Mumbai! The busy land of culture and Bollywood stars. It is a city where you can never return from unsatisfied. From rides on the ferry to Mumbai’s wildlife, hopping into the local eateries to checking out the historical forts and religious places, Mumbai has them all.
If you’re looking for a lovely family time, or a simple alone time to get away from your busy schedule once in a while, Mumbai offers the perfect holiday experience.
Here we bring to you, the top five things you can do while in Mumbai, so you make the most of your trip.
1. Visit Haji Ali Dargah, in Lala Lajpat Rai Marg
With the beautiful Arabian sea in the backdrop, Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most prominent and most beautiful religious landmarks in the city. Designed without a flaw, I Indo- Islamic style of architecture, this Dargah has a spectacular marble courtyard where the main shrine is placed. Designed and built by Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari in the year 1431, this happens to form a spiritual hub where millions and millions of people turn up for a visit each day, to make wishes, seek blessings, or to listen to melodious Qawalis, which also is an interesting thing to do in Mumbai.
Timing: The Haji Ali Dargah is opened from 6 AM to 10 PM each day.
2. The Elephanta Caves, in Gharapuri.
The Elephanta Caves are located off the coast of the Arabian Sea, in an island. These caves are an architectural wonder, sprawling over 60,000 sq feet. Attributed as a World heritage Site by UNESCO, this place has amazing rock cut caves, which depicts the cult of Lord Shiva and can only be accessed in ferries from the gateway of India.
The three headed Shiva- Maheshmurti, Nataraja and Ardhanarishvaraare some of the popular sculptures of the Elephanta Caves. After admiring all these art works, a stoll in the island and trekking up to Cannon Hill are the next best things to do while you’re here. Explore the elephant caves tour of Mumbai for 6 daysfor an unforgettable experience.
Opening hours: Besides being closed on Mondays, the place is opened for the rest of the week from 9 AM to 5 PM. The first ferry starts at 9AM and the last one runs at 2 PM.
Charges: For Indians, the price remains at INR 10, and for foreigners it costs about INR 250.
3. Varsai Fort
Visiting the Varsai Fort or the Bassein Fort as it is usually known, is the most fun thing to do in Mumbai. This fort was once used to build ships and was owned by the Portuguese army, but was later taken over by the Marathas.
The fort is surrounded by water in all three sides, and the fort is almost in ruins, except for three chapels and rock pillars. Hiking is the common activity here, as people hike up to the terrace of the fort to admire the beauty around the area.
Opening hours: The fort is opened from the wee hours of 4 AM to 11 PM.
Charges: Free entry.
4. An Evening Walk On The Marine Drive.
Feeling bored in Mumbai, or simply confused where to go next? Just take a leisure stroll by the Arabian Sea, or the Marine Drive. The sapphire sea with the ferries sailing slowly in, a beautiful sun set and cool refreshing breeze could hypnotize your mind completely.
It is one of those movie moment romantic places, where you can sit and enjoy some quiet time with your beloved, stroll hand in hand, while you enjoy the local street food and witness the beautiful sunset visata.
5. Street Food At Juhu Chowpatty.
And now for the foodies. When you’re hungry on the streets of Mumbai, and you wish to witness the culinary richness of the city, then Juhu Chowpatty is the place you must visit. You would never find this part of the Juhu beach empty, as it always is a buzzing food arcade which comprises of numerous food stalls and street karts. This is no doubt the best place to eat out at Mumbai. You could try out local dishes like Bhel puris, sev puri, paani puri, vada paao, batata vada, missal pao, and ragda patty.
So, if you are looking to satiate those taste buds, this is another exciting place to be at. There are also a couple of Italian restaurants and Continental restaurants around the Juhu Beach like Little Italy, and Mangi Ferra.
And if you’re a sea food lover, then don’t miss the sea food platter. It is the most satisfying of sea foods you can get all over.
Besides the food on Juhu Beach, you could also enjoy some horse- back riding, camel rides, jogging and cycling on the Juhu Beach.You could also indulge yourself in some Beach side yoga sessions conducted by various groups.