Travel Tips For Mumbai

Countless movies have shown us Mumbai's monsoon being absolutely magical, but I beg to differ. Yes, the rains in July wash the dirt off this eventful megalopolis and make the city look prettier but, the perpetual jam in the suburban areas is a put off. The roads are clogged and the trains are crowded more than usual. Whenever it's not raining, the humidity, at its peak, makes walking even a 100 meters feel like 10 kilometres. So save your time and money, and experience Mumbai like never before, when this city isn't going crazy handling its water-logging crisis.
The best time to visit Mumbai is in December. The beaches are lined up with colourful stalls and the weather is fantastic!
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There can be no fitting conclusion to your Mumbai sojourn than at Marine Drive, which defines the feeling of this city perfectly. This is where you should ideally end up on Sunday night with your friends by your side and unlimited conversations to tend to. This is the pinnacle of Mumbai.
I promise you that if you follow this itinerary, you will go back with immense love for Mumbai in your heart.
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Gateway of India is the only accessible route to Elephanta Caves. If travelling by local, then CST is the station from where you can travel upto Gateway by cab. From the back of the Gateway, one can purchase a ticket for 2 way journey availing boat service for Rs 180. The last boat to leave from Elephanta Caves is 5.30pm, please note.
The boat ride is a full 1 hr 15 mins journey. On the way only things to do are munch chips and feed the sea gulls, chat n gossip, click pictures or fall asleep!
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The bandra-worli sea link is something you CAN NOT miss, if you do your mumbai trip remains incomplete. It crosses the arabian sea and connects the suburban area of Mumbai with south Mumbai. Its an engineering marvel and drive through this bridge is a must!

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Seasonal Attractions

The festival season kicks-off right from the initial months of the year with Makar Sankranti. The city hosts the Mumbai Marathon and the Mumbai International Film Festival in the first half of the year. The city's biggest celebration, Ganesh Chaturthi, kicks off in September. 


