Welcome to the magical city of Mumbai where one wishes to visit once in a lifetime. Cameras, flash, celebrities, romance, Mumbai locals, beaches, and much more. This city never sleeps. So if visiting Mumbai one must visit the following places.
1. Marine Drive
So beginning with Marine Drive, each one of us must have always imagined spending a lovely time on Marine Drive with our loved ones, walking hand in hand under the romantic monsoon rains. Everyone wishes this cause Marine Drive is a magical place. Originally known as the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Marine Drive is an 8 lane road in south Mumbai. At the footpath of this road, one can enjoy morning jog or evening yoga with the roaring Arabian sea beside you.
2. Girgaon Chowpatty
Girgaon Chowpatty is a public beach at the Queen’s Necklace. One can reach there from Churni Road railway station. There is no entry fee or something, you can spend a beautiful time there with your loved ones amongst the sand and the waves, enjoying the setting or the rising sun. The place witnesses Ganpati Visarjan of many famous Ganpati idols during Ganesh Chaturthi from Mumbai as well as Pune. This is a must-visit place if touring Mumbai.
3. Gateway of India
This arch monument is like the logo of the Mumbai city. Completed in 1924 by architect Geroge Wittet with 85 feet high basalt rock. This monument stands against the Taj hotel and there is a statue of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the grounds of the Gateway of India. This place is a famous photography spot for visitors and tourists. Being the prime tourist attraction of Mumbai, it is a must-visit a place that no one should miss. There are many festivals and programs held at the place on special occasions.
4. Elephanta caves
Elephanta Caves are the collection of cave temples with sculptures and idols of Lord Shiva. Gharapuri or Elephanta Caves is a UNESCO World Heritage site. One has to get into a ferry from Gateway of India that might charge more but the ferry ride is worth it. If possible try having a seat on the roof of the ferry. From the jetty where the ferry leaves you the caves is a few kilometers away, there is also a small train to caves which has very cheap prices.
5. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Covered by almost all parts of Mumbai except the Thane city, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is one the most visited national parks in the world. Being the lungs of Mumbai, this park has rich flora and fauna is within the limits of the city. In spite of the city pollution and congestion, this park is well maintained in the middle of the city. The park fees are really cheap, also one can visit Kanheri Caves inside the park. It is a few minutes from Borivali station.
6. Colaba Causeway Market
This place has uptown retail shops of clothes, antiques, electronics, etc, and many cafes, restaurants, and many delicious street foods were. This place is also known as ‘Culture Square’. This commercial street is originally called ‘Shahid Bhagat Singh Road’. It is near the Gateway of India and the Taj hotel so it is visited by many foreigners. It is a perfect place for shopping for fancy western clothes, house decoratives, and one who enjoys bargaining while shopping will surely love this place.
7. Haji Ali Dargah
This place is a mosque and tomb (dargah) of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. He was a wealthy merchant and a Sufi saint from Uzbekistan. The dargah has been shot for various films and referred to in various books. This place is an example of beautiful architecture and unity. The devotees are not only Muslims but also people from a different religion, it is visited not only by common men but also by many celebrities. It is located in a beautiful location in the sea with water splashing and washing your feet while one walks to the dargah.
8. Mount Mary Church
“Basilica of our lady of the Mount” or the Mount Mary Church is a Roman Catholic Basilica found in Bandra. This place Is visited by many pilgrims as it is said that the manner or the wishes of the pilgrims come true. The claims of the statue say that a Koli fisherman dreamed and found the statue from the sea accordingly. He called it “Mot Mauli” (pearl mother) and the name turned into Mount Mary from Mot Mauli. Thus it is worshiped by both Hindus as well as Christians.
9. Taraporewala Aquarium
Located on Marine Drive, Taraporewala aquarium is the oldest aquarium of India with salt as well as freshwater fishes and animals. It has stingrays, turtles, sea turtles, starfishes, jellyfishes, etc. After the renovation in 2015, the aquarium set up the 12 feet long, 180-degree acrylic glass tunnel at the entrance. It an amazing experience to enter the aquarium with fishes swimming above you and the turtles and other creatures welcoming you.
10. Veer Mata Jijabai Udyan Zoo
Commonly known as Rani Baug(queen’s garden) or Byculla zoo, Veer Mata Jijabai Udyan covers 50 acres in Byculla. After independence, it was named after Maa Jijabai. The zoo has a lion, tiger, crocodile, bear and many more. They have now bought 6 Humboldt penguins for the visitors. The garden also has a Bhau Daji Lad Museum. The entry fees are really cheap and it is closed on Wednesday. It is 5 min walking from the Byculla station.