Mumbai Holidays

Your Mumbai holiday

The seven islands that form the Mumbai metropolitan area were inhabited by fisherman from as early as 2000 BC.
For thousands of years the area was presided over by a series of Hindu dynasties. After a brief period under Islamic rule, the arrival of conquerors from Portugal in the 1500s marked the beginning of centuries of Western dominance over commerce and culture.
The port town was then named “Bom Bahia” (Good Bay), which evolved into Bombay after the British seized control in the 1660s.
The islands were leased to the East India Company for a paltry fee, and the city grew rapidly as it developed into a trading hub. The cotton industry spearheaded the economic boom in the 19th century, particularly at the time of the American Civil War (1861–65). During this period, some of the city’s most iconic landmarks were constructed.
Towards the end of that century, the first stirrings of an Indian independence movement were felt, with Bombay a focal point for dialogue and disruptive action.
It was the arrival point for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who would later be seen as the father of the independent nation, on his return to the country from South Africa in 1915. And then it was the departure point for the last British troops to leave India in 1948.
Since independence, the city has expanded outwards and upwards and in 1996 was renamed Mumbai. It has developed into a major international financial centre and the home of the world’s biggest film industry: Bollywood.

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Mumbai Holidays

Taj Mahal Palace and Tower

5 stars
4.8 / 5 23 reviews
Location and Heritage: Located conveniently close to business district, Mumbai port and opposite the iconic monument - Gateway of India. The iconic and heritage building which has been synonmous to Mumbai over the last 106 years. Restoration: Completely restored theme suites, Palace Rooms and Restaurants by five leading international design houses. Unique and Authentic experience of Suites and Palace Rooms. Unique dining experiences in iconic restaurants and bars. Grand Conference Room - home to legendary celebrations over the century.
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Nightly rates from £91.29

Taj Lands End

5 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews
1) The Taj Lands End is located in one of the most scenic and strategic areas of Mumbai. The hotel offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea, Worli Sea Link and the cityscape while offering easy access to the business and entertainment district of Mumbai. 2) Taj Lands End has one of the largest rooms in North Mumbai. All rooms are sea facing. 3) Only hotel in North Mumbai affiliated to The Leading Hotels of the World. 4) Some of the cities finest restaurants - Masala Bay (Serves contemporary Indian cuisine) Ming-Yang (Serves authentic Shezwan cuisine) Vista (All day contemporary eatery) Maritime by San Lorenzo ( serves Italian food) and Atrium Lounge (Serves coffees and teas, cognacs and light food). 5) The banqueting area encompasses a staggering 55,000 sq. ft. of banqueting space amongst the largest and the most sought after venues in the city. Select rooms at this property are designated as Green Rooms as part of our EARTH initiative and can be requested by entering Green Room Preferred in the Special Request field during the reservation process. Taj InnerCircle members will receive 15 percent extra Taj InnerCircle Points with stay in an Green Room. For a complete list of amenities for these rooms and any additional information, please contact us at reservations@tajhotels.com
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Nightly rates from £85.74

Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach

4 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews
Located in the financial capital of Mumbai, the home of Bollywood and the heart of modern India, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach is ideal for business guests, as well as those on holidays. Situated on the beach overlooking the Arabian Sea, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach is just 12.4 miles (20 km) from downtown Mumbai and offers 203 contemporary rooms, each with a media hub for connectivity and entertainment, plus an array of restaurants and bars, a spa, outdoor swimming pool, health club and sauna.
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Nightly rates from £62.52

Four Seasons Mumbai

5 stars
Not yet reviewed
The Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai offers a cocoon of unrivaled comfort and service in the emerging worli district of the city. Located in a gleaming modern glass tower, this hotel offers convenient access to the financial quarter, film and television regions and the citys many sights. Guest rooms are the largest in the city and feature interiors decorated with a mix of mahogany, rich fabrics, and high tech amenities including lcd television, dvd player and wired or wireless high speed internet access. The spacious marble bathrooms offer a deep soaking tub and separate glass walled rain shower. The hotel offers fine dining and resort like amenities including a health club, spa, and large pool. Sleek sophistication and the gracious hospitality of our staff will make every stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai memorable
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Nightly rates from £75.42

Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel

5 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews
Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel is a luxury hotel catering to the discerning Mumbai, India, traveler. Nestled on the banks of Powai Lake, our convenient location is in close proximity to Mumbai's domestic and international airports. We offer 583 well-appointed, ergonomically designed guest rooms, suites and duplexes to help you unwind after a long day of sightseeing or meetings. Our Mumbai, India, luxury hotel also boasts a 12,500-square-foot Executive Lounge, the largest of its kind in the country, featuring a sun deck terrace, foot reflexology, library, boardrooms and a central bar. We are one of the few luxury hotels in Mumbai, India, with 230,000 square feet of innovative indoor and outdoor event space to suit a multitude of occasions. When looking for a bite to eat, excite your palate with a wide range of dining options including Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisine. Guests at our luxury hotel in Mumbai, India, can also revive their mind and body at Club Renaissance Spa and Health Club.
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Nightly rates from £77.40

Hyatt Regency Mumbai

5 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews
Spread across 4 acres in the North of Mumbai, the 401 room glass structure is located 01 km from the international airport and 5 km from the domestic terminals and caters primarily to the discerning business and leisure traveler.
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Nightly rates from £52.90

Sofitel Mumbai BKC

5 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews
Offering a strategic location and first class service, Sofitel Mumbai BKC is the premier luxury hotel in Mumbai. With easy access to the Bandra Kurla Centre commercial district, it offers 302 rooms and suites, refined amenities and the best in modern technology and will be a landmark address in the city. The Hotel proposes multiple dining options, conferencing, pool, India’s first SO Spa and So Fit Concept and Club Millesime, a haven for the business and leisure traveler.
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Nightly rates from £60.65

ITC Grand Central, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Mumbai

5 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews
The vibrant centre of Mumbai is now home to ITC Grand Central, Mumbai. We are conveniently located in the midst of the business and recreational action. The colourful patchwork of the citys cultures – its colonial past, modern present, old English charm, and warm Indian hospitality – fill our hotel with an fabled grandeur. Revel in the discerning and inviting service at our delicious restaurants. Presenting a variety of international cuisines to suit any taste, you are sure to find something to your liking. We extend a gracious welcome to guests of all ages, including the younger set who will appreciate our VIK (Very Important Kids) Program. 242 guest rooms and suites are infinitely appealing, with a light colour scheme and soft furnishings. Conveniently designed for international travellers, all rooms feature outlets that can accommodate both European and American electrical equipment. Majestic surroundings and seemingly effortless service create a memorable experience at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai.
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Nightly rates from £86.13

JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai

5 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews
The Newly Refurbished JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai is one of the premier luxury hotels in Bombay. Located on the Juhu beach, overlooking the scenic waters of the Arabian Sea, this Mumbai luxury hotel's guest rooms and restaurants are favorite hotspots of Bollywood celebrities and business travelers. Featuring 14,000 square feet of stunning event space, this luxury hotel offers some of the most lavish venues for meetings, weddings, events and receptions. After the work day is done, enjoy our luxury hotel in Mumbai, India and its award-winning Quan Spa, sparkling outdoor pools and on-site restaurants that offer the perfect way to relax, mix and mingle. When the evening comes to a close, guests will find that our Bombay luxury hotel's accommodations offer everything they need to unwind, including breathtaking sea views, plush beds, high-speed Internet access and luxurious baths. Experience a luxury vacation like none other when you make your stay at this luxury hotel in Mumbai - JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai.
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Nightly rates from £88.57

InterContinental MARINE DRIVE-MUMBAI

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews
A breathtaking location in the heart of the citys business and financial district, this Mumbai hotel offers intimate modern luxury alongside sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy award winning-cuisine, including menus from world-renowned chef, Ian Kittichai, or encounter the best sunset views in town from the rooftop pool of this Mumbai hotel. For the more adventurous, explore the seafront, the spectacular Victoria Station or local sites of interest, including Mani Bhavan, Gandhiji's home.
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Nightly rates from £86.37
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Hotels

Mumbai Hotels

Nightly rates from £91.29

Taj Mahal Palace and Tower

5 stars
4.8 / 5 23 reviews
Location and Heritage: Located conveniently close to business district, Mumbai port and opposite the iconic monument - Gateway of India. The iconic and heritage building which has been synonmous to Mumbai over the last 106 years. Restoration: Completely restored theme suites, Palace Rooms and Restaurants by five leading international design houses. Unique and Authentic experience of Suites and Palace Rooms. Unique dining experiences in iconic restaurants and bars. Grand Conference Room - home to legendary celebrations over the century.
Value Breakfast, Upgrade, 20% F&B Disc
Nightly rates from £85.74

