Travel to Mumbai and discover the city of dreams and multiple emotions
Off the coast of West India, along the long coastline to the Arabian Sea stretches Mumbai, an exotic and modern port, a major economic and entertainment center of vast India. Under the humidity of the heat and the monsoons, a city is spread, crammed on small islands, beautiful, charming and mysterious, displaying its wealth, its varied history and its tradition. The "city of dreams", according to the Indians, is a city full of energy and liveliness, a rising destination for every visitor looking for a unique life experience.
Mumbai, the port of the monsoons, lives in intense conditions, an impressive collage of contrasts, which define the character of the city and the culture of its inhabitants. Millions of people intertwine with monuments of historical memory and reveal a past fermented by the influences of colonialism and Indian philosophy.
Impressive monuments (Gateway of India) welcome every traveler, who wants to be introduced to the secrets of a city that is moved by its multicultural physiognomy and is renewed at the rapid pace of prosperity and development.
Indulge in the bustling atmosphere of the chaotic city, through routes to monuments and squares, wide boulevards (Marín drive) and open-air bazaars that convey in an unprecedented way feelings and pleasures of all kinds. Imposing temples (Siddhi Vinayak, Mumbai Devi Mahalakshimi) evoke awe and reverence for the gods, as they bow reverently over the city's urban atmosphere (Babulnath temple), leaving the gaze lost on the Indian skyline. Outdoor bazaars (Chor bazaar) bring out the authenticity of the Indian soul and lead the way of art and culture, through numerous galleries and museums that promote art (Art city, Kala Ghoda). Historical houses-museums (Mani Bhavan), as well as areas such as Bandra and Juhu reveal a backdrop of luxury and splendor, in the Indian metropolis, the "greatest of cities", where dreams can come true.
Food and local cuisine
Indian cuisine is a cuisine of rich flavors and impressive dishes. The local cuisine and the huge variety it presents in its choices reflect the many different traditions of the huge country. In the local cuisine, the main feature is the spices that flavor almost all the dishes. Try dishes with first quality ingredients such as biryani (rice with spices and marinated meat from chicken or lamb), tandosti chicken (chicken marinated in yogurt paste and spices served in a clay pot). Also try the baingan bharta (baked aubergine melted with a variety of vegetables and spices, served with thin bread and emerging as a top vegetarian choice. Taste local snacks, such as chaat, (round dough stuffed with vegetables and spices) or with pa potato pancake in sweet garlic bread). Also, try the delicious kulI which is the version of Indian ice cream, made from condensed milk, almonds and peanuts, that will excite you.
The best season to visit Mumbai
Ideally avoid the period June-September, as it is the season of monsoons and heavy rains. Alternatively choose the period October-April, keeping in mind that the temperatures and humidity levels have been rising since March.
How to move around Mumbai
Transfer from/to Mumbai
Mumbai International Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji, one of India's largest and busiest in Asia. Transportation from the airport to the city center is by taxi, outside the two terminals of the airport or rental car. Alternatively use local bus or train services, with the necessary care required due to the crowds.
The city is characterized by a lot of traffic and frequent traffic chaos. Transportation by public transport is considered difficult and time consuming, so the use of taxis or rental cars is ideally recommended. Due to the increased traffic on the streets of Mumbai, it is recommended that you be careful when traveling on foot. The same conditions prevail in the metro of the city.