When to fly
The weather from September to April makes this the best time to book flights to Mumbai. If you want to experience a big event, come for the Ganesh Chaturthi, a ten-day Hindu festival in August/September.
Holi is another major festival of the Indian culture and is celebrated throughout the nation on the full moon day in the month of March. Look for a cheap flight to Mumbai and experience the electric atmosphere as bright colours fill the air in Mumbai’s streets and villages, as traditionally individuals celebrate Holi by pouring coloured water over one another. The Holi festival in Mumbai will bring happiness, prosperity and peace to everyone involved, locals and travellers, as it is believed to be on the friendliest and fun-filled festival throughout India. When partaking in Holi, it is advisable to wear disposable clothing as you will finish the celebrations as a multicoloured masterpiece.
A time when more cheap flights to Mumbai are available is during the monsoons and summer heat, June through September, the low season.
Mumbai, the vibrant capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra, is the largest city in the country and home to the Bollywood film industry.
India's financial capital can intimidate the first-time visitor, so the best way to overcome this is by walking through Mumbai’s neighbourhoods, interacting with the locals and just getting immersed in its wonderful sights, sounds and smells. The best way to begin touring the colonial city is at the Gateway of India which was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. From there most tourists take boat trips to Elephanta Island, where holy temples were carved out of rock between 450 and 740 AD. Another day trip is to the northern suburb of Borivli home of the Buddhist Kanheri Caves which were once used for meditation by the monks during the seventh century AD. Travellers coming off flights to Mumbai in search of a little more excitement needn’t look far, the glitzy restaurants and bars are filled with Bollywood stars and well-heeled Mumbaiians partying till the wee hours of the morning.
Find a flight to Mumbai and explore some superb colonial architecture, such as the UNESCO Heritage railway station of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, previously known as Victoria Terminus, and the High Court. Nearby, Marine Drive has many Art Deco style buildings, such as the Regal Cinema. Also in this region of South Mumbai are several museums and art galleries, such as the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, previously known as the Prince of Wales Museum. The Nehru Centre is home to the excellent Nehru Centre Art Gallery and Nehru Science Centre.
Mumbai has some nice green areas amidst the concrete, such as the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Drive and the Mumbai Port Trust Garden. There are also several temples which make pleasant excursions, including the Global Vipassana Pagoda and Hare Krishna temples.