Sightseeing / Points of Interest
Mumbai – The City
Mumbai, also known as Bombay, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the fourth biggest city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor. It is the richest city in India and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia.
Mumbai is India’s finance centre, the economic powerhouse of the nation, heart of the Hindi film industry and the industrial hub of everything from textiles to petrochemicals. Its business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, attract migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a melting pot of many communities and cultures.
Enriched with culture and abounding with places for entertainment and leisure, there is something for everyone to engage in the city of Mumbai. The city offers a cosmopolitan and diverse lifestyle with a variety of food, entertainment and night life, available in a form and abundance comparable to that in other world capitals. Mumbai’s history as a major trading centre has led to a diverse range of cultures, religions and cuisines coexisting in the city.
Mumbai has a tropical wet and dry climate with seven months of dryness and peak of rains in July. The cooler season from June to about the end of September constitutes the south-west monsoon season, and October and November form the post-monsoon season.
You want to know how to get along and how to experience Mumbai? Take a look at our travel guide below.
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Sightseeing in Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Marathi, formerly Victoria Terminus, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai, India. The new Railway station was built on the location of the Bori Bunder Station and is the busiest railway station in India, serving as both a terminal for long distance trains and commuter trains of the Mumbai Suburban Railway.
This is one popular tourist attraction in Mumbai to watch the sunset. Many tourists like to spend hours together in this soft sandy beach, relaxing from the dreadful city rush. The beach located on one end of Marine Drive is considered as a holy place, where many Hindu rituals like thread tying events are performed.
In the middle of Mumbai Harbour, 9 km northeast of the Gateway of India, the rock-cut temples on Elephant Island are a spectacle worth crossing the waters for. Home to a labyrinth of cave-temples carved into the basalt rock of the island, the artwork represents some of the most impressive temple carving in all India.
Gateway of India
Gateway of India is an impressive monument constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V & Queen Mary to the then “Bombay” in Dec 1911. It is placed perfectly in South Mumbai & aptly called the Gateway of India. Built as a mammoth arch at a mighty height of 26 meters and has a inner width of 15 meters - its presence is symbolic to the city.
Boat facilities are available in the nearby water front and tourists can enjoy the fantastic boat ride from Gateway of India to Elephanta Island.
The Hanging Gardens, also called as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens built in 1881, are placed at the top of the Malabar Hills in Mumbai. Green bushy plants carved in shapes of animals are the main feature of this park. The best way to end an evening here is by catching a glimpse of the stunning sun set on the horizon of the Arabian Sea.
Bombay High Court is one of the oldest High Courts of India and was inaugurated on 14 August 1862. The architecture of the 171m long and 57m wide building is Gothic Revival and Early English Style.
Jehangir Art Gallery
Jehangir Art Gallery, built in 1952 by Sir Cowasji Jehangir, is one of the most attractive galleries in Mumbai. This is a great specimen of Indian arts and crafts. There is huge rush of artists in this gallery to show one’s works. Many of the artists have to wait a couple of years to exhibit their works in this gallery. The building of the gallery is an enormous beautiful mansion.
Mani Bhavan, also known as Gandhi Museum, is a simple old-style, two storeyed building on Laburnum Road, Mumbai. In this place Gandhi laid the foundation for many independence movements. Amongst others there is a library with the bust of Mahatma Gandhi where people offer their tributes
Marine Drive’s well-maintained pathways is used by the public as a place to relax in the evenings, take a walk with or just sit down and soak in the beauty. Marine Drive is termed as Queen’s necklace, as it glows like a necklace in the night with the streetlights and can be seen from any elevated place in the city.
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Mumbai’s landmark Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, built in 1903, is unsurpassed architectural marvel that brings together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Its structure is striking, with many chandeliers, archways, domes and turrets. The hotel also has a noteworthy collection of art work and artifacts that gives it an eclectic feeling
Prince of Wales Museum
The Prince of Wales Museum, now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), is the main art and history museum in Mumbai. Situated near the Gateway of India, the Museum building has been awarded the ‚2010 UNESCO Asia – Pacific Heritage Award‘ for Cultural Heritage Conservation and its collection comprises approximately 50,000 artefacts.
Hutatma Chowk (Flora Fountain)
Flora Fountain, since 1960 also known as ‚Hutatma Chowk‘, was built in 1864. This area houses India‘s prestigious fountain and is one of the busiest places in the city of Mumbai, with many banks, shops and offices surrounding it. Illuminated at night, the fountain offers a wonderful view to its visitors.
Shopping in Mumbai
Atria Millenium Mall
Looking for luxury products and international designer brands? You’ll find them at this mall. The five level Atria Millenium Mall had a star-studded opening in mid 2006, and has remained popular as it’s one of the few malls that are centrally located in Mumbai. The Eco Corner store is worth checking out for its unique range of environmentally friendly home and bath accessories, made by villagers.
Colaba Causeway market is a shopping experience like no other in Mumbai. Geared especially towards tourists, that infamous Indian saying of “sab kuch milega” (you’ll get everything) certainly applies at this market. Want your name written on a grain of rice? That’s possible too
29 km from BCEC, Crawford Market is officially known as Phule Market. Indian vegetables, fruits and related products.
Fashion Street Market
One of the most vibrant, varied & tempting shopping experiences await you at Mumbai’s Fashion Street. Every fashion junky dream comes true as soon as you spot this stretch of colorful stalls, selling everything from vivid color beads, the latest apparel trends both Indian as well as Western styles, multi-hued bags and much more at very low prices.
High Street Phoenix
The highlight of the mall is its swanky Skyzone shopping space, full of premium national and nternational stores. These are located along side cheaper retail outlets to suit all budgets. You’ll also find a courtyard containing food shops, bowling alley, gaming arcade and sports bar.
Only 1.2 km away from BCEC the Oberoi Mall is the one stop destination for fun, food, fashion and films.
Situated only 550m away from the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre the HUB is the nearest mall to BCEC. It offers amongst other facilities a multiplex.
Religious places in Mumbai
The Babulnath Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of a Babul tree. The temple was built in 1780, following the discovery of buried idols. It sits 1,000 feet above sea level. Mahalaxmi Temple Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai. It is located on Bhulabhai Desai Road in Mahalaxmi area and it consists of three Deities: Shri Mahalakshmi, Shree Mahakali and Shree Mahasaraswat. The temple got a real tourist spot, not at least for its beauty, its mythological importance and its proximity to the seashore.
The Mumbadevi Temple is dedicated to the goddess Mumba, whom the city of Mumbai was named after, and that‘s what makes this otherwise unremarkable temple noteworthy.
The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on November 19, 1801.