Mumbai
India
By Christopher Feddersen

One of the world’s largest cities, Mumbai is the sprawling, enterprising commercial hub of India. It rests on the Arabian Sea in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Once known as Bombay, Mumbai is a city pulsating with the dynamic energy of 20 million people and has become the entertainment and financial capital of India.

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WhatsCheaper.com recommends beginning your visit by seeing the Gateway of India, the international landmark of Mumbai, in the Colaba district. Built in 1911 in commemoration of the visit of King George V, the Gateway makes an impressive front door for the city and recalls its days as the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. Next to the Gateway of India is the famous Taj Mahal Palace, a princely and grand five-star hotel that boasts illustrious guests from kings, queens and presidents to movie stars and rock stars. The hotel now serves as a symbol of the city’s fortitude after the terrorist attacks of 2008.

From here, WhatsCheaper.com suggests a boat ride to Elephanta Island. Ferries to the island - departing from the Gateway - are inexpensive and it is a joy to glide through busy Mumbai harbor to an island that serves as a quiet refuge from the bustling city. The caves on elephanta are the main attraction, though. Inside the caves complex, you will marvel at exquisitely crafted 1,000 year old Buddhist and Hindu carvings.

Returning to the mainland, visit the palm-lined avenues of the Colaba district with its grand colonial architecture. WhatsCheaper.com specifically recommends a visit to one example of the unique Indo-Saracenic style of architecture to be found here: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum. Built one hundred years ago to honor the visit of the Prince of Wales, the ornately beautiful structure is surrounded by a lush palm and flower garden. Inside, the museum offers 50,000 exhibits from all periods of Indian civilization.

To participate in the liveliness of Mumbai’s street life, WhatsCheaper.com suggests a visit to Fashion Street where 500 clothing stores of all varieties line a busy, and extremely colorful, outdoor market. To get to Fashion Street, or anywhere in Mumbai, it is easy and cheap to use taxis. The city’s black taxis with yellow tops are ubiquitous and using them is an experience of its own. Most Mumbai residents, however, use the suburban train network or “Locals”. These trains are so crowded at rush hour that compartments are divided between men and women.

A few minutes north along Marine Drive you will find the most famous public beaches of the city. Even if you are not fortunate enough to visit Juhu or Girgaum Chaupati beaches on the day of a religious festival, the area will feel festive enough with countless vendors selling panipuri and pav bhaji, coconuts, naan and curry. These beaches lay astride some of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Mumbai in an area known as the Queen’s Necklace. Bollywood actors and actresses are often seen here.

Whether on the beaches of Marine Drive or the playing fields of Colaba, WhatsCheaper.com reminds you to take in a cricket match. Virtually a religion in India, cricket is passionately played in Mumbai against some of the most beautiful backdrops in the country. Formal matches can be seen at Brabourne, D.Y. Patil and Wankhede stadiums, but cricket at any grounds, however informal, can be a delight.

Finally, Mumbai is home to Bollywood and any opportunity to experience this phenomenon directly should not be missed. Watching a movie in Mumbai is a wonderfully communal experience, but you can also arrange studio tours and visits to filming sites. Every part of Mumbai, it seems, has appeared in one Bollywood film or another.

Visiting Mumbai is a wonderful way to experience the flavors of India in a modern, urban setting. History, culture and religion all combine here to make Mumbai one of the most colorful cities in the world. Book your trip to Mumbai with WhatsCheaper.com by clicking on the links above.

MUST SEE IN Mumbai LIST:

  • 1. Gateway of India
  • 2. Taj Mahal Palace
  • 3. Elephanta Caves
  • 4. Colaba
  • 5. Fashion Street
  • 6. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum
  • 7. Bollywood
  • 8. Chaupati Beach
  • 9. Nehru Centre
  • 10. Cricket

Mumbai EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Mumbai Festival - January
  • 2. Republic Day - January
  • 3. Holi - March
  • 4. Elephanta Festival - March
  • 5. Mango Festival - March
  • 6. Khotachiwadi Festival - May
  • 7. Ganesh Chathurthi - August
  • 8. Navratri - October
  • 9. Dussehra - October
  • 10. Diwali - November

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ITC Maratha Mumbai
Sahar Airport Road, Near International Airport, Andheri (East)Mumbai, India
By Thomas Adkins

The ITC Maratha Mumbai is an oasis of unparalleled luxury in India’s cultural and economic center.  Located only a short drive from the Prince of Wales Museum, guests can immerse themselves in centuries of Indian art and history.  For a more contemporary experience, guests can make the short trip to Film City, the focal point of India’s thriving film industry.  Business travelers will be interested in the hotel’s proximity to the Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone and Bombay Stock Exchange.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, guests will marvel at the amenities of the ITC Maratha’s rooms and suites.  The hotel offers three room levels as well as an exclusive ladies wing.  Guests booking Executive Club rooms gain access to the Resident’s Lounge and are invited to enjoy nightly hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  The Towers level rooms include exclusive amenities such as same-floor sit-down check-in and checkout services and access to the Upper Crust Lounge.  The ITC One level rooms feature butler service and include massage chairs and in-room stair-climbers.  Rooms on all levels include air-conditioning and cable television channels.

The room amenities are not to be out done by the extravagant features of the hotel grounds.  The facility boasts a 6,500 square foot Wellness Centre that uses eastern and western techniques to provide guests a one of a kind pampering experience.  Guests can continue their personal wellness routine in the hotel’s fitness facility or outdoor pool.  The hotel also offers barber and salon services to prepare guests for a luxurious dinning experience.  Begin the night at Bombay High for cocktails and live entertainment and continue the evening in one of the hotel’s many award winning restaurants.  Most notable is Dom Pukht, which features cuisine inspired by the royal kitchens of the Nawab of Awadh and Dakshin.  

