Mumbai on new year's eve has an almost bewildering range of parties and celebrations to chose from across this huge and sprawling city., and no shortage of fireworks to watch come midnight on NYE.
Mumbai is a packed city with a staggering population of almost 12 million people, it can be a little overwhelming for some, but the sights on offer are worth the visit. From the magnificent Gateway of India to shopping on Colaba Causeway form some hidden gem (but don't forget to barter a little, as is the custom).
Get some great views from a drive over the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, a 5.6km cable stayed bridge joining Bandra in the West of Mumbai to Worli in South Mumbai. Evening is usually a good time to see it all lit up in all its glory.
There are some truly spectacular roof top bars where you can sit and enjoy a drink or two whilst overlooking the view over Mumbai. Or go see a show at the Prithvi Theatre which also has a great cafe serving delicious food.
It's perhaps a little unusual for New Years Eve, but the Essel World Amusement Park is where 15,000 people go to bring in the new year. This huge open air party, with top Bollywood DJs and carnival theme, is where you can party the night away (until 7am) whilst taking advantage of unlimited free rides in the park, that's every big kids dream! Tickets are less than $25 dollars, so it's not going to break the bank.
There's also a great party at Imagica Theme Park, with midnight parade, street performers and fireworks. Again, all the rides will be open so you can whizz through the air all the way through to 2019!
The Gateway of India is a great spot to gather on New Years Eve to watch some fireworks along with other locals and tourists. Or take a walk along Marine Drive, which is beautifully lit up to watch the fireworks, it gets busy here so there's a real party vibe.
There is a fantastic new year's eve party at the Pali Beach Resort, with live DJs, Gala Buffet Dinner, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor party, large garden lawns and of course fireworks. Get more details and secure your tickets for this event here.
Take your taste buds on a culinary journey while you are staying in Mumbai, try some of these restaurants:
The Peshwa Pavilion
Mirchi and Mime
Mumbai boasts a large selection of 5 star hotel resorts that have some great parties and if you're feeling lively, head to one of the clubs that have special New Years Eve events with top DJs to take you through to the New Year.
Spend this New Year in one of Mumbai's wonderful hotels, don't forget
to book your room in advance at this busy time of year, especially if
you want to take part in organised new year events:
The Oberoi, Mumbai
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
The Taj Mahal Palace
ITC Maratha, Mumbai
Trident, Nariman Point
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.
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