Having lived in Mumbai for 30 years, I thought of writing a post just for those from UK who are planning to holiday in the Maximum City.
Inspite of being the most expensive Indian city for expats, a visitor from UK can spend almost a week over here and be treated like royalty.
The best time to visit Bombay..oops!… Mumbai is between December and February. During this time, the city is blessed with pleasant weather. Rest of the year is spent oscillating between sweltering heat and the famed yet difficult monsoon.
Let us assume you plan to arrive on 12th of Jan and depart on 17th of Jan.
Booking a room: Since this is a popular time for tourists to arrive, the room rates are costlier. Among the options, I would recommend Vivanta by Taj just for their delicious breakfast buffet at Tratoria! The stay would cost would be between 700 and 800 pounds depending on the hotel you choose.
Intracity travel: I would recommend you download Uber or Ola App or both as soon as you land in the city. The drivers won’t find it easy to fleece you and the vehicle would be in a fair condition. For Uber, the fare estimate is given here. Which means if you wish to travel from Taj Vivanta at Cuffe Parade to Haji Ali (approximately the distance from Brent Cross to Manchester Square), it would cost you approximately Rs 200 (2 pounds) in a Uber X category vehicle.
Places to visit: Oh, there are many (Will be dedicating a seperate post for this)! Apart from Haji Ali which I wrote about, you must also visit Gateway of India, Jehangir Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda (Mumbai’s art district),Nehru Centre in Worli (which has a beautiful section called Discovery of India that takes you through how India has changed over several centuries), Mannat+Jalsa (if you are curious about Bollywood), Navi Mumbai (Navi Mumbai literally means New Mumbai) and Malabar Hill. Inclusive of food, you won’t be spending more than 25 pounds a day (assuming 2 adults)
In fact here are some off beat things you can do in Mumbai: https://www.thrillophilia.com/places-to-visit-in-mumbai#offbeat things to do in mumbai