The attackers traveled by sea from Karachi, Pakistan, across the Arabian Sea to Mumbai. They entered via speedboats that were on board trawlers. The trawlers left Pakistan and stopped at Porbandar, India, before landing in Mumbai.
The first events were detailed around 20:00 IST on 26 November, when 10 Urdu-speaking men in inflatable speedboats came ashore at two locations in Colaba. They reportedly told local Marathi-speaking fishermen to "mind their business" before they split up and headed two different ways; the fishermen's subsequent report to police received little response.
Indian authorities believe that the attackers entered Mumbai via the waterfront near the two hotels. A fishing trawler is being held for investigation.The first attack occurred about 9:30 pm at the Cafe Leopold on November 26, 2008. A man was seen firing an AK-47 in the Taj Mahal Palace hotel lobby before fleeing into the kitchen. Another series of injuries was reported when a gunman opened fire at a central train station.