Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra and the most populous city in India. It is the centre of trades and investments and is referred as the Financial Capital of India. Mumbai is also the main centre for the film industry in India. It is a city of several large slums as well as the most expensive residential areas. Mumbai is renowned for its historic monuments, beaches, gardens, museums, religious centers, amusement parks, and several attractions of beauty and magnificence. The city offers delicious cuisine, especially street food, and an exciting nightlife that makes it a city of dreams. Mumbai is well connected by air, rail, road and ship.
Gateway of India: The colossal structure of Gateway of India constructed in 1924 is the landmark of Mumbai. It is of 26 m height and is built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
Film City: Spread across a vast area of 520 acres with real-like sets, the Film City is the most famous attraction of Mumbai.
Marine Drive: Also referred as “Queen’s Necklace”, this 3 km long stretch connects Nariman Point to Babulnath and is a perfect place for a memorable evening stride.
Haj Ali Dargah: This holy place located in the sea is a must-visit place in Mumbai.
Elephanta Caves: Located in the Elephanta Island, a few kilometers boat ride from Gateway of India, these caves are well known for amazing rock-cult architecture.
Juhu Beach: Located in Ville Parle, it is one of the most-visited beaches in Mumbai.
Prince of Wales Museum: This museum displays large collections of rare artworks, artifacts and sculptures from different times of history.
Siddhi Vinayaka Temple: Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, it is one of the must-visit temples in Mumbai.
Kamala Nehru Park: Famous for the unique structure called Boot House, it is a favorite spot for families and kids.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park: It is a popular national park visited by millions of wildlife enthusiasts every year.
Other than above, there are many other places like Kanheri Caves, Essel World, Powai Lake, St. Tomas Cathedral, Banganga Tank, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Powai Lake, St. George Fort, Jehangir Gallery, etc., one should not miss during Mumbai trip.
Mumbai is a shopper’s delight with several shopping malls and local markets where one can get almost anything including latest fashion outfits, jewelry, handicrafts, furniture, household items, and many more. Those who have good bargaining skills can get items at very low price. In addition to large shopping malls, Crawford Market, Chor Bazaar, Fashion Street, Zaveri Bazaar, Dadar Street Market, Colaba Causeway, Bandra Link Road Market, etc., are some of the popular markets in Mumbai.
Restaurants in Mumbai offer traditional Maharashtrian and Konkani dishes, seafood, local street food as well as continental dishes. Mumbai is famous for its unique street food. People of all classes enjoy street food, which is delicious and inexpensive. Bhelpuri, Panipuri, Vada Pav, Kebabs, Misal Pav, Pav Bhaji, kheema pav, chicken tikka, and a variety of chaat dishes are available on streets. Several restaurants serve a wide range of delicious seafood like prawn tikki, fish thali, surmai fish curry, fish koliwada, bangda tikhale, etc. Shrikhand yoghurt, Kulfi, gulab jamun, modak, etc., are some of the favorite sweets.
Mumbai is a city that never sleeps. The city offers a vibrant nightlife and has everything from low cost bars to elegant night clubs. One can enjoy music and dance in a number of night clubs spread across the city, either in stand-alone venues or in the top hotels. Polly Esther’s, Prive, Trilogy, etc., are some popular night clubs. There are numerous bars in the city offering wonderful cocktails, panoramic sea views and enchanting music.
There are endless activities to do in Mumbai. Tourists can relish the distinctive street foods, visit the historical sites, gardens and museums, have some relaxing time in Juhu, Aksa and Chowpatty beaches, or stroll along Marine Drive and enjoy a wonderful evening. A cycling trip, kayaking, parasailing and fishing will be adventurous and exciting. One can visit the popular markets for a great shopping experience and travel around the city in the local trains to feel the diversity of life.