If you are wondering which would be the best time to make a trip to Mumbai (Bombay), it can be any time because Mumbai tourism is always on, 365 days a year. A tour of Mumbai can be welcomed any time of the year.
But there are certain periods when the excitement of Mumbai touches a feverish pitch especially during the months of October and November when Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival, is celebrated for 11 days. This festival in Mumbai brings with it lots of joy and fun as processions are taken out. In fact, during this time, the entire state reels in celebration.
Another occasion when you make a trip to Mumbai to feel the excitement seep through you is during Diwali. Diwali, the moonless night turns out to be the brightest night of the year with all the homes being lit with lamps and lights.
This is the best time to visit the marine Drive also which offers a magnificent view with a backdrop fully lit with lights and crackers. Many dance festivals also take place during this time and it indeed is a wonderful time to be in Mumbai. The dance with sticks and drums- the Dandiya Raas- is one traditional dance that has promoted Mumbai tourism to a great extent. People from everywhere flock to take part in this dance ceremony which is usually held during the Navratri. Traditionally attired people of all ages dance away to glory. The devotees swirl and twirl to the tunes of the music and the disco beats.
Then there is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna (Janmashtami) which is another occasion that is eagerly awaited in Mumbai. This festival includes culture programs by renowned performers. The various pandals decorated with flowers and lights are indeed sights to be watched.
Apart from this, Mumbai plays host to the International Film Festival in February once in every two years. During this festival, documentaries, short films, animation films, etc are played at the Nehru Auditorium.
So, if you are planning a tour to Mumbai, ensure that you are there to celebrate all these occasions.