’re looking for, a stay in Juhu should fit the bill.

This area is just four miles (six kilometres) from the airport. Here you’ll find upmarket hotels overlooking the beach, where there’s often a cricket game underway between the locals.

Meanwhile, some of the city’s key attractions – including the modern Prithvi Theatre and Snow World Mumbai – are just around the corner.

All you need to know about Mumbai

Currency

The local currency of Mumbai is the Indian rupee. You’ll find ATMs across the city, while major credit cards are accepted in many restaurants and shops.

Languages spoken

Mumbai’s official language is Marathi but it’s a cosmopolitan city, so expect to come across Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and English.

Getting around

Trains are the lifeblood of this city but buses are also popular for short distances. Taxis are also readily available.

Public holidays 

India is a deeply religious nation so you can expect many of the national and religious holidays to be observed in Mumbai, from Holi to Diwali.

More about Mumbai

Colourful culinary heritage

Mumbai’s colourful history can be seen through its diverse dishes.

Bombay bhel puri is the pinnacle of local tradition, a rice dish sprinkled with chutneys and chickpea flour.

Middle Eastern influences can be found in chicken shawarma dishes infused with Mumbai flavours such as pickled chillies.

Brun maska is a sweet Mumbai favourite best enjoyed with traditional tea.

Iconic train rides

A definitive part of what makes Mumbai so alluring, its famous train system is a must-see.

It’s the biggest and busiest rail network in the world, transporting around seven-and-a-half million people every day. Trains are frequent and fares are affordable – even in first class.

Some of the train stations themselves are also well worth exploring.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, was built by the British in the late 19th century.

A World Heritage site, its blend of Victorian architecture and traditional Indian design makes for an impressive sight both inside and out.

Cinema culture

Mumbai is the home of Bollywood, the Hindi film industry, which creates over 1,000 movies every year.

Dive into the action at Film City Studios during your holiday in Mumbai – expect live action sets and a behind-the-scenes look at the make-up and music of India’s largest industry.

To watch a Bollywood movie, visit a modern air-conditioned multiplex or traditional theatre such as Liberty, which screened its first movie in 1947.

Why we love Mumbai

“Mumbai is a very welcoming city with a sense of vitality that just draws you in. You can spend hours wandering its bazaars or simply recharging at the beach.”

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