Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and the whole city smells of business and finance. It is also the capital of Maharashtra and was known earlier as Bombay. It is considered to be the most populous city of the country with an estimated population of 12.5 million. Each day around 250 people migrate from all over the world to make their dreams here. From vada pav to gol gappe, tycoons to slums, Dabawallahs, Bollywood, Mumbai has its own essence. If you want to enjoy the contrast of this metropolitan city, you must read this article first. The city will surprise you in so many ways.
In this article we have tried to portray the city in front of you which will guide you to make the adventure more exciting. The best time to visit Mumbai is October to February as the temperature during this time is at their lowest. To get all the essence of the city make sure you read the article till the end and we assure you that it would be a lifetime memory of the beauty of the city.
Mumbai can primarily be divided in two regions, Mumbai city district & Mumbai Suburban district. Mumbai city district refers to South Mumbai and Suburban district refers to North Mumbai and all of Mumbai’s suburbs. Mumbai suburbs has two major parts, western part of suburb forms the Western Suburbs and eastern part forms the Eastern suburbs.
Mumbai, a city that welcomes everyone with an open arm where people from different locations come to earn their livelihood. So, the culture of the city reflects the diversity in it. In Mumbai tourism you will find end number of art galleries, museums, libraries and many more cultural institutions. Here you will get to see different cultural programs, music concerts, festivals through out the year. Though Diwali, Eid, Holi, Christmas are celebrated in the city, but nothing can match with the biggest festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, a 10-day festival celebrated by all Mumbaikkars with glory. Mumbai is the capital of Hindi films, a center of Bollywood. Mumbai is full of fun and entertainment and you will get that flavor out of the people of the city. As it is rightly said -
“You can take the boy out of Bombay,
you can’t take Bombay out of the boy.”
Though Mumbaikkars are emotionally connected and passionate about the heritage of the city but actual history of the dream city is unknown to many people and it is fading with time. The name of the city came from a Goddess called ‘Mumba Devi’. There are primarily seven islands, Colaba, Mazagaon, Mahim, Parel, Bombay Island, Worli and Old Woman's Island. These were the part of Ashoka kingdom in ancient India. After the death of the king these islands were ruled by several rulers. In the 19th century there was a massive economic development and reconstruction occurred. Then the first ever Indian railway operations began between Mumbai and Thane. During early 20th century Mumbai became the base of the Indian Independence Movement. In 1947, after India’s freedom the territory of Bombay restructured into Bombay state. During this period Bombay has been witnessed to the several battels and later the city was incorporated into the territory of the newly created Maharashtra state from Bombay state. It took almost 6 centuries to merge all seven islands into one city Bombay. On 6th March in 1996 the city was renamed as Mumbai.
Though the city has a long list of places to visit, we have tried to shortlist top 12 must visit places for you which will guide you in your next trip to Mumbai. Let us take you through 12 famous tourist places in Mumbai.
A romantic place in the middle of the city, famous for its glamor and beauty. At night when all the coastline lights up it looks like a necklace which makes the city more beautiful. That is why it’s called “Queen’s Necklace”. This place is ideal for couple to spend a quality time while enjoying the sunset reflecting on Arabian sea with cool breeze and sound of the waves. This is considered to be the best tourist places in Mumbai. You will find people roaming around 24/7, vendors of street foods and Chai selling at late night. This place is mainly popular to visit at night.
Gateway of India is one of the famous tourist spots in India and a tourist hotspot of Mumbai. It was built in 1924 by George Wittet, located next to the iconic Taj Palace facing the vast Arabian sea. There you will get a ferry service available for heading towards historic Elephanta Cave. You can take a ferry ride to experience the amazing view of the monument right from the sea which leaves every visitor spellbound. The best time to visit the place is either early morning or late evening.
Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at a distance of 11km from the main city. You can take a ferry ride from the Gateway of India and easily reach the destination within an hour while enjoying the scenic beauty of Mumbai skyline. This is a massive rock cut caves including five dedicated to the God Shiva and two are representing Buddhist architectures. These are the expression of art and Indian culture which will take you back to the 5th to 7th century. Being an important heritage site, it also attracts the crowd as a trekking destination.
