Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra is the most populous city in India. Also known as Bombay, the city is a union of seven islands on the Konkan coastline. A cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is undoubtedly the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India being home to not only the country’s biggest stock exchanges but also to Bollywood. The architecture of the city is a blend of various contemporary styles, with the world's second highest concentration of Deco architecture after Miami. With landmarks like the Gateway of India, prominent museums & galleries, beaches, some of the most famous temples and religious places in India, the city’s vibrant night life and happening cultural scene keeps attracting people from all over the world to this “City of Dreams”.


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Some of Mumbai’s main neighborhoods are:


Colaba & Nariman Point:

  • Because of its proximity to most of Mumbai's landmarks and colonial buildings, this, the southern tip of Mumbai, is the real tourist hub.
  • The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai's most famous hotel, is located opposite the Gateway of India, its most famous landmark, across from which you can see the oil rigs of Bombay High. The area around the Gateway of India is called Apollo Bunder.
  • If you travel west from Colaba to the other end of the narrow peninsula until you hit the sea, you'll arrive at Nariman Point, starting point of Marine Drive. This was once Mumbai's most bustling business district.



  • North from Colaba is the business neighborhood called Fort. By day the area comprising Fort, Fountain, Ballard Estate, and CST (or VT) Station is an extremely busy commercial district. A little beyond CST Station is Crawford Market.
  • Just west of the Fort area is Churchgate Station. Veer Nariman Road, the street leading from Churchgate Station to Marine Drive, is lined with restaurants.


Marine Drive to Malabar Hill:

  • Prestigious Marine Drive (aka Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Marg) stretches from Nariman Point in the south to Malabar Hill in the north.
  • Edged by a broad, well-maintained promenade that follows the curve of the seafront, this is a very popular place to take a morning or evening walk. At night the streetlights along this drive accentuate the dramatic arch of the bay, giving it the name Queen's Necklace.
  • Marine Drive, with the world's second highest concentration of Deco architecture after Miami, runs along the curve of Back Bay and ends at Chowpatty Beach, from where roads climb toward the upmarket neighborhood of Malabar Hill.
  • Malabar Hill connects to Napean Sea Road and beyond to Breach Candy, Kemps Corner, and Peddar Road - all upmarket residential areas.


Central Mumbai:

  • Central Mumbai extends beyond Crawford Market through Mohammed Ali Road and Kalbadevi to Mumbai Central Station and the fast-growing commercial areas of Lower Parel and prime seafront district of Worli which, thanks to the arrival of the new Four Seasons Hotel, has become one of the best places to be based for a thorough exploration of Mumbai.
  • The greatest developments are occurring around Phoenix Mills, where some of the erstwhile mill buildings have been converted into shopping complexes, restaurants, and gaming and entertainment spots. West from Mumbai Central Station are Tardeo and Haji Ali, where a mausoleum located on a tiny causeway-linked offshore island enshrines an important Muslim holy man.
  • The popular shrine is reachable only during low tide, but serves as an exotic-looking landmark in yet another of Mumbai's bays.


North Mumbai (Bandra, Juhu & Beyond):

  • North of Mahim Creek extends Mumbai's vast suburbs, from where millions commute daily. First up, just across the creek, is Bandra which, along with Juhu and Andheri (West), just north of it, is where Bollywood stars live and hang out.
  • Although it's not really on the tourist circuit, Bandra, being home to a sizable portion of the city's elite, is packed with lively restaurants, steamy clubs, trendy bars, and countless shops. At night young people gather, especially along Carter Road and Turner Road to drink, smoke (cigarettes or dope), and chill out before making their way to favored clubs.
  • Juhu Beach is worth a visit to soak up Mumbai's carnivalesque atmosphere rather than for sunbathing on the beach. It does, however, have some fine hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs - Enigma at Juhu's JW Marriott Hotel is one of Mumbai's most happening spots.
  • Farther north in the suburbs is Goregaon, home to Film City, where many Bollywood movies are shot; past that is Borivali, from where Mumbai's most popular theme park, EsselWorld, is accessible.

Getting around

General info

How to get from the airport to the city:

  • Mumbai is served by the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, located in Santa Cruz, a suburban area in the northwestern part of Mumbai, about 28 Km from Colaba.
  • One of the busiest airports in India, it is one of the main international gateways to the country.
  • The Airport consists of two terminals; Domestic & International. Both terminals are 4 Km apart and are connected by a shuttle bus.The new International Terminal T2 opened in 2014 replacing the old International Terminal.
    • Terminal 1: Domestic Terminal
      • Terminal 1A
      • Terminal 1B
    • Terminal 2: International Terminal
  • You can use the following services from the airport to the city:
    • Taxi:
      • It is the best way to travel from the airport to anywhere in the city.
      • There are two types of taxis; the normal metered taxi and prepaid taxis. Prepaid taxis are highly recommended, especially during peak hours, as once you receive your receipt you do not have to pay anything extra later. The service is available at the airport after you exit customs.
      • There are also various radio-cab services available from the airport:
      • Meru Cabs +91(022) 44 22 44 22
      • Tab Cab +91(022)  6363 6363
    • Bus:
      • Bus service in Mumbai is provided by Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST).   
      • The airport does not provide you any direct bus services but you can select bus routes to the nearby train station or your destination in Mumbai.
      • For more details on bus routes, timing and fares you can check the BEST website.
    • Train:
      • You can use means of public transport to reach the nearest station.
      • The nearest station is Vile Parle from the Domestic terminal and Andheri from the International Terminal.
      • If you are planning to visit other cities by train you may refer to
    • Auto Rickshaw:
      • You can also take an Auto Rickshaw from the airport.
    • Car Hire:
      • You can also rent a car from the airport.
      • Check car rental page for different options available at Mumbai airport.


