Stylish and successful with a smattering of historic relics, beaches, a raucous nightlife, and a long succession of Bollywood films, Mumbai fits the profile of an ideal travel destination. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
is India's most popular gate of entry. Located 15 miles from the city center, it is served by several hotels catering to short-term visitors.
The best tourist sites are in South Mumbai, and the old colonial district has a wealth of Victorian architecture highlighted by the Gateway of India
- a massive arch fronting the Arabian Sea. When it comes to historic sites, Colaba is the best place to start, but there is also plenty to see along Marine Drive and near Chowpatty Beach
Mumbai may have an impressive collection of monuments and historic buildings, but the real pleasure in visiting comes from cosmopolitan pursuits. Many of India's best restaurants are found here, including those around Juhu Beach. Coastal cuisine is served in restaurants throughout the region, but Mumbai's diverse population has made room for a broader range of options with excellent Chinese and Italian restaurants.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Mumbai for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.