Tall skyscrapers, frenzied partying, architectural brilliance, and the never-ending Mumbai monsoon…that’s Mumbai for you! Mumbai is India’s commercial capital, its entertainment capital, and is famously known as the city that never sleeps.
Mumbai is India’s busiest and most-populous city, with the 2011 Census of India estimating that 12 million call it home.
This magnificent monument was built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder in Mumbai in 1911. It now welcomes tourists from all over the world, and stands tall in front of the famous Taj Mahal Hotel.
You can also take a carriage-ride around the area in quaint contraptions known as Victorias – horse-drawn carriages named for Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch. Though your Trabug smartphone can easily help you take a selfie or two, local photographers will be happy to click a picture for just 30 Indian rupees (USD 0.45).
A weekend getaway to the nearby Elephanta Caves is a great option. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Caves consist of some stunning Hindu and Buddhist religious sculptures, some of which are estimated to be nearly 1200 years old.
The city of Mumbai is also home to two extremely popular places of worship – the Siddhivinayak Temple, and the Haji Ali Dargah.
Hundreds of thousands of devotees visit the Siddhivinayak Temple daily in the hope that their prayers will come true. The temple is over 200 years old, and attracts Hindu devotees from all walks of life. If you make it there in the wee hours of the morning, you might spot a familiar face or two; Bollywood stars and cricketers tend to visit the temple before sunrise in order to get some privacy and beat the crowds.
The Haji Ali Dargah, located on a small islet off the coast of Worli in Mumbai, is another extremely popular place of worship, where devout Muslims throng. If your tastes are earthly rather than spiritual, hop over to the Haji Ali Juice Centre, located a mere 94m away from the mosque’s entrance. With more than just juice on offer, this half-century-old establishment will certainly leave you sated. Maharashtra is also known for its holy grounds, Ashtavinayak Darshan is one of the major attraction that brings a lot of tourism to the state.
Lovers, joggers, commuters, and cricketers alike abound on Mumbai’s famous Marine Drive. Known familiarly as the Queen’s Necklace for the stunning sight it presents at night, Marine Drive is a perennial favourite for the cool sea breeze and Instagram-worthy views.
You’re unlikely to find a better city to party in than Mumbai, except perhaps Goa. There are many options to explore when it comes to bars, discos, and pubs in Mumbai. If you are a music lover or a budding musician, then Furtado and Blue Frog are not to be missed. Use Trabug to explore these options and more!
If you are interested in some street shopping then a stroll at the Fashion Street, Colaba Causeway or Bandra Link Road will let you shop till you drop. Buy artificial jewellery, western wears, bags and shoes all at a very reasonable price.
Though Mumbai has more than its fine share of fine-dining restaurants, the street food is where you can truly explore the city’s culinary identity. From spicy pav bhaji to vada pav, India’s answer to the hamburger, there are dishes aplenty to be tried.
Indulge in the sumptuous South Indian cousin at Cafe Madras where the air is filled with the aroma of freshly ground coffee. Kadi Idli, Tuppa Dosa and Bisibele are the specialities of the restaurant, and a must-try!
The iconic Leopold Café, IMBISS Café, and Mondegars, are all must-visits too, and are popular with locals and foreign visitors alike.
The Metro Big Cinema is a multiplex that was once a single-screen movie theatre built in the Art Deco style. Now the cinema has been retrofitted with state-of-the-art technology while retaining its heritage look.
The 138-year-old Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal Railway Station is worth a visit too, partially for its architecture, and partly to catch a glimpse of the sea of humanity that constantly pours out of it.
You can drive across the Bandra–Worli Sea Link to get a spectacular view of the entire city from the Arabian Sea.
Nariman Point, where some of Mumbai’s richest people live, is a nice place to sit and gaze at the sea from. The perfect place to spend some quality time with someone special.
And finally, the Walkeshwar Temple Complex in the Malabar Hill area of Mumbai in India, is an ancient water tank, built nearly 900 years ago. The tank is spring fed and thus has sweet water, and is also a cultural hub.
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has connections to nearly every major city in India and abroad. For many travelers to India, this will be their point of entry and exit.
India’s party capital, Goa, is a short flight away and Lonavla is a nice weekend getaway.
November to February: Perfect months to visit Mumbai as the weather is most pleasant then. During the daytime, the weather is cool making it the ideal time for you to go sightseeing. The season coincides with many major Indian festivals, such as Diwali, and Christmas, so you’re sure to see a lot of colour and joy. You can also experience the rich culture of Mumbai, as many local events, such as the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, are celebrated during the month of February.