A Grand Mumbai Darshan
Mumbai is called “The city of dreams” as it is the capital of the film city which flourished during the 1990’s. Mumbai is diverse in culture, tradition, shopping, food, etc. and has a plethora of places to visit. This metropolis is popular for its chaotic streets, intrepid natives and narrow dovetailed lanes.
Gateway of India
Gateway of India, another regal monument was built in the memory of King George V and Queen in 1911. Located in the southern part of Mumbai overlooking the massive Arabian Sea, it took around 13 years for this building to be constructed. Gateway of India marks India's chief ports and also forms an ideal monument for the photographers.
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, a 5-star property is located in the Colaba region which was built in the early 19th century. The hotel underwent a lot of material damage on 26 November 2008 due to a series of attacks caused by a terrorist group in Mumbai, but after a brutal interference which lasted for three days, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel soon reopened on 21 December 2008.
Marine Drive is a long avenue stretching from Nariman Point to Malabar Hills. Situated in southern Mumbai, it runs along the coast of the Arabian Sea and is preferably visited in the late evenings for some tea and a smoke. The buildings in the neighboring area were constructed by Parsis as they portray the artwork from the 1920s. As the sun sets, the thoroughfare is lit with street lights which dazzle brightly resembling a diamond necklace, there is also a beach named Chowpatty situated towards the north of Marine Drive.
A very popular holy destination, Siddhivinayak Temple located in Prabhadevi is well-known for its Ganpati idol carved from a single black stone. The idols of Riddhi and Siddhi his wives, are situated on either side of Lord Ganesha. Another unusual fact about the Siddhivinayak Temple is that the diety's trunk is on the right side. People believe that praying in this shrine can make their wishes come true. Famous celebrities and Bollywood stars pay a frequent visit here.
Mount Mary Church
Located at Bandra, Mount Mary Church overlooks the massive Arabian Sea. The wooden statue of Mother Mary and Christ was initially brought from Portugal in the 16th century. The 300-year-old Bandra Fest, which lasts a week from 8th of September annually, is relished by devotees and pilgrims from all around the world. Many tourists and believers visit this beautiful religious structure for peace of mind.
Dhobi Ghat, located in Mahalaxmi, is an open-air laundry and is widely famed not only in India but also internationally. The dhobis or the washers gather together to clean the clothes from various places of the city. They follow the old unique tradition of dry cleaning where the clothes are washed, starched and hanged on the wires for drying.
Dhobi Ghat is considered as the largest outdoor laundry in the country and has also received certificates from World Records India and World Amazing Records.
Jehangir Art Gallery
If you are an art buff or an artist, established or upcoming, Jehangir Art Gallery is an excellent place to visit. The arcade and rooms offer various artefacts, sculptures and paintings from different genres. Every piece of art is accompanied by its inspiration note. Many street artists sit outside the Jehangir Art Gallery to exhibit their portraits and live sketches.
The Mahalaxmi Racecourse
The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a heritage structure and is modeled on the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. Coming alive between Novembers to April, the derby is conducted annually and is attended by many of the city's blue bloods. The oval shaped track is over 225 acres and is commonly used for jogging and running in the mornings as well as to practice cricket, football or yoga. The polo field in the middle enables enthusiasts to enjoy the game. There is also a school for riders and of course a helipad for the wealthy and celebrities.
Chor Bazaar or Thief's Market has a lifespan of almost 150 years. Don't be daunted as this mart is a shoppers' treasure trove and is quite picturesque. One of the whimsical places in Mumbai has small alleys and streets full of second-hand goods along with rusty and vintage pieces. It is impossible for shopaholics and people with high bargaining skills to return empty-handed from this flea market full of stalls, cramped shops and hurly-burly vendors. This place has its own charm and has proved to be a hotspot for foreigners.
The Carter Road
The Carter Road is a long walkway along the sea with a small chessboard ground on the west side of Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai. A famous lovers' point along with a great sunset view, this place is breezy with a hint of green palm trees on either side. For a jog in the morning or just to enjoy the rains, Mumbaikars visit this place quite often.