October to February is the best time to visit when this coastal city is free from humidity, sultry climate of summer and excessive downpour of monsoons.
Mumbai has a range of good hotels renowned for warm hospitality. Since most of the tourist places are near South Mumbai, therefore its recommended to stay around that place to avoid getting stuck in big traffic jams. The prices would range from approx. USD60 to USD200.
Luxury hotels: The Taj Mahal Palace, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, ITC Maratha; Budget hotels: ibis, Holiday Inn
Must Visit Places In Mumbai With Kids
Gateway of India, the central attraction of the city, is important because this is where the British left Independent India. You can visit here any time of the day and it's free of cost. Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Station-Another historic landmark was built to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. The building exhibits a fusion of Victorian and classical Indian architecture and is a headquarter of central railways in India, serving as one of the finest railway stations in the world. Bandra-Worli Sealink is an iconic 5.6km cable-stayed bridge built over the sea connecting the western suburbs of Mumbai with South Mumbai reducing the travel time to half. It looks beautiful with lights in the night and is a wonderful drive with the family. Elephanta Caves, located on Elephanta Island in the Arabian sea, comprises of two groups of caves. The first group having 5 Hindu caves with rock-cut sculptures of Lord Shiva and the second group has 2 Buddhist caves. The only access to these caves is by a ferry ride from Gateway of Mumbai. You should reserve minimum half day’s itinerary for this tour. Click here for ferry timings and details. Other elegant architectural buildings worth admiring are Mumbai High Court and Rajabai Clock Tower.
Religious Things TO See With Kids In Mumbai
Haji Ali Dargah is an Indo-Islamic shrine located on an offshore islet off the coast of Southern Mumbai. It's a remarkable religious landmark that houses the mosque and tomb of Sayeed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. To visit you need to walk a long causeway on days of low tide as during high tides it's submerged in water. Usually, people of different beliefs visit the shrine on Thursdays and Fridays, and gets very crowded. Shri Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple frequented by Bollywood stars and politicians is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is one of the richest temples in Mumbai. Mahalakshmi Temple is another temple of Hindu beliefs visited by famous celebrities and the locals. The temple contains deities of three Goddesses beautifully adorned with precious ornaments.
Amusement Parks In Mumbai
Essel World: India’s one of the largest amusement park is home to fourteen family rides, eleven adrenaline-pumping thrill rides, and fifteen children ride. It also has an ice skating rink and a 6-lane bowling alley. Water kingdom: Asia’s largest family-friendly water theme park with high-speed slides, lazy river, and wave pool is a must-go recreational spot with family and friends. Both these amusement parks are located together on an island, 55km away from Mumbai. There are Essel World’s ferries running at an interval of 15 to 30 min from Marve-Malad and Gorai-Borivilli costing less than USD1. Kidzania: A multinational unique indoor theme park representing real-world industries giving great opportunity to kids to have real-time role-play activities. Kids can choose to be Surgeons, engineers, pilots, firefighters, car mechanics, chefs, detectives, etc, and get to know these professions better in a fun and playful way. For tickets and timings visit Kidzania.
South Mumbai Fun
You can have an evening well spent here with all these places located close to each other in South Mumbai. Start with Girgaun chapatti in the evening with the hustle and bustle and lots of fun activities for the kids to enjoy at the beachside. Although the beaches in Mumbai aren't very clean to swim they are lively and full of family fun activities. There are things galore to do here right from getting amused by watching monkeys dancing at the beach, snake charmers entertaining with their antics, horse and camel rides, ferry wheels, Beebee gun shooting galleries and not to mention the famous local delicacies. This can be followed by a beautiful Marine drive walk which is a C shaped boulevard along the coast. Also called as Queen’s necklace because, in the night, street lights resemble pearls in the necklace. At the other end of the marine drive is a Nariman Point where people just sit and relax and watch the sea waves hitting the tetrapods. This place has proudly witnessed numerous Bollywood film shootings.
Mumbai Filmcity Tour
Its a 2 hour guided tour to take a sneak peek into the real-life behind the lights, cameras, action! It gives a glimpse of the Bollywood world and if you are lucky then you might get a chance to see some movie shooting and famous Bollywood celebrities. To book a tour visit the Mumbai Filmcity tour.
Shopping in this unofficial fashion capital is an absolute delight. It has something to offer to all fashion lovers regardless of their budget. Apart from the elite shopping malls housing all the major brands of the world, Mumbai is renowned for its markets ideal for street shoppers and trendy teenagers where nice products can be bought at really cheap prices. Some of the places you can go shopping are Colaba Causeway where you can get junk Jewellery, artifacts, knick-knacks, and anything you can imagine at many reasonable prices; Fashion Street is always crammed with youngsters for buying the trendiest outfits and knick-knacks difficult to find in the shopping malls and Linking road for traditional and modern items, brass items, shoes, jewelry, and trendy outfits.
Before leaving Mumbai, make sure you pamper your taste buds with mouth-watering street food ranging from vada pav, bhelpuri, panipuri, pav bhaji, and many more to enjoy. Experience colors, textures, flavors melt in your mouth in these dishes that are in fact very light on your pockets. You can visit a khao gully in Colaba behind Hotel Taj, which is quite famous with the tourists. If you are worried about the hygiene of the roadside food, you can also get local street food in most of the good restaurants in Mumbai. Not to mention, there are numerous fine dining restaurants in South Mumbai to enjoy authentic Indian Cuisine.
Here are some Tips for the tourists when in Mumbai. Stay safe and enjoy!