Welcome to the city of dreams – Mumbai! It is full of dreamers and hard workers, starlets and celebrities, artists and realists, and a lot many people. Although, the city's heart lies in these people, there's much more to Mumbai that adds to its grandeur. The impressive colonial buildings, upscale markets, temples, chaotic streets and vibrant atmosphere of the city lure travellers to this magnificent land. Mumbai is not a city but a feeling where swanky fashion boutiques and colourful markets, fine dining restaurants and crowded street food stalls stand side by side. Not only this, Mumbai also houses India's most prolific film industry, Asia's largest slums and some of the most expensive homes in the country. Excited much? So come over and enjoy an eclectic mix of the most exhilarating places and emotions in the city that never sleeps.
Getting There: Mumbai being the gateway to India is extremely well connected by air, road and train to most of the places across the country. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Vile Parle and Domestic Airport in Santacruz are the two airports in the city. If you are considering travelling by rail, Mumbai headquarters Central and Western railway zones. The services from eastern and southern part of the country are handled by Central Railways, whereas that from the Northern part are handled by Western Railways. Some of the prominent railway stations in Mumbai are Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Victoria Terminus (VT), Dadar, Churchgate and Kurla. Mumbai is also easily accessible by road. It is connected to rest of India by state highways, and within the city BEST buses ply from one end to the other, thus making Mumbai's bus system as one of the best systems in the country.
Where To Stay: For an unforgettable excursion in and around Mumbai, and to experience the local culture and lifestyle, homestays in Mumbai are an ideal stay option. From beachfront luxury apartments to colonial villas and cosy homes, Travelguru has 46 properties available in Mumbai, which have been categorised as per the locality, property-type and theme. These homestays are spread across Kandivali, Goregaon, Malad, Andheri, Colaba and Santacruz to give you the flexibility to choose the location as per your choice. Sohum Homes, a cosy homestay in Andheri East allows people to unwind over vacation in a highly comfortable setting. The property is located at a prime location and in close proximity to the metro and local station, thus allowing an easy access to other parts of the city. Executive Solutions-Jamaica, Ssapphires-Navratna Apartment and Whitefield Service Apartment are some more Mumbai homestays located in Andheri. All the properties are equipped with modern facilities and allow for a comfortable stay. Situated in Powai, Green Apple Hospitality, Veridical Hospitality-Neptune Tower, Ssaphires-Panchvati, Ssapphires Neptune and Powai Vihar are a perfect potpourri of unique design and modern day hospitality. These cosy and charming homestays in Mumbai are where you can enjoy with your friends and family. If you want to stay in luxury, yet keep a check on the budget, there are a number of homestays in the city that will suffice the purpose. Executive Symphony in Kandivali West, Executive Anmol in Kandivali West, Lotus Apartment in Malad West, Explore Globe Apartment in Mulund and Gateway Homestay in Colaba are few properties that offer affordable stay without compromising on the quality of service and amenities offered.
While the idea of a homestay might sound alluring, it's important to choose a home-like accommodation wisely. Travelguru Homestays gives you an opportunity to choose from a wide range of properties; be it a cottage, a villa, an apartment, a resort, or a guest house. You can browse your options as per your convenience and book an oasis of comfort and tranquillity during your stay in Mumbai. Enjoy a traditional hospitality, taste authentic delicacies and get an insight into the local culture at a homestay in Mumbai.
What To See: Mumbai holds the grandest colonial-era architectural monuments, including the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Haji Ali Dargah and Victoria Terminus, to name a few. There are also a diverse range of options available for shopping and sightseeing. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Mumbai are Juhu Beach, Colaba Causeway, Kala Ghoda, Marine Drive, Bandra Bandstand, Mahalaxmi Temple, Crawford Market, Bandra Carter Road, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Film City and Elephanta Caves. While you are in this amazing city you must visit all these places to take in the best of Mumbai, but explore a little more and you will uncover some hidden gems – the unique bazaars, hipster enclaves, prime restaurants and nightlife.
What To Eat: Mumbai is a city of million hawkers; from pav bhaji to kebabs, vada pav and pani puri, you will get it all as the street food in Mumbai. Some of the food items that you must taste when in town are Channa Bhatura at Cream Centre, Kheema Pav at Olympia Coffee House, Bhel Puri at Sharmajee's and Badshah's, Pav Bhaji at Sardar's, Kebabs at Sarvi, Vada Pav at Anand, Crab at Mahesh Lunch Home, Juices and Milkshakes at Bachelorr's.
Where To Shop: Mumbai is a dream destination for all the shopaholics. There are some of the finest spots for street shopping in Mumbai, including Linking Road, Hill Road, Colaba Causeway, Crawford Market, Fashion Street, Lokhandwala Market, Hindmata Market, Zaveri Bazaar, Chor Bazaar and Lamington Road, to name a few. Go ahead and satiate the shopper's desire in you.
Insider's Tip: Explore Worli Village to get to know the Kohli community, the original inhabitants of Mumbai. Visit the fish market, the spice market and the Worli Fort.