It’s amazing that the world’s most coveted destinations are so easily accessible. The world is a smaller place nowadays, and one of those destinations is Mumbai, or Bombay as it was formerly known.
Bustling Mumbai is a colourful and fascinating city. On the west coast of India, with the Arabian Sea lapping at its shore, the skyline is famous – with high-rise buildings and bright lights of Nariman Point. The temperature barely dips below 25°c, with monsoon rains visiting in July and August. Rainfall is lowest towards the end and beginning of the year, a great time to visit.
Flights are plentiful, with added extras available to make life easier and cheaper. Try Birmingham Airport Parking to save money and stress, with shuttles direct to the terminal.
The setting for award-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire – yes, there are slums; a sombre reflection on the tough life of the people living in these areas. It’s difficult to think of such a combination of poverty and everything else the city offers, yet it really is brimming with mind-blowing sights.
Getting around the city is easy, with a comprehensive railway, many taxis and ferries. Rickshaws are common, however only allowed in suburban areas.
What strikes you is how culturally diverse Mumbai is, thanks to the huge population. The city’s architecture is a prime example of this, from gothic influences, through to art nouveau, with a little of everything else.
Mumbai is home to two UNESCO world heritage sites, Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus, with wonderful examples of Victorian gothic architecture, and Elephanta Caves. A must-visit area, this is a series of caves located on Elephanta Island, with dedications to Hindi and Buddhism.
The famous, and very old, Jijamata Udyaan zoo is located in the city centre has been charming guests since 1861, perfect for a leisurely walk. For the not-so leisurely, Essel world is a theme-park, including Water Kingdom. If you want a cool down, this is the place!
Want more? There are many cinemas, offering a wide range from Hollywood blockbusters, to fantastic, colourful Bollywood epics – be sure to catch one!
A chance to paddle in the Arabian Sea is too good to resist, so head to Girgaum Chaupati beach and try some traditional food from one of the street vendors. Try Panipuri – a delicious, bite-size snack of filled puri (unleavened bread) – mouth-watering!
Marine Drive is a 3km-long boulevard in the south, running along the coast. There is a lovely promenade here, with amazing views of the sunset – save some room on your camera!
In India, cricket is a national obsession. You’ll see people playing in parks, but head to one of the city’s stadiums and catch a professional match – Brabourne Stadium is just one.
Be sure to take home some traditional souvenirs from one of the many city markets, or head to one of the large shopping centres. Booking money-saving extras like Luton Airport Parking gives you more scope to splash out.
All this colour and culture is just nine hours away, allowing you to experience a different way of life, leaving you with lasting memories. Of course, long-haul flights can be stressful and exhausting, but life is made easier by booking extras, like airport hotels, leaving you refreshed, and airport parking, such as Gatwick parking, giving you the opportunity to travel in your own car, eliminating the need for expensive taxis.
This once in a lifetime destination is within your grasp – book your cultural getaway today!