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Visit the financial heart of India. The dream city, the place where people come with hope and stay as they are bound to the magic now. Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is a place that represents modern India, the India that has grown after its freedom. You will find the roads bustling with throngs of people, all of one mind, all in search of their livelihood as you take one of the Mumbai walking tours. The place hosts an array of lip-smacking road-side as well as 5-star hotel dishes. Home to Bollywood, slums, and beautiful beaches, the city is a spell-bounding place of wonder.
The city is a group of seven islands that have undergone being just a fishery capital in the 16th Century to being one of the fastest-growing financial capitals of the world in 2020. The city has always been prone to violence, whether it be the communal riots or the deadly terrorist attack of 2008. But no matter what the city undergoes, its people always rise above the difficulties. This has made Mumbai a hub of activity and energy.
Nearest Airport: Mumbai International Airport
How to reach: by air/train/road
Famous for: Financial Capital of India, Bollywood, Jewish history,
Best time to visit: January to December
Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Kanheri Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Prince of Wales Museum, Bollywood Tour, Jewish Heritage tour
Walking Heritage tour, Ancient Caves on Elephanta Island, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
Haji Ali Mosque, Mount Mary Church
The core culture of this vibrant city since ages has been based on Marathas. Along with being one of the most important coastal cities of India, the city is a bright place lit with festivities all year round. The people celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi, Diwali, Holi, Eid, Muharram, and various other festivals which makes it look like a year-long festival. The spicy delicacies, the sweet and mouth-watering desserts, and Chat-Chowpati are all part of the Mumbai culture.
Places of Interest:
Gateway Of India
Built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary, this grand landmark is one of the prominent visiting sites. Providing a perfect background for pictures, the Gateway of India is located by the Apollo Bunder. The first stop of aMumbai Darshanexperience, it is flocked by pigeons and vendors. The place speaks of the grandeur of historic India with its great Indo-Saracenic Arch.
The stretch of the road gives a breathtaking view of the city of Mumbai by the sea. Also known as Queen's Necklace, the road is a hub for morning joggers and sunset photographers. At night, the drive is sparkled with streetlights and stars, giving it an ethereal and calming look. Take a walk along the drive to experience a surreal peace amidst the bustling city.
An epicenter of Buddist Viharas, the Kanheri caves are a vast expanse of quiet stretched inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Another prime spot ofMumbai Darshan, the place offers a touch of the historic Buddhist monks as well as the immense beauty of nature with the waterfall that can be found near the caves. Explore the immense Stupas and learn more about the spirituality of Buddhists.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Experience the hustle of a Mumbaikar as you enter into one of the world's busiest railway stations. Look around and gape at the beautiful and historic Victorian architecture of the place that sets it apart from any other railway station in the world.
Prince of Wales Museum
Also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the museum is a delight for art and history lovers. The architecture of the place is a masterpiece in itself. The place has galleries after galleries of various cultural and historic pieces that are exhibited here. There is an exploration gallery for the kids as well.
Take a closer look at the glamorous side of Bollywood by visiting the Film City in Goregaon. The place is filled with studios, the Film City was built by the Government of Maharashtra to help the booming Bollywood industry flourish. The guests can take aBollywood tour, Mumbaithat is available throughout the day and get a glimpse of the fake reality of mountains and lakes built here.
Ancient caves of Elephanta Island
The 2000 years old Buddhist and Hindu cave temples are one of the most sought after tourist places in India. The temples have rock-cut images of various Hindu gods and goddesses. The place is an attraction for the guests who want a touch of history as a scenic place. Trek around the island and explore the ancient caves.
Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
Visit the world's largest outdoor laundry, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. It is a unique experience visiting the Dhobi Ghat that is filled with the noises and splatters of washing clothes from early morning through late at night. The scene of this place has been static for centuries, with washerman and washerwomen at their work which may seem haphazard but is systematic and punctual.
Haji Ali Mosque
The intricate mosque is situated in the middle of the Arabian Sea. One of the most prominent places to visit at Mumbai, the mosque mesmerizes the guests with its grandeur and unique Indo-Islamic architecture. Enjoy the local delicacies near the mosque while you visit. The kebab and biryani will soothe your taste buds as you enjoy the beautiful view of sunset by the Haji Ali Mosque.
