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Places to Visit in Mumbai City
My City Mumbai
There are songs written on Mumbai. There are books written on Mumbai. And then there are even movies made on Mumbai. Having lived all my life in Mumbai I can say there is something unique about this city. Just that I can't describe those feelings. Even though I'm quite good with words.
Mumbai, the city of dreams, as described many times is an amalgamation of India. It is a true metropolis and people from all over India come here for a livelihood.There is a mini-India in every corner of the city. What attracts so many here is the accepting nature of the city and its people.
You might be a tourist or on a business visit. If it's your first visit you are bound to get overwhelmed. Be prepared to see crowd all over the place, and maybe become a part of it in days to come.
Facts About Mumbai
Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. The business capital of India and also the second most populous city in the world after Shanghai, China.
- Population : 13,830,884 (est. 2011).
- Population density (/km²) : 22,937 (means 22,937 people are crammed in per sq.km)
- Area (km²) : 603
- Mumbai contributes five percent of GDP, 25 % Industrial output, 70 % Maritime trade and 70 % of capital transactions to India's Economy.
- Also the entertainment capital of India: Home to Bollywood
Best Tourist Spots in Mumbai With Short Description
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - A World heritage site which is now a railway station.
- Gateway of India - Probably, the most famous monument of Mumbai.
- Flora Fountain - Beautiful structure showing Roman Goddess Flora.
- Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) - The most famous bridge in India. Picturesque and wonderful.
- Marine Drive - Known as Queen's Necklace is a nice place to spend an evening in front of the sea.
- Siddhivinayak Temple - Dedicated to Lord Ganesh is the most famous temple of Mumbai.
- Haji Ali Shrine - A one of a kind shrine located in a small island off Worli bay.
- Mount Mary Church, Bandra - Mount Mary is the most famous church of Mumbai.
- Jehangir Art Gallery - A gallery showing many masterpieces of established as well as budding artists.
- National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) - You'll be amazed by the statues and artefacts here.
- Asiatic Library - One of the oldest libraries of India and a place for rare pieces of literature.
- Mani Bhavan - Must visit place to see and feel the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya - This along with NGMA and Gateway of India can be visited on a single trip as they all are close to each other.
- Chor Bazaar - Famous flea market of Mumbai. You never know what strange things you'll find here.
- Crawford Market - Want to do some shopping, head here for cheap items.
- Essel World - Your kids will love this huge amusement park.
- The Water Kingdom - You will love this huge water park.
- Juhu Beach - Mumbai's most famous beach, often crowded.
- Film City, Goregaon - Want to experience the color of Bollywood. This is the place where most of the domestic shooting takes place.
- Dhobi Talao - A place where dirty linen is washed out in the open, literally.
Continue to scroll down for more about the places with pictures, videos, and detailed information that will help you before visiting.
Mumbai Travel Guide
1) Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Previously Victoria Terminus)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is better known by its abbreviation CST which counts among the four World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra. Included as a World Heritage site in 2004, built by British architect Frederick Willam Stevens and took nearly ten years to complete (1887-1897).
CST is renamed after Shivaji, the famed Maratha King and Warrior of 17th Century. CST is now the hub of travellers as it serves as a railway station. Having the highest passenger density in the world about 6.3 million commuters travel every day, it is a nightmare to travel in trains especially during peak hours.
The terminus is the major railway station and scores of people travel daily to and from here. Trains and commuters leave and arrive here continuously. Peak hour crowd can get on your nerves, especially if you are travelling for the first time in the city.
CST was prominently shown in a song sequence in the film Slumdog Millionaire which won Academy award.
If you are a visitor then wait here for a half hour and just have a look at the people, have a coffee at the stall and you'll have a better understanding of the life of Mumbaikars (resident of Mumbai).
2) Gateway of India
A visit to Mumbai is incomplete without visiting the Gateway of India. The ravishing Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Towers are just opposite to the gateway and adds to the charm. This was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary which is the historical aspect of it. I must say this place is a pleasure to visit.
The place is usually crowded with lots of tourist and local people. So, come here, watch the sea, click lots of pictures. If you get bored go grab a bite at a nearby restaurant. There are some posh restaurants on the way which leads to the monument. For some, who don't want to spend a fortune there are some stalls as well to get a mouthful.
One more fun activity you can do here is to hop onto a boat and enjoy a ride. There are boat services here which basically offer two types of rides. First one is a 45 minute roundabout ride off the Mumbai coast. Another one is the one which will take you to Elephanta island.