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Gateway of India
Peninsula at end of C. Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Mumbai (Bombay)
This is the most important attraction of Mumbai and often the starting point of tourists. This was built by the British in the 1913 to mark the visit of George V and Queen Mary to then Bombay. This arch or gateway was inspired from the Triumpg Arc of Italy. This was a place from where most of the tourists from the West started their journeys during the British time. After the Colonial Raj ended, this monument was Indianized and now is a tourist hotspot. the gateway faces the Arabian sea and is also flanked by the beautiful Marine Drive. It is said that the last British ships, when they left India started from here as the British loved this place and it is till now a symbol of their victory over India though the Indians have now changed the notion along with the name of the city to Mumbai. The monument has four turrets and intricate designs on stone blocks to make up the whole structure. the architecture is mainly Indo- Sarcenic with touches of typical Gujrati architectural styles. The Gateway stands strong as the symbol of grandeur of the city as well as the blend of old and modern cultures here.
Marine Drive
Chaupati, Mumbai (Bombay) 400021
Marine Drive may be a picturesque promenade in Kochi, Kerala, India. It engineered facing the backwaters, and may be a widespread resort for the native people. Ironic to its name, no vehicles area unit allowed on the walk. Marine Drive is additionally associate economically thriving a part of town of Kochi. With many searching malls it's as a crucial centre of searching activity in Kochi. Major alimentation joints, as well as Marrybrown, DiMark, coffee house area unit gift on the walk. The read of the setting and rising sun over the ocean mouth, and therefore the gentle wind from the Vembanad Lake has created Marine Drive a crucial holidaymaker destination in Kochi. Hundreds of individuals both natives and tourists throng the walk throughout the evenings. The walk starts from the tribunal Junction and continues till the Rajendra Maidan. There are many boat jetties on the walk. The walk has two contemporarily created bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese net Bridge.
Bandra-Worli Sea Link
South Mumbai, Mumbai (Bombay)
Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this is a cable stay bridge which was erected by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation. This bridge links Bandra on the Western Suburbs of Mumbai and Worli in South Mumbai. In future this bridge is suppossed to link the Western Suburbs of Mumbai to Nariman Pint, which is the business district of Mumbai. This bridge reduces traveling time by about half an hour.
Haji Ali Mosque
Lala Lajpatrai Marg, Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai (Bombay)
This is a mosque which was constructed in 1431 and is an extremely popular one on the city of Mumabi as well as the whole world. It is said that whoever comes and prays here whole heartedly gets the blessings of the lord no matter what caste and religion you belong to. The magical charm and peace of this place makes you come here again and again. There was once a very wealthy merchant named Sayeed pir haji Ali Shah Bukhari who left all his wealth and desires before he went on Haj from Bukhari in present day Uzbekistan. He is said to have travelled continuously till the middle of the 15th century when at last he settled in Mumbai. One day he saw a lady on the road sitting with an empty vessel and crying badly. On being asked by him, the lady replied that her husband will thrash her when she reaches home as she had dropped all the oil she had bought on the road. The peer asked her to take him to the spot where she had dropped the oil and then he just touched the mud and the oil came back to the vessel the lady was bolding. Later that night the peer had a dream in which lord appeared and told him that he was very angry with his deed. This is when the peer out of remorse fell ill and instructed his followers to carry his coffin till the Arabian Sea and on the way he died. Surprisingly after his coffin was floated, it came back and got stuck around the islets near the shore. This is where the haji Ali Dargah was constructed about 500 meters away from the Worli Coast. The Qawwalis or the religious songs sung here by Muslim artistes are soulful and magically refreshing.
Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island
It is located in East Mumbai and is popular because of the Elephanta caves,which is carved completely out of rock and is about 10kms from the east coats of Mumbai.
Juhu Beach
Mumbai (Bombay)
This beach is one of the most popular as well one of the most post beaches of the country. You can find many celebrity houses and bungalows on the beachfront. This is also a favored location for movie shootings. This is not an ideal beach to swim as the place is very crowded. You can rather enjoy other activities here such as beach games, cricket matches, small picnics, horse and donkey rides, etc. The largest Koli community of Maharshtra stays in a place known as Versove which is at the northern end of the Juhu Beach.


