Mumbai

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.

This shop made its name almost a decade ago selling contemporary furnishings; two years ago, Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin vet Mathieu Gugumus-Leguillon arrived to launch the Bungalow—a line of women’s wear.

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

At the 2009-opened gallery, which includes a cozy café and bookshop, the focus is on young, burgeoning Indian painters and sculptors, with pieces by P. S. Jalaja and Sonia Jose.

A great source for silks and embroidered fabrics.

The boutique of handicrafts expert and design consultant Bela Shanghvi.

The cavernous gallery packs a former cotton warehouse with groundbreaking installations by local and international artists.

Five incredible floors of fabrics from throughout the south—Kanchipuram silks and saris, cottons and ready-made clothes—and packed with Indian shoppers. Most salesmen speak English. Nalli also has shops throughout India and a U.S. outlet in Mountain View, California.

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

U.N.-supported nonprofit that seeks to improve Indian women’s lives by marketing their handloomed products.

Luxurious, high-end fabrics from all over India, collected by owners Sushil and Meera Kumar. Shop and showroom are in the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in downtown Mumbai.

The center is run by master textile painter J. Niranjan Shetty.

The gallery represents luminary painter Atul Dodiya.

The latest outpost of the contemporary-art giant.

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 Cinema in 1938.