3) Flora Fountain
Flora Fountain was built by architect R. Norman and is located at Hutatma Chowk in South Mumbai. Flora fountain is named after Roman goddess Flora.
The monument is at the center of the road and vehicles zip past it all through the day. Regular folks don't give more than a cursory look. But the structure is great and its beauty is magnificent. With the recent restoration the monument has got its life back.
This is not just a tourist spot It's a landmark. In the day time, there would be regular traffic moving across, so you won't get a chance to stand near the monument for long. It is only from a distance you'll be able to click photographs etc. If you have the time then keep this for a late evening visit.
4) Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL)
The Bandra-Worli Sea Link is a cable-stayed bridge which links Central and Southern Mumbai, which brings the travel time to reach South Mumbai from Central Mumbai to 7 mins from 60 minutes. One of its kind in India is fast becoming a go-to place for a long drive or rather I should say short drive.
5) Marine Drive
This is where most of Mumbaites come for a long walk which stretches up to two kilometers. Skyscrapers opposite the seafront are home to some of the most famous people of the city. Marine drive was once called queens necklace. This is the place where you get a tremendous view of the seafront, a place where couples usually take a long walk.
6) Siddhivinayak Temple
Siddhivinayak temple is the home to Mumbai's favorite God - Ganapati, the Elephant God. Hundreds and thousands of people visit the temple every day. People also believe, if they walk barefoot from their home to the temple observing the fast will be humbled and all their wishes will come true.
7) Haji Ali Shrine
Haji Ali Shrine constructed in the year 1431, is a perfect instance of Indian Islamic architecture.The structure located 500 meters from the coast, in the middle of Worli bay is an absolute pleasure to visit.
8) Mount Mary Church, Bandra
Mount Mary church is one of the most visited churches in Mumbai. The fantastic looking structure has the two spires and one of the main attraction is the Mount Mary fair which is celebrated on the Sunday following 8th September, the birthday of Virgin Mary.
9) Jehangir Art Gallery
Founded by Sir Cowasji Banerjee, built in the year 1952 and managed and operated by Bombay Art Society, is one of the most famous tourist attraction and art gallery.
For a complete list of art galleries in Mumbai Click Here.
10) National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)
NGMA Mumbai was opened in the year 1966, located near Regal cinema in Colaba is home to some of the finest work by Pablo Picasso, with numerous other artefact's and statues
11) Asiatic Library
Some of the rarest manuscripts and original works can be found here.
12) Mani Bhavan
Mahatma Gandhi's place of residence when he was in Mumbai, owned by the Revashankar Jagjeevan Jhaveri, Gandhi's host and companion. Place where Gandhiji started Satyagraha and Non-Cooperation movement to name a few.
More recently, Obama was here to pay homage to the Mahatma.
13) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Previously Prince of Wales Museum)
This museum has a wide variety of artefact's and very rare manuscripts. A wide variety of Tibetan and Nepali art is decently arranged with dedicated sections.
14) Chor Bazaar
Chor Bazaar (Thief Market) is the largest flea market in India. Many people come here to get a good bargain on second hand or even new products.
If you are a foreigner, try to accompany a guide or local person with you or else the sellers will rip you off your money.
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15) Crawford Market (officially Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai)
Just opposite the Mumbai Police Headquarters is the Crawford Market which has a huge pet store on one side and foods, cosmetics, household and gift items on the other side.
16) Essel World
Essel World is the first amusement park of India, and it has over 30 major rides, a decent place to spend the New Year's Eve.
There is something for everyone. Rides for your kids as well as for grown-ups like us.
When I visited with our office colleagues I liked Thunder (which is the scariest ride in the park, it takes you upside down literally) and the aquadive which takes you in a pool of water in the end from a height.
17) Water Kingdom
Just alongside Essel World is the Water Kingdom, with amazing and spectacular rides and slides.
18) Juhu Beach
A visit at Juhu beach makes one feel refreshed and invigorated. In the morning, you will always find people doing their regular exercise, yoga or some just prefer to walk along the seafront. Weekends are always crowded with scores of Mumbaites coming with their friends and families. Or if you got lucky then you'd probably spot a Bollywood actor.
19) Film City
A Venue for many Bollywood film shootings.
20) Dhobi Talao
Better portrayed in the below video.
Those were some of the places that you can visit in Mumbai
Best Time To Visit Mumbai
The weather in Mumbai is more of less constant all along the year. The best time to visit Mumbai would be in the month of August to March. Cultural festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri is held in of August/September.
Historical Weather Data of Mumbai 2017 (Source:www.intellicast.com) All Data in Celsius
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