Tourist Places and things to do in Mumbai
Mumbai is famous for the local trains and being the financial and trade capital of India , but it also offers a lot of options when it comes to visit and do sight seeing tours around the city. We bring here some of them for you and your friends who want to enjoy the city especially at night when the city is at its best.
Marine drive Mumbai
Marine drive is a 4 km long, 6 lane concrete road in southern Mumbai which stretches north along the coast line, forming a natural bay. The road was constructed by late philanthropist Bhagojisheth Keer and Pallonji Mistry. The C- shaped road links Nariman point to Babulnath, and is situated at the foot of Malabar hill. Little known to the people, the official name of Marine Drive is Netaji Shubhas Chandra Bose road.
Things to do in Marine Drive
It is one of the places people visit late at night and spend some relaxed hours. People also come to walk here in the evening to experience the brilliant sunset. Without doubt these streets are a perfect hangout place for all age groups. For the elderly, Nana-Nani Park is an absolute heaven and quite a recent attraction. The long array of restaurants offers mouthwatering snacks and drinks where families, friends and couple can spend a beautiful time. Considered as the largest viewing gallery of the world, several events have been hosted along its walkway over the years like the Bombay Marathon, IAF Airshow, French festivals and many others.
Best time to visit Marine Drive and Marine Drive weather
The best time to visit Mumbai will be during the period of October – March. The city has mild winter which is ideal for travelling and the hot and humid summers of Mumbai can be avoided. Talking about Marine Drive, morning and evening are the best time to visit. Morning 5a.m. to 8 a.m. you will experience fresh sea with sun rise. 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. the place will be a bit vacated and you will get a good breathing space.
How to reach Marine Drive
Marine drive being the most visited place of Mumbai, one can get many convinces to reach the place. The cheapest of all would be a local train or bus. You can easily catch Mumbai local for marine drive on Marine lines or can also catch bus number 108 and 123 whichever seems convenient for you. The easiest way to reach the place is to hire a taxi, it might cost you a little higher than the other two options but it saves you from all the problem one might face in the public transport.
Gateway of India
Gateway of India, an arch monument built during the 20th century in Bombay, India. Located at the tip of Apollo Bunder, the gateway overlooks the Mumbai harbor, bordered by the Arabian Sea in the Colaba district. This place is also the entering point of India if you are coming from the seaways.
Things to do in Gateway of India
Visited by tourists and locals, the gateway and its promenade affords a great view of the boat-studded sea and is the connecting point for boat rides to and from the Elephanta caves. Every year in March, the ‘Elephanta Festival of dance and music’ is held in front of the Gateway. Moreover, there are many more things to do near gateway of India, like you can visit the Colaba causeway market. This market is best for enjoying the street shopping in Mumbai. You can also visit the Walkeshwar temple and Nehru Science center. At this center, you can witness art shows, science exhibitions and some international level events.
Best time to visit gateway of India and Gateway of India weather
As the post monsoon climate is very pleasant and there are very less chances for downpours, the best time to visit gateway of India is during the period of November to march. During this period the city is free from humidity and you can enjoy the mild winter which is ideal for travelling. People can visit the monument at any time of the day. The majestic monument is a best visit at night, in its pristine glory against the backdrop of the sea.
How to reach Gateway of India
Mumbai is well connected with the world via many mediums; you can visit by air, by train or even by road. There are three airports in Mumbai, you can land any airport and from there you can get a cab to the gateway of India. If you want to travel by train, the nearest railway station is church gate, from there a taxi can be availed. Best buses can also be availed from every part of the city. Mumbai is also well connected by roads, so you can also reach there by your own vehicle conveniently.
Colaba Causeway is a very happening commercial lane and a major causeway or land link between Colaba and the Old Woman’s island in the city of Mumbai, India. It is officially known as Shahid Bhagat Singh Road. It is one of the most crowded and electrifying places to visit in Mumbai, famous for being the shopping paradise.
Things to do in Colaba Causeway
Colaba Causeway is a street side shopping destination. From cheap street clothes to fashionable boutiques, this lane has it all. You will find accessories, scarfs, jutis, belts, bags, stoles and more here. You can also step into the boutiques present and look at exquisite furnishings, clothes etc. The street vendors sell the latest fashion at throwaway prices, which can be bargained for to a great extent. Apart from shopping, Causeway is also famous for restaurants, cafes and hotels. After that, you can stop to watch a movie at either Eros or Regal. You can visit the museum, walk around the area to explore the buildings from the British era.
Best time to visit Colaba Causeway and Colaba Causeway weather
The best time to explore the market of Colaba Causeway is during the winters in Mumbai, i.e. during the months of November to March. Mumbai is a place where winters are very pleasant and soothing, which will make it comfortable to spend the whole day shopping and visiting every corner of the Colaba streets. The market opens at around 10 a.m. and closes down by 9 p.m. if you visit the market during summers, evening time is the best time to visit the Colaba Causeway market.
