Sitting proudly on the west coast of India and facing out into the Arabian Sea, Mumbai – formerly known as Bombay - is a heaving Asian city of 13 million, making it India’s largest (and one of the world’s more populous). An ancient trading hub, it retains all the trappings of global commerce, accounting for 40% of all India’s maritime trade. Although today, it’s as likely to be known for its status as the home of Bollywood as it is for its commercial credentials.
Take an hour-long ferry trip out from the city to Elephanta Island where a small train will take you directly to a whole complex of caves, intricately carved into the rock.
Must eat at:
Khyber at 145 MG Road is a must-visit gastronomic destination, where you can join the great and the good of Mumbai lording it over a meaty menu of kebabs, biryanis and leg of lamb.
Must be there for:
Visit the city at the end of summer and you’ll experience the awe-inspiring Ganesh Chaturthi. This 11-day Hindu Festival honours the elephant-headed God of wisdom and prosperity – when mud sculptures of the God are ceremonially dunked in the river.
· Mumbai has huge historical links to the UK – the original British East India Company was based here
· In June 2005, 944mm (37 inches) of rain fell in a single day.
British citizens need a visa to visit India for business or pleasure.
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|Language:||English, Hindi, Marathi|
|Time zone:||GMT +5.5 hours|
|Good for:||Singles, Couples|
|Holiday type||Beach, City break|
|Weather||Average maximum temperature: 27.2°C (average daily)
Rainfall: 2129mm a year