Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and the financial powerhouse of India, is a city with many facets. Dreamers & laborers, rich & ragged, superstars & gangsters; fishermen & businessmen, all exist here in tandem and exude the vigor of this vibrant city. A city of maximum contrasts; its stately colonial buildings stand tall alongside the modern skyscrapers; its highly populated yet home to the largest urban forest in the world; it’s film industry (Bollywood) oozes glamour alongside the harsh realities of life in a crowded metropolis; and it’s the city which holds one of the largest slums & also the most expensive home in the world.
Walk the art district of Kala Ghoda, revel in the spirituality of Haji Ali & Siddhivinayak Temple, ride a bicycle along the trails of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, catch of bit of history & art at the Elephant Island and party in the city that never sleeps!
This iconic structure, overlooking the Arabian Sea, was built in 1924 to commemorate the visit of King George & Queen Mary. Ironically, this was the same harbor from where the last of the British soldiers sailed back to their own country. Built in the Indo-Muslim style with a touch of Gothic, this stately structure is a major attraction for travelers to Mumbai.
A short boat ride from the Gateway of India takes you to the beautiful Elephanta Caves on a quiet & picturesque island. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is believed to be embellished somewhere between 6th & 8th century AD. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and his many forms; the highlight of the complex is the 20 ft image of three headed Shiva, also known as Trimurthy Sadasiva.
Located near Ville Parle, Juhu Beach is probably one of the most visited places in Mumbai. The vibrant spirit of the beach comes alive in the evening when people walk the shoreline to watch the sunset, frolic in the water and relish the delicious street foods.
This sacred tomb of the Muslim saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari is located in the Arabian Sea. Connected with a short causeway which gets submerged during high tide, Haji Ali is thronged by believers from all walks of life. The legend goes that the saint died while on a pilgrimage to Mecca and his casket came floating to this spot; where he was later buried and the mausoleum built in 1431.
Earlier known as the Prince of Wales Museum, this magnificent building is home to innumerable forms of art & artifacts from India, Tibet, Nepal and other far-eastern countries. Miniature paintings, antique coins, artifacts of wood, jade & ivory, objects from the Indus Valley Civilization, European oil paintings and antiquated armors & weapons are some of the priceless objects in the museum.
The world’s largest national park located within city limits & spread over an area of 104 sq km is thronged by thousands of visitors every day. A staggering variety of flora, fauna & avifauna, scenic trekking trails, beautiful lakes, delightful landscape and a 2000 year old cave complex- all there for you to explore & experience!
The local markets of Mumbai are a delight for the shoppers. Walk the labyrinth of the iconic Crawford Market; bargain to bits on the Colaba Causeway or check out the intriguing Chor Bazaar (Thieves’ market)! There is Zaveri bazaar for the gold diggers, Fashion Street for the bohemians and pavements in Kala Ghoda lined with artwork of promising new artists- Just take your pick!
Treat your taste buds to the delicious Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Vada Pav, or the spicy Bombay Sandwich- the options are too many! A Be sure to try Bun Maska & tea at Irani cafes in the city, savor the wholesome Baida Roti & Keema Pav and top it all with the sweet Puran Poli!
The best time to explorecontentHeading3the wonders of Mumbai would be in winters from October to February.
By Air- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport connects Mumbai to all major cities across the globe.
By Rail- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Mumbai Central Station are the main railway stations connecting Mumbai to all major cities in the country.
By Road- Mumbai is connected to major Indian cities by a network of well built highways & roads.