Taj Lands End

5 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews
1) The Taj Lands End is located in one of the most scenic and strategic areas of Mumbai. The hotel offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea, Worli Sea Link and the cityscape while offering easy access to the business and entertainment district of Mumbai. 2) Taj Lands End has one of the largest rooms in North Mumbai. All rooms are sea facing. 3) Only hotel in North Mumbai affiliated to The Leading Hotels of the World. 4) Some of the cities finest restaurants - Masala Bay (Serves contemporary Indian cuisine) Ming-Yang (Serves authentic Shezwan cuisine) Vista (All day contemporary eatery) Maritime by San Lorenzo ( serves Italian food) and Atrium Lounge (Serves coffees and teas, cognacs and light food). 5) The banqueting area encompasses a staggering 55,000 sq. ft. of banqueting space amongst the largest and the most sought after venues in the city. Select rooms at this property are designated as Green Rooms as part of our EARTH initiative and can be requested by entering Green Room Preferred in the Special Request field during the reservation process. Taj InnerCircle members will receive 15 percent extra Taj InnerCircle Points with stay in an Green Room. For a complete list of amenities for these rooms and any additional information, please contact us at reservations@tajhotels.com
Value Early Bird - Save 10% on your stay
Nightly rates from £62.52

Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach

4 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews
Located in the financial capital of Mumbai, the home of Bollywood and the heart of modern India, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach is ideal for business guests, as well as those on holidays. Situated on the beach overlooking the Arabian Sea, Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach is just 12.4 miles (20 km) from downtown Mumbai and offers 203 contemporary rooms, each with a media hub for connectivity and entertainment, plus an array of restaurants and bars, a spa, outdoor swimming pool, health club and sauna.
Value Rate includes breakfast
Nightly rates from £75.42

Four Seasons Mumbai

5 stars
Not yet reviewed
The Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai offers a cocoon of unrivaled comfort and service in the emerging worli district of the city. Located in a gleaming modern glass tower, this hotel offers convenient access to the financial quarter, film and television regions and the citys many sights. Guest rooms are the largest in the city and feature interiors decorated with a mix of mahogany, rich fabrics, and high tech amenities including lcd television, dvd player and wired or wireless high speed internet access. The spacious marble bathrooms offer a deep soaking tub and separate glass walled rain shower. The hotel offers fine dining and resort like amenities including a health club, spa, and large pool. Sleek sophistication and the gracious hospitality of our staff will make every stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai memorable
Value Save 15% on your stay
Nightly rates from £77.40

Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel

5 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews
Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel is a luxury hotel catering to the discerning Mumbai, India, traveler. Nestled on the banks of Powai Lake, our convenient location is in close proximity to Mumbai's domestic and international airports. We offer 583 well-appointed, ergonomically designed guest rooms, suites and duplexes to help you unwind after a long day of sightseeing or meetings. Our Mumbai, India, luxury hotel also boasts a 12,500-square-foot Executive Lounge, the largest of its kind in the country, featuring a sun deck terrace, foot reflexology, library, boardrooms and a central bar. We are one of the few luxury hotels in Mumbai, India, with 230,000 square feet of innovative indoor and outdoor event space to suit a multitude of occasions. When looking for a bite to eat, excite your palate with a wide range of dining options including Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisine. Guests at our luxury hotel in Mumbai, India, can also revive their mind and body at Club Renaissance Spa and Health Club.
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Flights

Flights to Mumbai

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Mumbai Mon, 5 May - Fri, 23 May £377
Manchester Mumbai Tue, 17 Jun - Tue, 24 Jun £413
Birmingham Mumbai Wed, 11 Jun - Wed, 18 Jun £410
Goa Mumbai Tue, 17 Jun - Fri, 20 Jun £76
Bangkok Mumbai Tue, 6 May - Tue, 13 May £138
New Delhi Mumbai Mon, 9 Jun - Fri, 27 Jun £125
Glasgow Mumbai Thu, 8 May - Sat, 31 May £452
Kathmandu Mumbai Thu, 22 May - Mon, 2 Jun £221
Dubai Mumbai Sun, 25 May - Tue, 3 Jun £154
Singapore Mumbai Sat, 7 Jun - Sat, 14 Jun £201
Newcastle Upon Tyne Mumbai Tue, 29 Apr - Mon, 12 May £435
Aberdeen Mumbai Thu, 15 May - Sat, 31 May £421
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Mumbai highlights

  • Watch a cricket match at the Wankhede Stadium

    Watching cricket might be a serene activity in England, but here in India, where the sport is a national obsession, going to a match is an altogether different experience. More than 40,000 people can fit into the circular Wankhede Stadium, and when the national team is playing the atmosphere in the ground is electric. Check who’s playing before you leave home, as international matches generally sell out a long time in advance.

