Fast-paced Lifestyles, Vogue and Color is what Mumbai is All About! …2…
Mumbai is a city of hope and is another important destination for business personnel and tourists. It is one of the most important cities of India- politically, economically and culturally! Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra also known as film city of India. Mumbai (Bombay) may seem to be a city that never rests. The pace of the city is remarkable and yet it offers a great experience to the people who wish to take a glance of this vibrant and colorful metropolitan embracing the renowned Bollywood and famous cine-stars!
The best time to travel to Mumbai is between October and March. You can also visit Mumbai at the time of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is an 11-day festival, which comes in the month of August/September. Mumbai is in its full bloom during this time and the celebrations reach their climax with the immersion of idols of Ganesha-elephant-headed god-in the sea.
Why visit Mumbai?
The city has surprising contrasts; you get to see some beautiful British architecture that still reminds the locals of a deep history associated with it, the color and much such interesting stuff that you would be amazed to come across.
Tourist places in Mumbai are Flora Fountain, Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Chowpatty Beach, Malabar Hills, Hanging Gardens, Prince of Wales Museum, Nehru planatorium, Elephanta Island and Borivali National Park. Let’s have a look at some places that you “must” visit when you are in Mumbai.
- Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is located on the waterfront in south Mumbai. This is a beautiful example of the British architecture. It was constructed during the times when British ruled India. This monument will always top the list of the many tourist attractions in Mumbai. Behind the Gateway steps lead down to the waterfront, where boat trips can be had to locations such as Elephanta Island.
- Elephanta Island
Elephanta Island (also called Gharapuri Island or place of caves) is one of a number of islands in Mumbai Harbour in east of Mumbai. This island is a popular tourist destination for a day trip because of the island’s cave temples that have been carved out of rock. The island is thickly wooded with palm, mango and tamarind trees. The island is easily accessible by ferry from Mumbai, being about 10 km from the south east coast of the island city. Boats leave daily from the Gateway of India, taking about an hour each way for the journey. From the boat landing stage on the island, a walkway leads to steps that go up to the famous caves.
- Hanging Gardens of Mumbai
It is also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, is at the top of Malabar Hills. They provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea and feature numerous hedges carved into the shapes of animals.
- The Borivali National Park
It is officially known as the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is a rare National Park that lies within city limits. It encompasses an area of 104 square kilometers. The park is also the largest park in the world located within city limits. The park has a rich flora and fauna. The park is a bustling forest and an estimated 800 types of flowering plants; 284 kinds of birds; 5,000 species of insects; 36 types of mammals; 50 reptiles and 150 species of butterfly are found in the park. The park has also many endangered species of plant and animal. A small section of the park is open to the public. A mini zoo was also created so that visitors can view the animals from afar. A toy train travels around the tourist zone showcasing parts of the rich biodiversity. Many visitors do also travel to the Kanheri Caves.
- Juhu Beach
Juhu Beach is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Mumbai city. It is situated on the shores of Arabian Sea in Juhu suburb. There are three main entrances to the beach. One is from the Vile Parle side, another is from the Santacruz side and the third one is from the Andheri side. It is famous for its Mumbai ‘street food’, notably bhelpuri, pani puri, Shevprui chaats and Pav bhaji. On the southern end of Juhu beach there are many luxury hotels and apartments.
- Bandra-Worli Sea Link
It’s a bridge over a sea that offers great convenience for the commuters. It’s beautifully constructed and offers a very practical solution.
- Marine Drive
It is a good option to go on a drive or a walk. The Marine Drive is alongside the sea so you get opportunity to be on the seashore and enjoy those rushing waves and cooling breeze.
- Various religious places
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mahalakshmi Temple, Babulnath, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Global Vipassana, Mount Mary Church and Haji Ali Dargah are some of the best religious places you might not want to miss visiting.
Apart from the above mentioned fabulous places you may also want to take some time for going to these places, they are worth your time- Kanheri Caves, Dhobi Ghat, D.Y. Patil Stadium and Mahalakshmi Race Course.
- Nightlife in Mumbai
Mumbai is a city that never sleeps. No matter what time of night you venture out you will find substantial number of people on streets and roads. The city is famous for its vibrant nightlife. There are plenty of bars and clubs to suit every taste. Like Delhi, in Mumbai also hotels and guesthouses are available to suit the requirement of all categories of people with all modern facilities. Tourist may also enjoy at pubs, discotheques, cruises and casinos.
- Aksa Beach
Since Mumbai lies on the Arabian coastline you get to enjoy some beach time. We recommend you Aksa beach because it offers you just the right amount tranquility.
It’s a theme park that offers you many entertainment options such as dining, shopping, rides, cinemas, etc. This park was established by keeping international standards in mind.
- Essel World & Water Kingdom
These are India’s largest amusement and water parks. You get to enjoy a variety of rides here. Essel World also has an ice-skating rink. Best place to be on the weekends. For shopping you get to go to the best places/ malls like High Street Phoenix, Viviana Mall, Infiniti Mall, Orbit Mall, Crawford Market and Fashion Street. To have a look at the work by the Indian artists you should visit Jahangir Art Gallery.
Places of Tourist Interests Near Mumbai
There are several places of tourist interests near Mumbai where one can take a break and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. There are plenty of tourist attractions near Mumbai that offer great variety. There are hill stations like Khandala, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala and Panchgani where you can unwind yourself in the cool serene surroundings. You can visit Ajanta and Ellora caves if you are interested in history. Rock Climbing & Trekking, Water Sports Esselworld Amusement Parks are other places of tourists’ interest. Shirdi beckons those who are religious minded.
Mumbai is very well connected with major cities both nationally and internationally. They have direct flights (local and international) to Mumbai. Depending on your choice you can travel to Bombay by air, rail or road. Buses, taxis, autos, etc. can be used for local commutation.
Mumbai accommodates one and all. Right from budget lodgings to luxury business hotels you can easily find everything here. There are many guesthouses and hostels that are affordably priced. And for the lavish spenders, you can even book beach resorts.