Widely known as the commercial capital of India, Mumbai is a bustling metropolitan gracefully placed in the Arabian sea and was originally a composition of 7 islands. During the British Raj, it was a major hub to carry out trades which is why it was called Bombay. Immaculately connected by Air, Rail, Road as well as Sea Routes, it has the second busiest airports in the country and a great option to arrive in India, if you want to start your journey toward Southern India.
Being a commercial hub that it is, it also has some amazing experiences to offer to the affluent traveller, visiting the city. Here is my personal pick of 5 things you have to do if you are traveling with deep pockets.
5) The Presidential Experience:
One of the most expensive accommodations in the country, The Oberoi Mumbai’s Presidential Suite offers a lifestyle worth experiencing. Over 2000 Square Feet of premium luxury, is tiled in spotless white Thassos marble and is ornamented with a black Piano, life size bronze statue and a brass telescope. Its exquisite design makes you feel pampered and as if it is not enough, the view is the best part of it all. Overlooking the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ – Marine Drive it offers near 180 degree view of the ocean. Watch the lights go on as the sun sets, right from your room and you will know the reason why Marine drive is called The Queen’s Necklace.
4) Chopper Tour of Mumbai
Over a period of a decade, Mumbai has got a very well defined skyline and a sightseeing flight in a helicopter is a far better option to cover the entire city and see some of the epic architectures of Mumbai from angles that very few get to experience. I personally recommend an evening flight to observe 2 sides of the same city under the change textures of the skies. Also, logistically it will avoid any hassle of battling through the traffic of Mumbai. More over a bird’s eye view of Mumbai is a good option to understand the structure of the city. You can later have your luxury sedan to take you to the specific sightseeing locations to experience them, up close. Overall, it is guaranteed to give you moments you will treasure for a lifetime.
3) The Sahara Stay
Aamby Valley, also known as the Sahara City, though not exactly in Mumbai but a cosy and premium location nestled amongst the Sahyadri Mountains located just over a 100 kilometres from the city of Mumbai. Just in case you are wondering about the travel time, you wouldn’t have to worry about that. You will be provided with your personal helicopter for a crisp 45 mins journey to the city which is the only gated city in India with a private airport. Aamby Valley is an absolute contrast of the congested city of Mumbai. Spread across 10,000 acres you will have the world’s luxuries at your feet. Tee off at PGA Championship Golf Course, or try your hand at the water sports, choose amongst themes of independent houses that will accommodate you, or just take a stroll in the sprawling gardens. However, it is mostly recommended to visit this city during winter or Monsoon season of India.
2) Cocktails in Aer
Situated right in the heart of the Mumbai city, you have the Four Season’s hotel that boasts about its roof top Aer Lounge, offering spectacular view of the Mumbai skyline and delectable cocktails to lift up the spirits of the tipplers. If you have someone special that you need to spend some time with, all you have to do is request and a private arrangement can be made in the best corner of this gorgeous aerial landscape. Aer Lounge is surely in our top list of recommendations for the affluent, in Mumbai.
1) The Taj Mahal of Mumbai
Our top of the list Mumbai experience is none other than the famous Luxury Suite of The Taj Mahal Palace, situated right at The Gateway of India, offering incredible views of the Arabian Sea. As a matter of fact, the hotel was constructed 50 years before The Gateway of India. It is also one of the most convenient hotel for sightseeing as most Mumbai sites are just a short drive away. This hotel is itself a piece of history, as was the first structure in Mumbai to be lit by electricity. It has also hosted some of the greatest names in the Indian history. This hotel is a monument in itself which also is the best luxury hotel in the city. I am sure, you would need an entire day to only tour this hotel, for each of its corner has a tale to tell.
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