While Delhi may be the capital of India, Mumbai is the epitome of modern India. It is the home to the Bollywood film industry, the financial heart of India and the capital of fashion. In addition, next to the skyscrapers you will find the relics of India’s colonial past and bazaars. It is an inebriating mix of contrasts and a truly fascinating city, making it a must-visit for many travelling to India.
Mumbai is served by Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) which is the second busiest airport in India and among the fifty busiest airports in the world. As Mumbai is such a popular destination with businesses and holidaymakers alike, there are more than 45 flights a week from London to Mumbai. This gives you plenty of choice! It takes around 8 hours and 45 minutes to fly to Mumbai from London. However, if you choose an indirect flight, it will take around 14 hours. On average, the price of a return flight from London to Mumbai will cost you just less than £400. However, if you are traveling during August or June return flight prices range between £420 and £450.
Best Things to Do In Mumbai
While Mumbai does not have the sights that other locations in India has, it has plenty of attractions to keep you and the whole family amused.
There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Mumbai’s fashion capital. If you are looking for local designer shops and boutiques, head to the Kemp’s Corner area. As Mumbai is a major diamond epicentre, some real diamond bargains can be found in the Fort area, if you know what you are looking for. While in Mumbai, the bazaars are a must-visit. I you are looking for fabric, head to the Mangaldas Market. On the other hand if you are looking to purchase jewellery, visit the Zaveri Bazaar where you are guaranteed to find unique items and bargains.
While in the Bollywood capital, watching a Bollywood film is simply a must-do. Listings are posted in the newspapers and are accompanied by reviews. If you are not quite sure to watch, ask a member of hotel staff for a recommendation!
Unlike other destinations in India, Mumbai is exceptionally expensive. As hotels are in high demand in Mumbai, it is highly advisable that you book you accommodation well in advance. In addition, if you are looking for ways to cut accommodation costs, be sure to enquire if there are any seasonal discounts when booking your accommodation. Indeed, many hotels, especially during the quieter months, have special deals that they do not advertise online.
If you want a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea, your best bet is Marine Drive. Here you will find a whole manner of luxury hotels. Colaba-Fort has an impressive range of hotels to suit a variety of budgets, making it one of the most popular areas for visitors to stay in. Juhu is another popular location with travellers, especially those with those who are merely stopping over in Mumbai. Juhu is just half an hour away from the airport and has a great night scene.