Mumbai is a huge city. It is so huge that you can spend a lifetime here and you still won't know every part of the city. The hustling-bustling trains, the always-running people and a never-stopping life is precisely what Mumbai is. While many come here to dream, some come to see what the buzz is about and some just come here for the ocean and the British architecture. So whichever category you belong to, you'll want to do at least one of the things that we've enlisted in the list of 6 things to do in Mumbai. So, on your next trip to Mumbai, you know what all you can do there.
1. Visit The Marine Drive
It's called the Queen's Necklace. It is a projected platform that is created along the side of the ocean. You can just sit here for hours and still not get enough of it. If you're here during the evenings or early mornings, you can catch joggers, teams prepping for a run and dogs walking and enjoying the ocean breeze.
In case you get hungry, you'll have fruit and tea vendors loitering around the area and you can always stop them and have a nice cup of tea and Mumbai-style bhel. People have written poems and stories on the platform of Marine Drive and once you're there, you'll know why.
2. Watch The Sunset At Juhu Beach
Mumbai is situated along the coastline and there is no way you're missing the hullabaloo of Juhu Beach. You will get to witness all kinds of people here. From rich to poor, every person comes to Juhu Beach to relax and get entertained. The various stalls of food will keep your taste buds busy here.
On the other hand, you can just sit on the ash-coloured sand and watch life as it moves around you with the scenic sunset as a backdrop. Many vendors will come and try to sell you things. The things are really cheap over here and make for some of the most wonderful souvenirs.
3. Try The Street Food
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Mumbai is known for many things and one of these things is its street food. From Chowpatty to Marine Lines, you can explore all kinds of local scrumptious delights. Don't forget to try the bhel puri and sev puri. The vendor can adjust the taste as per your preference: sweet, spicy or salty. Pav bhaji is another street food that is a must-try in Mumbai.
You can also try different flavours of gola (flavoured crushed ice). There is also an eatery where you can actually taste 99 flavours of dosas. So if you are there for more than a week, you can try out all the kinds of dosas. We've never heard of someone who has tried all of them, so you could be the first.
4. Visit Gateway Of India
There is no way that you have come all the way to Aamchi Mumbai and missed out on Gateway of India. It's ardently loved by tourists, Indians as well as foreigners. The arch monument was built in the 20th century to welcome King George V and Queen Mary. Right next to the gateway, you'll see the world famous Taj Hotel.
It is so British that even drinking tea here makes you feel English. After you are done with your touristy selfies with the gateway, you can hop on a boat and take a ride in the Arabian Sea. There will be an extra charge if you want to ride in the upper deck. But as long as you get to see a landscape view of Mumbai, a little extra charge doesn't hurt.
5. Explore British Architect In South Bombay
Mumbai was possibly the favourite city of the British, as they have left such swooning architectural marvels in South Mumbai. Take a train or cab to South Mumbai and walk from Churchgate to Colaba. You'll see such beautiful and breathtaking colonial architect. The buildings are still so alive and lively, only the people have changed.
There is even a huge cricket park and if you're lucky, you'll get to see a match while you're on your stroll. Unlike the rest of Mumbai, South Mumbai is pretty clean and there are no rickshaws here. So this part of Mumbai looks quite posh.
6. Ride A Local Train
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There is nothing better than going all local in the local train. If you want to experience what real Mumbai is, just hop on a local train from Churchgate and let the journey take its fun course. You'll be greeted with lovely smiles, an evening kirtan (if you're travelling at that time), aunties knitting, children playing in the train and vendor selling all sorts of interesting stuff.
There is no way you can miss out on how lovely life can be, even in a local train. Don't board the train during the peak hours though, because the first-timers are pushed and pulled, and the crowd gets really mad if you don't know how to travel in a local train. You must have seen the overfilled pictures of local trains, humans hanging from every possible part of the train... Well, that is real. So be careful and board the train in the afternoon or early morning before 9.00 am.
Best Time To Visit Mumbai
Monsoon and Mumbai are a match made in heaven. Monsoons, between June to October, bring out the true vibrancy of Mumbai, and visiting the Marine Drive during this season and enjoying a hot cup of tea along with a spicy vada pav is unparalleled. Winters, between November to February, are pleasant, while summers, between March to May, are humid.
How To Reach Mumbai
Being one of the best cities in India, Mumbai is well connected to India and the rest of the world. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the main airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most known railway station. You can also hop onto a bus from other cities in India to reach Mumbai. The roads are well-maintained too, as they are frequently used as a gateway to this animated city.