Holidays to Mumbai
Mumbai is a kaleidoscope of colours, scents, sights, and sounds. Here traditional markets share real estate with soaring skyscrapers, street food vendors sell snacks in front of five star restaurants, and people from all over the world gather in this centre of commerce, fashion, entertainment, and cuisine. Travellers who are seeking a captivating city break will find Mumbai to be an experience like no other.
What to see and do on a Holiday to Mumbai
One of the best ways to experience Mumbai is to spend a day shopping at the markets and shops in the city. Start your day at Crawford Market fuelling up with a delicious thali, a heaping plate of rice, curry, and vegetables, as you watch shoppers haggle over household goods. Move on to Mangaldas Market to peruse exquisite silks and textiles, hit up Chor Bazaar for interesting antiques, and revamp your wardrobe at the Fashion Street Market.
Bargaining is essential in the markets, and a great opportunity to interact with local people.
For some history and culture, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Elephanta Caves, just a short drive from the city centre. Here you will find a mix of Hindu and Buddhist sculpture and shrines carved directly out of the rocks. The caves date back to the 5th century, and are a good example of how various religions have co-existed in this part of India for centuries. Another interesting site is the Haji Ali Dargah, a mosque and tomb of a revered saint. Dargah sits on a small island just off the shore, and can only be reached via a causeway at low tide.
Visitors on a holiday to Mumbai are never far from divine food and drink. You can find almost any type of cuisine you have a craving for in this diverse city. However, food lovers will want to try the multitude of Indian dishes from every corner of the country at the food stalls, street vendors, markets, and restaurants here. Try savoury kebabs, rich Butter Chicken, crispy deep fried fish, Vada Pav, a spiced potato patty in bread, or piping hot samosas.
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