Mumbai is India's largest city which is residing on the western side of the country the state of Maharashtra. Mumbai is considered the financial centre of the country. This city is designed by many Hindu temples and rock-cut architectures and has been a major tourist attraction throughout the years.
Elephanta Caves is located on the Elephanta or Gharapuri island at a distance of approximately 11 kilometres from Mumbai. This stunning rock-cut art and architecture are declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites and dated back to the 5th to 7th centuries and dedicated mostly to Lord Shiva. Travellers can easily take a ferry to reach this island from Elephanta Caves. These caves are grouped between two sections the first section is having five caves dedicated to Shiva and the second section is having a pair of caves dedicated to Lord Buddha.
These stone sculptures sculpted various themes of Lord Shiva such as 'Trimurti' or Three Headed Shiva, 'Gangadhar' which is a manifestation of the river Ganga as she descends to the earth, 'Ardhnareshwar' which is a reflection of Shiva and Parvati in the same body. These caves illuminate the belief of the Shaiva sect of Hindus. Elephanta caves have been the centre of attraction among tourists due to their architecture which reflects the early medieval belief and popular cults.
Marine Drive has been an identity of Mumbai city, 3.6 kilometres long arc-shaped boulevard is designed in south Mumbai and which begins from the end of the Nariman Point to Girgaum Chowpatty, popularly known as Chowpatty Beach. This place looks amazing the entire day, you can enjoy the sunset in the evening or can admire the view of the illuminating city after sunset.
People spend hours here to enjoy the view, it is a place which gives you the calmness and pauses from your busy life to just admire the nature. You will find some street food stalls here to chill with your friends and if you are with your loved ones then you will enjoy the sea view with the touch of starry nights which gives you the perfect romantic moment.
Gateway of India is located at the Apollo Bunder and was completed in the year of 1924 and took 13 years to complete. It was laid out in the honor of George the Fifth and Queen Mary in 1911 and proudly called Mumbai's Taj Mahal. It was constructed under the supervision of famous architect George Wittet and designed in the Indian, Arabic and Western styles of architecture. It has been one of the major tourist spots not only in Mumbai but surely in India itself. The night view of the Gateway of India from the sea is breathtaking and priceless. It is not only the preference of history and architecture students but it is happily admired by every person who wishes to see the charm of Mumbai city.
Prince of Wales Museum was founded by Prince of Wales on the 11th November 1905 and later converted into a museum in 1922 and now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay. Prince of Wales Museum is a blend of Indian, Mughal and British architecture. This museum is decorated with approximately 50,000 artefacts that inform about the rich culture and wide history of the Indian subcontinent. It is counted among one of the most prominent museums of India and recently some new galleries are added to the museum displaying the textiles, Indian traditional costumes and the artworks of Hindu God Krishna. This museum gives you a glimpse of India's rich culture and past.
The Winter Season in Mumbai stays from October to February and Mumbai's temperature ranges between 35 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius. Mumbai's weather in winter does not mean to be the chilly season but it offers a pleasant and clear view of an entire city. It is the season when you get Mumbai to its best and best to explore and preferred for street shopping. It is also a season for several festivities such as Christmas and New Year, every year numbers of travellers visit Mumbai to witness the epic celebration of Christmas and New Year.
In January you can witness the joyous celebration of the two-day Banganga music festival near Malabar Hills and it offers music and dance performances and a great option for shopping and photography either. In February National Centre for Performing Arts organize Mumbai International Film Festival every year for art lovers, this is a platform when short films, non-commercial movies and documentaries attract the audience.
On the island of Elephanta, there is a celebration of Elephanta festival each year to admire music, art and dance. And one of the major highlights of this season is Kala Ghoda Festival, this nine-day festival is a major treat of art, theatre, dance and music along with the arrangements of several workshops. Winter can be considered as the peak season of Mumbai so travellers are suggested to make bookings on accommodations and travel in advance.
