Mumbai Travel Guide
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.
The lobby bar at the plush JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai may not at first glance seem like a celeb hangout, with its laid-back feel and clean marble and wood décor, but it does draw crowds, including the likes of Bollywood “it” couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
U.N.-supported nonprofit that seeks to improve Indian women’s lives by marketing their handloomed products.
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.
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.
Service and quality are what draw Bollywood starlets like Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor to Shobha Asar. Her flagship store in Worli has private consultation rooms for discreetness, and each piece of jewelry is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind.
A home-goods emporium launched by Belgian designer Valerie Barkowski and textile exporter Sunita Namjoshi.
Near Chennai, this village of reconstructed houses typical of southern India, hosts Muslim silk-mat weavers, who practice and sell their craft.
The center is run by master textile painter J. Niranjan Shetty.
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.
The gallery represents luminary painter Atul Dodiya.
Everyone from Bollwood stars Karishma Kapoor to Lara Dutta has picked up pieces at this trendsetter. Creative director Priya Kishore has highly selective taste, but she stocks a wide range of products, including everything from luxury eyewear to summer dresses.
A great source for silks and embroidered fabrics.
Owner Sangita Sinh Kathiwada carries more than 20 mostly eco-friendly brands, including classic kurtas, tunics, and caftans with a modern spin.
The boutique of handicrafts expert and design consultant Bela Shanghvi.