How to get from the railway station to the city:

  • You can get to the city by means of trains from anywhere in India. Once in the city you can travel in and around the city by means of local trains or choose other means of public transport which is easily available outside stations to travel in the city.
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Mumbai Central railway station are the main railway stations.
  • Taxis and buses are available at the stations to take you across the city.
  • Refer for train schedules and fares.


  • The city has some of the best and most economical means of public transport in India. One can choose from multiple transport options to commute within the city.
  • Local trains are the quickest and cheapest means to commute within the city. They can however get horrendously crowded especially during peak rush hours; visitors from outside Mumbai should exercise adequate caution in this regards.
  • You can buy single journey tickets at the station. There are two options:
    • First Class: These are more expensive then second class tickets; however you don’t have to queue up and can jump the line by going straight to the ticket counter. The first class compartments are comparatively less crowded (though not by much in peak hours!).
    • Second Class: These are very economically priced tickets. However the queues for getting these tickets tend to be much longer. The second class compartments also tend to be more crowded.
  • The train network has been divided into Western, Central and Harbour lines to make travel easy and faster.
  • A train pass, smart card or coupons can be used if one wishes to travel daily through local train transport. To diversify the crowd the metro train service was started in 2014 which connects various western and central areas.
  • The local train service operates from 4:00 am until 1:00 am and some trains also run up to 2.30 am. 


  • The Mumbai Metro is a Metro system serving the city of Mumbai.
  • Refer here for details.


  • If you are not used to crowded trains and buses, then taxis and rickshaws are a good option. They are available all around the city near bus stands, railway stations, airport, etc. and can generally be flagged on the streets as well.
  • As of December 2014, the minimum taxi fare is INR 21.00 for first 1.5 Km which increases by INR 13.96 per Km. The minimum rickshaw fare is INR 17.00 for first 1.5 Km which increases by INR 11.33 per Km. The night fares would be 25% extra for both and the service is available from 12:00 am to 5:00 am.
  • There are also various radio cab services available which you can book on the phone or through the internet:

You can find taxi fares for Mumbai on


  • Restaurants: You can tip 5-10% but this is not mandatory and if your bill includes service charge you do not need to give any tip.
  • Bars: Tipping at bars is unusual but if you give INR 50.00 to INR 100.00 to the bartender on your first drink you can enjoy trouble free service.
  • Taxis: Visitors are not expected to tip the taxi drivers in India.
  • Hotel Porters/Concierge: The Hotel Porters/ Concierge should be tipped INR 20.00 per bag.

Suggested itinerary

Mumbai in 3 Days (Source:


Day 1


Day 2


Day 3

  • Banganga Tank and Malabar Hill
  • Chor Bazaar 

Staying connected

  • India mainly uses GSM 900 and 1800 frequency bands. The phone must be unlocked to accept the country’s SIM card.
  • You can buy the SIM card at airport, markets, etc. Due to security reasons you may have to provide additional information for buying a SIM card.
  • You can recharge the SIM card online, markets, etc.
  • The following are the service providers in India for Prepaid SIM cards and Other Pay As You Go Options:

Eat / Drink


You will find cuisine from almost every part of the world in Mumbai. But to get the real taste of the flavors of Mumbai, you need to try the street food.

Mumbai has loads to offer in terms of food & drinks but the popular local dishes would include the street side Vada Pav, Chat items like Sev Puri, Bhel, Pani Puri, the famous Pav Bhaji, Misal Pav, various types of Dosas, Sandwiches, etc.

 Some of the famous local food joints and their specialities are:

  • Pav bhaji at Sardar's, Tardeo
  • Vada Pav at Anand, Vile Parle West
  • Pani puri at Elco Pani Puri Centre, Bandra West
  • Chicken tikka rolls at Bademiya, Colaba
  • Crab at Mahesh Lunch Home, Fort
  • Juices and milkshakes at Bachelorr's, Chowpatty Beach
  • Kheema Pav at Olympia Coffee House, Colaba
  • Bhel puri at Sharmajee's and Badshah's, Chowpatty Beach


Being a cosmopolitan city, Mumbai has variety of cuisines for people from all over the world. Some of the international cuisines available are Asian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Lebanese, Japanese and Continental.



  • Vetro 
    • Cuisine: Italian


Almost all restaurants serve vegetarian options, you can also find several only vegetarian restaurants in the city. Some of the restaurants which serve pure vegetarian are:






Mumbai is known for its nightlife. You will find various posh clubs and pubs all around the city. Some of the famous places are:

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