Arrive Mumbai. You will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Mumbai - or Bombay, as it was formerly known - remains Indiaâ€™s city of dreams. Despite extreme poverty and eye-watering pollution, it is so dynamic that paupers still flock there in the hope of becoming successful entrepreneurs. Built largely by the British around one of the best-protected natural harbours in the world, Mumbai is Indiaâ€™s strategic economic centre. The city is also is home to the countryâ€™s prolific Bollywood film industry, which cranks out more feature flms than any place in the world and of course the setting for the hit flm â€˜Slum Dog Millionaireâ€™.
The main draw of Mumbai, like much of India, remains its contradictions. Within minutes (or a few miles) you can be awestruck by the palatial houses on Malabar Hill and then depressed by the makeshift shacks and the bedraggled children in the cityâ€™s poverty-stricken neighbourhoods.