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Mumbai, India

Mumbai

Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a modern city teeming with a vibrant culture, architectural wonders and millions of people.

Famous for its diversity, this vast metropolis is India’s most-populous city, and it is one of the largest and most densely populated urban areas in the world, full of wonderfully friendly ‘Mumbaikars’.

Having boomed as a port during the 18th and 19th century, Mumbai is rich with imposing colonial architecture, whilst towering contemporary structures underline the city’s recent prosperity. Contrasting strongly with these are the city’s slums, which make up large parts of this modern city and serve as a reminder of the mixed fortunes of its residents’.

Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Mumbai at Dawn

Witness Mumbai waking up. See newspaper vendors, the fish auction, the herb market. Watch the milkmen delivering canisters, the flower markets colourful display and the fruit and vegetable arriving into the city.

Orientation Tour of Mumbai

With a guide, enjoy a short orientation tour of Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, later stroll through the local bazaars and the jewellers market.

Mumbai Shopping

A shopping trip in Mumbai can be hassle-free or full of bargaining and chaotic fun in the street markets. A personal shopper can be organised to accompany you

Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai £££££

  • India
  • City

More than a hotel, the lavish Taj Mahal Palace is an iconic landmark of Mumbai. Undoubtedly the city’s grandest choice of accommodation and a spectacle in its own right, this beautiful structure sits next to the Gateway to India, overlooking the harbour. 285 beautiful rooms fill the hotel’s palatial interior, exuding colonial-era grandeur. Several restaurants and bars are housed within the hotel, including the famous Harbour Bar, which was the city’s first licensed drinking establishment.

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Oberoi Mumbai £££££

  • India
  • City

Located in the heart of Mumbai’s business district, this elegant luxury hotel, overlooking the Arabian Sea, offers impeccable service, understated luxury and excellent facilities including an exclusive spa and fitness centre by Banyan Tree.

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Deccan Odyssey Train £££££

  • India

A journey into the vintage era of India has always been a subject of fascination for many. The Deccan Odyssey luxury train embodies this glorious era of the Indian royalty and British aristocracy at its finest, as it travels through the enchanting landscapes of India. Its fascinating journeys showcase the marvellous blend of art, architecture, culture, history and wildlife that dot the tapestry of India. From the opulence of Rajasthani palaces, culinary and traditional wonders of cities and villages to colourful, bustling bazaars, architectural marvels and the thrill of a safari in dense jungles, each princely sojourn has a story to tell. But what makes the Deccan Odyssey a once-in-a-lifetime experience is the epitome of luxury and hospitality that it offers every guest inside.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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