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Top Things to Do on a Mumbai Sightseeing 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. It has also become one of the biggest trading hubs of this world. Traveling in this city can help people to understand modern Indian culture. Full of festivals, entertainment, historically-significant places, and authentic cuisine, Mumbai offers something for everyone!

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.

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