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This is a City of Dreams-Mumbai
From Tourists point of view there are many hot spots to visit such as Gateway of India, Elephenta Caves, marine Drive Chowpaty Beach, Juhu Beach, Aksa Beach. There are amusement Parks such as Imagica, Aqua Imagica, Essel Word, Water Kingdom. There are famous libraries, Art Museum, Churches, Mosques, Temples. Then there are different places to eat, street side specialties like ashok wada pav and Sardar Pav Bhaji to theme restaurants Like Sigree Global Griil, Aer Lounge. There is everything as per your taste, you just need to have the price to pay.
The place is suitable for a 4 night visit: You can stay in hotels as per your affordability, In my opinion Hotels like the Beatles, or Ther Fern in Powai and Ibis near Ariport are one of good hotels to stay in Mumbai.
One of the Itinerary could be like this:
Day 1: Visit South Mumbai, Start your day to visit the Gateway of India, go the Elephenta Caves from there, the 2 hrs ride in Ferry will take you there. See the Caves for 2-3 hrs there, do visit the top of it, you will see the entire island. Come back during the evening time to Gateway of India. Have snacks time at the Cafe Marina Roof top Restaurant and enjoy the sunset or the sea. Then head towards Marine Drive, you would also like to pack a couple to roll from Bade Miya before heading to Marine Drive. See the Entire Marine Drive. It is also called as Necklace of Mumbai. Then move to Chowpaty Beach, there you can probably spend an hour as it is not the big beach, there will be people offering you mats, take that and enjoy the serenity at the beach. Enjoy the street food there as per your taste. Come Back to hotel and relax.
Day 2: Make This day a religious one, Start your day with visiting Siddhivinayak Temple, the most famous temple of Mumbai at Worli. It will take a couple of hours there and even less if you are lucky. Take the blessings of lord Ganesha and head then towards Haji Ali Dargah. Haji Ali will again take a couple of hours, so go there take blessings and come back and go to any restaurant nearby. There is McDonalds available in Sobo Central Mall. After taking lunch you can head towards Mahalaxmi Temple. Mahalaxmi Temple will also take another couple of hours take blessings and now you can choose to either sit and relax in some restaurant or head towards Mumba Devi Temple. A Mumba Devi temple also you will take a couple of hours, after which you can see the famous crawford market, where you get things at very cheap rate. I personally feel that the products there are duplicate but it is worth a visit. After that, Take dinner at Sardar Pav Bhaji and come back to hotel. Make sure come back to hotel through Bandra Worli Sea link (The Engineering Mavel of India). If you have extra time, spend time at Worli Sea Face and Bandra Sea Face. There you will find people jogging around, couples spending quality time and children playing and enjoying the sea.
Day 3: Spend this day at Beaches. Start you journey from the most famous destination of couples, The band Stand Beach, there you can spend 2-3 hours, Band stand is the place where you can see the Bungalows of actors like Shahrukh Khan, Govinda, etc. There is Bandra Fort near by famous for movie shooting and live concerts. The place is very photogenic you can capture your precious moments in selfies there and then head towards Carter Road. Carter Road is famous for the Joggers Park, Its food and the beach, So you can enjoy your food or lunch at the Carters Blue and see the beach there. The God of Cricket Sachin's house is also nearby you can see that as well. After that you can head towards, Juhu Beach. Juhu beach is really long beach, you can measure the entire stretch and spend 2-3 hours there, take chaats and food at the beach and take a luxury/ Lavish dinner at the Novotel Hotel. And then you can come back to your hotel and relax.
Day 4: This day you be adventurous. You can head towards Khopoli, you will surely enjoy the long drive and the beauty along the road. This day is for Imagica and Aqua Imagica. This place is Indian Universal Studio. It is an Amusement Park, a complete package for entire family. It will require entire to spend the take all the rides and come back hotel tired.
Day 5: Before taking the flight back to your home town you would like to do shopping for which you can visit the famous malls & market nearby to your location. Some of them are R city mall Ghatkopar, Phoenix Mills Lower Parel, Galleria in Hiranandani Powai or any other choose as per your experience and take away the beautiful memories of Mumbai (The city of Dreams) along with you.
One of my most remembering trip
Where to go: Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Juhu beach, Nariman point, Bandra Ban Stand, Marine Drive, Hanging Garden, Adlabs Immagica-amusement park, Haji Ali Dargah, Essel World, DadaSahib Phalke Chitra Nagri(Bollywood Filmcity), Nehru Science Planetarium, Churchgate and VT stations and Leopold Cafe-a part of 26/11 attacks. There are many places to discover though which can't be put down in words. Although it was my 10 day trip but even then I missed one or two places which I will mention. Readers, you have much to read and which is quiet useful for the travellers setting off for Mumbai. The best time to explore the city is evenings & nights. Sleep late & get up late. Have lunch & just take off. Go each & every mentioned place.
