Christmas and New Year in Mumbai

Gateway of India is Mumbai's signature
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With Christmas, New Year and the most favourable weather, it is an ideal time to be in India’s financial capital.

Mumbai is a grand city with great grand celebrations and parties. Plan your vacation smartly here because the city is vast and each place will captivate your heart, demanding more and more time to be spent.

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Marine Drive necklaces the coast line of Mumbai
Marine Drive necklaces the coast line of Mumbai
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Go Sightseeing

Mumbai is an island connected by bridges to the mainland. The city’s southernmost peninsula, Colaba, is traditionally travellers’ nerve centre, with many major attractions. The sea facing Taj Mahal Palace and Gateway of India are among favourite places for locals and tourists to spend their day. Take a stroll along the ocean at Marine Drive, the necklace of Mumbai. For art lovers, Kala Ghoda is a hub as it contains many of Mumbai’s museums, galleries and design boutiques alongside a wealth of colonial-era buildings. The city is also dotted with churches; head to any one for Christmas prayers.

Dine Out

Food is signature to Mumbai. From street food to fine dining, the city has a lot to offer your taste buds. There are plenty of restaurants, especially in Colaba and Fort Area to keep your hunger pangs at bay. Have the ideal breakfast at Olympia in Colaba, after which the sweet tooth cravings can be satisfied at Theobrama with, may be, a chocolate opium pastry. In Fort Area, Kala Ghoda café will give you an unusual food experience.

Nightlife

One thing that’s commonly said about Mumbai is that the city never sleeps! Nightlife here is quite happening as there are many party places, clubs and bars that offer party monsters the right kind of ambience. Don’t forget to try the cocktails at Colaba Social, if you are in or around that area. You can even enjoy drinks at Mumbai’s first micro-brewery, Barking Deer, in Parel.

Shopping

Shopping is fun in Mumbai as it has one of Asia’s most fascinating marketplaces, so pick up unique, pretty, cheap or expensive gifts for your dear ones. It is fun taking in the street life in Mumbai bazaars which are densely crowded and sell almost everything. If not here, spend a day at the markets north of CST for the classic Mumbai shopping experience. Test your bargaining skills at Fashion Street; Kemp’s Corner and Kala Ghoda have good shops for designer threads.