Famous For: Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and the city’s distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings. However, this famous city of India has also some interesting places to visit. Such as-Marine Drive, Gateway Of India, Colaba Causeway, Elephanta Caves, Haji Ali Dargah, Juhu Beach, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Girgaum Chowpatty, Prince of Wales Museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Film City Mumbai, Essel World, National Gallery of Modern Art, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mumbai Zoo, Sanjay Gandhi National park, Kanheri Caves, Gorakhgad Trek, Hanging Gardens, Mahakali Caves, Kamala Nehru Park, Bhimashankar Trek, Jehangir Art Gallery, Naneghat, Jivdhan Trek, Mahuli Trek, Jama Masjid, Mount Mary Church, Madh Island, Gorai Beach, Aksa Beach, Snow World etc.Major Attraction: Gateway Of India, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Haji Ali Dargah, Elephanta Caves, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Prince Of Wales Museum, Film City Mumbai.Ideal Visit Time: The best time to visit Mumbai is from October to February when the weather is pleasant and it is ideal time for exploring and sightseeing. The temperature during this time ranges from 10°C to 35°C. Mumbai receives copious rainfall during the monsoon from June to September.
Mumbai is a capital city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is also one of the most popular cities in India. Millions of people are constantly struggling to come to this city and create their own position and that’s why famously known as the City of Dreams. It’s formerly known as Bombay – Mumbai is a beautifully blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. From Bolly superstars to big industrialists to tribes of fisherman and slum dwellers, Mumbai is a city that proudly boasts of stories from different walks of human survival. One of the country’s premier hubs of art, culture, music, dance and theater, Mumbai is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that has been running year after year in the indomitable spirit of just Mumbaikars.
Let’s talk about some interesting places to visit in Mumbai below-
Gateway Of India
Undoubtedly Gateway of India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mumbai. It is one of the most iconic monuments in the city of Mumbai, built in 1924. Standing proudly on the Apollo Bunder, it overlooks the Arabian Sea. The construction was undertaken by the famous architect George Wittet to commemorate the Mumbai visit of legend George-V and Queen Mary. Nicknamed ‘Mumbai‘s Taj Mahal’, the foundation of this landmark was laid in 1911 and it was inaugurated 13 years later in 1924. The imposed structure of the memorial is a beautiful fusion of Indian, Arabic and Western architecture. As a result, it has become a popular tourist destination in the city.
The structure is made of yellow basalt and hard concrete. It is decorated with many Muslim and Hindu motifs. The basalt arch of the gateway served as an entry and exit access to India by waterway before independence. Also the last ship of the British left India for England from here. There are statues of Swami Vivekananda and Chhatrapati Shivaji that have been installed near the Gateway as well. The Gateway of India is not only a historical monument but also an example of great architecture!
Marine Drive is a landmark that carries the identity of Mumbai. It hints at the glamor and shiny cover of Mumbai city. The evocative and mysterious look of Mumbai is evident in it. It is originally a 3.6 km long arch-shaped boulevard along the south Mumbai coast, starting from the southern end of Nariman Point and ending at Girgaum Chowpatty and is also known as Chowpatty Beach. The coast covers the Arabian Sea and is a great place to watch the sunset. It is also a great place to enjoy the end of your beautiful day peacefully.
It is a very romantic place, where people hang out late into the night with their loved ones. People from far and wide come here to watch the sunset. Also here you will see chai & cigarette sellers almost all night. You will also see the skyline of Mumbai and the starry sky of Mumbai.
Juhu Beach is one of the longest beaches in Mumbai and one of the best in India. It is also the most popular among tourists. It is well known for its variety of street food. Here you can enjoy a variety of Mumbai food. The area around Juhu Beach is one of the most popular areas in Mumbai as it is home to many Bollywood and TV celebrities. The most famous bungalow of Amitabh Bachchan is also located here. It is not surprising to see celebrities jogging on the beach.
Here you can also watch the shooting of various TV shows or movies, which are often held. Also toy sellers, popcorn sellers and acrobats will attract you. While staying here, you can also see the iconic ISKCON Temple a few meters away from the beach. Although the beach was criticized for being unsanitary, BMC’s efforts have significantly improved the scene over the past few years.
Haji Ali Dargah
This famous Haji Ali’s shrine is located in the background of a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea. It is a shrine dedicated to wealthy merchants, who gave up their worldly possessions, illusion, and became Muslim Sufi saints after traveling to Mecca. Haji Ali Dargah is located on a small island, near Worley, near the south coast of Mumbai. People from all walks of life and people of all religions come here to pray. The Dargah can be reached at low tide through a causeway that surrounds the sea. At night, the view of the shrine can be seen from afar, surrounded by nothing but the sea. Truly this is a divine scene.
