Do you think that India is a polluted and poor country that you would never go to for a holiday? If so, think again. This country offers great food, fabulous weather, a friendly population, varied geography, and impressive historical attractions.
Take Mumbai, India’s commercial and entertainment capital. You’ll find gems here like the Gateway of India. This monument, built to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911, was soon used to usher the British out of the country when independence came in 1947. It is found next to the beautiful Arabian sea, and close to one of Mumbai’s other top attractions: the Taj Palace Hotel.
The Taj Palace was built in the early 20th century, legend has it because its owner, none other than Mr Tata, had been turned away from one of the city’s other establishments. Whether or not that is true, the Taj Palace deserves its reputation as one of the finest hotels in the world. Its guests over the years have included the Prince of Wales, Mick Jagger, Neil Armstrong and Barak Obama.
Other great Mumbai attractions include a walk along Marine Drive, which offers super views over to Malabar Hills (one of Mumbai’s priciest residential areas). The sites on this 4 kilometre stretch include the Oberoi Hotel, the Wankhede Cricket Stadium and Chowpatty Beach. This is also a great place for people watching—whether they are walking, jogging or doing their morning yoga—and also to pick up a Rs10 cup of chai. Early morning is the best time to go.
Mumbai also offers some super architecture and museums. The best museum is, these days, called “The Museum” (its original name, the Prince of Wales Museum, has been changed in recent years). Don’t miss its stunning natural history galleries. And great architecture is found at Mumbai University, the Mumbai High Court and (most impressively) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, a world heritage site.