GLAMOROUS AND GRITTY, MUMBAI FLOODS EVERY SENSE WITH ITS COSMOPOLITAN FLAVORS AND ANCIENT HISTORY.

A whirl of scents, colors, sounds, and flavors, the port city long known as Bombay wears its heart on its sleeve. Victorian buildings neighbor ancient temples, gallery-lined alleys lead to crowded markets, street stalls rival trendy bars, and every park could be the scene of a Bollywood blockbuster.

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Chhatrapati Sivaji International Airport (BOM)

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BABU AMICHAND PANALAL ADISHWARJI JAIN TEMPLE
WALKESHWAR MARG, MALABAR HILL

Built in 1904, Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple is one of the most extraordinary religious sanctuaries in Mumbai. Disciples of the ancient, peaceful Indian religion perform rituals here frequently, beneath an ornate dome emblazoned with zodiac symbols. Surrounded by vividly painted walls that illustrate the Jain path to enlightenment, white-clothed monks sing, while women place yellow roses in the folded hands of Tirthankar statues.

CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA
159-161, MAHATMA GANDHI ROAD, FORT, MUMBAI

Formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, this expansive museum in the heart of Mumbai’s Victorian-style Fort neighborhood is one of India’s best. An early 20th century landmark building, it’s an impressive representation of Indo-Saracenic architecture, with Gothic and Moorish details. Set amidst lush, tropical gardens, the museum itself houses an extensive collection of historic art, from Japanese screens to Tibetan statues to 17th-century Indian miniatures.

DADAR FLOWER MARKET
UNDERPASS BY DADAR TRAIN STATION, MUMBAI

Mumbai is home to some of the world’s most vibrant and bustling markets, each dedicated to selling different kinds of goods. One of the most colorful and fragrant is the Dadar Flower Market, where baskets overflow with marigolds, jasmine blossoms, rose petals, and so many more of the blooms that are intrinsic to Indian daily life. Wander through the hundreds of stalls and admire the garlands, bouquets, and other ornaments made for religious and decorative purposes.

R. BHAU DAJI LAD MUMBAI CITY MUSEUM
91 A, RANI BAUG, VEER MATA JIJBAI BHONSLE UDYAN, DR BABA SAHEB AMBEDKAR MARG, BYCULLA EAST, MUMBAI

Mumbai’s oldest museum, initially established as an extension of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum showcases the history of Mumbai between the 18th and 20th centuries, in addition to contemporary artists from around the world. The recently opened Museum Plaza also regularly hosts performances and outdoor events, open to the public.

ELEPHANTA ISLAND
FERRIES LEAVE FROM GATEWAY OF INDIA

The three faces of the holy Hindu icon known as the Mahesamurti statue greets visitors as they enter the northern entrance of the Elephanta Caves. This immense complex of temples and shrines dates back to the fifth century, and is filled with reliefs that illustrate the accomplishments of Lord Shiva. The island is located 10 kilometers from the city, in Mumbai Harbor, and an hour-long boat journey from the Gateway of India.

GALLERY CHEMOULD
3RD FLOOR, QUEENS MANSION, G. TALWATKAR MARG, FORT, MUMBAI

One of India’s oldest commercial art galleries, Gallery Chemould started presenting artists from India’s first modernist waves in 1963 and continues to feature today’s most talented emerging artists in painting and sculpture. Housed in a British colonial building dating from the early 20th century, the gallery has featured luminaries sub as Tyeb Mehta, Bhupen Khakkar, and Nalina Malani.

MARINE DRIVE/CHOWPATTY BEACH

A long stretch of sand meets the Arabian Sea at Chowpatty Beach, a refuge for the Mumbaikars who flock here each evening to embrace cool breezes and a carnival atmosphere. Ice cream and street-food vendors line up against the backdrop of a ferris wheel. Those not lounging on the sand stroll along Marine Drive, the beachfront promenade made for people-watching.

PHILLIPS ANTIQUES
PHILLIPS ANTIQUES, INDIAN MERCANTILE MANSIONS, MADAM CAMA ROAD, OPP. REGAL CINEMA, MUMBAI-400001

Opened in 1860, this renowned antiques dealer in an historic Victorian building has featured furniture, artwork, and objets d’art from throughout India’s history in its ornate showroom since its opening. Admire works from hard-carved rosewood beds to mirrors inlaid with mother of pearl, and maybe take a few pieces – including silverware, pottery, boxes of carved bone – home.

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