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2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

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2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

Business is going to keep me in Mumbai for this Friday night, Sat, and Sunday. What are the should not miss sights- museums, markets, night life, general. Couple other questions:

- Staying at Hyatt Regency near airport- do I need to hire a car through hotel or safe to take taxis?

- Any can't miss restaruants that I should hit?

- Is it worth switching to the Marriott by the beach?

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1. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

Yes, its worth switching to Marriott by the beach.

There are several tours that you can do in Mumbai, google for 'Mumbai tours' and you'll find them. There are heritage walks, bazaar walks, slum tours, etc.

Mumbai Resident posted a list of good dining options, in the Inside Pages.

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2. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

Taxis from 5-stars are expensive, most tour companies will offer you airconditioned cars at more reasonable rates.

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3. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

Mumbai is a nice city to explore on your own and there's no need for a guide as such. If you want to meet backpackers then the Colaba area is full of them and there are many places like the Leopold's Cafe and Mondegar Cafe where you will find a lot of the travellers enjoying some fantastic breakfast early in the morning or some beers at lunch or dinner. You might just be lucky to be asked if you wish to act as an extra in a Bollywood movie too!!!

If you are on your own, just visit the Gateway of India and you will also get a nice view from the top if you go to any of the higher floors of the Taj Mahal Hotel. If you want to visit the Elephanta island for the famous caves then take a boat from the Gateway and it will take you about an hour to get there. The tickets can be bought in front of the Gateway from one of the booths selling them. There is a free guide inside the caves complex from morning to afternoon (just inquire with the security guard for his/her whereabouts). After you get back from the islands you can carry on walking towards the Regal Theatre and see the Museum as well as the other places for art like the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Jehangir Art Gallery for some interesting art exhibitions. Then carry on towards the other side of the University of Mumbai buildings and see the Rajabai Clock Tower, Library and Convocation Hall. Also see the High Court of Mumbai buildings. Then if you look across there will be a game of cricket going on in one of the famous playing grounds (maidans) called the Oval Maidan. Across the street is the Eros theatre and opposite that is the Churchgate railway station and in front of that is the Western Railway Headquarters as well as the Tourism office. You can then walk down to the Marine Drive promenade and take a long walk towards Chowpatty beach for a snack of Bhelpuri, Pav Bhaji and also some Indian ice cream called Kulfi and another sweet dish called Rabdi. There are some other nice places to see in between like the Flora Fountain and Hutatma Chowk (Martyr's Square) and the St. Thomas' Cathedral, which is very beautiful with a lot of nice sculptures inside it. Nearby is the Bombay Stock Exchange building and also the Jewish David Elaiyahoo Synagogue and the David Sassoon Library as well as the Elphinstone College buildings opposite it. The Town Hall building with the Horniman Circle and gardens is also worth seeing behind the cathedral. You can visit Mani Bhavan ( the house in which Mahatma Gandhi lived in Mumbai ) which is now a museum devoted to his work and life as the father of the nation. Nearby is the F. D. Alpaiwalla Museum which has a lot of Iranian artifacts housed in the Khareghat Colony Hall and if you climb the steps leading up to the Parsi Towers of Silence and Hanging Gardens from the outside, then you will be able to get a good view of the Queen's Necklace from above. On the way down, you can visit a very elaborately carved Jain temple and then come down towards the Governor of Maharashtra's bungalow before reaching Chowpatty beach. You may carry on towards the Mahalakshmi temple and the Haji Ali shrine in the middle of the sea followed by a trip to see the Dhobi Ghat which is from the bridge over Mahalakshmi station.

If you are interested in shopping, then depending on what you want to shop for there are many specific markets like Zaveri Bazaar for gold and silver jewellery, Mangaldas Market for clothes, Chor Bazaar for antiques (and not so old stuff too!!!), Bandra Linking Road for lots of designer shops. Lots of other shopping arcades and malls have recently opened up in many areas so you can just walk into one for a quick look and buy whatever catches your fancy. There is a small shop called Avante just opposite the Regal Cinema at Colaba where you will get the best bargains in handicrafts, souvenirs, etc at very reasonable and cheap prices. Also nearby on the Phirozsha Mehta Road, there is a shop called Bombay Store which has a lot of handicrafts and good Indian teas as well for sale in attractive packaging which is another excellent gift idea.

If you can afford it then it is best to hire a car or even a airconditioned taxi called the cool cab which is blue and silver in colour and engage it for the whole day instead of going by the meter. It should not cost you too much if you do it on your own since the hotel will always charge you a lot more than the actual rates. Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Aadil.

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4. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

If you have two free days, then I'd recommend the following:

Day Two: Mumbai city heritage district, Marine Drive, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat

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Day Two: Elephanta Island

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5. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

Hyatt Regency is a fab hotel (rooms and club lounge for breakfast are great). However for dinner I would recommend the ITC Grand Maratha next door (a safe 1 min walk) and eat in their Pan Asian restaurant, Peshawara for Afghan type cuisine or one of their three superb Indian restaurants.

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6. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

Hyatt Regency is an airport hotel in the middle of nowhere, with nothing next to it except other airport hotels. And slums. Get away if you can. In fact, get to South Mumbai if you can. Failing which, try the JWM.

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7. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

Yes, Hyatt Regency is probably at the worst of all locations.

Jw Marriott is certainly better, being at Juhu.

But, unless business warrants staying in North Mumbai, kvf1 should really consider South Mumbai. Choose from the Taj Mahal Hotel, Hilton Towers, The Oberoi or Intercontinental, Marine Drive (not to be mistaken for Intercontinental The Grand, which is near the airport).

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8. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

I agree that the Hyatt Regency in a good location only if you wish to be next to the airport or have business in the Andheri area (our office is in Seepz).

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9. Re: 2 free days in Mumbai- what to do???

Hi hope im not to late to show you this www.thegardencourt.com

went there in january food is really good along with the friendliness of the staff and customers who made us really welcome will be going again it is well worth a trip to there if your in that area

sharon

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