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For immersion in the old heart of Mumbai, between the crumbling remains of Fort George and the gorgeous Victoria Terminal, the Residency Hotel is a fine option. Clean and modern, it's got free breakfast and a charming lobby area for people watching and reading in the morning. Further north is the Skyway Inn, sat just a hop, skip, and a jump from Chhatrapati Shivaji International, offering taxi services, and access to more off-beat attractions like Powai Lake. Then there's the stripped-down homeliness of Hotel Kumkum – a place of simple rooms right in the beating heart of Mumbai.

Where to find cheap food in Mumbai

There's plenty of bang for your rupee on the Mumbai food front – after all, this sprawling megalopolis is the self-proclaimed home of Indian street food. So, start with a jaunt down Mohamed Ali Road, where cumin-scented, chili-packed holes-in-the-wall burst with coriander-topped pani puri and pav bhajis. Then, delve into Crawford Market, where stacks of multi-colored spices and herbs mix with thali plates of Zoroastrian origin. Or make a beeline for Bhendi Bazaar – an up-and-coming district of kebab houses and biryani sellers that's sure to tingle the taste buds.

Cheap things to do in Mumbai

With sights like the great Gateway to India and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus all coming totally free, you can rest assured that you won't have to break the bank to make the most of this seemingly endless metropolis. Other spots worth visiting are the bends of Chowpatty Beach, where food trucks mingle and local fashionistas strut their stuff during the day, and the heights of Malabar Hill, which have panoramas over the top of Fort and Marine Drive. Nature lovers would do well hopping in a tuk-tuk to the reserves of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park – expect to see chital deer jumping and macaques swinging. Or, there are street food tours for next-to-nothing through energetic Bhendi Bazaar, not to mention the chance to extra in a Bollywood flick – you might even get paid for that one.

Cheap ways to get around Mumbai

Mumbai is a gift for the shoestring traveler when it comes to getting around. The Suburban Rail Network runs on 3 separate lines through the city and connects most of the major districts – just be sure not to travel during rush hours, when the service gets packed to bursting. There's also an all-new Mumbai Metro running west-to-east, and a comprehensive bus network that has a day pass for just 70 rupees. Alternatively, taking an auto-rickshaw is easy anywhere in the city, and always costs very little in comparison to private taxi hires.

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