How to reach Colaba Causeway
Colaba is in Mumbai’s southernmost peninsula, which is easily accessible from any part of the city by bus, train, taxis and cabs. Nearest two stations are Churchgate (3.8 km., 14 minutes) and CST (4.6 km. , 19 minutes). Take a taxi and get down near regal cinema from where the market lane starts with all glitters and best deals to catch up with. The nearest airport is the Mumbai airport to reach the market. If you are coming on your own vehicle, parking options are by the roadside.
Juhu Beach of Mumbai is one of the most famous Indian beaches. It is 6 km long and is ringed by the Arabian Sea on the west. To the south of this beach there are number of luxury hotels and to the north of this beach is Gandhi Gram, where Mahatma Gandhi lived in his days as a lawyer.
Things to do in Juhu Beach
Try out the various local cuisines like Pav Bhaji, Pani Puri, Sev Puri and more. You can also visit the famous Italian restaurants here. Popular seafood specialities are served at these restaurants cited near Juhu Beach. Children can enjoy their summer vacations playing sports like basketball, cricket and football in ‘Gandhi Gram’, which is located in the north end. Horse and camel riding is a popular activity there. People who come here also indulge in activities like jogging, skipping, cycling and yoga. In the evening, the beach is crowded by people intending to see the beautiful sun, setting at the horizon of the Arabian Sea.
Best time to visit Juhu Beach and Juhu Beach weather
In summers the maximum temperature reaches 35 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature is 25 degree Celsius. The weather is pleasant in winter. Monsoons prevail from mid-June to September, when it rains quite heavily. The best time to visit Juhu Beach is from the months of October to February. It is best to avoid visiting the beach during the monsoon season as there might be a possibility of high tides during that time. You can visit the beach at any time of the day. Early mornings are very peaceful and evenings have its charm of a carnival.
How to reach Juhu Beach
Domestic as well as international airport is situated very close to Juhu beach. The nearest railway station is Vile Parle station. One can hire a taxi or auto from the airport and station to reach the beach. Juhu Beach is also easily accessible by road. Moreover, there are three main entrances to Juhu Beach, from Vile Parle side, from Santacruz side and from Andheri side. You can reach there by taking buses or cabs from any part of Mumbai.
Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the richest Hindu temples in Mumbai, dedicated to Lord Shree Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai. Siddhivinayak Temple is a six-storeyed construction with a golden dome on the top. The idol of Shree Siddhivinayak has an unusual feature, the trunk turns to the right which is not often found in Ganesh idols.
Things to do in Siddhivinayak temple
When you enter the shrine, you will see a central statue of Lord Ganesh. Beautifully carved out of a single black stone, the idol of Ganesh is worth watching which you can save in your memories for a lifetime. Devotees believe that Lord Ganesh of Shree Siddhivinayak temple grants their wishes without fail. There are two gates to enter the temple premises. The Siddhi gate allows you a free darshan whereas the Riddhi gate allows you a general darshan and it takes about an hour. The Temple also arranges special darshan for physically disabled individuals, senior citizens and mothers with infants in their arms.
Best time to visit Siddhivinayak Temple and its weather
Best season to visit is from October to March because of the amusing weather of Mumbai. Though the temple is filled with the crowd of people on a daily basis but on Tuesday, one can see an exceptional crowd in the temple. Timings are: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Wednesday to Monday) and 3:15 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Tuesday). You must visit Siddhivinayak Temple during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, to see the real glory of the temple. 12 days long festival attracts a huge number of travellers from all across the globe.
How to reach Siddhivinayak Temple
You have numerous options through which you can reach Siddhivinayak temple. It is approximately 15 minutes of walk from the Dadar railway station. You can also avail a taxi from the airport and reach there. There are also private buses that ply from different routes to Siddhivinayak temple.
Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah, a renowned pilgrimage site for Muslims is located in the middle of the Arabian Sea. It is the monument of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The structured and elegant whitewashed structure of the Dargah, constructed in 1431, showcases the creative work of Indo- Islamic style of architecture.
Things to do in Haji Ali Dargah
Visit the shrine of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, spend some time in the prayer hall and get all your wishes fulfilled by the blessings of the revered Saint. After you are done with offering prayers and seeking blessings of the holy Saint, you can take some pictures of the adjoining scenic areas, indulge in tasting local cuisine especially kebabs, Mughal biryani, chats and Hyderabadi food. After that, you can go for shopping at Fashion Street and Crawford market. If you are a nature lover, you can also visit Mahim Beach. Visit on Friday to enjoy Sufi music.
Best time to visit Haji Ali Dargah and Haji Ali Dargah weather
The best time to visit is during the months of October to march. At this time, the climate remains cool and pleasing. During summer, humidity is very high and dehydration is very common, thus it is hard to find tourists at that time. During monsoon, the tide will be high most of the time which will make it difficult to reach the mosque. The mosque is open from 6am to 10pm On Friday evenings, Sufi musicians play devotional music inside the mosque. For more rituals, visit during the Islamic rituals like URL of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, Eid etc.
How to reach Haji Ali Dargah
Mumbai is extensively connected to all the nearby cities by air and rail. Once you reach Mumbai, you can easily find buses, cabs, autos to move to the required location. If you want to travel by road, you can easily reach the destination by Ghatkopar (Eastern Express Highway).
