Overview : If you're reasonably fit, it's an easy 3-4 mile stroll to take in Mumbai's main sights, which are conveniently situated near the... more »
If you're reasonably fit, it's an easy 3-4 mile stroll to take in Mumbai's main sights, which are conveniently situated near the... more » city's southern tip.
From renowned historical sights like The Gateway of India, to thriving cultural districts like Kala Ghoda and fabulously ornate buildings en route, follow Travel writer Heidi Fuller-love on a walking tour to discover Mumbai's glorious highlights. less «
Since most of the points on this tour are well-known tourist spots you can be sure that they are also a magnet for pickpockets, so be ... more »street aware; don't wear flashy jewellery and hang onto your valuables.
Bring sunblock and a hat for the hot summer sun, a scarf to keep out dust if necessary and an umbrella for the monsoon season from June to September. less «
Think you've seen this spot before? Well, if you have seen the Academy Award-winning movie, "Slumdog Millionaire," you have. Chatraptai Shivaji Terminus is a big landmark in that film.
This station, which took 10 years to build, was called the Victoria Terminus when it was opened in time to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen... More Victoria in 1887.
Now classed as a UNESCO World heritage site, this lavishly ornate Indian-Gothic-style train station looks more like a luxury palace. It was designed by Frederick William Stevens, a UK-born architect who designed several of the city's most prominent buildings.
The design includes a glorious and bewildering profusion of spires, domes and brilliantly glossy stained-glass windows while parts of the facade are decorated with depictions of fearsome lions, showy peacocks and swinging monkeys.
Crowded with people arriving from all over India, this atmosphere-soaked location is Asia's busiest train station. A visit here is an outing in itself, but make sure to keep a close eye on your belongings!
Your stroll to the next stop on our tour leads you along DN road. Known as Mile Long Street, studded with iconic Neo classical and Gothic revival buildings like the striking Times of India building and India's oldest art school, the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art.
Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Road
Deriving its name from the Fort St. George, which was originally built here by the British East India Company, this is the buzzing heart of the city's business district. Financial institutions you'll find here include The Bombay Stock Exchange.
But Fort isn't just about money, this is also the area of Mumbai where you'll find some of the city's... More most beautiful 1930s art deco buildings. (Mumbai has one of the largest collection of Art deco buildings in the world - second only to Miami, Florida.) Look for The New India Assurance Building on Fort’s Mahatma Gandhi Road with its carvings and sculptures and don't miss the fabulously ritzy Eros Cinema with its Agra sandstone facade, black and white marble foyer, and gilded fixtures and fittings.
If you're tired of craning up at those stunning facades try a little shopping therapy. Here in Fort the sidewalks are lined with vendors selling everything from musical instruments and cameras, to great value books and stationary.
Centre of one of India's best loved art festivals, the nine-day Kala Ghoda Art festival held in January or February each year, Kala Ghoda derives its name from a black horse ('kala ghoda') statue that once stood here.
A fun and dynamic area crammed with galleries, pavement artists and bohemian cafes, this is Mumbai's main cultural district. Here ... Moreyou'll find stunning heritage buildings like the former Watson's hotel where films were first introduced to India in the late 1890s, standing next to a plethora of prestigious art galleries and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum. Formerly called the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, this is the main museum in Mumbai, packed with fascinating exhibits relating to Mumbai's archaeology, artworks and natural history - and the next stop on our tour of Mumbai's highlights.
But before we head out again, you're probably feeling peckish so you'll be glad to know that Kala Ghoda is home to some of the best restaurants in Mumbai. If you're drooling for some good local food head for Copper Chimney and order Goan prawns and other delights from their extensive menu (see weblink below)
Kala Ghoda, between Flora Fountain and Oval Maidan cricket ground,
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Now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the city's principal museum is more often (and more easily)called by its pre-independence name, The Prince of Wales Museum.
Founded in 1905 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales - soon-to-be King George V - the museum was designed by George Wittet the British architect who... More helped evolve the flamboyant combination of Indian, Gothic and Neo-classical styles known as Indo-Saracenic architecture, and who also designed that unmissable city landmark, The Gateway of India.
Surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, the three-storied museum is divided into three sections: the Art section with its exquisite collection of miniature artwork; the Natural History section where you can find out all about the region's indigenous wildlife, and the Archaeological section with its fascinating collection of artefacts some of which date back to 2600BC.
Adults: Rs 300 (price includes audio guide in the language of your choice)
Adult: (without audio guide) Rs60
Children under 12: Rs 10
Children under 5: Free
Closed January 26, May 1, August 15 and October 2nd
159/160 Mahatma Gandhi Road
Think of Mumbai and you think of the city's most well-known landmark, The Gateway of India. So popular that it's been dubbed Mumbai's Taj Mahal, this 26-metre-high monument towering over Mumbai Harbour was constructed to commemorate the British Royal visit to Mumbai in 1911. Finished in 1924, it was the place where visiting dignitaries arrived... More until 1948, when India won independence and the last British troops were marched out of the city under the same arch that was erected to celebrate their Empire.
Admission: Not open to visitsLess
As much a city landmark as the Gateway of India, this vintage hotel has hosted celebrities ranging from Bill Clinton and the Beatles, to Brad Pitt and Barack Obama.
Commissioned by hugely wealthy Indian Parsi businessman Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, this opulent sleepery which opened in 1903 was the first Indian hotel to boast a steam elevator and ... MoreEnglish butlers.
Restored in 2010 after the tragic 2008 terrorist attacks, the Taj is still the city's most iconic hotel. Seething with olde-worlde ambiance and packed with colonial artefacts, this is the ideal spot to finish your tour of the city's highlights as you sip one of the Taj's gin-based signature cocktails in the Harbour Bar (the city's oldest drinking spot) while watching the sun set over Mumbai's magical harbour.
Harbour Bar cocktails from Rs 1000
Open daily 11am-11.45pm