Mumbai is indeed a city that never sleeps. It is the capital of Maharashtra and also the financial capital of the country, India. Mumbai was formerly called Bombay. The coastal city has a huge population of more than 1.25 crore.
If you are visiting Mumbai for the first time, then you should definitely visit the places listed below.
10 Places you Must visit when In Mumbai
1. Marine Drive
The Marine Drive is very popularly known as Queens Necklace. That is because, from an ariel view, it looks exactly like that. It is a 4km long promenade in South Bombay. You can visit the Marine Drive early morning for a jog, evening for a calm sunset view, and night for a peaceful night walk. On the northern end of the marine drive, there is Girgaon Chowpatty which is a public beach. A lot of Bollywood movies are shot at this place.
2. Gateway Of India
The Gateway of India was built for the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1924. The arch monument is 24m tall and has four turrets on the top. The beautiful Taj Hotel and Tower Hotel are situated near the monument. This monument is the prime tourist attraction in Mumbai. At night the monument is lit up with beautiful lights, and on some occasions, there are live performances too.
3. Juhu Beach
Juhu Beach is a popular beach that stretches six kilometres up to Versova. This place is a popular place for tourist, and you will generally see a lot of crowds during public holidays and weekends. Many street food options are available on the beach like bhelpuri, sev puri, Pani puri, ragda puri, chat, and more.
4. Haji Ali Dargah
The Haji Ali Dargah is situated 500 yards inside the Arabian sea. It has an Indo-Islamic structure and is around 600 years old. The Dargah structure is made of beautiful white marble. To reach the Dargah you go through a rocky road-like structure that has the Arabian sea on both sides hence the Dargah is only open when there are no high tides. The Dargah receives an enormous number of pilgrims on Thursdays and Fridays.
5. Elephanta Caves
The Elephanta Caves is situated on the Island Elephanta that is 10 km away from Mumbai. To visit the caves, one can take a ferry ride from the Gateway of India. The caves have beautiful architecture and various temples that have huge structures. Primarily, there are seven caves on the island, but the most popular and beautiful is the first cave.
6. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a grand, beautiful railway station. It is the headquarter of the Central Railways and also one of the busiest railway stations in India. The historic station has a gorgeous mix of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture and classical Indian architecture. A lot of Bollywood movies are shot here, like Ra-One and Slumdog Millionaire.
7. Jehangir Art Gallery
The Jehangir Art Gallery was founded in 1952. It is located in Kala Ghoda in South Bombay. The gallery is popular among art enthusiasts as it has exhibitions for some of the rarest paintings, photographs, sculptures, and crafts. The gallery also keeps different gatherings and workshops for the artists to learn more.
8. Bandra Bandstand
The famous Bandra Bandstand is also known as the Bandra Promenade. It is a popular spot for youngsters and friends to sit and enjoy the waves of the sea. In the evening you can enjoy the beautiful sunset with some street food. You can also get a view of the famous cable bridge, which is the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. The famous Indian celebrity Shahrukh Khan has his bungalow just opposite Bandra Bandstand.
9. Leopold Café
The extremely popular Leopold Café is situated in Colaba in South Mumbai. The café was founded back in 1871 by Zoroastrians, also known as Iranis. This place is a very popular hangout spot for foreign tourists. The café is situated in the popular Colaba market where you can get affordable clothes, shoes, sunglasses, jewellery, souvenirs, and more.
10. Siddhivinayak Temple
The Siddhivinayak Temple is a Hindu temple that was founded in 1801. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Daily, thousands of devotees visit this place to offer players. A lot of Bollywood celebrities and famous personalities often visit the temple with their family.
Mumbai Meri Jaan! I hope the article was informative and fun. Don’t forget to add these places to your list whenever you visit Mumbai!
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