    Get into Bollywood

    Mumbai is synonymous with Bollywood, and a trip to Film City, the set of many films, is a great way to glimpse the inner workings of this massive industry. If you get lucky, you could even end up appearing in a Bollywood film yourself, as producers are often on the lookout for Westerners to play extras in the dancing scenes.
    Either way, make sure you watch one of the finished products before you leave India—the raucous audience is often as entertaining as the film.

    Browse the City Bazaars

    The real soul of Mumbai is found in the pulsating street markets. You’ll find huge areas dedicated to jewels, spices, antiques, flowers, and just about anything you might be persuaded to buy.
    Interesting highlights are the Anglo-centric Crawford Market and Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market), which once sold knock-off goods but now focus more on antique furniture. Whichever you choose, come prepared to bargain—it’s part of the culture and the only way to get a good price.

    Stroll along Chowpatty Beach

    Though a city of 14 million is never going to provide a beach holiday, a visit to Chowpatty is a must during a stay in Mumbai. The water is not enticing for a swim, but the atmosphere along the beachfront comes to life in the evenings, when families, groups of friends, and tourists gather for a variety of food and entertainment options.
    Here you can sample the best market food the city has to offer, including the Mumbai classic Bhelpuri (puffed rice, noodles, and vegetables in a chutney sauce).

Top Mumbai attractions

  • Mumbai

    Gateway of India

    Built in the 1920s, this landmark took on symbolic significance when the last British personnel left the country by passing through the giant archway shortly after India declared independence.
    Looking out over the Arabian Sea, the gateway is also a symbol of how Mumbai’s modern development has been influenced heavily by international—and particularly Western—culture. The area is a hive of activity, with many locals joining the hordes of gawping tourists in the late afternoon.

    The Elephanta Caves

    A few kilometres off the Mumbai coast are the magnificent caves of Elephanta Island. Temples masterfully carved into the rock around 1,000 years ago depict the mighty Hindu God Shiva as the Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer of the universe. Throughout the day, passenger boats to the island frequently leave from the mainland not far from the Gateway of India.

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

    Formerly known (and sometimes still referred to) as the Prince of Wales museum, this grand building was designed in the Indo-Saracenic style typical of British construction in the city around the turn of the 20th century. Inside the imposing structure is a vast collection of sculptures, paintings, and weapons that illustrate the fascinating history of the region.

    Haji Aji Mosque

    A legacy of the brief Islamic rule over Mumbai, this 15th-century mosque is built in the sea a few hundred metres off the city’s West coast and can only be reached at low tide by a walkway. Despite the awkward access, thousands of worshippers come to receive a blessing from the saint whose name the building takes.

    Banganga Tank

    Part of a temple built almost a millennium ago in honour of Shiva, the water in this tank here is considered as holy as that of the sacred Ganges River. Stand at the edge and gaze up at the shiny skyscrapers and apartment tower for a snapshot of Mumbai’s contrasting cultures.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

Mumbai holiday travel tips

  • Airport Arrival

    Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is a little over 30 km from the centre, but the journey can take up to two hours due to traffic congestion around the city. You can get a prepaid taxi or one with a meter from outside the terminal, but watch out for unlicensed taxis that charge exorbitant amounts.
    Note that the domestic terminal is a long way from the international one, and you’ll need to use the free shuttle service if going from one to the other.

    Getting Around

    Moving around Mumbai is not as complicated as it first appears—there are plenty of double-decker buses and taxis and a relatively efficient network of suburban trains. Everything is really cheap, but also extremely crowded—be patient, and keep a strong grip on your belongings.
    You could also consider a car hire in Mumbai, though be warned that driving in the city can be an exasperating, and potentially dangerous, affair.

    Vaccinations

    The whole of India carries an elevated malaria risk, and preventative treatment is necessary for travel here. Note that some malaria medication needs to be taken before travel and if you are taking pills, you should not think twice about seeking medical advice if you get sick after coming home.
    No other vaccinations are mandatory, but you should get injections for hepatitis (A+B) and typhoid if you are not already protected.