Nearby places: Adlabs Immagica in Khapoli (50kms) must go n my favourite place. Whatever is your taste, adventurous or group fun, visit must. Colaba, Lonavala, Khandala.
How to travel: Use local trains (although very densely crowded but quiet cheap, fast, convenient and on destination. You can go Elephanta by boats n steamers only which is about an hour journey. Book Immagica's exclusive bus via bookmyshow. Take a drive by car taxi from Haji Ali to Nariman Point at night. Auto's are also cheap if they go by their meters. Do not take radio taxi or any local (without meter) taxi, they are cheaters.
Where to stay: Get a room in or near to the centre parts of city like Bhindi Bazaar n Kraafat Market by which it is very easy to access all areas with ease.
What & where to eat: If your veg, must try paav bhaji, vada paav and a must taste restaurant is Maharaja Bhog in Oberoi Mall, Goregaon East. Which you can taste while coming back from film city. You will be served like kings. Must go Leopold Cafe where 26/11 attacks took place n there is still the signs & carves on walls of bombing & shelling. Non veggies, must try Chicken Hungama at Shalimar Restaurant, Bhindi Bazaar n many other varieties of chicken.
One week minimum and 15 days are quiet enough to explore each n every corner of Mumbai. Winter seasons are best to visit otherwise you will feel intense heat and oily sweat which makes you very uncomfortable. Go solo, couple, with your friend, group or family, it suites best to all of you.
I am heading to Mumbai
History of Mumbai
Mumbai is more affectionately known as “the city of dreams”. The city is a collection of 7 islands and was named after the goddess Mumbadevi. The history of this metropolis is said to date back to the Stone Age! It has been a part of many major empires including the Maurya, the Chalukya and the Rashtrakuta as well as the Maratha. Being a port city it flourished as a trade route and subsequently came under the Portuguese rule.
In 1678, it became the headquarters of the British East India Company and soon became a major international hub for trade, especially in cotton. It became the capital of the Bombay Presidency under the British rule and played an import role in the “Quit India Movement” and “The Royal Indian Navy Mutiny”.
People and Culture of Mumbai
One must take a Mumbai tour to truly experience the essence of the city. It is not only India’s largest city but also one of the most populous. Marathi, Hindi, Konkani and Gujarati are the major languages spoken here and the main religions include Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. Gudi Padwa, Navratri, Diwali, Moharram and Christmas are the major festivals celebrated here.
Mumbai is a major economic and commercial city with most of its population working in the industrial, finance and IT sector. Mumbai is also home to the Bollywood industry, where feature films and innumerable TV series are shot and produced. Famous personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Sachin Tendulkar reside here.
Things to Do in Mumbai
On a trip to Mumbai, one has innumerable things to see. Being an ancient city, sightseeing in Mumbai is an absolute delight. One of the top places to visit in Mumbai is the Gateway of India built in 1924 for King George V and Queen Mary’s arrival in India. Mumbai sightseeing is not complete without a visit to the Film City where Bollywood movies and TV serials are shot. For a taste of ancient history, the Elephanta Islands and Kanheri caves are a must-see Mumbai tourist places. Other famous places in Mumbai include the Haji Ali Darga and Siddivinayaka Temple.
If tourists are looking for relaxing things to do in Mumbai, a view of the sunset at Juhu Beach is breath-taking. Other exciting places to see in Mumbai are the Essel World and Adlabs Imagica where one can enjoy a day of fun.
Food and Shopping in Mumbai
After a day of experiencing the Mumbai attractions, tourists can treat themselves to the city’s culinary delights. The best places to visit in Mumbai for delectable dishes are Chowpatty and Juhu beach, where one can enjoy the famous Vada Pav, chaats and more. Must-try dishes include the Maharashtrian Thali, crab or prawn curry, Parsi meals, Bombil Fry and kolhapuri mutton gravy.
This city is a shopper’s delight, with the best of almost everything available here. Mumbai is famous for fashionable clothes and junk jewellery. To shop in Mumbai, places to visit are the Lokhandwala market, the streets of Colaba and Bandra, and the Crawford market.
Accommodation in Mumbai
For travellers wanting to know how to reach Mumbai, there are many options. The city is well-connected not only via road and railway but also by flights. Being one of the major cities in India, there are innumerable options for hotels. Some of the top hotels in Mumbai are The Taj Mahal Palace, The Oberoi and JW Marriot Hotel where travellers can find a comfortable stay and excellent facilities.
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