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the ITC Maratha Mumbai will exceed your expectations.  Book your stay today with WhatsCheaper.com (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi
Plot 39/1, 6 To 15, Sector 30A, Vashi, Mumbai, India
By Lacey Buck

Set in the busy corporate district of Navi Mumbai, the Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi provides a sleek and stylish oasis for the modern traveler. The hotel offers transportation to and from the nearby Mumbai Airport for a fee, or you can take advantage of the hotel’s car rental service and available free parking. Check-in time at the Sheraton Navi Mumbai begins at 2 p.m.

You will have no trouble making yourself at home during your stay at the Sheraton Navi Mumbai because each of the hotel’s 150 rooms contains a flat screen television, free cable and high-speed internet access, microwave oven, mini-refrigerator, and a coffee and tea maker. You can also keep up with current events by reading the free newspaper delivered to your doorstep. Take advantage of the hotel’s laundry service and 24-hour room service and rest easy on the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort beds, available in either single or king size. The Sheraton Navi Mumbai is especially suited to the business traveler, offering a business center, secretarial service, and meeting rooms to help you take care of work while you’re away from home.

As you might expect in an area renowned for its food culture, the Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi boasts no fewer than three onsite restaurants where you can choose from East Asian cuisine, traditional local “street-style” food, or specialty barbeque. You can also stop by Tippler’s Lounge to sample creative cocktails and international beer and wines. If you’d like to get in a workout and burn off all that delicious food, you can visit the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center and then unwind in the pool and spa. You can even pamper yourself with a traditional Balinese massage or visit the onsite salon for a new hairstyle. Guests looking to explore the local culture will enjoy nearby attractions that include the Venkateswana Balajee Temple, the Belapur Fort, and the Urban Haat, a fair filled with artisanal crafts, food, and activities.

You won’t want your exotic getaway to come to an end, but checkout time at the Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi is 12 p.m. Click this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to book your trip to the Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi today!

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Hilton Mumbai International Airport Hotel
Sahar Airport Road, Andheri East, Mumbai, 400099, India
By Julia Ali

The Hilton Mumbai International Airport Hotel has a convenient location for those looking to stay near Mumbai International Airport. Just 5 minutes from the international terminal, or 15 minutes from the domestic terminal, the Hilton Mumbai International Airport Hotel simplifies travel. Check in time begins at 2 p.m. If coming by car, this hotel offers complimentary valet services.

Guests can choose between Guest Rooms, Suites, or Executive Rooms. Guest Rooms are furnished with either two twin beds or a king sized bed. Suites provide more space, a king sized bed, dining and living room, and a marble bathroom. Guests staying in the suite also benefit from “Executive Lounge” perks such as complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Thirdly, Executive Rooms offer even more space, a choice between two twin beds or a king, windows that go from the floor to the ceiling, and a marble bathroom. Guest Rooms, Suites, and Executive Suites are all equipped with LCD TV, wireless internet, a telephone, minibar, and coffee maker.

The Hilton Mumbai International Airport Hotel has great amenities and services for its guests. The Hilton offers a fitness room, a beautiful outdoor pool, and sightseeing tours. Experience the Hilton's various dining venues at the hotel's relaxing Crystal Lounge, at Flames, an outdoor restaurant in a beautiful garden/pool-side setting, unwind at the Garden Bar, visit the warm and welcoming Lounge Bar, or try the Szechwan food at Imperial China. To make your stay easier, the Hilton also provides services such as a car rental desk, airline desk, baggage storage, foreign currency exchange, local area transportation, and gift shop. For guests' business needs, the Hilton Mumbai International Airport Hotel provides audio/visual equipment rental, fax, a business center, and express mail.

Check out time is at 12 p.m. While you're in the area, check out the local attractions such as the museum, national parks, and the Siddhi Vinayak Temple. Just ask the front desk for more information on nearby attractions for your business or pleasure needs. Ready to book your stay? Click on the following link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to search for low pricing with WhatsCheaper.com. Enjoy! 

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Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport
Sakinaka Junction Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri East Mumbai, India
By Nick Fudala

The Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport is an excellent place to stay while in Mumbai, be it for a long trip or short.  The hotel is located only 1.2 kilometers from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which can conveniently be accessed with hotel shuttle cars.  Check-in time is 2 p.m. and once that’s taken care of several attractions await close by, including Juhu Beach, Film City, and both the Gateway of India and the Elephant Caves.

Your room is well-equipped for business and pleasure as Wi-Fi is available for a small fee to go along with a work area with a desk.  You can relax by plugging your iPod into the included iPod dock or watch TV and movies on the 32 inch flat screen TV.  You are also provided a coffee maker and mini bar to enjoy while you unwind.  And if you find you need it, power converters are available upon request.  

There are many things to enjoy outside of your room at the Holiday Inn, including relaxing in the rooftop pool.  If you want to get your blood moving after a long flight there is also a gym and sauna with ample space and equipment to fulfill your training desires.  If relaxation is more of what you’re looking for, the hotel also feature spa facilities with a variety of packages, therapies, and massages.  To satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst are two in-house restaurants: Saptami, featuring local, regional, and international dining, and the lunch and dinner bar, 72.

When your stay finally comes to an end, you don’t have to worry about a rushed, early departure as check-out time is 12 p.m. WhatsCheaper.com can assist in planning your stay at the Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport by clicking here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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