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Mumbai Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Mumbai, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Indian
Time Difference 5.5 hours
Currency Rupee
Voltage 220V

Formerly known as Bombay, this charismatic, cosmopolitan and truly expansive city is the economic hub of India. Alongside art deco and grand colonial relics and temples, take the time to explore bazaars, parks, museums, shopping malls, beaches, and some of the finest restaurants and luxury hotels in the country. Home to Bollywood, you may also find yourself amongst the thousands of starlets and aspiring actors and artists hoping to make their name in the booming Indian film industry.

Highlights+
Elephanta Caves

Take a short boat ride across Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island, home to a labyrinth of fascinating rock-cut cave temples. Created between AD 450 and 750, these truly impressive carvings are now a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring a range of courtyards, halls, pillars, shrines and holy statues. A small museum explains the origins of the caves.

The Gateway of India and The Taj Mahal Palace

Built to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to India in 1911, The Gateway of India overlooks the harbour, placed to symbolise the entrance point of India if reached by sea. Just next to the arch, the famed Taj Mahal Palace hotel is the second-most photographed sight in India. As well as the impressive architecture, the hotel symbolises the growth of the city as a whole – it was the first in the country to employ women, the first with electricity, and it housed freedom fighters for no charge during the struggle for independence.

Bollywood

Mumbai is the home of Bollywood, an industry that creates over 900 films every year – twice that of Hollywood! Some of the major studios open their doors for visitor tours, allowing you to learn more about all things Bollywood – from hair and makeup, to special effects, to famous dance routines. The Mumbai International Film Festival (held in October each year) shows Bollywood blockbusters with English subtitles, making it an easy way to watch these world-renowned movies.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

This iconic train station showcases the unique architecture of colonial-era India – merging Islamic, Hindu and Victorian Gothic styles to create an extravagant building quite unlike any other. Explore this bustling terminus, characterised by magnificent domes, spires, turrets, gargoyles and stained glass.

Marine Drive

Showcasing the city’s wealth and financial power, Marine Drive is a curved seafront promenade, home to sleek offices, luxury hotels and swanky apartment blocks, many inspired by the art deco-style architecture of Miami. Dubbed the Queen’s Necklace, the curved road lights up at night, resembling a string of pearls in a necklace from above. Stroll along the 3.6km-long promenade overlooking the Arabian Sea, particularly spectacular during sunset.

Climate+

During October to March, temperatures in Mumbai hover around a pleasant 32C, made comfortable by the sea breezes. This is also the dry season. Between April and September, temperatures can reach way over 40C and this is when the most rain falls.
 

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Mumbai.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January310
February310
March330
April330
May3411
June32551
July30885
August30620
September31366
October3466
November345
December320

Getting There+

British Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Mumbai in around 9 hours.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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