LAND OF UNENDING ADVENTURES
ESCAPE THE ORDINARY IN MUMBAI!
To move, To breathe, To fly, To float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
TO TRAVEL IS TO LIVE.
Imagine the hive that is a global city like, London, then times it by 100! That’s what “MUMBAI” is like. A city brimming with life, culture, and amazing history.
Called the City of Dreams, Mumbai is not only the powerhouse of Indian business, industry, and trade but also the financial and entertainment capital of the country. It is the perfect blend of modernity and tradition, and you’ll see people from all walks of life here. The city has hypnotized every soul that has come across its exclusivity and developed taste for it. It is no exaggeration to call Mumbai the “New York City” of India – the character and vibe of Mumbai are unlike any other.
Mumbai is a stunning paradox of hope and chaos, magic, and madness. Where the changing modernity of India has been experienced most intensely.
From Gandhi’s arrival from England in 1915 to the protests against the Simon Commission in 1928, Bombay, now Mumbai, has been home to many key events of the freedom struggle.
BEST THINGS TO SEE IN MUMBAI:
Visit the stunning Mumbai Taj
The Mumbai Taj is one of Mumbai’s best -known buildings. Obviously, it’s one of the city’s most prestigious places to stay but if you’re looking for a little taste, head over to the Masala Kraft restaurant inside that serves some of the very best contemporary Indian cuisines in the City.
Watch the sunset at the Gateway of India
Once the intense heat of mid-day has gone and the sun starts to drop, you’ll notice a huge swath of visitors and locals alike that come out to enjoy the shorefront around the Gateway of India. It’s a really special place to see, especially the sunset.
Gorge at Crawford Market
Probably one of the cities most famous markets, Crawford Market is the perfect place to experience the hustle and bustle of Mumbai’s market life. There are literally hundreds of places to buy everything from spices, vegetables, cooked food, and some of the best pani puri you can find.
Walk Marine Drive at sunset
This is one of the cities most famous roads that travel between Nariman Point to Malabar Hill whilst overlooking the Arabian Sea. At sunset, it is spectacular to stroll down. If you want to do this in the early afternoon, just be prepared for some intense heat and an overbearing sun.
Head over to Elephanta Island
Just north of the Gateway of India and a UNESCO world heritage site, Elephanta Island is an incredible place to experience the hand-cut temples that are carved into rocks over 1,500 years ago. It really is one of the best things to do in Mumbai.
Experience India’s only surviving Opera House
The Royal Opera House of Mumbai is a very special place indeed. It’s the last of it’s kind and just reopened last year after a hefty 6-year restoration. Still putting on performances today, the Royal Opera House is perfect to spend an evening in the city.
See the Haji Ali Dargah Mosque
Located on a small island in the middle of Worli Bay, Haji Ali Dargah Mosque is a beautiful place to visit. Thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world, visit this Dargah, especially on Thursdays and Fridays. People of all faiths are welcome in this Mosque. A constricted lane will lead you to this floating mosque that can be accessed only during low tide.
See the Hanging Garden of Mumbai
It’s on the slope of Malabar Hill and it’s an absolute delight. Roam the terrace gardens and get an uphill panorama of Marine Drive from the top, as well as Chowpatty Beach. You might even find some of the pruned trees that are shaped and manicured into all manner of things.
Visit Mumbai’s CSMVS ( Prince of Wales Museum )
Dedicated to the Prince of Wales in the Victorian era, the Museum has now been aptly renamed the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya or CSMVS for short. This incredible faux- Renaissance building has a huge array of objects and texts, textiles as well as focused on Mumbai’s rich and illustrious history. Just remember you might want to prioritize what to see and what to skip.. especially with there being over 50,000 things to see inside.
Explore Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Just a little outside of Mumbai itself, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is one beautiful (and protected) place that every traveler to Mumbai should see. This jungle paradise is filled with literally thousands of species of plants, beautiful scenery like the Shilonda Waterfall and if you’re really lucky you might even spot a leopard, or two. Don’t forget to visit the Kanheri Caves that form part of the Buddhist monk’s monastic buildings. They really are so special to see.
How to visit Mumbai
Mumbai is easily accessible through flights and railways.
Mumbai is a city of contrasts that will surprise you in so many ways. This may not be a city for those who love the peace and calm of the countryside, but it sure is a place to be in if one wishes to live life to the fullest.
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