Are you a big fan of Bollywood? Then you should not miss out exploring Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari, commonly known as Mumbai Film City. The heart of the Bollywood, an approximately 100,000 sq. ft. area consists of lakes, gardens, theaters, recording rooms many more. To take a tour to the entire film city in a day you need to take a bus ride. More than 900 movies and multiple television shows have been shot here. When you take a tour of about 1000 film sets, you will see many familiar sets of popular movies. Film city gives you a chance to live in your Bollywood dream for one day and thus it’s a must visit spot for all Bollywood lovers.
The best place to enjoy the sunset with typical aamchi Mumbai flavor and that makes Juhu one of the best tourist places in Mumbai. It is seen in many movies or TV shows quite often. This is one of the poshest areas in Mumbai as many celebrities have their own houses in surrounding areas. Don’t be surprised if you see any celebrity running or jogging in the beach as it is commonly seen there. Walking across the beach sand with your partner during the sunset can make your day for sure. There’s an ISKON temple near the beach, so you can visit that as well.
The right place for all shopaholics is Colaba Causeway which is known as Shopper’s Paradise. One of the liveliest tourist places in Mumbai. If you think shopping is a therapy for you then you are at the right place. We assure you to have a great time here by exploring shops having A to Z collection. Here you will get inexpensive clothes to designer clothes, all sort of home decor items. This has also good restaurants and cafes to satisfy your hunger pangs.
The perfect gateway from the boredom of daily life. The garden is situated on the top of the Malabar hill, built in 1880 by Mr. Ulhas Ghapokar. The interesting thing about the place is when you look from above you will see PMG spelt out in the garden. You will also get to see spectacular water fountains, animal shaped hedges, flower beds and many more.
Essel World is the largest amusement park in India. It has been one of the most happening tourist places in Mumbai for kids’ entertainment, located in a village called Gorai in Mumbai. If you miss your childhood adventure and thrill, Essel World will take you back there where you can enjoy numerous exciting rides, gaming facilities, dancing zones, theme parks and many more for your leisure. The park looks more beautiful during festive time and the crowd is always at peak in weekend. So, to have a hassle-free journey you can go for a prior online booking that will save your valuable time.
Want to visit one of the most popular shrines in Mumbai or you can say most popular tourist place in Mumbai? Yes, you guessed it right. We are talking about Haji Ali Dargah which is situated in the middle of the Arabian sea near Worli. The tomb is made of white marble and glass which looks more beautiful at night when the shrine lights up. It has white marble pillar with immaculate mirror work on it. People from all over the world come here to seek blessings.
Bandra-Worli Sea Link, commonly known as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link is a 5.6 km long cable-stayed bridge that connects between Bandra and Worli. It is capable to support 8 lanes of traffic and it makes the travelling between the two destinations so easy. This sea link represents the modern architecture of Mumbai city which compliments the sea, Mahim Bay. It looks more beautiful during nighttime and perfect for a beautiful photoshoot.
CST or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is a modern railway station with historic touch in it. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1887 in the middle of the mega city Mumbai and well connected to a major part of the city. The bustle railway terminus gives a feeling of British history, looks more attractive at night. Even you have seen the station in many scenes of popular movies. It is the most popular historic landmark of the city. You must visit the railway station just to have the feel of the busy city that never sleeps.
Last but not the least a must visit tourist place in Mumbai is Fashion Street. No doubt Mumbai is always one step ahead for its fashion trend. If you are a fashion conscious and believe in trendy fashion, then this is the right place for you. It is located near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and has around 200 shops which offers you the latest and trendiest clothes as well as accessories. Designer clothes at cheaper rate and first copy of many foreign brands always attract the young crowd but make sure you are good in bargain.