Elephanta caves are a collection of cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is an illustration of rock-cut art and architecture from the times of medieval India. They are located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri which is situated at a distance of 10 km from the city of Mumbai.
Things to do in Elephanta Caves
The cave has majestic carvings and statues. There are two groups of caves, the first is a group of five Hindu caves and the second is the group of two Buddhist caves. There are statues of Shiva and Parvati portraying a dance competition scenario, portraying their marriage ceremony with statues of other Gods and Goddesses showering their blessings. A statue of Shiva performing Yogasan called as Yogeshwar is also magnificent. After exploring the caves you can visit the lake and the two grand cannons placed near the ticket counter. On the way towards the caves, there are many stalls selling carved marble statues, stones, paintings, bags and junk jewellery. There are also stalls of snacks, cold drinks and deliciously tangy fruits.
Best time to visit Elephanta Caves and its weather
Elephanta is open throughout the year. Best times to visit the caves are the winter months from November to February. Avoid peak monsoon season (June-August) as boat schedule could get interrupted because of unpredictable seas and heavy rain. The timings of Elephanta caves are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and it remains closed on Mondays. Morning hours are better to visit the destination. The first ferry starts from the Gateway of India at 9 a.m. and the last starts at 2 p.m. If you visit in the month of February, you can attend the Elephanta Festival which is a 2 days dance and music festival.
How to reach Elephanta caves
To get to the Elephanta Caves you need to arrive at the Gateway of India first. The nearest railway station is Churchgate, the nearest airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport and the closest bus stand is MSRTC Mumbai central. Once you reach the Gateway of India, you have to hire a ferry to the Elephanta Caves.
Girgaum Chowpatty also known as Chowpatty Beach is one of the famous beaches in Mumbai. It is located in Southern Mumbai along the western railway route. This small sandy beach attracts people of all age groups and is a must visit for all tourists who visit Marine Drive for the first time.
Things to do in Girgaum Chowpatty
You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the sunrise, sunsets. Most people visit the beach to sit calmly for hours and relax, after a long tiring day. You can also experience the thrill of camel and horse riding. Children of all age groups can enjoy the Merry go rounds, ferry wheels, bee-bee gun shootings on the beach. You can also visit the nearby local markets and find beach vendors selling balloons, toys and local cuisines such as roasted peanuts, spicy raw mango, chaats, bhel puri etc. You might even witness a street play being performed or a film shooting on this wonderful beach.
Best time to visit Girgaum Chowpatty and Girgaum Chowpatty weather
The best time to visit Girgaum Chowpatty is during the months of October to march. It is better to avoid visiting the beach during the monsoon season, as high tides can spoil your entire experience. If you are a peace and serenity loving person, you should visit the beach early morning. At that time the crowd is considerably less. This beach is very famous for its Ganesh Visarjan celebrations, idols of ‘Ganesh’ are submerged into the water as a part of the celebrations and that presents a beautiful sight for the eyes. Therefore, if possible you must visit the beach during Ganesh Chaturthi.
How to reach Girgaum Chowpatty
Girgaum Chowpatty is very close to Marine Drive. You can take a bus or a taxi from the Churchgate railway station. From Churchgate railway station, you can also catch a local train to Charni road and then reach the beach on foot. Local buses are also available all across the city.
Bandra Worli Sea Link
The Bandra Worli Sea link is an eight-lane cable-stayed bridge in Mumbai. It is officially known as Rajiv Gandhi sea link. This bridge links Mumbai’s suburbs to South Mumbai. The bridge is designed for saving the time of the passengers who travel from Bandra to Worli and vice-versa. Average traffic on the bridge is 37,500 vehicles per day.
Things to do in Bandra Worli Sea Link
Visitors visit here to see the beauty of the bridge and the brilliant engineering works done by the authorities. You can go for a long drive with your loved ones adoring the beautiful skyline and the magnificent sea following beneath. When you get on the bridge, roll your windows down to experience the beauty of it and let the salty sea breeze run through your hair. This is the perfect destination to capture beautiful shots. The beauty of this attraction is enhanced during the night, when the lights come alive and adorn the bridge, making it appear even more astonishing.
Best time to visit Bandra Worli Sea Link
You can visit Bandra Worli Sea link at any time of the year. A long drive on this bridge is enjoyed best during the rainy season. It is better to visit the bridge early morning or at night when the traffic is minimal and the weather is calm, pleasant and soothing. You can enjoy the ride in the morning when you can drive smoothly on the bridge with a clear view of the sea below and capture good pictures of the sea below. If you visit the bridge at night, the twinkling light adorns the bridge and makes it look very different and even more beautiful.
How to reach Bandra Worli Sea Link
It is easy to reach Bandra Worli Sea Link from both the sides. The nearest railway station is Bandra railway station which is at 5km distance from the link and the closest bus stand is Bandra Fort bus stand which is 2km away. From there you can book a cab or get a bus, taxi or auto to reach your destination.