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Top things to do on a Mumbai Sight Seeing Tour

Mumbai is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations of India. Because of the unique seaside location, this city has expanded to fill the surrounding seven islands. And it has also become one of the biggest trading hubs of this world. Traveling in this city can help people to understand the modern Indian culture. Full of festivals, entertainment, historically significant places, and authentic cuisine, Mumbai offers something to the travelers of every age group.

So, if you are planning to visit Mumbai soon, then here are the top things that you can do on the Mumbai sightseeing tour.

  1. Sunset at Bandstand: Bandstand is a long rocky walkway in Bandra beside the Arabian Sea. And this is known as one of the most popular hangout places and one of the most popular romantic hotspots. Visiting this place while being in Mumbai is a must to enjoy the photogenic sunset and to stroll hand in hand.

  2. The night view of Marine Drive: Your Mumbai sightseeing tour will be incomplete without visiting Marine Drive. In fact, it is a great experience to see the Mumbai skyline while sitting beside the Arabian Sea. While the lights lit up along the road in the evening, Marine Drive converts into the “Queen’s Necklace”-pretty, sparkling and curvy. Another thing that you can do in Marine Drive while enjoying the night view is to taste the amazing food for different budgets.

  3. Visit the Haji Ali Dargah: Situated in the backdrop of Arabian Sea, the Haji Ali Dargah is known as one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai. This Dargah is developed in 1431 by Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. This beautifully designed Dargah includes Indo-Islamic architectural details. The main shrine of this Dargah is placed in a beautiful looking marble courtyard. Millions of people visit this Dargah on a regular basis. So, visiting this Dargah is a must during your Mumbai darshan.

  4. Check out the Parsi Cafes: In case you are planning to try out the authentic delicacies of Mumbai, then visiting different Parsi and Irani cafes and restaurants is a must. Some of the most popular examples where you can pamper the taste buds include Café Military, Britannia and Co, and Parsi Youth Assembly’s Snack Centre.

  5. Take part in the Bombay heritage walks: If you want to be familiarized with the past of Mumbai during the Mumbai sightseeing tour, then you can opt for the Bombay heritage walks. This walk begins from the ‘Fort’ area. And during this tour, you will cover the areas like the Town Hall, Ballard Estate business district, Asiatic Society Library of Mumbai, the Flora Fountain Circle, the Horniman Circle Garden, the Gateway of India, Indian Naval Dockyard, and the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel. Besides, this tour also includes some of the most iconic and oldest buildings of Mumbai including Bombay Stock Exchange, Bombay House, CST or the former Victoria Terminus.

Conclusion:

These are just a few things that you can do while visiting in Mumbai. There are many more things on the list that you can give a try.

Mumbai – A Visit to the City Which Never Sleeps

Dear readers,

Mumbai is one of the leading metros in India if not the leading one already. It was earlier referred to as Bombay. It happens to be the biggest city in India and is also the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra. To begin with, Mumbai was a collection of 7 islands on the Konkan coastline. They were joined together to form the city that we see today. The island was later joined with Salsette, a neighboring island, to form what is known as Greater Bombay. In 2005 it was estimated that the city had a population of 21 million people.

This makes it one of the most populated cities in the world.

The enigma that is Mumbai

Mumbai is, without a shadow of a doubt, the commercial capital of India. It also has one of the biggest ports in the country as well. By virtue of being a metro city, it has an eclectic population that gives it its cosmopolitan nature in the first place. This is further borne out by the presence of Bollywood. Bollywood is basically the Hindi film industry that wields a global influence of sorts. This is because of the presence of the Indian Diaspora in all parts of the world.

At the same time, Dharavi in Mumbai also has the biggest slum population of the whole country. Incidentally, both these contrasting entities form an integral part of a Mumbai city tour.

What to see here in Mumbai?

