Mumbai is an explosion of colour, traditions, lights, religion and adventure providing travellers with a welcomed sensory overload experience. It is a melting pot of rich history and vibrant cultures, where ancient relics and architecture stand next to futuristic architecture. Experience the pulsating energy of the nightlife or explore the serene beauty of nature, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy. Meander through the bustling streets sampling the tasty cuisine introducing your taste buds to the varying flavours of India. Unlock the magic and splendour of Mumbai by taking one of these memorable tours suited to your level of adventure.
Chowpatty - Sunrise
Mumbai derives its character from the finest sea beaches that provide instant comfort from the daily mundane routines of metropolis life. Some of the popular seashore areas in Mumbai are situated at Juhu, Girgaum and Bandra. The Juhu and Girgaum beaches are traditionally identified as ‘Chowpatty’ and are located in the heart of the city. The spectacular sunsets from Chowpatty are a scene worth seeing. The place gets especially busy during weekends though. Visit in the evening and experience the lively atmosphere. Don’t miss the chance to try the famous ‘chowpatty bhelpuris’ at the local food stalls. Bhelpuri is a Maharathi spicy and tangy snack made with vegetables, puffed rice. Chowpatty can be reached by road. Simply take an auto rickshaw or taxi from the city to reach the beach. You can also make use of the local buses or train. The nearest train station is Churchgate. If you are looking for a more relaxed location, the nearby neighborhood of Bandra Bandstand is a good option for a night walk or just to sit down to enjoy a cup of coffee by the sea.
The historic structures of Mumbai are among the most impressive buildings constructed on Indian soil. The majority of these structures have pages of history appended to them and can be seen in the city centre. One of these buildings is the Bombay House, near the Fort and the Flora Fountain. In the same area, you will find the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which was previously India’s tallest tower, the Bombay High Court, the Victorian-style St Xavier’s College in Marine Lines, colonial buildings along Colaba and the Gateway of India. These iconic buildings are located along bustling streets that are specked with acclaimed eateries and bistros, adding extra charms to the city. Nearby, you can find other magnificent and unique buildings like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), formerly named the Victoria Terminus (VT), as well as the Asiatic Society Library.
Colaba, the great commercial street is one of the most celebrated places in Mumbai. At the time of Portuguese rule, this island was named as Candil. In the late 17th century, the British took over this place and named it Colio. While Colaba is no longer an island, it appeals more than ever as a tourist destination. Colaba is said to be the unofficial headquarters of Mumbai’s traveler scene: it stretches down the city from the southernmost peninsula and it is filled with numerous shops, restaurants and bars. At one end, don’t miss the Colaba Causeway, a commercial street that sells pretty much everything! Its proximity to popular attractions such as the Gateway of India and the Taj Hotel, makes it a convenient stop when you are sightseeing in the city. A stone’s throw away, you can find one of the largest flea markets in India - the Chor Bazaar (Thieves’ Market). Believed to be originally called ‘Shor Market’ (Noisy Market), rumor has it that the current name derived from a British mispronunciation.
Haji Ali Dargah
Haji Ali Dargah is an iconic Muslim shrine that houses the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a wealthy Muslim merchant and saint who was active in spreading the word of Islam during his lifetime. At the 15th century, it was built on a tiny island linked right off the coast of Worli in Mumbai. In the evening, you can sit on the rocks behind the shrine, watch the crashing sea waves and be lulled by the calming environment. In the background, the sweet rhythms of the qawwali singers and musicians can be heard while songs with inspirational messages seek to enrich. The sight of the city beckons from afar, as you immerse in the moment. After visiting Haji Ali Dargah, you may want to visit the Heera-Panna shopping complex that is well-known for cheap imported electronic goods and you can end your day with a delicious meal at Cafe Noorani, which is famed for Mughlai cuisine. The Reshmi Tikka Biryani (spiced chicken with aromatic rice) is a must-try here. The best time to visit Haji Ali Dargah is during the weekdays if you are looking to avoid weekend crowd. To get there, alight at the Mahalakshmi railway station and take a cab to Haji Ali Dargah.
Elephanta is a series of carved caves located in Gharapuri, Mumbai Harbour. The caves came into existence since the 5th and 8th centuries. Carved with solid basalt, they were originally painted in the past, but all that remains are traces of the ancient artworks.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is also titled Borivali National Park and it spreads over an area of 104 sqkm (40.15 sq.miles) in the heart of Mumbai’s northern suburbs. Every year, millions of tourists come here to visit the centuries-old Kanheri Caves, the lion and tiger safaris, an idyllic boat ride on the lake and for the toy train ride at the park. Though the park is a favorite picnic spot for families, it is mostly the haunt of nature lovers