Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra, India and is also the Bollywood capital of the nation. It is a vibrant city with amazing night life. In fact, this city is never asleep as it thrums with energy on the night scene.
Although the city has things to do throughout the year, because it is hot and humid here, late November to February is the best time to visit. Mumbai has plenty of sights to offer to visitors and here are the top 7 things you must do when you are in this city.
1) Gateway of India
Also called Bombay Gate, Gateway of India is a beautiful archway monument overlooking the Arabian Sea. It was built in commemoration of the first day that King-Emperor George and Queen-Empress Mary landed in India back in early 20th century. It is the most popular sight in Mumbai and is considered as the Taj Mahal of Maharashtra. While you are here, take a peek at the gorgeous Taj Mahal Palace hotel that is close by.
2) Hanging Gardens
Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, these gardens snugly sit on top the Malabar hill gracefully. There are many green shrubs shaped into animal-like shapes that are amazing to look at. These hanging gardens also provide a perfect spot to witness a glorious sunrise or sunset over the Arabian Sea.
3) Elephanta Island
If you like ancient architecture, this island is a must visit spot. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Elephanta Island is rich with ancient treasures like the Elephanta Caves which has many beautiful carvings out of basalt.
This island is one of the islands in the Mumbai harbour and can be accessed by a ferry from the Gateway of India. The journey time is about an hour to reach the island.
4) Fashion Street
If you like good clothes that don’t make a dent in your wallet, this place is a must visit. Fashion street has beautiful collections of different clothes that make you go bananas.
Only catch here is that you should know how to bargain so that you won’t get ripped off. There are over 350 plus shops here, so just stroll along the road till you spot what you like.
I took the Mumbai to Bangalore flight from here while going back home. I feel that Fashion street is better compared to Bangalore’s Commercial Street.
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5) Juhu beach
This is a gorgeous beach that is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Juhu is home to many famous Bollywood elite and their huge mansions around the Arabian Sea coastline of this huge beach. This beach has some amazing street food too. Do not forget to try corn on the cob here.
6) Bandra-Worli Sealink
This is gorgeous sight in the middle of the sea. Built to dramatically shorten the travel time between Bandra and Worli suburbs of Mumbai, this bridge is an eye feast to visitors of the city. Keep in mind that it has a toll charge if you plan to drive across this bridge.
7) Girgaum Chowpatty
Along the Queen’s Necklace in Girgaon area of Mumbai, Girgaum Chowpatty is a nice beach that is open to public. It is a favorite with locals who throng it in the evenings all through the year. Just skip it if you are visiting around Ganesh Visarjan time, a local festival. This beach will be highly crowded at that time.
Have a great time at Mumbai!