There are plenty of things to see while you are on a Mumbai tour. The tourist attractions can be categorized into the following and examples may be mentioned as below:

  • Rock cut caves – Elephanta, Kanheri, Mahakali
  • colonial buildings – Fort St. George, Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya, Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai University, High Court
  • museums and galleries – National Gallery of Modern Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Nehru Science Centre
  • beaches – Girgaon Chowpatty, Juhu beach, Aksa beach
  • zoos, parks, and gardens – Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Bhavans Nature Adventure Centre, Veermata Jijabai Udyan, Hanging Gardens, Kamla Nehru Park, Mumbai Port Trust Garden, Five Gardens

religious places – Portuguese church at Dadar, Haji Ali Dargah, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Siddhivinayak temple, ISKCON temples at Juhu beach and Chowpatty beach

What to eat here in Mumbai?

You can be sure that no matter which part of the world you are from you would get something to eat in this city.

However, there are some dishes that you should definitely have when you are here in Mumbai. They may be enumerated as below:

  • Gujarati Thali
  • Kebab rolls, Keema, and Pattis
  • Maharashtrian Thali
  • Indian sweets such as Kulfi Falooda
  • Kerala Thali
  • Vada Pav
  • Indian Chinese
  • South Indian food at a Udupi restaurant
  • Goan seafood
  • Bread Maska
  • Chaats such as Bhelpuri and Paani Puri
  • Alfonso mangoes at the summer time
  • Pav Bhaji

Visiting Mumbai is an experience of a lifetime – one that you would always cherish.

Golden Triangle Tour – See The Beauty of Northern India

Northern India has some of the most beautiful sites you can imagine and the ideal way to see them will be by going on a Golden Triangle tour. You will visit Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. There are a number of tours to choose from and to get the most out of the area you could take up a 4-day or 7-day tour. The main places that will be seen will be:

  • Sanjay Colony
  • India Gate
  • Qutab Minar
  • Humayun’s Tomb

Sanjay Colony 

Here you will be walking through the slum area of Delhi and could be surprised by what you find. It will be the same as any other area in many ways, as you walk along the intricate lanes, all aspects of life will be seen, and it is a perfect way to understand Indian social issues.

India Gate

The imposing war memorial is 42 meters tall and holds the names of more than 13,000 soldiers who were killed in the Wars at the early part of the 20th Century. It however commemorates more than 70,000 Indians who were killed and if you can visit during the evening you will see it lit up.

Qutub Minar

This tower is a celebration of the new Muslim rulers who have fought to replace the Hindu rulers. Built in the 12th century, the tower reaches 73meters into the sky and is still one of the tallest in India.

Humayun’s Tomb

Built in 1570, this is a forerunner for many constructions in India. It is a great example of Mughul architecture and is seen as the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.Jaipur will be the next part of the Golden Triangle tour and it is clear while it is called the Pink City.

Other interesting places include the following:

Amber Fort

Dating back to the 16th Century, the Fort is actually red sandstone and was built by Raja Man Singh. It is a combination of palace and temples, and visits can be made by elephant.

Hawa Mahal

Since 1799, the “Palace of Winds” consists of 5 stories that resemble a honeycomb. It will be seen at its best early in the morning as it will be lit by the sun. The 953 windows once allowed women to watch the world go by at a time when they were not allowed to roam freely outside.
The 7 day Indian Golden Triangle tour includes a number of other sights including The Fort at Agra and of course the Taj Mahal.

Krishna’s Birthplace: Mathura

A few of the 5000 temples can be visited and all will be worth the visit. Visiting the complex of temples will allow you to see a number of buildings – Keshavdeva temple, the GarbhaGriha shrine and Bhagavata Bhavan but be warned that this is a very popular site for visitors.
Along with all the amazing places to visit, there will be quite a lot of travelling where you will see a vast expanse of the Indian countryside and also the chance to try a wide range of Indian cuisine. With an Indian Golden Triangle Tour you will get a good taste of life in India in the 21st Century.