Built of glass, the tomb is a beautiful example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The tomb inside the mosque is roofed with a brocade red and green cloth. It is supported by a great silver frame and marble columns. The marble pillars in the main hall are carved with creative mirror work: blue, green, yellow colored glass chips arranged in a variety of designs. According to Islamic rites, there are separate prayer rooms for men & women.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Elephanta Caves bear examples of the rock-cut art and architecture of medieval India. The caves are located on Elephanta or Gharapuri Island, which is approximately 11 km from Mumbai city. It is locally known as “Gharapurichi Leni”. The Elephanta Caves that exist today are the remnants of extensively painted artifacts from ancient times. It also provides a wonderful view of Mumbai‘s skyline. You can easily reach the Elephanta Caves by ferry ride from Gateway of India.
The caves are basically temples of different types of gods and goddesses of Hindu civilization. The caves are a manifestation of Hindu art and several important images are sculpted here. These include ‘Trimurti’ or the three-headed Shiva, ‘Gangadhar’ which he landed on earth as a symbol of the river Ganges and ‘Ardhnaresvara’, which represents Shiva and Parvati in the same body. In addition to being an important traditional place, the Elephanta Caves are a potential trekking destination.
Bandra Worli Sea Link
Officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this eight-lane cable-stayed bridge in Mumbai is the first project initiated by Maharashtra Government. It commences West Island Freeway System. Bandra Worli Sea Link is one of the few bridges that is a cable-stayed with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts to hold it in place. This sea connection extending across Mumbai’s coastline is a civil engineering wonder, reflecting the modern infrastructure of the city of Mumbai. The bridge is designed to handle about 37,500 vehicles per day and is designed accordingly. This shortens the time and route by reducing the large gap between Bandra and Warli. The beauty of Bandra-Worli Sea Link lies in its engineering talent, which amazes tourists.
The spectacle of Mumbai is especially appealing from the elevation of the bridge and makes it the perfect destination to capture a few candid shots of the city in all its glory. Bandra-Worli Sea Link also overlooks the Worli Bridge and has a small park located nearby. The beauty of this attraction is enhanced during the night when twinkling lights adorn the bridge.
Prince Of Wales Museum
The Prince of Wales Museum is a great structure, which is located in Mumbai and is considered as one of the traditional buildings of the city. The foundation stone of this edifice was laid down by the Prince of Wales on the 11 November 1905, and it was established as a museum on 10 January 1922. The facade of the museum is a sight to behold in itself and sits in the midst of an expansive green garden. Adorned with stunning stone and lattice work, the architecture of the Prince of Wales Museum is a blend of Indian, Mughal and British engineering styles. Inside the museum, it holds almost 50,000 of some of the most exquisite artefacts relating to the rich and diverse history of India.
The complex exhibits a myriad collection of ancient artefacts, artwork and sculptors of the country which give a unique insight into our past. The building also underwent a major renovation after which several new galleries adorning the artworks of Hindu God Krishna, textiles and Indian traditional costumes were opened. Preserved in its best form, the Prince of Wales Museum is a wonderful manifestation of India’s glory and rich past. So, when you’ll make your trip for Mumbai, you must take this place on your top list.
Film City Mumbai
Covering an area of 520 acres, the Film City consists of about twenty indoor studios. It is located in Aarey Colony, Mumbai and is considered as the home of Bollywood. The space is so wide that it is possible to make about 1000 film sets at once. Over the years it has been the location of hundreds of Bollywood movies. More than 900 movies and many more television shows have been shot here. Not only is it a great place to shoot a movie, it’s a place full of greenery & full of fresh spaciousness. It is a land where it is very difficult to distinguish between reality and dreams. This place has made many people heroes from zero, who have become very famous stars today. Film City is a must-see place for all movie buffs.
As I said earlier, Mumbai is a dream city. Many people from all over the world, including all over India, flock here to realize their dreams. There are so many more places to visit that you must visit Mumbai to get the fullness.
How To Reach
By Road: Mumbai is well-connected by a road network to the rest of India. So, it easily connects many other cities of India by road. Interstate roadways buses and private operators run luxury coach buses as well as rickety buses. It has a vast fleet of black-and-yellow taxis too. The fine roads of this city connect you to all big and small towns and tourist centres in the state of Maharashtra- Pune (163 km), Aurangabad (392 km), Nashik (184 km), Mahabaleshwar (239 km) and to the towns and cities of the neighbouring states- Goa – Panaji (597 km), Gujarat – Ahmadabad (545 km) and Vadodara (432 km) and Andhra Pradesh.
By Train: The Chattrapati Shivaji Terminal and Mumbai Central are the two major railway stations in Mumbai whereas Dadar Railway Station and Kalyani Railway Station acts as a substitute. Railway is the lifeline of Mumbai city and hence the city is well connected with other major cities in India through a very good network of tracks. Super-fast trains and passenger trains connects the city with all prominent towns of India like Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. After reaching the railway station, you can easily hire a taxi or cab to reach your final destination.
By Air: Mumbai’s airport is the Sahara International Airport and has many international airlines flying to Mumbai. These flights connect Mumbai to almost all the major international and domestic locations. The airport consists of two terminals, one is 30 km from the city center of Nariman point and other is 4 km from the domestic terminus at Santa Cruz. Both of these terminals have facilities such as foreign exchange bureaus, duty free shops, restaurants, left luggage sheds and tourist offices. After reaching the airport, you can hire a taxi or cab to reach your preferred destination.