Mumbai is the capital of the Maharashtra, on the western coast of India; it is the largest city in India, and the fourth most populous in the world. This sprawling megalopolis is the commercial capital of the country, and has preserved many of the monuments from its British colonial past. One of the city's most famous sights is the Gateway of India, built on the occasion of the King's visit in the early 20th century, which is opposite another famous landmark, the Taj Mahal Hotel. The Marine Drive is home to many art deco buildings, from the 1930s and 1940s. Some of the country's best museums are in the city, including the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Jehangir Art Gallery. Stroll through the street markets of Mumbai to get a real feel of the local culture. The city has a large airport (handling about 30 million passengers a year) with many domestic, international and intercontinental flights facilitating flights to Tokyo, London, Dubai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Frankfurt and New York. If you're searching for a cheap flight from London, or any other city, you can use our online flight comparison tool, which allows you to search for Mumbai air tickets, compare them and buy the option that best suits you. Direct flights are available from London, and flights from Dublin will have one or two stopovers.
There are many transport connections between the airport and the city centre. You can choose between suburban trains, rickshaws, buses or taxis. The total journey time will vary depending on the transport mode (and traffic!). You can make your stay in the city easier by purchasing a Tourist Ticket to have unlimited access to Mumbai's suburban train network, for either 1, 3 or 5 days. Cricket is the most popular sport in the city, and there are various cricket grounds where you could enjoy watching a match. Stroll through the Hanging Gardens, a park on Malabar Hill with great views of the coast, or the Five Gardens in the city centre. With Hinduism the main religion in the city, the Siddhivinayak temple is a sight not to be missed. Mumbai is also the home of Bollywood, the country's most famous media export. To see the rest of India, travel to the best-known destinations in the country (Delhi, Calcutta) or closer cities, such as Goa and Ahmedabad.