Tall skyscraper , wide sprawling slums, throbbing night life and Mumbai monsoon. The finance capital or you can say the commercial capital, fashion hub and of course home to Bollywood. Mumbai is certainly the most busiest and the populated city in India with almost 17 million inhabitants.
Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is referred to be a “City of Dreams“, people come from different places with the dreams in the hope of making it big.
If you are on a visit to the city ,then below are the list of 10 things that you do not want to miss in the glitzy city.
#1. Gateway of India
The most magnificent monument of historical importance, with soaring spires at the tip of Apollo Bunder ,facing the famous Taj Mahal Hotel is the one of the favorite tourist destination for locals as well as foreigners. The foundation stone for this legendary structure was laid in the year 1911. It was built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary.
Giant Balloon Sellers and photographers can be found all around the place. You can take a ride on the horse driven carriages called Victorias around the Taj or get polaroid pictures clicked by the number of photographers at a price of 30 INR. You can also feed pigeons in the evening while enjoying the cool breeze and witness the sunset.
Boats depart to various destinations like Elephanta caves and Alibaug from the nearby harbor which is a perfect weekend escapade from the humdrum of the city.
#2. Hit a Spiritual High
Mumbai visit is incomplete without the visit to the famous Shiddhivinayak Temple, MahaLakhshmi Temple and Hazi Ali.
Hundreds of devotees visit the Shiddhivinayak Temple every day to pray for their wishes to come true. It is believed that the idol of Lord Ganesha has been carved out of a single black stone and has wish-granting powers. This 200 year old temple is popular among the Bollywood fraternity also. Due to long queues it might take hours to enter. The temple is also under high surveillance and photography is not permitted inside the temple.
Maha Lakshmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai situated on Bhulabhai Desai Road. The temple was built in 1831 by Dhakji Dadaji (1760–1846). It is believed that the goddess save the city from calamities and wealth of the city.
Hazi Ali is one of the popular religious place of Mumbai.People from all parts of the world visit Dargah to offer their prayers and to fulfill their wishes by the blessings of the Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) without restrictions of caste, creed and religion.
#3. Indulge in local cuisines
Mumbai is also been known for its distinctive and diverse street food which is due to the influx of tourist coming from all over the country, bringing a bit of culture and taste with them. From finger licking pav bhaji to every mumbaikars grab-and-go-snack vada pav. The authentic street food can be enjoyed at various road side stalls and if you are worried about hygiene then there are various restaurants offering the diversified menu to choose from. So, relish every bite and indulge in some super tasty local street food.
#4. Witness Sunset or Sunrise at Nariman Point
Watch the waves crash on the rocks of Nariman Point or Band Stand and witness uninterrupted sunsets over the ocean.
#5. Marine Drive
The most famous landmark of Mumbai referred as Queen’s necklace. During sun-set, the road lights up with thousands of street lamps, giving a spectacular sight. Sit on the concrete wall along the coast and enjoy the cool salty breeze as the wind pass by your hair.
#6. Bandra–Worli Sea Link
Officially called Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link is our answer to the Golden Bridge. The Worli Sea Link opened in 2009 is an engineering marvel.It reduces driving time from Bandra to Worli during peak hours from 60–90 minutes to 20–30 minutes. Tall imposing ropes holding the bridge high in the open Arabian sea with eight lane bridge gives you a spectacular view of the city.
#7. Indulge in Retail Therapy
If street shopping is what you are looking for, then wander through shops of Colaba Causaway, Fashion Street or Bandra Link Road. Remember to polish your bargaining skills before you hit the market. You can buy shoes, artificial jewelery, western wear ,bags at a very reasonable price.
#8. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal Railway Station
Formerly known as ” Victoria Terminus ” and today also its more known as ” VT ” than ” CST. It took ten years to complete and was named “Victoria Terminus” in honor of the Queen and Empress Victoria; The most extravagant Gothic building, fusion of influences from Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Indian architecture can be clearly seen. Overflowing with people, one of the busiest railway stations in India which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. On 2 July 2004 the station was nominated a World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.
#9. Juhu Chowpathy
The beach which is more famous for its nearby stalls and hawkers ,are the perfect place to try out Mumbai’s street food.Locals favorite spot to enjoy weekends.
#10. Night Life
If partying and clubbing is your scene then there are plenty of options. If you are a musician or a music lover, Blue Frog and Furtados are the places you don’t want to miss for sure.
Have you been to Mumbai….Tell me which is your favorites place and how you could like to spend your time in the city ?
Any others places you want to suggest which has been missed out,then do leave your comments in the below comment box.
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