Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor. In 2009, Mumbai was named an Alpha world city.The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were home to communities of fishing colonies.
Mumbai is known for its friendly people,food,monsoons,sea,fashion,Bollywood and a lot more.Best time to visit Mumbai is from October to march.If you want to enjoy the rains of Mumbai then June is the perfect time,it pours non-stop.Temperature is never that hot,it gets a lot humid though.Traveling in Mumbai is the easiest in India trust me,traveled and lived in so many parts of India,i can vouch for it.Local trains are the best options if you want to avoid traffic.Taxis wallah and Auto wallahs are the most friendliest one here.
1)Colaba Causeway-When you are in Mumbai,the 1st place you should visit is Colaba.The place has got everything from shopping to cafes to Gateway of India to high end hotels to roadside food stalls and what not.
Apart from upmarket retail showrooms, and small shops dealing in electronic goods, cosmetics, and music, its has pavement book stalls dating back several decades , besides having numerous small shops and footpath outlets selling everything from artifacts to shawls, carpets and minor antiques to slippers of all kind, which make tourists, backpackers and local from South Mumbai, throng the area through the year.The market is flooded with a lot of tourists and locals throughout the year.Shop till you drop here.The place is a stretch which starts from Regal Cinema alongside the road.
The place has lot of options for vegetarians as well.The place is open till 2AM in the morning frequented by loads of people everyday including hindi movie actors.Wondering about the price,well everything here is surprisingly very cheap.Gluttony comes at a very low cost here,even voraciously eating won''t cost much here.
Location-Behind Hotel Taj Mahal
3)Cafe Leopold and Cafe Mondegar- These are the 2 famous cafe in Colaba.The place most frequented by youngsters and tourists.The food along with the drinks is good.The sandwiches,chicken lollypop and other starters are finger licking good.
The staff is very friendly.If you want to enjoy your drink with friends or on your own these are the 2 places you should visit.Cafe Leopold has been mentioned in the famous book "Shantaram".The places are full on weekends and you would have to wait for sometime to get a place.
4)Gateway of India-The Gateway of India is a monument built during the British Raj in Mumbai, India.Located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai, the monument overlooks the Arabian Sea.This is one of the most photographed places in Mumbai.
|Gateway of India|
If you have a day in your hand,you can visit the Ajanta Ellora caves.Ferries are there from Gateway.
All the 4 places are in Colaba,the nearest railway station is Churchgate.There are a lot of guest houses in this area,so you can stay here as well.
|The Taj Mahal Hotel|
7)Candies-The place is buzzing with youngsters all around.The crowd is full of energy and you can feel it too.
Lovely ambiance,the tables,the chairs just love everything about the place.It can get a bit crowded on the weekends and sometimes even on weekdays during lunch and you might have to wait for a good amount of time.
8)Bandra Bandstand-It is a kilometre long stretch along the sea.The stretch is lined by rocks and has a jogging track as well.Towards the end are Bandra fort and an amphitheater.Mannat,Shahrukh Khan's bungalow and other Hindi movie actors stay in this area.
|Enjoying some desserts at Barista Bandstand|
|Bandra Worli Sea Link|
10) Borivali National Park-The park is world's largest park within city limits.It offers amazing views of hills,lakes and is known for the dense forest and bird life.The park has the famous Kanheri Caves and 2 lakes as well. The park is near Borivali station.If you are a nature lover you could also visit the Powai lake located in Powai,this is a man made lake.You can enjoy your evening sitting by the lake or sipping coffee in Renaissance Hotel which offers amazing views of the Powai lake.