My Bucket list of Places to visit in Mumbai

Bombay or Mumbai, as we know it today has always mesmerized me. The city of dreams which has made many unknown faces, a heartthrob is interestingly also a traveler’s paradise. The city has many landmarks and there are many places to visit in Mumbai, whenever you happen to be in the city.

Gateway of India

It was on a rain-drenched July afternoon that I made way to the gateway of India, a monument which you should be on your priority list of places to visit in Mumbai. The foundation stone of Gateway of India was laid in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. The monument designed by Scottish architect George Wittet is incidentally the spot from where the last of the British troops departed in August 1947.

Location: Apollo Bandra, Colaba, Mumbai

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Located just opposite Gateway of India is another worth watching historic icon. Another of the locations among places to visit in Mumbai, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is indeed an architectural marvel. Built-in 1903 by Jamshedji Tata, the hotel is sea-facing which makes it indeed a mesmerizing location for a cup of coffee!

 

Location: Apollo Bandra, Colaba, Mumbai

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

I must admit that I am not a history lover and rarely visit museums but what I saw at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad museum left me spellbound.  It not only happened to be the oldest museum in Mumbai but also is a storehouse of contemporary art that will give you an overview of past and present of Mumbai. More so, it describes the evolution of Mumbai and you will understand the city without anyone uttering a word. The museum established by Lord Elphinstone opened to the general public in 1872.

Location: 91A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla East, Mumbai

Elephanta Caves

The first view of the forest-covered island is truly mesmerizing, a sight I would never forget.  Another among places to visit in Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves or Elephanta Island is located in Mumbai harbor and is about 10 km from Gateway of India.

The Elephanta cave temples here date back to 5th century CE. The temple complex has seven caves in total, five related to Hinduism and two to Buddhism.  Incidentally, the caves were a place of worship till the 15th century but are now only a historic relic.

Ferries from Gateway of India are the only means to reach the island. Overnight stay is prohibited, except for the 1,200 inhabitants who live on this island.

Location: Elephanta Island, Mumbai

Juhu Beach

A visit to Mumbai will be incomplete without a visit to Juhu beach. People from all over Mumbai as from other parts of India come here to unwind, relax and share moments of fun and comfort with family and friends.

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Street food of Mumbai including Pani Puri, Bhel Puri and Pav Bhaji are some of the delicacies that taste best at the beach. If you are lucky, you might even end up catching up a glimpse of your favourite Bollywood actor, many of whom live in close vicinity of Juhu beach.

Location:  Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Mumbai

You could even land up at this iconic landmark incidentally as I did when I alighted from Rajdhani Express, the premium Indian Railways train which brought me all the way from Delhi.  This station in one of the most iconic places to visit in Mumbai that should be on your wish list.

The building has been designed in Gothic and Indian architectural design and you will not be able to take your eyes away from the awe-inspiring design, once you get a feel of the same. Incidentally, the building is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which perhaps explains the reason as to why it needs to be visited.

Location: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai

The city that never sleeps, Mumbai has inspired many dreams. Plan a visit to the city, if you have not done already and drench yourself in its unforgettable ambiance.

Author: Lovnish Thakur

Development Sector Professional who loves to read, write and travel

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