Emirates offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Mumbai, with mid-January fares currently starting at $1,084.
WHERE TO STAY
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Bombay’s iconic hotel is still the best in town. Be sure to get a room in the old wing rather than the tower. Palace rooms $340.
38 Garden Rd.
A good mid-range option in the heart of Colaba. Rooms from $115.
WHERE TO EAT
7 Sai Baba Marg
South Mumbai’s favorite seafood restaurant, a great place for Konkan-style seafood. Entrees from about $5.
361 Sheikh Memon St.
A traditional place for “thali” — endless rounds of a variety of vegetarian dishes — across from the entrance to Mangaldas Market. Meal for $5.50.
Kalapesi Trust Building, below Suba Palace Hotel
Apollo Bunder Marg
World-class gourmet cuisine and a fine wine list. Large plates from about $10.
11 Sprott Rd., Ballard Estate
Bombay’s classic Parsi joint. Don’t leave without trying the berry pulao and Bombay duck (a type of fish). Lunch only. Entrees from $3.
WHAT TO DO
Near Crawford Market, Lohar Chawl
Mumbai’s largest, oldest cloth market. Wander the lanes to search for fabrics by the yard. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Burlington’s of Bombay
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder
One of Mumbai’s classic tailoring shops, offering 24-hour bespoke on request. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
29 Panday Rd. (opposite Taj President)
Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
91A Rani Baug
A beautifully restored space housing 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts, including a few textiles. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed Wednesdays. $1.80.