December – February
LCY → BOM
Up to 30 days
Taxi: 8 £GBP (20 min)
Bus: 3 £GBP (35 min)
Lunch ≈ 5.90 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 15 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 2.15 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.20 £GBP
Get a taste for this intoxicating and heady city on Mumbai holidays. Traditional, yet trendy, refined, yet gritty. You will be exited, inspired, and exhausted on a journey to this huge Indian metropolis and it will be utterly unforgettable.
Start with Bandra, where you will see the juxtaposition of the old with the new passing colonial-style homes and graffiti-covered walls. Let go of all inhibitions and embrace the raw edges of Mumbai as you feast on sumptuous street food, head to Chor Bazaar to practice your haggling skills, while you will find the Mahalaxmi open-air laundry to be an unforgettable sight. For a contrast head to the city’s more polished areas. Take in a game of cricket on the manicured pitches, eat in Parsi cafes that are centuries-old, visit chic Coloba to browse the shops during your holidays to Mumbai. Mix and mingle with Bollywood stars at a rooftop bar or end the day with a cocktail on Juhu’s beaches.
The climate of Mumbai is best described as moderately hot with high levels of humidity. The tropical location and the fact the city is on the coast means temperatures don’t fluctuate much.
The average year-round temperature is 27.2 degrees Celsius (80.9 Fahrenheit). The average summer temperature is about 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) only dropping to an average of 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in winter, the average summer minimum is 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) and 20.5 degrees Celsius (68.9 Fahrenheit) in winter.
Choosing accommodation for Mumbai holidays depends on what you are visiting for. Spread across seven islands and a lengthy peninsular, Mumbai is a huge place, and traffic is both chaotic and slow.
More than 14 million people call Mumbai home and the population continues to grow and space becomes more and more at a premium.
If you have an interest in India’s history, base yourself in South Mumbai. This is the ‘old money’ district and it is an opulent area rich in history due to it being the home of the Raj. The landmark the huge basalt arch known as the Gateway to India is in this district.
Colaba is popular with tourists drawn to the area’s markets and bars, which open early in the morning until late night. Also popular with tourists is Marine Drive set the seafront on land reclaimed in 1920. Art Deco apartment blocks, sit alongside gleaming office building on this road which runs to the most exclusive area in Mumbai – Malabar Hill.
If you are on holidays to Mumbai for the shopping, the best place to stay is Bandra, an affluent business hub.
For getting closer to nature stay in Western Mumbai close to the tropical forest and wildlife of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
The abundance of things to do on holidays in Mumbai will exceed all of your expectations.
Beyond the chaos of this megacity, you can discover Fort’s colonial grandeur in an area packed with galleries and museums, labyrinth-like bazaars that are hives of activity and hip nightclubs frequented by Bollywood hopefuls. Bussiness and shopping malls continue to be developed, reaffirming Mumbai’s title as a film and fashion centre and giving the city a new lease of life.
You’ll be spoiled for choice with Mumbai’s range of shopping, from Coloba Causeway’s street vendors to Chor Bazaar (Thieves market) and luxury shopping malls and boutiques. Hunt for bargain clothes and shoes at Linking Road or eat sumptuous street food at Crawford Market.
Mumbai is the base of India’s booming Bollywood film industry and the population’s love of film can be seen at the lavish Eros Cinema. For something equally as revered as film clamber aboard a ferry to Elephanta Island to witness the triple-headed Shiva sculpture. Take in Mumbai’s architectural heritage, such as the intricate colonial architecture of Victoria Terminus railway station which will take your breath away.
Sample skewered kebabs or delicious pav bhaji on Mumbai holidays – eating on the go has never tasted better. And delve into the centuries-old Parsi cafe culture.
The most-happening live music venue is undoubtedly The Blue Frog, while Not Just Jazz by The Bay occupies a prime waterfront location with sea views, and for an English pub feel head to Firangi Paani.