Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, has been the land of opportunities for people all over India and has rightly earned the name of the ‘City of Dreams’. It is the city that never sleeps with businesses running 24-hours a day and the never-ending buzz of traffic and people. It is one of the world’s top 10 centers for commerce and is the wealthiest city in India with one of the highest GDPs in Asia. This has also given Mumbai the title of India’s financial and commercial capital. The city is home to over 21 million people and is the most populous metropolitan in the country. Mumbai’s culture is an amalgamation of traditional festivals, cinema, theatre, art, music, food and beaches. Combine the rich history of the city with a population comprising of several communities and you have a fascinating travel destination.
Best Time to Visit Mumbai - Mumbai is located on the Konkan coast and is set at an elevation of just 14 m above sea level, giving the city a tropical wet and dry climate. The average annual temperature is around 27° C (81 °F) and is humid all year. Although Mumbai enjoys a constant flock of visitors throughout the year, it is best to travel to the city in the winter during the months of November to February. Mumbai celebrates many festivals including Durga Puja, Gudhi Padava, Nariyal Poornima, the Bandra Fest and Diwali. But the one festival you have to see is Ganesh Chaturthi. The city plans months ahead for the city and has processions of thousands of people coming together to celebrate. Several good hotels in Mumbai are packed during this festival, so go ahead and book a room in advance.
Given the immense popularity of Mumbai, it is no wonder that there are abundant choices when it comes to accommodation. You can find hotels that range from extravagant 5-star properties, sea-view hotels, beachside resorts to serviced apartments, and 2-star and 3-star rated budget hotels in Mumbai. A few of the best hotels offer a taste of an extravagant lifestyle, with international standards of cuisine and amenities. If you're looking to explore the city without making a hole in your wallet, then book hotels in Mumbai with humble ratings that offer great service and comfort.
Best Places to Stay in Mumbai - If you are looking for accommodation in the city, it is no secret that the best hotels in Mumbai are located in the poshest neighbourhoods. If you’re in town on business, you’ll find a number of well-rated hotels near Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) , a popular commercial hub in Bandra East, and hotels in Sakinaka, a business district in Andheri East. You’ll also find a number of suitable hotels in Navi Mumbai that are close to important places of interest and corporate offices. If you’re in town for a short while on a tight schedule, you can find a range of excellent hotels near Mumbai Airport, the Bandra Railway Station or even the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. If you’re looking for places to stay in Mumbai, why not choose the uptown, posh localities of the west. Hotels in Bandra will keep you in the middle of it all with popular restaurants, boutiques and places of interest all within proximity.
Events in Mumbai - Mumbai has a number of events and festivals that you can be a part of. Ganesh Chaturthi in the city is the biggest celebration and is the perfect time to see the city in all its grandeur. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a beautiful exhibition of Mumbai’s unique culture through film, dance, music, art and theatre. You can also attend the week-long Bandra fair that gathers people of all faiths to celebrate the birthday of Mary the mother of Jesus in September. Being the birthplace of Indian cinema, Mumbai has innumerable theatres that screen movies in any language. To appreciate independent talent, attend the Mumbai International Film Festival which features short films, documentaries and animated films for budding artists. If you want to attend any of these festivals, start making Mumbai hotel bookings way in advance.
Experiences in Mumbai - If you’re in town for a week or so, find accommodation in Mumbai that’s close to popular attractions. For a bit of sightseeing, visit the iconic Gateway Of India that overlooks the Arabian Sea. Other popular destinations are Juhu Beach, Haji Ali Dargah, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and Rajabai Clock tower, among others. For a unique experience of the city, visit the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat and Dharavi Slum. Mumbai’s street food circuit is an experience of its own. Savour steaming ‘Pav Bhaji’, ‘Bhel Puri’ and ‘Kababs’ among other mouth-watering dishes from street vendors. Many of the best Mumbai hotels house upscale restaurants where you can enjoy a hearty meal. If you’re in the mood for something upscale, visit restaurants like Indigo, Khyber restaurant or Cafe Leopold. For a rush of adrenaline, visit the Hakone Amusement Park, H2O Water Sports or Adlabs Imagica. To shop for antiques, trinkets, electronics and other interesting items head to commercial areas like Chor Bazaar and Colada Causeway Market. Only a fraction of what one of the world’s greatest cities has to offer, Mumbai is truly unique. Heading there soon? Book a Treebo hotel to enjoy a pleasant stay! Located about 10 km from here are the Elephanta Caves - one of the oldest rock cut structures in India.