Travel Guide to Mumbai
January 1, 1970
by Shobhana Parmar
Mumbai also widely known as Bombay in India, the people living here are famously known as Mumbaikars. With its vibrant atmosphere, beautiful colonial structures scattered all around the city, the hustle bustle of its streets is definitely something you should see with your own eyes. Mumbai has a huge variety of food served in fine restaurants, in street stalls and small shops which attracts people from across the country and also internationally. Here situated is The Gate Way of India, most iconic landmark, right opposite it is the Taj Hotel which acts as a bonus to the tourists, the amazing Elephanta caves, and an impressive collection of temples, mosques, and churches. It’s the pride of Bombay the rich diverse culture, heritage, history. There is a varied range of places to visit in Mumbai but here are a few of them that you just cannot miss.
Getting around the City.
The best way to get around the city is by a Cab especially for short distances the second-best alternative to this is the trains if you want to avoid facing traffic. I highly suggest not to travel by trains during the peak or busy hours which is usually in the mornings from 6 am to 11 am and in the evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm. Booked or rented cars and vehicles are also options.
Gateway of India
Gateway of India.
This the most unique and iconic landmark of Mumbai, built in the 1900s to honour the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. It overlooks the Mumbai harbour, the Arabian sea acting as it’s border situated in the Colaba district. Right opposite it is the Taj hotel which in itself is a historic heritage also acts as a bonus for tourists. The structure itself is what the visitors see while approaching Mumbai by sea.
Location: Colaba in South Mumbai.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at Night
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station.
Most people don’t know but this railway station was formerly known as Victoria Terminus also known has CST and VT station in short, it is also a UNESCO World heritage site serving as the headquarters to the central railways. The building a blend of the British, Italian and Indian architecture built during the 19th century, which retains a structural integrity. It serves as the most populous railway station in India.
Location: Fort Area of Mumbai
The ‘city of caves’ also known has Elephanta caves situated on an island in the Arabian sea, situated roughly about 200miles away from Gateway of India. Consisting of numerous ancient archaeological remains which show it’s rich cultural past. Preserved in its natural settings further enhance the beauty of this place.
Location: Elephanta Island
It is a 3 km long concrete road in southern Mumbai it stretches towards the north creating a huge C-shape forming a natural bay. Widely known as the ‘Queen’s necklace’ due to the streets lights that make it look like a string of pearls creating an illusion of a necklace. It is the ideal place to just take a ride or stroll along the pathway or just for a Jog in the morning or evenings, A beautiful view of the sea and buildings. The best time to visit would be in the evenings to see the place literally come to life, a good place to relax and just sit back and enjoy the cool breeze while watching the sunset.
Location: Marine Lines/Nariman Point.
A pathway with multiple stalls for street shopping near Regal Cinema in the Colaba district. A variety of things are found here, from Handicrafts, artefacts, antiques, books, brass items also clothes, incenses, and jewellery. If you are hungry there is Leopold café which is quite famous and Delhi Darbar- a restaurant just opposite the pathway. It is a crowded place so just a word of warning, take care of your belongings.
Haji Ali Mosque.
Built in the honour of the Muslim saint Haji Ali located at Worli in the south of Mumbai. It is the well-recognized mosque in Mumbai. This place is open to the public. The best time to visit would be in the early mornings. It is located in the middle of the ocean it has a walking path leading to the mosque with water splashing on both the sides giving an awesome view. As you enter the mosque the atmosphere is really peaceful. During monsoon, the pathway leading to the mosque is quite slippery so visiting this place in the Monsoon is a big no!
Location: Not far from Mahalaxmi Station, off the coast in Worli.
Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra.
Most commonly known to the locals has Mount Mary church, this is a roman catholic church located in Bandra Mumbai situated on a hill rock 80meters above the sea level. The shrine attracts a lot of people of different faiths. The Basilica is quite famous for its week-long Bandra fair which takes place every year in September. The structure is quite beautiful to see with its intrinsic designs built at least a 100 years ago. Best time to visit would be the evenings, you can feel the cool wind and a peaceful place.
Location: Bandra West.
It is located in the centre of Mumbai; located in Prabhadevi the temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is quite famous all over India. This place is usually crowded with a lot of people visit daily. It would be best to avoid the rush hour to spend some time in the temple and prayer, it will make the experience blissful.
Location: Closer to Dadar railway station, Mumbai.
All along the way, you will find a number of captivating heritage buildings. Some of them are the Horniman Circle in the Fort area opposite which there is a huge garden that acts as a welcome respite, Ballard Estate situated closeby to the Horniman Circle, just roaming about these buildings gives a feeling that you have just wandered into the past 18th century.
Location: South Mumbai