8 things to do in Mumbai

August 4, 2014

If you're lucky enough to live in Dubai then one of the perks is definitely the ease of travel. Mumbai has always been just a three-hour flight away, but now the low-cost carrier flydubai has launched flights there and Emirates has put one of its superjumbo A380s on the route, there's never been a better time to go visit the Indian capital. Here's what you need to know when you get there: TO STAY

1. Taj Mahal Palace

A mainstay of luxury in the Indian capital, the Taj Mahal Palace has been hosting the city's elite for more than a century. As well as the storied history and heritage, the hotel features some of the most luxurious suites in the world, plus 10 dining options including an exclusive chef's studio experience where you and up to seven friends can have an up close view as a chef personally prepares your meal. Details: visit Tajhotels.com

2. The Oberoi

Found right in the heart of the city's business and shopping district, Nariman Point, the Oberoi boasts one of the most prime locations in the whole of India. But it's not just about location, as the hotel also features several fine-dining restaurants, a luxurious spa, fitness facilities and a heated outdoor pool. Details: visit Oberoihotels.com [gallery link="none" ids="6568,6569"] TO EAT

3. Indigo

In 1999 Indigo opened in a converted colonial bungalow in a quiet backstreet near the Gateway of India. Since then it's built up quite a repuatation for delighting foodies with with an ever-changing menu of modern European cuisine. Head chef Rahul Akerkar, who began as a pot washer, now whips up some of the most inventive and delicious food in the city. Details: visit Foodindigo.com

4. Maya

Located in the Trident Bandra Kurla Hotel, Maya serves classic and traditional Indian food but with a fine-dining twist. The Martban Gosht (spicy lamb) is a house special and is a must-try if you make it to this inventive restaurant. Details: visit Tridenthotels.com [gallery link="none" ids="6566,6567"] TO DO

5. Gateway of India

Mumbai's most famous monument is the best place to start if you're looking to explore the city for the first time. Built in 1924 to commemorate the visit of King George V, today the monument is a tourist hotspot full of food stalls and souvenir shops. Details: visit Mumbai.org.uk

6. Wankhede Stadium

If you can time your visit with the Indian Premier League cricket season, then head to Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on game day and take in the buzzing atmosphere. Home to the Mumbai Indians, the stadium has played host to some of the most famous matches in history, including the 2011 World Cup Final, and Sachin Tendulkar's last international match in 2013. Details: visit Mumbaicricket.com [gallery link="none" ids="6579,6578"] TO GO OUT

7. Aurus

Definitely recommended if you're looking for a romantic hideaway for you and your partner, Aurus is the ideal place for an intimate dinner followed by a few drinks and a party atmosphere later on in the evening. Ask for one of the four-poster beds on the outside terrace with views out over Juhu Beach.Details: visit Tasteofmumbai.in/restaurant/aurus

8. Asilo

Located on the 38th floor rooftop of the luxurious Palladium Hotel, Asilo is a high-end bar that provides a refreshing reprieve from the chaos of the city below. It's usually fairly quiet during the week, but on Fridays and Saturdays the venue fills up and the DJ cracks up the volume a few notches. Details: visit Palladiumhotel.in [gallery link="none" ids="6564,6565"]