Pune
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Called the Oxford of the East, Pune is a bubbling cosmopolitan city. A large student hub, this city loves art, culture and theatre. The Sahyadri hill range of the Western Ghats makes this destination ideal for hiking and wildlife spotting. A shower of rain brings the city alive. The Agha Khan Palace of Pune is a sprawling complex with emerald green gardens and sprawling lawns, perfect for a casual stroll. The Shaniwarwada is an ancient structure built by the Peshwas and the ruins of this marvellous architecture can still be seen in the city. Dedicated to the brave hearts of the Indian Army, the National War Museum is a popular tourist destination and houses militia paraphernalia. Those interested in meditation can get day passes from the Osho International Meditation Resort, which is very popular with tourists. Handcrafted beer, baked goodies at the Kayani Bakery on East Street and eateries such as Touche the Sizzler, Malaka Spice and Dario's will complete your trip here.
Nashik
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Famous for its many temples and ghats, Nashik is one of the holiest cities in India. And for those looking for something more, there are the Sula Vineyards to explore. The eventful history of Nasik is evident in its various forts, including Harihar Fort and Ramshej Fort, that are sprinkled all over the city. The Sita Gufa or the Cave of Sita is believed to be the spot from where Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana, while Panchvati is believed to be the asylum of Lord Rama during his exile. The Timbakeshwar Temple of Nasik is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a religious centre. Carved intricately, this much-celebrated temple is perched on top of the Brahmagiri hills. Indulge your senses at the Sula Vineyards, which offer an insightful and entertaining tour that offers information on wine manufacturing and a chance for wine tasting. Nasik offers an impressive assortment of Maharashtrian food that is lightly influenced by the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Popular restaurants include Barbeque Ville Veg Aroma and Aster The Coffee Shop. For accommodation, Nashik has options in all segments – budget, mid-range and luxury hotels.
Lonavala
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
A modern-day resort town, the hill station of Lonavala is around 106km from Mumbai. It makes for a great weekend getaway from Pune as well, if staying at luxury hotels, spending time with family at a massive waterpark, roaming the halls of a wax museum and go-carting sound like fun to you. If you are here during the monsoons, do check out the many gurgling waterfalls. You can even drive or take a local bus to the fascinating Karla and Bhaja Caves nearby. But if you would rather do nothing, then driving aimlessly through the green Sahyadri ranges all day, while stopping for the locally-made chikki candy is also a good way of indulging in tourism in Lonavala. There are even some yoga retreats that you can check into for some professionally-guided relaxation. If you have more time, you can combine a trip to Lonavala with a visit to the popular Lohagad and Visapur forts, located in Khandala.
Aurangabad
Best time to visit - N/A
The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangabad was named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city is located at the banks of the Kham River and known as one of the most historically significant cities of Maharshtra. You will also find the best museums out here which include the three most important ones. These are the Sunehri Mahal Museum, University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. apart from recieving all other modern facilities and amenities during your trip, you can laze away the afternoons in the beauty of the Bani Begum Gardens too.
Surat
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
An integration of historic monuments and modern skyscrapers, Surat is a quaint town located along the banks of river Tapi. The ISKCON temple here, standing on an area of around 13,000 km, is frequented by devotees from all across the world. The Dutch Cemetery, Shahjahan's Fort, Parsi neighbourhood and colonial building are beautiful symbols of the history of this city. Dandi is a popular destination among tourists visiting Surat and is a place made famous by the Indian independence movement. When it comes to food, Surat offers lip-smacking Gujarati flavours, albeit only vegetarian. Popular eateries here include the Leonardo Ristorante Italiano, Jalaram Khichadi and Kansar Gujarati Thali. Accommodation here is easily available and sits well within in your budget. If you want more, travel to the Dumas Beach, which is located about 18km from the city.
Kolhapur
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,July
Kolhapur, in Maharashtra, is a land of temples and regal palaces. The most revered of them is the Mahalaxmi Temple, which has a simple yet fascinating structure. Other temples here are the Temlabai temple, Jyotiba temple and the Bimkhambi Ganesh temple. The Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, which was once the residence of the first Maharaja of the Maratha Empire, is a vivid display of artefacts representing the ancient history of the city. Take a walk through history at the Panhala Fort, which is an imposing fortification believed to have housed Chhatrapati Shivaji himself. Kolhapur is known for its spicy array of Maharashtrian food. Try some of the local delicacies at Padma Guest House, Waman Guest House and Parakh. Being a bustling tourist destination, Kolhapur has a lot to offer when it comes to lodging for all types of budget travellers. Don't forget to take back the local Kolhapuri Chappals, that make for lovely traditional footwear.

Best Time to Visit Mumbai

Peak Season is from November to February when Mumbai experiences mild winters. Temperatures can go as low as 10 degrees celsius, although rarely.

Shoulder Season: June to October welcomes the famous monsoons to Mumbai. July and August sees perpetual downpour and for those who can brave the rains, the city is at its most beautiful during this season.

Off-season: March to May are the months when the tourists start thinning out. Henceforth, the accommodation costs reduce and though the weather is hot and humid, it’s nice to be able to explore the city away without the crowds.


Budget for Mumbai

For Budget Travellers: INR 1600 to 2500 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and basic rooms in guesthouses: INR 800 - 1500
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 200-500
  • Public Transport in local trains and buses: INR 10 - 100
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 200

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 2500 to INR 5000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 1500 - 2500
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 1000 - 2000
  • Local transport in auto-rickshaws, and local taxis: INR 250 - 400
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 10 - 1000

For Luxury Travellers: INR 8000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 5000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 1000 and upwards
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