If you like diversity and excitement, Mumbai is one of the cities that you should not miss when in India. It has everything, for everyone who wants a one-of-a-kind holiday escapade. From being a humble fishing village, this metropolis becomes a popular tourist destination for so many special reasons. So, if you are planning your next travel abroad, why not head to Mumbai and discover its unique attractions? It will surprise you beyond measure!
Check out this list of top things to do in Mumbai to help you begin your amazing adventure:
Visit the Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is the most important landmark and monument of Mumbai. This historical arch was built in 1924 to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to the city during the British rule. It stood mighty and proud when the last troop of Britain left, marking the Liberation and Independence of India in 1947. It is the popular spot to begin your Mumbai exploration by taking a ferry boat. Ferry rides cost INR 55-120, depending on the trip duration.
Enjoy the Sunset in Bandra Fort
The sunset view from the Bandra Fort is truly spectacular, letting you enjoy the kaleidoscopic colors that it casts in the water and the silhouette of the moving ships or fishermen in the boats amidst the Arabian Sea. The scenic ambiance is a popular backdrop of many Instagram-worthy photos or selfies, so make sure to get a lot. It is now regarded as Mumbai’s romantic hotspot. Whereas, couples enjoy sitting by the rocks, strolling, or appreciating nature at its best.
Go Shopping at Colaba Causeway Market
Shoppers alert! The Colaba Causeway Market is the best place to splurge your shopping allowance. Known as the “Culture Square of Mumbai”, this shopping district has a wide array of pretty outfits for women, accessories, jewelry, souvenirs, and a lot of more. It is located in Maharashtra, close to the police headquarters.
Visit the CST Railway Station at Night
At the core of Mumbai lies one of India’s most historic railway stations. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This extravagant Gothic structure was designed by Frederick Stevens and was completed in 1887, serving as a reminder of the British Raj over India. The time to enjoy its magnificence is at night.
Tour the Global Vipassana Pagoda
Visiting the Global Vipassana Pagoda is one of the top things to do in Mumbai. This Meditation Dome Hall features a grand spire with large crystals on its pinnacle and covered with real gold. It has a museum, library, and study rooms, all dedicated to Buddha. You can also enroll in a meditation course, or simply enjoy touring the place.
Relish the Indian Street Food
Mumbai is known for its variety of delectable street foods which include Missal Pao, Ragda Patty, Paani Puri, Bhel Puri, Ice Gola, and Batata Vada. You can buy street foods in almost every part of the city. So forget your strict diet while visiting this place and enjoy its mouth-watering local dishes.
Join a Bollywood Tour
Mumbai is home to the Bollywood film industry, holding the record of being the third biggest producer of movies in the world. It has its own Film City, a massive complex with about 20 indoor studios and many outdoor settings. To be able to visit it, you need to join a guided bus tour of the Mumbai Film City Tours, because it isn’t open to the public unless there is a special permit. There are also other options like a comprehensive tour for foreigners, a private tour, or a Live Show Tour.
These top things to do in Mumbai is just the tip of the iceberg because there are so much to do and lots to see when you are there. And while prepping up for the trip, learn some words that will make your visit more exciting including Namaste (hello) and “Dhanyavaad” (Dhun-yuh-vaad) which means thank you!