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Mumbai

BOMBAY? MORE LIKE BOM-BAE

If you’ve ever read any of my previous posts, you’ll know that I love exploring India. But perhaps you didn’t know that I also like seeing cities with oceans, lakes, or yea, I guess any body of water in general. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, which is right on the Great Lakes. Perhaps that plays a role in why I love coastal cities so much. Anywho, this is at least one reason why Mumbai is one of my favorite cities in India. This capital city has the same pace as Delhi but with more class. It’s cleaner and more enjoyable in my opinion. Even the rickshaws look nicer on this side of the country. In fact, it’s the 12th wealthiest city in the world. Obviously, there’s a concentration of money here and that can be seen in the infrastructure.

I love seeing the old heritage buildings found across Mumbai. The city is definitely modernized but has kept that Victorian charm. Take the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (which in fact is a UNESCO World Heritage site) as an example. Many buildings in the metropolis have a similar design and this all dates back to India under the British Raj. Some areas even have the look of Europe but the feel of India. I must put emphasis on the latter, as that what makes this city so special and unique of course.

In this guide you’ll find a list of spots not to miss, budgeting tips, and highlights of the city from personal experience.

TOP SIGHTS TO SEE IN MUMBAI

Gateway of India
Elephanta Island
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Marine Drive
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Road trip to Nasik
Taste local cuisine at Colaba Social
Stroll around Kala Ghoda

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – 2,060 RS (=$28) for a mid-range double room. Try to look for accommodation in one of the following areas: Colaba, Kala Ghoda, Bandra West, Marine Drive.

Food – budget around 1,719 RS (=$24) for two meals. But if you’re interested in incorporating street food you can reduce this amount by half (be wary of unsanitary food stalls). Vada pav, misal pav, and pav bhaji are absolute must-trys!

Transportation – Uber is a very cost-effective and reliable way to get around town. Much easier than trying to navigate the public transportation system. Be sure to budget at least 519 RS (=$8) per day for transportation costs.

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Suggested daily budget – 3,000 RS (roughly $48) (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a standard hotel, eating out sparingly, etc. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

Highlights

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Gateway of India Probably one of the coolest things you'll see in Mumbai and thus not to be missed. The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the British monarch's visit to India, which unfortunately wasn't completed in time. But today visitors can come to see this historical monument and come very close to it (though the center is blocked off). This is also the port for many ships.
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Colaba Social Just one of many 'Social' restaurants across the country- part of a successful restaurant chain . What makes them so successful in my opinion is their offering of local cuisines and their unique interior designs (differing across locations). By night, things get very ``social``, as the eatery transforms into a very happening pub.
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Marine Drive Where all the action happens! Take a stroll along this lovely promenade that stretches 3.6-kilometer-long. Catch stunning views overlooking the bay on one side and a glimpse of chic 5-star hotels and restaurants on the other. Pro tip: watch the sunset from the Intercontinental rooftop bar and restaurants. The views are unbeatable.
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Kala Ghoda Get to the heart of India's art culture in this hip and happening neighborhood of Mumbai. Known to be a hangout spot for artists and fashion designers, you can find trendy cafes and brand named stores around every corner. If given the chance, take a tour of the area to learn a little bit more about the history of Mumbai's heritage buildings and structures.

We hope some of these tips could help ease the planning process! If you’re looking for more suggestions on what to do in Mumbai check out our guide on 10 places not to miss in Mumbai (with stunning photos)!

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Hey, I'm Marissa! I'm a content curator based in Düsseldorf working for trivago (yes, that hotel metasearch site you've seen in countless ads). In my spare time, I love writing and snapping photos. Hope you enjoy reading. Please subscribe, it would mean the world to me <3

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