We hope this guide will take you to the prominent places to visit in Mumbai and get the best out of your trip. Mumbai is a city that you would fall in love with after your first visit.
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Mumbai is known for its distinctive and cost-effective street foods that are world famous. If you are a foodie, then Mumbai is the right place for you to give your taste buds the feel of mouthwatering varieties.
In this article we have tried to list down all types of foods (Veg & Non-veg) that you must try when you visit Mumbai. So, without further ado, let’s explore the culinary richness of Mumbai.
Vada pav - Known as “poor man’s burger” is one of the top street foods in Mumbai. It is basically a bun bread stuffed with vada, served with a spicy chutney which enhance the taste of the dish.
Misal Pav – If you are not a sweet tooth and fond of hot and spicy yet healthy food then this dish has got your back.
Pav Bhaji – Another very popular and easily available street food is Pav Bhaji in Mumbai. If you go there, you will find at least one Pav Bhaji Thela in every street of the city even at late night. Basically, they serve the butter fried bun with spicy mashed vegetables that you ought to try.
Pani puri – There is no one in the city who doesn’t love pani puri. If you taste one, you will start craving for more and trust me this is going to be your favorite pani puri all the time!
Bhelpuri/Sevpuri – If you are a vegetarian then you must try these two dishes. This Marathi chat (Bhelpuri) is the most popular vegetarian dish in Mumbai which is made of puffed rice, vegetables and sauce. In the other hand Sevpuri is loaded with potato, onions and 3 types of chutnies, garnished with sev on the top of it.
Frankie- A very popular street food in Mumbai which gives your hunger pangs an ultimate satisfaction anytime any day. This comes as a nun with egg coating and stuffing with chicken or mutton and for vegetarian folks they made it with paneer or potato stuffing.
Bombay Duck- Don’t get confused with the name. This is a deep-fried crispy fish strips which will certainly blow your mind. You must try this seafood dish whenever you visit Mumbai.
Haleem- If you are a Haleem lover and want to have authentic Haleem, you don’t need to travel all the way to Hyderabad since it is available in aamchi Mumbai too. Haleem is a super nutritious food made of wheat, meat and lentils.
Kebabs- Are you a very fond of Kebabs? Then you should spend a night at Mohammad Ali park, famous for chicken and mutton kebabs. The soft, juicy, tender kebabs will just blow your mind.
Falooda- Falooda is Indian version of Persian dessert. A drink made of vermicelli mixed with milk, dry fruits, seeds, syrup and topped with ice cream. A perfect food to beat the heat of Mumbai summer.
In Mumbai there is a great scope to enjoy many activities specially beach activities for all age groups. Essel World being the best activity spot for children to have a fun filled day, one can enjoy the city in an offbeat mode through some more exciting activities. Let’s check out top tourist activities that you must explore whenever you visit Mumbai:
Mumbai is famous for its adventurous beach activities and Kayaking is one of them. Explore this Kayaking activity at Gateway of India and create long lasting memories with your friends or family or as a solo activity. You can enjoy this paddling sports carefreely as you will be provided high-quality safety gears.
For witnessing the offbeat side of the dream city, you must experience the joy of sailing in Mumbai. This is an exciting activity of seeing the mega city far away from the crowd and noise of the city and for this adventurous trip you don’t need any professional training or experience. You will be given life jacket along with helmet and spec for your safety purposes. Floating on the Arabian sea from the hustle and bustle of the city is a perfect sailing experience to be with your loved ones which will create a lifetime memory for you.
When you are in the dream city you must grab the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view from the sky. 1000 ft above Helicopter ride in Mumbai will surely give you an unforgettable experience. We assure you that the bird eye view of Mumbai and its coastline is going to be a once in a lifetime experience for you.
If you are an early bird or not but once you are in Mumbai you must explore the city early in the morning at least once as you have never seen the mega city before like this. While rest of the city is just waking up you can take tour of calm and peaceful South Mumbai by a cycle. You can enjoy the sights like Gateway of India, CST station, Marine drive, Crawford market many more.
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