    Health and Hygiene

    In Mumbai, water from the tap should not be drunk or even used to brush your teeth. High-quality bottled water is cheap and readily available in India. In bars and restaurants, be careful about ordering drinks with ice cubes, or mixed with ice (lassis).
    Mild stomach problems are common for Western travellers to India, due to the big and sudden change in diet and weather. Stay rehydrated, and visit a doctor if your upset stomach lasts beyond two days.

    Safety and Security

    Most travellers to India do not suffer any problems. However, Mumbai is an enormous city with extremes of inequality, and street crime does inevitably exist. Western tourists stand out in crowds and could be targets for pickpockets and bag snatchers.

Where to stay in Mumbai

  • There are thousands of sleeping options in this sprawling metropolis, so finding a hotel in Mumbai that fits with your holiday desires and budget isn’t a challenge.

    The grandest place to stay by far is the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (Apollo Bunder). Rubbing shoulders with the Gateway of India, this century-old monument to British Bombay will welcome you the same way it has all manner of dignitaries and celebrities. Rooms and common areas are regally adorned with wooden furnishings, art masterpieces, and fine crystal chandeliers. The hotel was one of the targets in the terrorist attacks against the city in 2008, but it fully reopened two years later as a symbol of resistance.

    Owned by the same group, but with a far more contemporary take on luxury is the Vivanta by Taj President Hotel. Even the basic rooms are immaculately appointed with a mixture of classic furniture and chic design—upgrade to the deluxe suite for a real taste of the good life. Vivanta’s six dining options, offering anything from Western Indian seafood dishes to Italian classics, come highly recommended.

    The ITC Grand Central Hotel ticks all the boxes as a top-end accommodation. The location and design are both excellent—little touches like plug sockets that accept US and European appliances are an example of the attention to detail that many hotels lack. This is a family-oriented place with a special VIK (very important kids) programme to keep the young ones entertained.

Mumbai restaurants

  • Rub shoulders with Mumbai’s upper crust at Khyber (145, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort). The raan, a whole leg of slow-cooked lamb, is the most famous dish at this top-end establishment, but any of the Northern Indian style curries on the extensive menu will leave you satisfied.

    Minimalist décor and modern art give Cream Centre (various, including Blue Heaven, Linking Road, Bandra) a youthful appearance. But this popular vegetarian chain has been selling channa bhutara (chickpeas and puffy bread) for half a century and is still going strong. Today’s menu is also full of inventive fusion dishes, incorporating flavours from Mexican, Lebanese, and Italian cuisine.

    For traditional Parsi cuisine—think Persian food prepared the Indian way—come to Ideal Corner (12, F/G, Hornby View, Gunbow Street, Fort). The meaty dishes are perfectly spiced and seasoned; combined with the restaurant’s cheerful atmosphere, they keep people coming back for more.

    Swati Snacks (248 Karai Estate, Tardeo Road) has recently undergone a major facelift, but thankfully the menu full of traditional vegetarian snacks hasn’t changed. You can try a range of local specialties, including panki chutni, savoury crepes wrapped in a parcel of banana leaves.

    Bang in the middle of the trendy Colaba area, Delhi Darbar (Colaba Causeway, SBS Road) stands out from the crowd for its phenomenal Mughlai food. You’ll recognise a lot of the dishes on the menu from curry houses back home, but you’ll still be blown away when you taste them as they are supposed to be prepared.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations

    The whole of India carries an elevated malaria risk, and preventative treatment is necessary for travel here. Note that some malaria medication needs to be taken before travel and if you are taking pills, you should not think twice about seeking medical advice if you get sick after coming home.
    No other vaccinations are mandatory, but you should get injections for hepatitis (A+B) and typhoid if you are not already protected.

    Health and Hygiene

    In Mumbai, water from the tap should not be drunk or even used to brush your teeth. High-quality bottled water is cheap and readily available in India. In bars and restaurants, be careful about ordering drinks with ice cubes, or mixed with ice (lassis).
    Mild stomach problems are common for Western travellers to India, due to the big and sudden change in diet and weather. Stay rehydrated, and visit a doctor if your upset stomach lasts beyond two days.

    Safety and Security

    Most travellers to India do not suffer any problems. However, Mumbai is an enormous city with extremes of inequality, and street crime does inevitably exist. Western tourists stand out in crowds and could be targets for pickpockets and bag snatchers.

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