The thought of traveling with kids to Mumbai is a daunting one, but the rewards of discovering a vastly different culture in one of India’s most vibrant cities make up for the challenges of family travel here. It might not seem so at first, but you’ll find several family-friendly things to do in Mumbai.
As one of India’s major cultural centers, Mumbai has been through a lot and kept notes. One of the best ways to better understand the local culture is to visit some of Mumbai’s best museums — everything from art galleries to excellent collections of historic artifacts.
Chances are, if you plan to do any shopping while in Mumbai, you’ll probably end up at some point in the Chor Bazaar. This sprawling flea market — one of the largest in India — dates back more than 150 years and is located right in the heart of the Muslim quarter.
One of the many legacies left from the British colonial period in India is the sport of cricket, the most popular sport in the country with a history dating back to 1721. If you have some extra time in your itinerary, watching cricket in Mumbai is a great way to fill in the gap.
A city as big, crowded and chaotic as Mumbai overwhelms in every sense of the word. For many travelers, it’s an unforgettable place with a distinct spirit, but to really make the most of your time in the city, there are a few rules and precautions you should follow. Before you hop on the plane, read up on what not to do in Mumbai.
The fast-growing, chaotic city of Mumbai — a city home to well over 18 million people — offers the kind of diversity of neighborhoods you’d expect from such a big metropolis. The choice of where to stay in Mumbai depends largely on the type of experience you want to have, but here’s a look at some of the best areas.
If you’re at all interested in archeology or the religious history and diversity of India, you’re in luck. Mumbai is surrounded by several cave complexes which, at one point or another, were used for Buddhist and Hindu religious purposes. From Mumbai, you can easily tour one of these ancient cave sites on a guided day trip.
You only get part of a city’s culinary picture when you limit yourself to restaurants, especially in a city like Mumbai. If you want to experience the full range of the Mumbai food scene, indulge in the inexpensive and tasty street food found throughout the city. Here are a few dishes you should try and places to find them.
One of the most fascinating features of Mumbai, Dhobi Ghat is the sight of the city’s massive open-air laundry mat, where many of Mumbai’s residents have their laundry cleaned for a pittance.
To learn about the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, pay a visit to the modest two-story home where he lived and ran his political operations in Mumbai from 1917 to 1934. As the headquarters for one of the biggest non-violent freedom struggles of all time, the house-turned-museum is a must for anyone interested in India’s history.