Why choose a cruise to Mumbai?
Mumbai is a feast for the senses. Everywhere you look there’ll be something to delight or intrigue you. You’ll marvel over the city’s iconic landmarks, including the towering Gateway of India. You’ll be intrigued by scenes of local life, such as hundreds of dhobis washing and drying clothes in the waters of Dhobi Ghat. Then there are the numerous stalls serving mouthwatering street food.
You can also experience the city’s cosmopolitan side. You’ll encounter upmarket restaurants with panoramic views of the city, and trendy cocktail bars. The artsy neighbourhood of Bandra is renowned for its art galleries and bright, graphic street art. Around every corner is an unexpected surprise, and you’ll wish you could stay and explore for longer.
A guide to Mumbai’s hotspots
Stroll through Kala Ghoda, a hip neighbourhood bursting at the seams with art galleries, quirky cafés and fascinating historic buildings. The most well-known of these is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus train station. It’s a vast Gothic building of domes, turrets and spires, incorporating Hindu and Islamic architectural styles.
Take a ferry to Elephanta Island, just offshore. It’s a UNESCO heritage site where you’ll encounter subterranean cave temples covered in impressive carvings. They’re more than 1,000 years old.
Seek out some souvenirs at Chor Bazaar (the name means ‘thief’s market’), a maze of narrow winding lanes lined by hundreds of small shops. You’ll find everything here, from succulent kebabs to vintage cameras and Bollywod memorabilia. Don’t forget to bargain for the hidden treasures you find.
In the cool of early evening, saunter down Marine Drive, a crescent-shaped boardwalk running alongside the ocean. It’s a popular promenading spot for both locals and tourists, and consequently great for people-watching. Vending carts serve hot chai and chaat (tea and snacks), and you’ll even find maalish walas who offer head and foot massages to customers.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Mumbai
The best time to visit Mumbai
One of the best times to visit Mumbai is during the dry months of December and January, when the temperature averages 24°C-26°C. This balmy weather is perfect for sightseeing.
The monsoon reaches its height in July and August. Visit during September when the rains have eased off (and temperatures average 28°C) for Mumbai’s most important Hindu festival, Ganesh Chaturthi. On the last day of festivities, hundreds of idols are submerged in the sea.
Did you know?
· Mumbai is famed for its dabbawallahs – men who deliver lunch to thousands of office workers, using an intricate colour-coded labelling system
· Slumdog Millionaire was filmed in Mumbai
· The world’s most expensive house can be found in Mumbai
· Mumbai is the centre of the Bollywood film industry