Mumbai is famously known across the nation as the city that never sleeps. A bustling metropolitan, where the daily routine of life never pauses even for a moment and time is considered more precious than money. This city knows how to keep locals as well as visitors busy with its myriad of recreational as well as educational options.
A city located along the sea, and the commercial and trading hub of India, Mumbai offers activities, tours and places for everybody who would like to take the time to explore it.
Mumbai faces tropical climate and is thus best visited between October and March, when the heat and humidity are not very intense. Monsoon months are to be avoided as Mumbai faces heavy rains and the streets are often flooded due to water clogging.
Mumbai, being a metropolitan city, is very well connected both internally as well as externally. Internally, the local trains, the new Mumbai Metro, bus services as well as other means of smooth public transportation are available. Externally, Mumbai lies of National Highways 3, 4, 8, 17 and 222 and is thus connected to every corner of the nation. There are two major railway stations, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Churchgate Station. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is connected to all major cities in India and even many cities abroad.
Mumbai is a metropolitan city that has seen many of the first few brands coming into India at the time of commercialization. Thus, malls in Mumbai today such as Inorbit Mall, Korum Mall, High Street Phoenix and Metro Junction Mall will offer you some wonderful choices in clothing and branding that you may not find anywhere else. High Street Phoenix is a high end mall where one can satisfy all their luxury shopping requirements.
Other than this, Mumbai is also famous for its street shopping. Local businesses and handicrafts can be found in many locations and one can simply do a little window shopping while going about their daily routine. Famous markets in Mumbai include Linking Road, Fashion Street and Colaba Causeway.
2. Restaurants and Street Food
Mumbai is famous for its street food, which includes our favourite delicacies such as sev puri, vada pav, pani puri and pav bhaji. The street food at every corner of Mumbai is worth sampling, although one especially must try the pav bhaji near Mumbai Central Station, the kebabs in Mohammad Ali Road, the vada pav near Mithabai College, the bhel puri and smoothies and juices at Chowpatty Beach.
High end restaurants and pubs are also plenty in Mumbai especially in the southern area, such as the Colaba Causeway. Cafe Mondegar and Leopold Cafe are must try’s for continental and Italian cuisines. Other exotic cuisines can be found at The Table, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, JW Marriot, Oberoi Trident etc.
3. Film City Tours
A trip is Mumbai is incomplete without viewing it as the birthplace of our beloved Bollywood. The Dadasaheb Phalke Film City, a collection of studios and sceneries, where hundreds of films are written, shot and edited each year. Tours are available throughout the Film City for a minimal fee and one can actually have a feeling of being a part of many of the films they grew up watching. These tours are guided and thoroughly detailed, thus being informative as well as exciting.
Mumbai is a wonderful city to watch as it goes by. One can enjoy taking in the essence of the city while sitting on the edge of Marine Drive and watching the ocean on the other side. A trip across the Sea Link also has a similar effect. Besides this, Mumbai has a lot to offer history and culture enthusiasts, with monuments such as the Gateway of India, the Haji Ali Dargah, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Elephanta Caves, the Jogeshwari Caves, the Kanheri Caves and the Vipasna Centre.
Mumbai is a port city and thus naturally is lined with beaches. These beaches are popular hangouts for families and youth alike and many visitors travel down to the beaches each day to simply enjoy some local food and take a swim in the ocean or relax in the sun. Famous beaches include Juhu Beach, Aksa Beach, Chowpatty Beach, Kalamb Beach and Marve Beach.
6. Art Galleries and Museums
Mumbai is a city where intellectuals can also keep themselves occupied by visiting the many art galleries and museums. Many of these are present in the Southern side of Mumbai and are frequently visited by students and intellectuals. The famous art galleries and museums include Antarang – Sex Health Information Art Gallery, The Arts Trust – Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the Cowasji Jehangir Hall, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the INS Vikrant, the Mani Bhavan, the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Nehru Science Centre.
7. Amusement Parks
Mumbai is home to some of India’s and, indeed, Asia’s largest and most well equipped amusement parks and water parks. The most important name is Essel World, which has been operational for 20 years now and is still unparalleled in the number of rides and other activities. Its water counterpart is Water Kingdom, which too has adventures for the whole family. Other parks include Adlabs Imagica, a more recent venture which has nevertheless provided competition to the famous Essel World.
Mumbai is not only the city from where the economy of our country is KartikMistry controlled but also has a lot to offer both locals as well as tourists.