Sightseeing in Mumbai
Get to Gateway of India early, before all the tourists, vendors and touts arrive. you’ll be able to enjoy the scene almost by yourself with any hassle.
Watch hundreds of Dabbawalas, men who distribute hundreds of thousands of lunch boxes across the city, collect their boxes from Churchgate station between 11:30 and 12:30pm
India enjoys hundreds of festivals throughout the year. Chances are there’ll be one taking place whilst you’re there, and the best central places to see how the locals celebrate are in the narrow streets in front of CST station and on Chowpatty Beach.
If you fancy a trip to Elephanta Island, buy your ticket at the ferry boat in order to avoid being ripped off.
Other Mumbai tips
If you don’t get picked out on the street to star in a Bollywood film, go and watch the end product at the glorious Art Deco Metro or Regal cinemas instead.
Transportation in Mumbai
Mumbai’s roads are heavily congested. If you need to take a taxi to or from the airport, allow plenty of time. The central Colaba area is compact enough to walk around (although ithis can be tiring if you’re here at the hottest times of the year).
According to Mumbai legend, the Taj Mahal Palace (overlooking the Gateway to India) was commissioned by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata after he was refused entry to the Apollo Hotel, because it had a strict Europeans-only policy. Vengeance must have been sweet, for the Apollo Hotel is no more and the Taj Mahal Palace remains one of the most opulent and celebrated in India.