There are a number of tourist spots worth visiting around Bombay too. The Elephanta caves are the famous rock-cut temples made from two hills. The ferry ride from Gateway of India to the Elephanta caves makes an interesting option. Then there are the Karla caves that were built by the Buddhist monks and are famous for its Chaitya and a huge stone stupa. There are a mumber of hill stations around Bombay that make excellent retreats. Matheran, Khandala and Lonavala are amongst the resorts that attract several tourists. Boriveli National Park or the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is another must visit place around Bombay. Within the park are the Kanheri caves that boast of being the biggest Buddhist monastic structure on Konkan coast. The protected area is home to interesting flora and fauna. Another excursion option is the Bassein Fort. Bassein Fort is a remains of the Portuguese fortified city of Bassein.
Food in Bombay is another must checkout. Amongst the wide variety of cuisine available in Bombay are the Parsi dhansaak, Gujarati thalis, Muslim kebabs, Goan vindaloos et al. If you are holidaying in Bombay during the summer season then the mangoes should not be missed especially those of the Alphonso variety. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with much zest in Bombay. Navratri is also ideal time to visit Bombay. Amongst the other important festivals of Bombay are Gokul Ashtami and Holi. More on Mumbai (Bombay)»