Mumbai is the largest city in India, and as such, there are a million awesome places to visit in Mumbai and its surroundings. Unfortunately, the many different aspects to the city generally far exceeds the amount of time a traveller has in the city, and it can be difficult to try to narrow down what to do in the time that you have there.
To help you make the most of your trip to this bustling Indian city, here are five awesome places to visit in Mumbai which you should definitely include on your itinerary!
5 Awesome places to visit in Mumbai
1. Relax on the beach
Mumbai is renowned for its beaches. They’re a great place to people-watch! Head to Marine Drive Chowpatty in central Mumbai around sunset for its lively atmosphere and a great view. Contrary to what you might be expecting, you’ll find that many people remain conservatively dressed, especially the women, and few people go swimming in the area.
Try some of the tasty local treats at some of the many food stalls that are in the area that are called Bhel Puri (the local fast food) with a friend, sit back on the beach and take in the culture.
2. Explore Bollywood
The popular Indian film industry, Bollywood, is based out of Mumbai and is not the term to label all Indian films. Bollywood is only part of the large Indian film industry, but is one of the largest film production centres in the world. So naturally, when in Mumbai you need to check it out!
You can actually do Bollywood tours in Mumbai, but before you go you can catch up with some classics online. Follow the glitzy stories packed full of singing and dancing; it’ll certainly get you in the mood for your trip to India.
3. Kala Ghoda Art Precinct
This part of Mumbai is its undisputed cultural centre. It’s here that you’ll find the city’s National Gallery of Modern Art, the Prince of Wales Museum, the Jehangir Art Gallery, some other art galleries, restaurants and much, much more. Even if you’re not very interested in art, the Prince of Wales Museum alone is worth a visit.
The Prince of Wales Museum architecture is absolutely amazing with its unique combination of Moorish, Islamic and Victorian architecture, and the collection of historic artefacts is pretty interesting as well. In many people’s minds, this is one of the most interesting places in Mumbai, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to really get a feel for it!
4. See the markets
You’re sure to have an exciting time wandering around the markets of Mumbai. They have a tendency to be noisy, chaotic and totally kaleidoscopic – they’re a great place to really understand the local culture.
Do some browsing for souvenirs at Chor Bazaar or Calaba Causeway, or watch people go about their daily lives buying produce or pets at the Crawford Market. For more upscale shopping, check out the Linking Road, where you’ll find plenty of brands that you recognize. Whatever you’re looking for, you should be able to find it somewhere in Mumbai!
5. Marvel at Elephanta Island
Take a ferry over to Elephanta Island from the jetty at the Gateway to India monument. Not only will this trip offer you great views of the city, but the island contains a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Elephanta Caves. The caves, dating from the 5th and 6th centuries BC, contain some of the greatest extant examples of Indian art. You won’t be permitted to stay on the island overnight, but it’s a quick ferry-ride over and makes for a great day away from the main bustle of the city, especially if you won’t have time to visit many other historic sites in the country.
Whatever the reason that brings you to Mumbai, you’re sure to find plenty to fascinate you in this booming metropolis. It’s a city that’s very culturally rich, from its museums to its architecture to its food and more, so do your best to experience everything you can in the time that you have!
For those of you who have already been to Mumbai, what was your favourite thing to do in the city? Tell us about your trip and any tips that you have in the comments below!
Guest Post: Jess Signet is a travel writer and blogger who never in one place for very long. Her parents were travellers and she inherited their love of travel. Jess loves writing about her travel experiences and sharing travel tips and stories with others. You can read more from Jess at Tripelio.com