For ones filled with hope, Mumbai is a city of dreams. For the who’s who of the country, Mumbai is the commercial capital of India. For the party-goers, it’s a city that never sleeps. But on the whole, Mumbai can be best described in just one word, an addiction. The capital city of Maharashtra, Mumbai has traditionally been an important port town that even played an important role in India’s freedom struggle. All these years later, Mumbai is densely populated city that welcomes thousands of travelers from all over the world who come to witness the legendary Mumbaikar spirit.
Since Mumbai was a strong colonial hub, one can still see the influences in the form of some popular monuments in the city. Located on the waterfront in South Mumbai’s Colaba area, Gateway of India is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Mumbai. The 20th century arch monument was built on the occasion of King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to the city in 1911 and since then has become synonymous to the city’s pride. Right opposite the Gateway of India, stands the mighty Taj Hotel, yet another picture-perfect landmark place to visit in Mumbai. Architecture lovers should also visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a world heritage site and one of the most beautiful railway stations in India with its larger than life Gothic revival style. Additionally, a walk through Colaba Causeway, Asiatic Society Library, Mumbai High Court and BMC Building also make for one of the best things to do in Mumbai for those who love embracing an era gone by.
Mumbai’s long coastline is also dotted with some beautiful beaches that act as the perfect disconnect from the city’s chaotic life. The beaches of Versova, Marve, Madh Island and Aksa are extremely popular amongst tourist attractions in Mumbai. Not only do these beaches offer travelers a chance to unwind but are also lined with street food stalls where one can indulge in some delectable street food.
As Mumbai is one of the biggest cosmopolitan cities in India, it also houses important pilgrimage centers for all religions. The Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai’s Prabhadevi area is a major Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and attracts devotees from all over the world. Similarly, South Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah is a popular mosque and tomb which deserves all your attention while sightseeing in Mumbai. Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, commonly known as Mount Mary Church is an important Roman Catholic Basilica and a popular tourist attraction in Mumbai.
If there’s one thing which is almost synonymous with Mumbai, however, it is Bollywood, or the Hindi film industry. India is simply a country where films are nothing less than a religion amongst themselves and Mumbai, is the ultimate destination for every Hindi movie buff. No trip to the city can ever be complete without visiting spots where films have been shot or waiting endlessly with fellow fans outside your favourite film star’s house. For those looking for a completely in-depth experience, take a guided tour of Mumbai’s Film City to see the method behind the madness and if you’re in luck, you might just catch a glimpse of a film star!
Finally, a visit to Mumbai just cannot be complete unless you’ve lived its famous nightlife. Head to the famous nightclubs in Bandra and Andheri, let your hair loose and party like there’s no tomorrow! For a more authentic experience, however, head to one of South Mumbai’s old ‘nip’ bars and spend an evening like how the locals do. Regardless of what you pick, the after party always happens at one of the best places to visit in Mumbai for those post party scenes, Marine Drive. The sea face comes alive in the night with people from all walks of life coming down to sit down for a moment of calmness and embrace the gushing waters of the Arabian Sea.