Mumbai is known for being the expensive city in India but there are so many good places where you can stay comfortably at a tight budget. If you are not from the financial capital and wish to visit Mumbai on a shoestring budget, you should definitely read this.
The Backpackers Panda in Colaba is located at a 5 minutes walk from the exuberant Gateway of India.It is not only reasonably priced but clean too. All the dormitories and rooms are air-conditioned and have digital doors and thus are extremely safe.There is also a kitchen available so you can even cook.
Another good hostel to look out for is Zostel.It is located in the suburb of Mumbai in Andheri and is funky, clean, air-conditioned and the staff are friendly. Not only are the doors digitally locked, it also has a kitchen and a cafeteria and organises daily tour to all parts of the city including the slums of Dharavi.
If you are going on a group, the cost effective alternative is the apartments listed on AirBnB. The best part of it is that you and your folks will get the entire apartment to yourself and can even cook dishes of your choice in the kitchen provided. Not only will you experience a feel of home away from home but it is also extremely cheap when clubbed in thus making it affordable for all.
Talking about food, don’t forget to try out at the Yazdani Bakery in Fort which caters to some really delicious and inexpensive snacks. From bun maskas, fruit cakes and the famous shrewsbury biscuits, this place is an must for some lip-smacking breakfast and afternoon snacks.
The Sassanian Restaurant and Kyani Bakery at Marine Lines will also provide some wholesome snacks including the famous berrypulao.
Taste of Kerala and Hotel Deluxe at Fort also serves some reasonbly priced authentic south Indian thalis including the famous Kerala Parotha.
Also, apart from the famous street food such as vada pav and pav bhaji that are available everywhere, don’t forget to go to Baghdadi and Bademiya Restaurant at Apollo Bunder in Colaba for some superb non-vegetarian food. A little higher end restaurants are Food Inn, Cafe Mondegar and Leopold Cafe at Colaba Causeway which also serves up some really good food at a better ambience.
And most importantly, don’t forget to take the local trains but not at rush hours (8.30 am -10.30 am and 5pm-8pm).It is not only a cheap mode of transport but you will also get to experience the other side of Mumbai better.
All the addresses of the places mentioned are available online.And instead of booking the hostel from their respective websites, you will find it cheaper to book from the other travel app such as Make My Trip, Agoda and Goibibo. For the apartments available on Airbnb, you have to book through their website.