Mumbai, on India’s west coast, is one of the largest cities in the world. Previously known as Bombay, Mumbai was once a series of small towns scattered over several islands before it was occupied by the Portuguese, and then later the British. The creeks and rivers separating the islands were filled in. Today Mumbai is the center of India’s entertainment and finance industries, drawing people from all over the country and beyond.

As you make your way along the bustling streets, admire the architecture, feel the buzz of urban multiculturalism and shop at markets that offer everything from food to fabric. See colonial buildings in the Colaba region where you’ll find the Gateway of India, built from 1911 to 1924 to commemorate the first Indian visit of King George V and Queen Mary. Another impressive architectural feature is the Gothic-Revival Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station.

To properly appreciate the diversity of the city, visit some of its many religious sites, which come in all shapes, sizes and denominations. Highlights include the Mumba Devi temple, the Haji Ali mosque and St. Thomas Cathedral.

Go for a stroll down Marine Drive to see art deco buildings and great views of the Arabian Sea. This is also one of the best places to watch the sun go down — and the city light up.

Take a break from Mumbai’s bustle at the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill. Explore farther afield with a trip to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (previously known as Borivindi National Park), where you’ll find walking trails and the Kanheri Caves.

Brush up on your Indian history and culture at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, also known as the Bombay Museum. The building itself is impressive enough, but inside you’ll find an equally remarkable collection of art, architecture and natural history exhibits.

Art lovers should also check out the excellent collections at the National Gallery of Modern Art and at the Jehangir Art Gallery.

See industrial and historical artifacts from across India at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum.

Mumbai is a metropolis with enough to see and do to last a lifetime. An engrossing history and a remarkable mixture of cultures give this city a character and charm like nowhere else.

Known for

Shopping, Skyscrapers and Temples

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Where to stay in Mumbai

Colaba
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Colaba

Dining, Romantic, Castles

Colaba is a welcoming, romantic neighborhood known for being upscale and offering ample choices for restaurants and cafés. Many visitors come to enjoy the natural beauty of the seaside, while others visit for the local shopping.

Bandra West
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Bandra West

Sea, Cathedrals, Churches

Bandra West is a welcoming neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants. The neighborhood's architecture, skyline, and festivals are just some of its charming qualities. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor settings, especially the seaside.

Powai
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Powai

Lakes, Gardens, Nature

Powai is a welcoming neighborhood. In addition to its natural features, the neighborhood has many charming qualities.

Western Suburbs
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Western Suburbs

Shopping, Skyscrapers, Cafes

The Western Suburbs neighborhood welcomes visitors with convenient options for cafés. Part of the neighborhood's charm is its sunny weather. Take in the natural beauty of the seaside and sunsets—or broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

Vashi
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Vashi

Skyscrapers, Natural Parks, Friendly People

Vashi is a welcoming neighborhood. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its friendly people among the more noteworthy.

Nariman Point
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Nariman Point

Sea, Skyscrapers, Dining

Known for being upscale and walkable, Nariman Point is a welcoming neighborhood with a great selection of restaurants. Other highlights include the local shopping and the natural splendor of the seaside.

Top Hotels in Mumbai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Trident Bandra Kurla Mumbai
5 out of 5
C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
$98/night
Jul 20 - Jul 21
4.6/5Wonderful! (394 reviews)

"Staff behaviour and food of the property is excellent"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2019

Trident Bandra Kurla Mumbai
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Trident, Nariman Point Mumbai
5 out of 5
Nariman Point, Mumbai
$135/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
4.6/5Wonderful! (941 reviews)

"One of the best stays in Mumbai. The brand Oberoi lives up to its name. Fantabulous Suite. Excellent food. Very pleasant staff. Very helpful concierge. Everything in this property is great. I will definitely stay again at The Trident and strongly recommend all to try this once to feel the difference ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Trident, Nariman Point Mumbai
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Niranta Airport Transit Hotel & Lounge Terminal 2 Arrivals
4 out of 5
Terminal 2 , Landside Terminal, Mumbai
$88/night
Jul 21 - Jul 22
4/5Very Good! (609 reviews)

"This is one of my favorite transit hotels. Very conveniently located, it offers clean and comfortable International standard rooms with attached bathrooms. Their best customer service and hospitality are something to experience. Mr. Sunil Lohari, Mr. Nityanand, Mrs. Megha and Mr. Ajinkya are the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Niranta Airport Transit Hotel & Lounge Terminal 2 Arrivals

Popular things to do in Mumbai

Gateway of India
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Gateway of India

An architectural wonder that showcases the artistic talents of the British Raj and is the entranceway to the fascinating neighborhoods of south Mumbai.

Mt. Mary Church
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Mt. Mary Church

Discover centuries of history, impressive Gothic architecture, exquisite murals and magnificent views of the Arabian Sea at this hilltop church.

Haji Ali Dargah
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Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Mumbai. Stroll along the area's seaside, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.

Elephanta Caves
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Elephanta Caves

Explore a maze of ancient rock-cut cave temples, spot intricately carved statues of Hindu gods and enjoy striking sunsets over Mumbai’s city center.

Hanging Gardens
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Hanging Gardens

Relax amid the picturesque confines of this peaceful park, spot interesting hedge sculptures and enjoy sweeping views of one of Mumbai’s most-loved beaches.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum

Exhibits of Asian artifacts, decorative arts, paintings, sculptures and taxidermy are housed within the halls of a beautiful Indo-Saracenic palace.

Top activities in Mumbai

Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Private Tour
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Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Private Tour

$49

Across the bay from Mumbai lies Elephanta Island, where you can explore a labyrinth of caves, temples, and shrines on a half-day tour with your own private guide. Enjoy a short cruise to the enthralling site as you discover some of the most impressive temples and shrines in the whole of India.

Karla & Bhaja Caves with lunch -Private Full-Day Tour
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Karla & Bhaja Caves with lunch -Private Full-Day Tour

$115

In the hills between Mumbai and Pune, discover the ancient cave wonders at Karla and Bhaja as you enjoy the privileges of a private guide on a full-day tour. Engage with India's atavistic Buddhist culture as you visit dwellings and temples located on a vital former trade route from the Arabian Sea.

Bollywood Studio Half-Day Tour with Lunch
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Bollywood Studio Half-Day Tour with Lunch

$130

Get special access to a top Mumbai film studio as you discover what goes into making a successful Bollywood film on this half-day tour. Meet stars and crew on a working film set before enjoying a traditional performance of one of the distinctive and colorful dances.

Mumbai Sightseeing Tour by Private Car
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Mumbai Sightseeing Tour by Private Car

$40

You decide where you want to go with this tour package! We do, however, have a suggested route if you would like our help: Our route focuses on religion (integral to the lives of most Indians) and you learn about Hinduism, Islam as well as Jainism.

Mumbai Street Food Tour
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Mumbai Street Food Tour

$26

Mumbai is famous across India for its outstanding street food, but discovering the best hygienic eateries in the big city is not always easy. Not to worry, that’s where we come in! We’ll help you experience the city’s flavours that please the taste buds and go easy on the stomach, guiding you through Mumbai’s two renowned street food areas.

Mumbai Private Half-Day Tour
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Mumbai Private Half-Day Tour

$41

You will be picked at 0800hrs from hotel in Mumbai city. Find order among the chaos with a private tour of Mumbai's varied highlights. Visit significant historical landmarks from the colonial period and earlier religious temples, drive round the city's famous bay for some people-watching, and see where Mahatma Gandhi stayed on his trips to the city.

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