If you are in Mumbai for a vacation, then there would not be a single day when you have to sit in your hotel room and feel bored. This is because there so many things to do here. There are various places that you can visit, then shop and eat during your Mumbai sightseeing tour.
Here is a list of things that you try out if you are in Mumbai.
1. Walk along Chowpatty Beach and Marine Drive
Chowpatty Beach is one such place where you can relax, converse with your loved ones and enjoy Back Bay’s fantastic panoramic view. If you wish to spend some alone time, this is the perfect place. You can also walk along Marine Drive, also called the Queen’s Necklace because of the long pedestrian road that stretches starting from Chowpatty Beach and end at Nariman Point. You can capture great pictures and click selfies here. Visit a nearby ice cream shop named K’Rustom for relishing mouth-watering ice creams. Their ice cream sandwiches available in different types of flavours are very famous among the locals. This huge flavour tiny shop is a must-try for ice cream lovers. Churchgate station is the nearest station for reaching Chowpatty beach. From Churchgate station, you can book a local train and reach Charni road and then walk to the beach.
2. Enjoy the divine intervention by visiting Haji Ali
Haji Ali is a well-known mosque as well as a tomb that was constructed in the year 1431. Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a rich Muslim merchant who was also a Sufi saint, has built it. He went to Mecca and got inspired to bring a change in the course of his life. This place contains the body of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Located amidst the ocean, Haji Ali can be accessed only at the time of low tide via a narrow walkway that is 500 yard in length. Take a local train from Mumbai CST to Byculla station. From there book a cab, local bus or auto and reach Haji Ali.
3. Show your patriotic colours at the Gateway of India
It is a stunning arch that is present almost 2.5 kilometers away from the Churchgate as well as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal. You can reach either of the railway stations and then hire a cab from there to reach here. It was constructed in the year 1924. This arch stands overlooking the Mumbai Harbour. Gateway of India acts as the British rule’s reminder as it was initially constructed for commemorating George V and Queen Mary’s historic trip to Mumbai. It is a trendy place among tourists from different parts of the world. Food vendors, along with souvenir stall, surround this 83-foot tall memorial. It is open at most times of the day all along the years to its visitors.
4. Do not miss the sculptural excellence of Elephanta Caves
If you are spending some days in Mumbai, then this ancient rock-cut caves present on Elephanta Island should be on your bucket list. This is a place that is worth visiting. The enormous main cave is devoted to Lord Shiva. In 1987 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It contains few majestic sculptures as well as the artwork. You can visit this place by riding on a ferry from the Gateway of India. You can also travel further afield. There are some more Buddhist caves present inside The Sanjay Gandhi National Park on the city’s northern boundary.
5. Take a dip into the pages of history at the Vasai fort
This fort was constructed in the year 1536 by the Portuguese. It spreads over 110 acres of land. It has been the Portuguese commercial, political as well as a military base in the North-Western coast of India for almost 300 years. Within the vast fort used to be an entire township where 2400 soldiers, 3000 residents, nobles as well as artisans resided. It also had a citadel, church, hospital, college, library, town hall, coin mint, and a market place. On the castle, there are arrowed weapons, Cross of Christos and a Sphere. A large part of this fort-city is part of the ruins and locals are seen to visit here and use it as a picnic spot. From Churchgate, you can take a train to Virar railway station and book a cab or auto to reach the fort. Beside the railway station, there is also a bus depot from where tourists can ride on a bus to reach Vasai fort.
Mumbai has many beautiful places, and it has a lot of things to offer to its visitors. So now that you are aware of the great things that you can do in Mumbai. Plan your trip to Mumbai and book your tickets soon.