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The Bollywood and financial capital of India, Mumbai has cosmopolitan culture and is an amalgamation of 7 islands. The name ‘Bombay’ was given by Portuguese which means ‘beautiful bay.’ This business capital which is also a port city has diverse ethnicities and culture at the heart of its fiber. Tourists visit Mumbai for its spunk, vibe, get a glimpse of the Bollywood celebrities, cuisine, beaches, sightseeing, and more. Mumbai has a strong religious template, apparent from the rigorous beat at which every festival is celebrated, especially, the Ganesh festival. Mumbai is a hub of art, music, culture, food, architecture, and heritage. There are umpteen things to do when you are in Mumbai. You will find a lot of spunk in the local people residing in Mumbai.Mumbai is divided into suburbs and each suburb covers a list of areas. This is a distinct feature to be noted when you travel to Mumbai, as it can be easy to travel when you visit this place for the first time. Mumbai is the original name of the city derived from the Mumba Devi, who is a prevalent Goddess worshipped in Mumbai. Mumbai is popular for its nightlife and outdoor activities. You have swish pubs and food joints that are open till wee hours in the night. There are weekend getaways near Mumbai, like Lonavala, Alibag, Matheran, and Khandala that provide many activities, water sports, and scenic beauty. There are many places to see in and around Mumbai.
Mumbai has humid weather throughout except for the monsoons
Mumbai rains are heavy and avoid visiting this city during monsoons if you want to enjoy getting a view of the city.
October to February is the most ideal months to take tours this city.
You can carry cotton clothes, as winters are not cooler in Mumbai, you don’t need to carry special clothing or footwear when you are visiting this place.
Mumbai has always proved to be safe for women, until recent times there have been crimes in a few areas.
Even if you are an experienced driver, do not drive by yourself in Mumbai, as the traffic is chaotic, and there are traffic jams that stay stagnated for hours together.
You don’t have to tip the taxi drivers or auto rickshaw drivers when you travel in them.
Always buy bottled water. Don’t drink tap waters in the hotels.
Don’t use the local train for travelling within the city, if you are the tourist. They are crowded and you will get lost till you want to alight at any station. Only Mumbaikars, who are used to daily travel, take the locals.
Always carry a map and a GPS, if you are new to Mumbai, as an unaware tourist can be lured and misguided.
Do not drink when commuting on the roads. Either drink in the hotel, pubs, bars, or home. Getting liquor inside Mumbai is strictly prohibited.
Beaches and street food
Mumbai is popular for vada pav, missal, and other street foods. When you take a walk on any of the beaches, you can enjoy the walk on the causeways next to the beaches. Marine drive walk, a walk on the Chowpati beach, and many other beaches spread across the city are enjoyable. They are open till midnight and you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset at these beaches. There are many adventure activities that you can do at beaches close to Mumbai. These beaches have resorts to stay.
Pubs and restaurants
You will find many restaurants and cafes with a different theme and appeal. Get the best of Indiana and Italian platter at this café Leopold in Colaba. You can also visit the Olive bar and kitchen, enjoy the terrific view of the café Mondegar with a retro theme in South Mumbai, visit swish clubs like Rock Botton, BlueFrog in South Mumbai. Mumbai is truly a foodie’s paradise. Holidays in Mumbai are always well spent.
Iconic buildings, caves, and amusement parks
You can visit the elephant caves with a ferry ride. You can also visit the Malabar Hill, Essel world, snow world for family entertainment. You can also take boat rides in chotta Kashmir in Aarey milk colony in the day time. The Sanjeev Gandhi National Park is one of the largest greener areas in Mumbai, where you can catch a glimpse of tigers. You can also take a bus tour to the famous film city of Mumbai and go on sightseeing the areas nearby. Gateway of India in South Mumbai is something that you would like to take a walk by. Tourists also visit, Bollywood star, Amitabh Bachchan’s home to get a view of him.
Prithvi theatre, NSCI, and KalaGhoda are popular cultural centers in Mumbai. Many plays, concerts, and events are conducted regularly at these places. You can watch a play in English, Hindi, or Marathi, visit art and fashion flea markets in KalaGhoda, enjoy concerts at NSCI in South Mumbai. The Worli Sea Face route has a spectacular view at the night.
Temples and mosques
Siddhivinayak temple is iconic and a place of utmost faith of everyone living in Mumbai. Haji Ali in South of Mumbai is a sacred place for Muslims. You can visit these religious places and get a taste of diverse ethnicities that dwell in Mumbai. You can also visit the Mahalakshmi temple and the Mumba Devi temple in South Mumbai, as it has a great significance. ISCON in Juhu, Mumbai is also an iconic temple.
People also come to Mumbai for street shopping. You can get variety of clothes, jewelry, fabrics, and raw materials on the streets of Bandra Pali market, Crawford market, Lokhandwala market. These are the most popular locations for street shopping in Mumbai. You will get the best looking items at throwaway prices.
Locals, food, and shopping
The minute you step into Mumbai, you will start to enjoy the attitude and vibrancy of the place. People are on the go, and you can relish on ethnic cuisines and do lots of street shopping for lesser cash when in Mumbai.
Mumbai is highly tolerant of various cultures and ethnicities. You will find Parsis, muslims, and people of various cultures dwelling peacefully in Mumbai. You will also find architecture different in South Mumbai compared to that the other suburbs in Mumbai. There is a Portuguese influence in the building constructed in most of the South Mumbai, which is inclusive of the cobblestone streets.
People love the glamour and the celebrity quotient this place has. You will love to get a view of celebrities during any of your rides.