Combine the high-powered hustle of Wall Street with the movie-making magic of Bollywood, and what do you get? Mumbai, a city that seems to be at the centre of all things modern while remaining a spiritual touchstone for two of the world's great religions: Hinduism and Buddhism.
The magnificent “Gateway to India,” on Mumbai Harbour is a natural starting point for adventures. Through the archway of the 26-metre monument, boats wait to take visitors on cruises to Elephanta Island—while it has no elephants, it does have incredible ancient cave temples. The Gateway was completed in 1924 for the arrival of British King George V. Today, you don’t have to be royalty to be embraced—the gate welcomes all visitors to Mumbai’s attractions, like the 200-year-old Shree Siddhivinayak. This towering white Hindu temple to Lord Ganesha is a great beginning for your holiday, since he’s the Hindu god of wisdom and fresh starts.
Craving a chic day out? With its high-end hotels, an impressive skyline and seascape views, Nariman Point at the southern tip of the city is often referred to as the "Manhattan of Mumbai." To get there like a local, hail an auto-rickshaw and buckle up. These three-wheeled, open air motor cabs are a true adventure. To enjoy your India holiday in comfort and style, remember to book one of Wotif’s Mumbai car hire options before you leave for your trip.
Of course, the "Manhattan of Mumbai" has great shopping too, on Colaba Causeway, also known as Fashion Street. Jewellery, clothes, keepsakes and books are arranged along the street, where you can haggle with vendors and walk away with mementoes of your Mumbai holiday. Bartering can be hard work, so you’ll be glad for all the culinary options. Grab a chikoo or targola (don’t worry, they’re just fruits!) from a street stand to hold you over until you can get to the upscale restaurants in Colaba, Malad West or Bandra. Restaurants run the gamut from traditional Punjab and Mughlai fare to newer eateries that fuse styles and reinterpret old favourites.
In Nariman Point and Colaba, you’re already in the right place for nightlife, but remember that most of the high-end clubs have dress codes. After all, you could wind up bellying up to the bar with the stars of Bollywood, who often frequent the same establishments as the city's visitors. The National Centre for Performing Arts in Nariman Point will fit the bill for those looking for a little more refinement. A sprawling complex of five theatres, the centre casts a wide net with a diverse docket of dance, plays and musicals.
Narrowing down the list of activities you'd like to tackle is the hard part, but booking is easy with Wotif’s Mumbai packages. Get the most out of your getaway by mixing and matching flights and accommodation to get the best deals. Go on, start searching through our Mumbai holiday packages today—you could soon be exploring incredible India.
All packed and ready to grab your holiday by the horns and ride it off into the wild blue yonder? Travelling is all about experiencing amazing new things (no matter what time you made it home from the bar last night).
Before you kick-start your hard-earned break, check out these cool Mumbai activities: