MumbaiIn vibrant Mumbai, you can enjoy a Bollywood movie or an Irish coffee at the Prithvi Theatre, taste the Konkani seafood, barter at the countless shops, and take a ferry to the Elephanta caves. The center of Imperial Bombay, an area known as Fort, is home to a breathtaking collection of Victorian buildings and is evocative of a thriving 19th-century English industrial city.

The heart of the Fort area is the Horniman Circle, enclosed by curved, arcaded terraces. The green and leafy garden in the center provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city surrounding it.

Gateway of India is the main landmark of Mumbai. It was built from yellow basalt to honor the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

Victoria Terminus or the VT is another key landmark. It was designed by F.W. Stevens and follows the Italian Gothic style of architecture. The historic steam train from Mumbai to Thane departed from here in 1853.

Mahalaxmi Temple, near the Malabar Hills, is Mumbai’s oldest temple, dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of Wealth. Worshipers come to pray for good financial fortune.

Taj Mahal Hotel was built by Jamshedji Tata in 1903. Legend has it that it was commissioned by him after he was refused entry into one of the European hotels. Offering an excellent view of the Gateway, it has 582 rooms including 51 suites and is a prime example of luxury living.

Marine Drive, built in 1920 on reclaimed land, is a sweeping curve that runs along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point, along Chowpatty to the foot of Malabar Hill. It is one of the most popular meeting places in Mumbai and a favorite place for couples to watch the sunset.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghalaya, formerly known as The Prince of Wales Museum, is located between the historic areas of Colaba and Fort. It was built in 1905 to commemorate the first visit of King George V to India.