A kaleidoscope of cultures, Mumbai is truly the gateway to India. Called Bombay for centuries (hence the American School of Bombay), the city’s name was officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.
The birthplace of Rudyard Kipling and Salman Rushdie, Mumbai is India’s vibrant cultural and financial capital, home to Bollywood, and a truly international hotspot.
A City of Seven Islands
A city of seven islands, Mumbai has a vibrant arts and culture scene that spills out of its galleries and museums and onto the streets and sidewalks. Whether you are in the historic district or taking a rickshaw ride through the suburban neighborhoods, Mumbai is always an adventure.
The food scene in Mumbai rivals that of international culinary hotspots, such as New York and Sydney, with the added bonus of street hawkers offering cheap local fare alongside internationally acclaimed chefs and Michelin starred restaurants.
Everything is on offer in Mumbai, from local Maharashtrian delicacies to North Indian tandoori and South Indian idlis and dosas, from Japanese to Italian to Mexican, you are spoilt for choice. Cooking for yourself? Street markets line the streets all over the city, with an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce, tantalizing for any palette.
Entertainment and Leisure
Nightlife and entertainment are abundant in this cosmopolitan city. With an Opera House, National Theatre, and multiple venues throughout the city, there is never a shortage of international and local gigs, performances, and exhibitions. And that’s without taking into account the plethora of local festivals that take place almost weekly, including Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, and Diwali, all major festivals that run over days and see people taking to the streets to celebrate – everywhere! To help you settle in, there are many good ex-pat clubs for ex-pats and locals that offer leisure facilities and a chance to make friends.
If shopping is your thing, you are in luck. Mumbai is also a haven for shopaholics. Whether you are looking for bargain street shopping, or high-end designer clothing at one of the city’s world-class malls, Mumbai offers these experiences and everything in between.
Top-quality medical treatment is easily available in some of the world-class hospitals in Mumbai and at a much cheaper cost. In addition to medical care, Mumbai has world-class dental care that when coupled with airfare it can be significantly less than treatment in your home country.
Remember, too, Mumbai is the gateway to India, and only the tip of the iceberg of an incredible country, a country of many cultures and landscapes, with something for everyone. From pristine mountains to ancient sites and lush tropical beaches, you may intend to come for a short time, but once you give your heart to India, you’ll end up staying longer than you ever anticipated. We look forward to welcoming you.