The Summer Season in Mumbai is marked from March to May and Mumbai’s temperature stays between 25 degrees Celsius to 38 degrees Celsius. This season is not ideal to visit this beautiful city due to harsh, hot and humid weather conditions. However, you can visit Lonavala and Khandala to make your visit better. In this season you can take enjoyment in Essel World and Water Kingdom by engaging in water activities.
Worli Sea Face, Marine Drive are good options to enjoy sunset and sunrise and these areas are crowded with plenty of good cafes and restaurants to chill with your friends and family. Travellers can witness the epic celebrations of Maha Shivratri and Holi in this season as well. This is not the peak season hence; you will have some great deals on accommodations.
The Monsoon Season in Mumbai stays from June to September and Mumbai’s temperature fluctuates between 30 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius. Monsoon brings a huge relief from the harsh humidity of summer. Mumbai’s weather is brighter and fresher but a little bit humid as well in this season.
Mumbai’s rainy season is always considered a perfect romantic atmosphere to spend some good quality time with your loved ones. One of the major highlights of this season is the trademark Ganesh festival which is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and the entire city celebrates this auspicious festival with the engagement of music and dance, this festival is followed by Janmashtami another festival that is happily celebrated in Mumbai. It is a good season for nature lovers and photographers to capture some natural and amazing scenes.
- Mumbai Airport or Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is residing just 30 kilometres away from the main city covered an area of 1,850 acres. It is the second busiest airport in India after the Indira Gandhi International Airport with the dealing of more than 800 flights on daily basis and is widely connected to other prime cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Allahabad, Jaipur, Indore and Lucknow along with some international centres like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Sri Lanka, London, Paris, New York, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kathmandu and Onam.
Plenty of airline carriers such as Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, Air China, Lufthansa, Kuwait Airways, Air France, Iran Air and the Fly Emirates operate regular flights to Mumbai Airport. Once you reach the airport you can easily hire a cab or taxi to reach their hotels.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is residing in the heartland of Mumbai and well connected to other major cities such as Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Goa via wide railway networks. Mumbai Central Station, Dadar Railway Station and Kalyani Railway Station also serve this major city.
Train options such as Saurashtra Janta Express, Kutch SF Express, Saurashtra Mail, Sayaji Nagari Superfast Express and BDTS BVC SF Express do operate trains on daily basis from different locations of India. Buses, Cab and Taxis are available to travellers from outside the railway station.
- Mumbai Central Bus Station is the main bus terminal in the city. Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation-run wide variety of luxury, non-luxury and semi-luxury buses for local places like Bandara, Nasik, Solapur and Juhu. Inter-state buses are also available from locations like Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
Tourists do like to travel to Mumbai from their vehicles as well and it is a good option if you are heading from Pune which is 150 kilometres distance and approximate 3 hours driving via Mumbai-Pune Expressway, if you are heading from Goa then NH-17 and NH-66 are good options to take. Mumbai city shares good connectivity and well-maintained roads.
Sofitel Mumbai BKC-Luxury Brand by Accor is located at Bandra East and residing at a distance of 6.6 kilometres from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and it offers you the services of Bar, Bakery, Restaurant, ATM, Currency Exchange, Gym, Yoga, Steam and Sauna, Spa, Salon, Facial Treatment, Bakery, 24-hour Coffee Shop and Multilingual Staff along with other amenities.
The Leela Mumbai is situated at Andheri East at a distance of 1.7 kilometres from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and it provides you with the services of Bar, Restaurant, Currency Exchange, Gym, Night Club, Pub, Spa, Steam and Sauna, Salon, Concierge, Multilingual Staff and Paid Airport Transfers with some other services.
Taj Santacruz, Mumbai is residing at a distance of 560 meters and giving you the services of Bar, Restaurant, 24-Hour Coffee Shop, Currency Exchange, Yoga, Gym, Steam and Sauna, Spa, Salon, Aquarium, Multilingual Staff, Concierge Services and Paid Airport Transfers with some other basic services. All of these mentioned accommodation hotels are providing installed sanitisers, masks and gloves due to safety concerns.