Mumbai HotelsThe booming city of Mumbai has undergone a lot of re-development in the past few years, with shiny skyscrapers, luxury hotels, and air conditioned attractions spouting up across the city. However, it has not forgotten its past, with plenty of beautiful and intricate monuments and structures across Mumbai, where you can enjoy the serenity of local temples, or learn about the days of the British Raj when viceroys and royals arrived to enjoy this exotic new land. Warrens of bustling bazaars where the sounds of excited bartering fills the area and the pungent scent of ginger, chili, and coriander wafts all around, and hectic traffic which clogs up the roads just adds to the character and chaos of this busting city.Things to seeThe Bandra Kurla Complex can be spotted by its blue tinted glass exteriors, and inside these glittering buildings you'll find major financial institutions and offices of large corporations, with over 400,000 people hard at work. There are also plenty of facilities to keep them entertained, with shops, restaurants, and even a cricket ground to keep employees happy during their break times. Those arriving in the city by boat may find themselves at the Gateway of India, a grand structure built during the British Raj to welcome royals and other dignitaries. The monument combines both Muslim and Hindu architectural styles, reflecting the diversity of the area, and there are 2 large halls inside for ceremonies and events. Marine Drive lies along the curve of Back Bay, with a long, paved esplanade taking you down the waterfront area. Take a stroll and you'll see sandy beaches, palm trees, and exclusive hotels, with many celebrities and the wealthy elite of Mumbai setting up home along the esplanade. Hotels in MumbaiThere's a diverse selection of hotels in Mumbai, from modern, luxurious high rise accommodation, to simple and comfortable rooms for backpackers who want to keep it simple. Most tourists choose a 3 or 4 star property, allowing them to be close to the major attractions and enjoy facilities such as full service spas, fitness centers, snack bars, coffee shops, restaurants, laundry services, and free on-site parking. You can also enjoy a wide range of guestroom options, from basic rooms to suites, and these include amenities such as free WiFi, laptop compatible safes, LCD televisions, complimentary newspapers, rainfall showerheads, and free bottled water. Where to stayThe Colaba area of the city is where many boats arrive, and you'll see lots of traditional buildings with domes and interesting architectural features as your boat comes in to dock. Away from the waterfront it's a lively and colorful area, with busy shopping streets, including stores full of bright fabrics, and small stalls set up along the roadsides to sell jewelry and small souvenirs. Nariman Point has been dubbed the Manhattan of Mumbai, with a high standard of living in this cosmopolitan district. It's where you'll find many of the major corporations of Mumbai, and there are stylish blocks of offices and condos sprouting up all the time. How to get to MumbaiChhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the major airport of Mumbai, and flights land here from across the world, with a busy timetable of domestic and international services. From here it's a 15 minute taxi ride into the city, and there are plenty of licensed cabs to be picked up from the airport terminals. There are also direct buses from the airport to major city center destinations, with the service usually taking about an hour depending on where you are headed. Train travel is also a popular way to get around India, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus has both suburban services and long distance trains to other major cities.
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