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Things to do in Mumbai

Any trip to Mumbai should include a stop at Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a labyrinth of cave temples carved into the island's basalt rock. The main Shiva temple is a collection of courtyards, pillars and beautiful shrines. For a glimpse of the past, visit Jijamata Udyan, a lush and sprawling mid-19th-century garden and zoo. It’s home to Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, built in Renaissance revival style in 1872. In 2007, the building’s Minton tile floors, gilt ceiling moldings, and ornate columns, chandeliers and staircases were restored to their former historically accurate glory. There are 3500-plus items steeped in Mumbai’s history: photography, textiles, books, Bidriware, weaponry and exquisite pottery. If you’re still wondering what to do in Mumbai, stop by the neo-Gothic High Court building.

A visit to the Gateway of India is another wonderful thing to do in Mumbai. This arch made from basalt faces out to Mumbai Harbour.

Built in 1911, it commemorated the royal visit of King George V. These days it's a popular gathering place for locals and is great for people-watching. Vendors mix in with locals and tourists, giving it the feel of a bazaar.

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    Bandit Queen

    A home-goods emporium launched by Belgian designer Valerie Barkowski and textile exporter Sunita Namjoshi. More
  • Bodhi Art

    The gallery represents luminary painter Atul Dodiya. More
  • Bombay Electric

    Everyone from Bollwood stars Karishma Kapoor to Lara Dutta has picked up pieces at this trendsetter. Creative director Priya Kishore has highly sel... More
  • Bungalow 8

    This shop made its name almost a decade ago selling contemporary furnishings; two years ago, Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin vet Mathieu Gugumus-Legu... More
  • Chemould Prescott Road

    The latest outpost of the contemporary-art giant. More
  • Chor Bazaar

    A great source for silks and embroidered fabrics. More
  • D7

    At the 2,500-square-foot store, near Bandra, seven of Delhi's best talents showcase their designs. Look for colorful bags from Manish Arora, a favo... More
  • Dakshinachitra

    Near Chennai, this village of reconstructed houses typical of southern India, hosts Muslim silk-mat weavers, who practice and sell their craft. More
  • Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

    Works ranging from drawings to video populate this arts space. More
  • Gallery BMB

    At the 2009-opened gallery, which includes a cozy café and bookshop, the focus is on young, burgeoning Indian painters and sculptors, with pieces b... More
  • Gallery Maskara

    The cavernous gallery packs a former cotton warehouse with groundbreaking installations by local and international artists. More
  • Kalamkari Research & Training Centre

    The center is run by master textile painter J. Niranjan Shetty. More
  • Meera Mehta

    Textile designer Meera Mehta has a superb sense of color and works with weavers around the country. More
  • Mélange

    Owner Sangita Sinh Kathiwada carries more than 20 mostly eco-friendly brands, including classic kurtas, tunics, and caftans with a modern spin. More
  • Metro BIG Cinema

    Original Debut: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—the studio behind The Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur, and the lion that roars before every feature—built the Metro Cinem... More

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