Gateway of India
This Gujarat-style Arc de Triomphe pays tribute to George V, who travelled through the city in 1911. Facing the sea, it is made out of golden basalt and features commemorative inscriptions, vestiges of the British Empire.
Taj Mahal Palace & Tower
Apollo Bunder, tel. 202-33-66
Built in 1903 and restored following the November 2008 terrorist attacks, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower is one of the most legendary hotels in the Orient. Inspired by Victorian architecture, as well as ancient and mythical Indian styles, this is both a prestigious palace and a heritage site. All sorts of legends circulate about the architect who committed suicide after realizing that he had mistakenly designed the hotel's entrance to face away from the waterfront.
Elephanta Island (Gharapuri Island)
One of the many islands in Mumbai Harbour, Elephant is located 10km offshore and is best known for its temples carved in rock. The enchanting stone sculptures representing Hindu gods are certainly well worth the trip. Boats headed to the island depart regularly from the Gateway of India. The trip takes about an hour.
Chatrapati Shivaji Museum (Prince of Wales Museum)
159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Rd., tel. 284-44-84 / 284-45-19, www.bombaymuseum.org
Created in 1905 to commemorate a visit by the Prince of Wales, this museum houses interesting collections of miniatures, paintings, sculptures and ivory objects. Visitors get to enjoy this fascinating stroll through time in an impressive building with British and Oriental influences.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus)
Dr. Naorogi Rd., Nagar Chowk, tel. 265-9512
The railroad is a symbol of progress in India and this building is probably one of the best known in Mumbai. With its spectacular Gothic facade, this imposing monument was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
This breezy area is the locals' favourite place for strolling. You can walk along the sea and enjoy the view of the pretty Victorian facades of abandoned colonial homes.
There are approximately 400 temples in Mumbai: Babulnath, the oldest Hindu temple, dates back to 1780; Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple, all in white marble, is dedicated to Adinath, the first master of Jainism; and Mahalakshmi is one of the most popular temples to visit.
Markets and Bazaars
The city's markets and bazaars will awaken your senses with their colourful stalls. Some of the most popular include Crawford Market, mainly a food market, bordered by the silk merchant district; Chor Bazaar, the "Thieves Market," a second-hand goods paradise; and Javeri Bazaar, where you can observe the work of goldsmiths and silversmiths.
"Bollywood" India is the world's premier producer of feature films and Mumbai alone produces more than a thousand movies a year. The massala (from the name of an Indian mix of spices) genre dominates: films that provide light entertainment for all ages, interspersed with song and dance, praising traditional values and featuring a kind-hearted hero and a villain.