What constitutes the Mumbai experience? Colourful markets, stately Victorian architecture, and delectable dishes in world-class restaurants. And when your belly’s full and your mind racing with the wonder of it all, an evening stroll on the Colaba foreshore.
Mumbai is the Hollywood of India. It has its own distinct sense of hope and history. The quintessential day here starts when your train pulls into the iconic CST: your first taste of Mumbai’s grand and imposing Victorian-fusion architecture. Exiting the busy station the streets are wider and cleaner than other Indian capitals. Stately 1950s cabs and bright red buses await your custom: observe the colour and energy of the city through the window on the way to your hotel.
Throw yourself back into it at Crawford market. Another icon of British Bombay, the Norman-Gothic exterior here covers a magical selection of stalls. Sample a sweet mango in the fruit and veg section and admire the quirky antiques in Chor Bazaar and the reams of silk in Mangaldas Market. Then cross the road to Rajdhani for a mouthwatering Rajasthani thali.
After lunch, stroll around Maidan Oval. Here India’s cricket obsession is played out in a uniquely Mumbai setting: palm trees, blocks of flats and grandiose colonial buildings. The High Court, inspired by a German castle, and the University of Mumbai, resembling a 15th-century French-Gothic triumph, are the stars of this setting. Go inside the High Court to see the pageantry of the court proceedings. You’re allowed and you should.
Finish the day with another gorgeous meal and a stroll along the Colaba foreshore. You’ll pass the Gateway of India arch and the Taj Mahal Palace, still impressive and a testament to Mumbai’s resilience following the 2008 attacks by gunmen.
Travel Advice and Tips Mumbai Tour
During your stay in Mumbai, do not miss –
- Marine Drive, the “Croisette” Bombay, Nariman Point to Chowpatty Beach
- the business district of Fort
- the lively districts of Church Gate and Victoria Station
- the village of Banganga tank on the edge of Malabar Hill
- the Taj Mahal Hotel and the Gateway of India
- the tourist area of Colaba
- The Prince of Wales museum
- the markets in the north of Victoria Station: Crawford Market (Les Halles covered), Zaveri Bazaar (market to jewelry), Null Bazaar (the fish market held by women)
- Mani Bhavan, the House of Ghandi when he resided in Bombay
- Must do Excursion from Mumbai on Elephant Island
What to Taste: The specialties
Often Indian all restaurants in Mumbai is a vegetarian even if you non-vegetarian and chicken and mutton are also proposed. The cow is a sacred animal in India, the consumption of beef is absolutely prohibited in the India. Only some restorers in Bombay offer pieces of beef.
Faithful to its reputation, the Indian restaurant is excessively Spicy, which can pose some problems of adaptation for the Western stomachs little accustomed. Bombay abounds nevertheless of restaurants offering a western food.
The major culinary are found in Bombay are
- Dal – A dish of lentils in sauce
- Tandoori – Pieces of meat or fish macerated in Spicy Yogurt and cooked in the tandoor (oven in land)
- Biryani – Dishes of rice pilaf perfumed with saffron cooked with or without meat, and cooked to the suffocated in the Tandoor.
- Paneer – Local cheese close to the Cottage cheese English
- Naans – Rotis or chapatis (breads)