Standing tall almost 8 stories high, the Gateway of India is an architectural marvel at Colaba in Mumbai. Built keeping both Hindu and Muslim architecture in mind it was erected to commemorate the King’s visit to India in 1911.
A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a spot polaroid of yours with the Gateway of India in the backdrop. The Gateway of India is very proximate to Colaba causeway, a shoppers’ paradise and some of South Mumbai’s popular restaurants like Bade Miyas, Café Mondegar and the famous Café Leopold.
A walk down the Marine Drive sea face gets you to the world famous Chowpatty Beach where one can get a taste of Mumbai street food like bhel puri, pani puri, sandwiches and falooda. Marine Drive is also home to some upmarket brands and unique handloom stores.
Come at dusk, and the lights take over the natural beauty the sea front has to offer. The Mumbai skyline as seen from Marine Drive at night is a sight worth a mention.
For all you beach lovers, Juhu Beach is by far the most accessible and filled with life, practically round the clock. Around 30 minutes from Bandra, its worth trying all the beach food, exclusive to Mumbai, like Bhel Puri, Paani Puri and the typical Mumbai Sandwich.
Ice Popsicles, better known as Golas also top the tourist’s list of tastiest food. Juhu Beach is fairly safe with both life guards and police available round the clock. Come evening, and hundreds of residents and tourist flock here to witness the sunset.
Gear up for one of Asia’s largest amusement parks! Built to replicate the Disney Land model, Essel World in Mumbai makes for an amazingly fun packed day. It’s not really a place for the adventure and speed phobic individual, but then again, this amusement park has all kinds of rides and activities to suit all age groups.
The general upkeep of the amusement park is at par with international standards, and tourists love the energy here. Water Kingdom is yet another theme park situated right beside Essel World. Tourists may obtain a combined day pass for both Essel World and Water Kingdom, though we suggest visiting these places on two different days to do justice to all the rides and attractions.
Water Kingdom is an aqua lover’s dream come true with state of the art water rides, slides and the enormous wave pool! Essel World and Water Kingdom are both accessible via road although the best way to get there is to hop onto a ferry boat at Gorai.
If Mumbai is where fashion began in India, then Causeway is where Street Shopping began in Mumbai. Not just that, Causeway’s so popular with the street shoppers that the brand showrooms in the area hardly do any business. Causeway is very close to places like the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus, the iconic Regal Cinema and Leopold Café.
The best way to experience Causeway and the areas around it is on foot. Girls to note, this is the place to be for accessory shopping. Rumour has it that most leading superstores in Mumbai source their accessories from Causeway or the same place that all the stalls at Causeway get them from, so why pay extra?
The Haji Ali Mosque, at Mumbai is a spectacle off the Worli sea face. Nestled on a shelf off the coast, it is connected to the coast via a long artificial jetty that is seldom a stranger to a crowd of pilgrims making their way to and from the dargah.
A once in a lifetime experience, tourists of all religions, castes and origins make their way to the Haji Ali Dargah. Word of advice, if not bound by the laws of worship, Friday is not the best day for a tourist to visit the magnificent Haji Ali Dargah, owing to overcrowding.
V.T. Station, now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Station has been one of Mumbai’s prime commercial spots for many years now. Owing to the urban youth crowd, a number of essentials like consumer electronics, computer markets and garments outfits have sprouted up along the sidewalks and subways in the region.
Tourists based in South Mumbai can rest assured, that just a walk down from their hotel is a plethora of options, bargains and some quality antique stores selling books, stamps and coins dating back to as early as the 17th Century!
Mumbai is home to the starts of Bollywood, no doubts there. The glitterati of Bollywood can often be spotted at malls and shopping complex or one may decide to take a trip down to see, first hand, some of the country’s most popular Bollywood homes.
For those of you based around town side Mumbai, Fashion Street is to Town as Linking Road is to Bandra. Fashion street is an impossibly long line of street vendors specializing in low cost garments, footwear and accessories from the world over!
Put on your bargaining game and you might just walk away with a steal. Fashion street is proximate to some of Mumbai’s best restaurants and coffee houses like Croissants at Churchgate and Not just Jazz by the Bay on Marine Drive.
The planetarium at Mumbai is one of a kind in India and certainly a place kids will enjoy. That being said, the planetarium and museum put together makes for a perfect afternoon outing for all age groups and is proximate to Haji Ali Juice Center and the very famous Atria Mall.
Dharavi may be notorious as Asia’s largest slum, fact of the matter is this couldn’t be far from the truth. For good for bad Dharavi, over the years, has managed to emerge a winner in one particular area that strikes interest across the globe – Affordable Leather Shopping.
Now picture this, you’re in the market for a premium Cerruti Leather Wallet, but with a limited budget. Dharavi’s the place to be. What’s better is, that even though Dharavi may deal in certain imitations, the quality is amazing, in most cases better than the original, and this isn’t a mere overstatement.
Most people in Mumbai swear by the durability of the products sold here. If you’re not an Indian beware, Dharavi shop owners are always looking for westerners to make money off, so make sure you take a friend along.
Hanging Garden is the city’s oldest and best preserved park. Very strategically located, the most popular attraction in the park is the giant old lady’s shoe where many photography enthusiasts try their luck at a good capture. Hanging Garden is close to Kemps Corner and the stylish Porsche Showroom.
The Hindu Temple housing the lord Ganesha has been frequented by tourists and pilgrims since the early 1900s. What was once a small brick structure just a few feet wide is today Mumbai’s richest temple and close to many hearts.
Beware though, unless you get there in time and on the right days, you may just end up stuck in a line for hours. The temple architecture and management of pilgrims within is worth a mention.
Siddhivinayak temple is close to many other attractions in Mumbai like the Worli Sea Face and Haji Ali Juice Center.
Mumbai is home to some of India’s best malls that offer unique products across the board at costs to suit every budget. Malls like Palladium in Phoenix Mills at Lower Parel and InOrbit at Malad and Vashi are not worth missing and offer garments, electronics and sports equipment from some of the world’s leading brands.
Most of the time in Mumbai, mall shopping features amazing discounts and contests. Palladium Mall is home to the Comedy Store where, every evening, folks get together for dinner and drinks while enjoying some stand-up comedy.