Welcome to Mumbai – the city that never sleeps, the heart of the world’s biggest film industry – Bollywood and the melting pot of many cultures. Be it the magnificent monuments or the mouthwatering street food, this city has everything that will keep you busy during your entire trip. The city of dreams attracts dreamers and vacationers alike. So, whether you are a dreamer or a vacationer, Mumbai is one city that will surely captivate you.
Mumbai is also the city that never stops (be it anything). So, if you really want to explore its true essence, do as the Mumbaikars do. So, let’s take you on an amazing tour of this fantastic city.
Best Time to Visit
Winter season starting from November to February is the best time to visit Mumbai as the weather remains cool and dry. The summer season starting from March to May remains hot and humid. The summer temperature remains around 30°C - 40°C. Avoid traveling to Mumbai during the monsoons as the city receives heavy rainfall during this season.
How to Reach
By Air - Mumbai is well-connected to major international and domestic cities via air network. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport connects the city with various national and international destinations.
By Rail – Mumbai is well-connected to major Indian cities via railways. Super-fast trains along with passenger trains connect the city to all prominent destinations of India like Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore etc.
By Road - Mumbai is connected by an excellent road network to the rest of India. For getting around the city you can either take the famous local train of Mumbai or the state run buses. Hired taxis, auto-rickshaws and privately run buses are also a great option.
What to See
Mumbai is one city that is always on the move. Call it the heart of Bollywood, the commercial capital of the country or the city of paradoxes, Mumbai has something to offer for everyone. From historical monuments to art centers, to nightclubs and restaurants, this city will definitely surprise you at every moment. Given below are some of the most popular and visited tourist attractions of Mumbai.
- Gateway of India – Built in the year 1924 to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary, today Gateway of India is the most popular tourist attraction of Mumbai. This monument is the first thing that the visitors see when traveling to Mumbai via boat. Located opposite the Taj Palace on the waterfront in Colaba, South Mumbai, Gateway of India is a must see attraction.
- Haji Ali Dargah – Built in the year 1431 by a wealthy Muslim merchant and a Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, Haji Ali is both a mosque and a tomb. Located at the Mumbai shoreline (around 500 yards away) in the middle of the Arabian Sea, Haji Ali Dargah is accessible only during the low tide.
- Marine Drive – If you wish to see the magnificent view of the Mumbai’s skyline (especially the night view) then you must take a walk at the famous Marine Drive. This 4 km long stretch located in South Mumbai is also known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Marine Drive is always buzzing (especially in the evenings) with hundreds of people all year long who come here to relax or enjoy the view of the Arabian Sea.
- Juhu Beach – Do you know what the Mumbaikars do to relax? Well, to unwind their senses they go to the famous Juhu beach. Juhu is a suburb of Mumbai and the favorite address for many Bollywood celebrities. The Juhu beach is also counted among one of the most popular beaches in India. The peaceful atmosphere and the scenic beauty of this beach will surely leave you wanting for more.
Other Popular Tourist Attractions of Mumbai
- Chowpatty Beach
- Essel World
- Worli Seaface
- Chor Bazaar
- Elephanta Island
- Kanheri Caves
- Siddhivinayak Temple
- Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
- Film City in Goregaon
- Kala Ghoda Art Precinct
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Things to Do
- Take a heritage walk around the Fort and Colaba. Do plan to see the magnificent Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, Flora fountain and Crawford Market.
- You just can’t miss behind the scene tour of Bollywood when in Mumbai. This tour is an awesome way to see the world’s biggest film industry from behind the curtains.
- Take a ferry ride to the famous Elephanta Caves.
- Be a part of the festive celebrations. Come here during the festive season to see the real spirit of this city.
- Visit the local markets of Mumbai, but don’t forget to brush up your bargaining skills.
- If you love seafood then you must visit Sassoon Docks, the largest fish market in Mumbai.
- Want to see the largest open air laundromat in the world? Visit the famous Dhobi Ghat of Mumbai.
- Take a walk along the Marine Drive to see the magnificent view of Mumbai’s skyline (especially during the night).
- If you are more of an adventurer then you must take a ride of the Mumbai local.
- Bombay Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) is India’s first Bus service (started in the year 1905).
- In the year 1863, India’s first train was started in Mumbai.
- Mumbai is the 7th most populated city in the world.
- Antilla owned by Mukesh Ambani is the second most expensive home in the world.
- Mumbai has the most number of malls in India (52).
- The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai is India’s first ever 5 star hotel.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) was the first ever railway station in India.
- Mumbai was originally a cluster of seven islands.
- Navi Mumbai is the world’s largest planned city.
- Forbes gave the six-sigma rating to the famed dabbawallas of Mumbai.
- Bollywood is the world's biggest film industry.
- Orient, India’s first cricket club was founded in Mumbai in 1848.
- Mumbai based industrialist Jamsetji Tata was the first Indian to own a car.