Destination guide: Mumbai

Visiting Mumbai for the first time? 

Gateway of India is the most iconic structure in Mumbai. It was built in 1911 to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary on their visit to India. It overlooks Mumbai Harbour and consists of a large arch with a central dome, which is supported by four intricately decorated turrets. It’s a must during a visit to Mumbai.

Dhobi Ghat is the world’s biggest open-air laundry. An estimated half a million pieces of clothing from throughout the city are brought here to be washed, dried, and ironed every day. It’s right in the heart of the city and is a pretty impressive operation so worth a quick visit and partake in a spot of people watching.

Mumbai is known for its designer shops and malls, however, if you’re after a bargain then check out one of the many markets in Mumbai. Try Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai’s renowned gold market, accounting for more than half of the country’s gold trade!

Explore one of India's largest industries with a tour to the Bollywood studio and get an insight into behind the scene action.


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The Gateway of India

Average temperature in Mumbai

(Hi + Low monthly temperatures)
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Maximum 30°C 31°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 32°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 33°C 33°C 32°C
Minimum 18°C 18°C 21°C 24°C 27°C 26°C 25°C 25°C 25°C 24°C 22°C 19°C

Looking for something different? 

If you have a passion for Indian food, then you may want to take an Indian cooking class. Learn about traditional spices and Indian cooking techniques so you can make dishes when you get home. 

Want to go further? 

The Taj Mahal is widely considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever created. The exquisite marble structure in Agra, is a mausoleum, an enduring monument to the love of a husband for his favourite wife. It’s a long journey from Mumbai but worth the trip if you don’t have plans to return to India anytime soon. 

Lonavala is a place that’s really like few others near Mumbai. This beautiful hill station is almost dream-like, with misty mountains and green rolling hills that stretch for mile upon mile. If you arrive straight from Mumbai, the clean air and cold climes will shock you as much as the spectacular landscapes do. 

Airlines that fly to Mumbai

If you want to take a trip to Mumbai, fly one-stop from Birmingham Airport from Air India, Emirates, Qatar, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France and KLM.

Want to know a secret?

Unknown to many, Mumbai has been home to several international musicians and writers. Zubin Mehta, the world’s most distinguished orchestra conductor, and Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant front man of one of the greatest rock bands ever ‘Queen’, were both born in Mumbai. 


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