Now is the time of year to go to Mumbai

Built on seven islands, Mumbai, known previously as Bombay, is India’s largest city. Mumbai has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and is home to Bollywood, the centre of the Hindi film and TV industries. Mumbai is thought to be untypical of India, due to its hectic pace of life, its business-like attitudes, and its modern, international outlook. Attitudes here tend to be a little more liberal than in the rest of India. Even so, it is still relatively conservative compared to the West, for example, it is not generally considered acceptable for couples to show affection in public.

With three main seasons – summer, monsoon and “winter” (which is actually like a mild summer), the best time to visit Mumbai is the winter season of November to February, when you will be able to enjoy the city without the heat and humidity that tends to prevail for the rest of the year.

There are some interesting things to see within Mumbai, without even leaving the city area, for example, within the city limits you can find rock cut caves such as the Elephanta, Kanheri and Mahakali caves, which make for a fascinating day out.

Needless to say, there are a number of interesting colonial buildings to see in Mumbai. In South Mumbai you can see some fine examples of Gothic revival, Neo-classical and Indo-Saracenic style architecture, as well as the remains of Fort Saint George.

Also in South Mumbai are some excellent museums and art galleries, such as the Prince of Wales Museum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art.

Mumbai has plenty of accommodation for the budget traveller, from reasonably priced hotels, to backpackers’ hostels.

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