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Modernity and a rich colonial heritage co-exist in India’s city of dreams. Its illustrious past as one of the subcontinent’s prime hubs of trade lends it an infectious vibe that is inimitable. Get ready to be swept away by the infectious energy of this island city and its residents.

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The city, despite moving forward, has pockets that ooze quiet, old-world charm, like Horniman Circle, a huge garden surrounded by a ring of stunning architecture. The old villages, like Khotachiwadi and Ranwar, retain a quaint feel, and allow you a glimpse into a simpler pace of life
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Heritage structures
The best examples of Mumbai’s Colonial heritage are in South Mumbai. Stand before the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and observe its details like the gargoyles at the eaves, stroll past the Indo-Sarcenic General Post Office and the Blackie House, and unearth rare books at the grand Asiatic Library, which was once the Town Hall.
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Catch A Play
Open :6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Mumbai’s thriving theatre industry attracts the best performers from across the country. Watch a play at Prithvi Theatre, one of the city’s most storied venues, or at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), which has a sterling roster of performances throughout the year.
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Mumbai Museums
Open :10:15 AM-6:00 PM
Mumbai hides a wealth of culture beneath its steel-and-glass veneer. Its many museums, such as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya, are caretakers of a range of rare finds and notable masterpieces apart from being architectural marvels themselves.
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Hit the high street
If you still have the time, head to Bandra’s Linking Road to pick up trendy international labels and quirky local brands. You will find everything from clothes and shoes to belts, bags and more.
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Heritage Structures
Mumbai is imbued in history, and its Colonial quarter is replete with examples of the same. Highlights include the Neo-Gothic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus building, the General Post Office built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the Blackie House nearby, as well as the grand Asiatic Society Library.
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Pedal around the city
Take a leisurely ride across the old parts of Mumbai to discover a city that looks completely different in the early hours. Start at peaceful Colaba, sans any stalls or crowds that throng here during the later hours of the day. Stop at Hutatma Chowk to admire the decades-old Flora Fountain, and cycle through the very European Ballard Estate.
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Take to the water
Open :6:00 am-8:00 pm
Hop aboard a ferry from the iconic Gateway of India for a cruise past Mumbai’s coastline in the evening. Watch a beautiful sunset aboard a ferry as you take in the city’s twinkling lights and its famed skyline, or hire a yacht or speedboat for the evening and watch the golden hour in style.
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Find Great Local Brands
Open :10:30 AM-Late Evening
Bandra is home to hundreds of boutiques by fresh and upcoming homegrown designers. Find Indo-fusion wear, avant-garde styles, statement jewellery and unique accessories in tiny stores tucked away in Bandra’s leafy lanes. Linking Road, the prinicipal shopping street, is home to some high-end international labels too.
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Take Back A Slice Of India
Open :9:00 AM-10:00 PM
Colaba Causeway is downtown Mumbai’s prime shopping district, and is a great place at which to find everything, from brass antiques and vintage clocks to colourful stoles, scarves, and more. Treasures from across the country find their way here, and finding the right price is an experience in itself!
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Go On A Cycle Tour
Cycle through British Mumbai early in the morning, when you can have the city mostly to yourself. Set your own pace and see Colaba as it wakes up to a new day, take in the gorgeous sight of the fountain at Hutatma Chowk and pedal through Ballard Estate, the heart of Mumbai’s Colonial quarter
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Wander along Colaba Causeway
Put on your walking shoes and stroll down Colaba Causeway, which teems with colourful street stalls. Bring back a memento of your visit from one of the dozen stalls or step into a plush boutique, like Good Earth, to buy designer home decor items. You can also buy antiques and trendy trinkets here.
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Splurge At High Street Phoenix
Open :11:00 AM-11:00 PM
Sprawled out over three million square feet, this mammoth retail space in Lower Parel is home to some of the biggest names in fashion and beauty. Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Zara, Bobbi Brown, M.A.C. – you name it, and you’ll find it here. Be prepared to make a day of it.
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Drop some bucks
Open :11:00 am-10:00 pm
Shop till you drop at High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel. Together with Palladium, SkyZone and Grand Galleria, this is one of the most high-end retail spaces in the city. Buy clothes, shoes, bags, home decor, cosmetics and more in this sprawling mall.
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Watch The City From The Water
Take a harbour cruise from the Gateway of India to see Mumbai’s famous landmarks from the Arabian Sea. Sail the high seas with the wind in your hair and watch the sun set as the city lights start glittering behind you. You can also hire a yacht or a speedboat for a memorable sundowner.
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