Walking Tour: Architectural Mumbai
The walk around the area of Colaba will guide you through the most famous and well-built buildings of Mumbai. TheMumbai walking tourbegins with Gateway of India, the immense arch by the Arabian Sea, the tour will let you explore the ancient Kala Ghoda Fort. Here you can enjoy getting a glance at the history of the city as you get to know about the life of the locals.
Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
Walkthrough the never-stopping Dhobi Ghat of Mumbai. The place cleans the clothes of almost half the population of Mumbai. Crowded with men and women washing the clothes all through the day, the sight of Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat is a unique experience of the world's largest outdoor laundry.
Witness the accurate system through which the Dabbawalas of Mumbai or the lunchbox carriers work. They provide various workers of Mumbai with freshly prepared, and even most of the time, hot food every day without fail. They never miss a Dabba. From self-employed businessmen to people working in skyscrapers, almost all of Mumbai is dependent on these dabbawalas for their lunch every day.
Jewish Heritage Walk
Learn about the rich Jewish Heritage that has spread all over India since its arrival 2000 years ago. ThisMumbai walking tourwill begin at Sassoon Docks. After experiencing the hustle of the docks, the next stop will be Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue. Here, the guests can enjoy the immaculate and wondrous architecture of the place. Next in line is David Sassoon Library and from there, the oldest synagogue in Mumbai, Sha'ar Harachamim. The walk is filled with famous tourist spots such as Bombay Municipal Building, Oval Maidan, Flora fountain, and much more.
Street Food Tour
Mumbai is a paradise for foodies. With spicy street food of Chowpatty to the scrumptious delicacies at Mohammad Ali Road. The tour will provide you a lip-smacking experience of specialties like Bhel Puri, Kebabs, Biryani, and much more. Soothe your tongue at the end of the tour with sweet handmade ice cream or even the syrupy jalebis.
The famous, glamorous, and fascinating SJ Studio is a highlight of the Bollywood tour. Get a unique insight into the world of filmmaking as you browse from one studio to another through yourBollywood tour, Mumbai. The movie sets will make you wonder if it's fake or real and if the dates match, you can even witness the shooting of a film scene during the tour.
Get a ride above the sparkling city of Mumbai on a helicopter. You can opt for the time and according to the time slot, the area of Mumbai will be covered. Get a glimpse at the beautiful lakes, beaches, the grand monuments, Marine Drive, and even the hills that surround the city as you glide above the city. The experience can make you feel like royalty in its limited time.
The City of Dreams is also the hub of delicious delicacies. From spicy vegetarian food to juicy non-veg dishes, the streets of Mumbai have everything to offer to the foodies. Enjoy the street food of the city by tasting Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav. Explore the authentic Mughali taste by wandering through the Mohammad Ali Road. For the proud owners of a sweet tooth, there are numerous options for Indian desserts and handmade ice creams.
Get an experience of street shopping and bargaining in the famous Linking Road and other such street markets. One can find anything and everything in these bustling market streets. Also, do venture the Chor Bazaar, the market that has been in business for more than over a century. There are various shopping malls and complexes spread around the city for the brand-lovers as well.
Where to stay
Mumbai offers world-class hotels and other stay options for the guests. With the best amenities and access to the tourist places, some of the best hotels of Mumbai are listed below. One can enjoy their luxuries after a hard day of traveling through the city at these beautiful hotels.
Taj Mahal Palace and Towers
More than a century old, this grand hotel has been a host to kings and queens through the years. It offers the beautiful site of Gateway of India and is known for its striking build.
The example of modern architecture amidst the old monuments of Mumbai, Oberoi Hotel offers every luxury that a guest can ask for.
Trident Nariman Point
A place where you can return to after the day spent in the heat of the city and are offered with the splendid scene of Marine Drive. The Trident Nariman Point is famous for its cuisine.
JW Marriott Juhu Beach
Overlooking the vast Arabian Sea, the JW Marriott is a paradise with relaxing spa, salt-water pools, and other such luxuries.
The St. Regis Mumbai
Experience Butler service and a mix of traditions and modernity while you stay at St. Regis. The hotel has quick access to the tourist spots of Mumbai as well.
Taj Lands End
Enjoy the sumptuous cuisine, spacious rooms, and a dazzling view of the Arabian Sea as you stay at Taj Lands End. The hotel also offers the guests an enjoyable Butler experience.