How To Spend Two Days In Mumbai, India
May 27, 2019
by Reema Arora
Sitting under a sky full of stars, listening to the gushing waves that clinked against the giant rocks, and embracing the soothing breeze is a soul-satisfying experience to have at Mumbai’s famous Marine Drive. While I sat at the edge pinching myself if it still was a dream or not, I also wondered about how I was going to make the most of my two days trip in Mumbai.
Since forever, I had read about & seen the beautiful places to visit in Mumbai, especially the famous Bombay beaches. Thanks to Bollywood, I could chalk out a little plan and visit the Chowpatty at Nariman Point, Leopold Cafe & Bandra Bandstand within a day. However, it was only after I finally moved to the city of dreams and lived there for a year for my PG course at Xavier’s, I realized I could any day be a better guide to any traveler out there wishing to explore the streets of Bombay like a local. So, if you’re out there hoping to feel like you belong in the city of dreams too, read along. I promise, just like the city, this article won’t disappoint.
Top Things To Do In Mumbai
There is absolutely no doubt that the ideal duration for a trip to Mumbai is somewhere around four to five days, and that 48 hours in Mumbai might seem too less. However, if you really have a heart that beats for travel, believe me, you can make the most of every second in this city. Here are a few things to do in Mumbai that you must catch up on in two days!
Marine Drive – Under The Stars & Over The Rocks
There are surely countless places to see in Mumbai, but sometimes the best of experiences can be had at the simplest and most common places. Located at Nariman Point in the south, Marine Drive is one such place. If you have spotted this place in movies, you would know that its charm is irresistible, but if you haven’t, this is the first place you need to visit for kick-starting your trip.
Juhu Beach – Walk Along The Waves
The city is home to some really beautiful beaches and irrespective of how some of them might look on the net, they brim with bliss in reality. Of all the beaches in Mumbai, Juhu Beach is the one where you must definitely stop by if you wish to soak in the city’s natural charm. The Chowpatty nearby offers some of the most delicious bites like Pani Puri, Vada Pav, and Pav Bhaji. Just one tip that you must religiously follow here is that don’t compare the taste with the Delhi street food or that of any other city!
Colaba Causeway – Shop Till You Drop
Given the number of celebrities that live in the city, there are innumerable fancy malls to explore and shop at, but if you really wish to taste the true culture and lifestyle, drop by at the pocket-friendly shopping streets in Mumbai like Colaba Causeway. From junk jewelry to summer shorts, you can find everything here at the drop of a hat. However, if you are a true bargain hunter, the Linking Road in Bandra and Fashion Street near Marine Lines are other great places to shop and add to your list.
Elephanta Caves – Float On The Ferry
Your 2 days Mumbai tour will stay incomplete if you come back from the Gateway Of India without visiting the famous Elephanta Caves. I made this mistake during my first visit, so I understand the #FOMO. The whole 45 to 50-minute ride from Gateway Of India to Elephanta has the magic of taking you closer to nature. While the ride is an experience in itself, the caves are phenomenal too. The only drawback is that after the toy train ride, reaching the caves requires a good long hike. So, make sure to brace yourself for it.
Prithvi Cafe – Eat Like The Mumbaiyas Do
If you really love showing off the ‘Been There, Done That!’ caption on your Instagram pictures, believe me, Prithvi Cafe is one place you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Located on the Juhu Church Road, this open-air garden cafe offers the best of everything from Irish coffee to pasta. Personally, I’m not a pasta lover and I hesitate to order it at most of the places, but if there’s anything that reminds of this cafe apart from the hanging lanterns and leaves here, it is their white sauce pasta! Also, if you always wished to catch a glimpse of Bombay’s true talent, the Prithvi Theatre is located right next to the cafe and watching a quick show wouldn’t be a bad idea too!
Bandra-Worli Sea Link – Enjoy The Most Memorable Drive
While some tourists hate the fact that everything famous in Mumbai is located at two different ends of the city and reaching there via local train is nothing less than a hassle, I never cribbed about it. Thanks to the famous Bandra-Worli Sea Link, I know what it feels like to be a part of some romantic Bombay flick. While you may not want to spend INR 1000 on a cab ride from SoBo to Bandra, driving through this bridge is one of the best things to do in Mumbai and worth every dime. It has an unbeatable charm that makes the city what it is, nearly heavenly!
What To Pack For 2 Days Mumbai Tour
- A great quality camera
- Summer dresses & shorts
- An umbrella or raincoat
- Comfy footwear
- Sanitizer & a body mist
Take my word, from the famous things to see to the best places to eat in Mumbai, the list is endless. But, it’s better to visit and explore the city at your own pace in just two days than not exploring it at all. Like they say, the city grows on you and makes you fall in love with it before you even realize. For a hopeless romantic like me, it fortunately happened in a jiffy! So, hold the thought and plan your next getaway to this city in India, even if two days is all that you’ve got.