Popular by the name of ‘city of dreams’, Mumbai conveniently sits on the shores of Arabian Sea, situated in the state of Maharashtra. Formerly known as Bombay, this economic capital of India is also a famous harbor and port of the country. With the chaotic crowd and calm sea shores, colonial architecture and contemporary buildings, dreamers and hard workers; Mumbai displays a fusion of contradictions that is quite alluring.
Best places to visit in Mumbai
Mumbai is a famous tourist destination owing to innumerable reasons; it is famous for its beaches, chaupaties, lip smacking street food and fascinating tourist spots like Bandstand, Juhu Chaupati, Bandra worli sea link, Siddhivinayak temple, Aquarium, Zoo, Hanging Garden, Kamla nehru Park, fashion street, marine drive, Gateway of India, Elephanta caves, Haji Ali Dargah, Essel world and Imagica amusement parks, Victoria Terminus, Film city and lot more. It is famous about the city that Mumbai never sleeps, so it is a must to enjoy nightlife here. The street food including Vada pav, Pav bhaji, gol gappay, bhel puri, misal pav and a lot more on Juhu chaupati while enjoying a beautiful sunset will be one of the best spent evenings of your life.
Few of the major tourist attractions of the city are described below-
Gateway of India
Built in 20th century, the iconic Gateway of India is one of the most significant landmarks of the city. This imposing structure overlooking the Arabian Sea was erected to welcome the landing of King George to India in the year 1911.
Mount Mary Church
Situated in the western suburbs of Mumbai, the Basilica of Lady Mount was constructed in the 16th century by the Portuguese. This beautiful church is a piece of attraction for not only Christians but everyone visiting the country. On New Year’s Eve, entire church is illuminated which is a sight to behold.
Also called the Queen’s Necklace, Marine drive is 3.5 kms stretch promenade along the Arabian Sea fringed with palm-trees and providing best views of the sea and horizon. It is one of the best places to spend peaceful evenings in the city.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Constructed during the British rule, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or CST is one of the best examples of colonial architecture in the city. Highly inspired by Victorian Gothic styles, the Terminus is a point of attraction particularly for at connoisseurs.
Haji Ali Dargah
The Haji Ali mosque is one of the most renowned mausoleums of the city. Located in the middle of an Island, the mausoleum looks beautiful with water all around. This 15th century mosque attracts thousands of devotees from all over the country.
Nearby destinations – Khandala and Lonavala
When in Mumbai you can go to the places Khandala and Lonavala that are situated nearby and a must visit for nature lovers, especially in monsoons when these places are heaven with milky waterfalls, hovering clouds touching the hills and mist all around. Khandala and Lonavala are famous hill stations near Mumbai and one can conveniently reach by bus or train route.
Relish beauty of nature at its best amidst hills surrounded with clouds and away from hustle and bustle of the city life. Rejuvenate yourself in the lap of Mother Nature breathing fresh air and enjoying soothing calmness.
Best time to visit Mumbai
October to March is the best time to visit the city when the weather is just fine for you to explore the city.
Mumbai is a very lively city and whole heartedly welcomes everyone who comes to it; everyone gets amazed with its pleasant vibes. The above guide will help you explore the city in the best possible way.
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