5 Best Places to Visit in Mumbai

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Mumbai is the busiest city in the world and well known for its heritage. Amazing beaches, cultural heritage, natural picnic spot, clubs, malls and architecture of the past makes the city vibrant. It is the financial capital of India and well known for its nightlife. Historical locations and iconic structures will be dotting the city. It is known as city of dreams or heart of Bollywood.

  1. Gateway of India:

Gateway of India is built in 20th century by the visit of Queen Mary and King George V to Mumbai. It is the major landmark of Mumbai city. It is boarded by Arbian sea in the district of Colaba. The Gateway of India consists of a large arch, with a height of 26m and is done in the Indo-Saracenic style. Elephant caves are situated close to Gateway of India. The architecture is a blend of Islam, Hindu and Europien styles. You can view Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, enjoy the sea breeze and eat street foods. Taste the delicious cuisines by travelling through the Maharajas Express train.

Entry fees: Nil

Opening Timings: Open on all days

Duration: 30 minutes

How to reach:You can hire a cab to visit this place.

  1. Elephant caves:

Elephant caves is located 10 km away from the Gateway of India. It is one of the major tourist attractions in India. The caves are said to be one of the oldest rock cliff structures in the country and are a perfect example of ancient Indian art associated with the cult of Lord Shiva.Maheshmurti is the major attraction of this Island. Sculptures of ‘Ardhanarishvara’ and ‘shiva Nataraja’ are the worth seeing sights in Elephant caves. You can see the stupas, visit the museum and explore the caves in this place.

Entry fees: 10 rs/- for Indians, 250 rs/- for foreigners.

Opening Timings: Open on all days except Monday.

Duration: 3 hours.

How to reach: Taking boat from Gateway of India is the best way to reach this place. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the elephant island via this boat / ferry, but this is the best choice. After you reach Elephanta, you have to walk far to reach a flight of 120 steps to reach the cave. You can avoid this road by taking a mini train for 10 rupees. You can save that energy, because you have to climb 120 steep stairs mandatory.

  1. Marine Drive:

You can access in very easily, as it is located in the heart of Mumbai. It offers a spectacular view of sunset. It borders Arabian sea while forming a bay and is 3 km long. The ‘C’ shaped stretch will link Nariman point and Babulnath. Marine Drive is also referred to as the ‘Queen necklace’, because street lights make the road look like a string of pearls and create the illusion of a necklace, when viewed at night from a high point. You can have a street food at Chowpatty, Enjoy or Relax walks around and view the sunset here.

Entry fees: No fee

Opening Timings: Open on all days.

Duration: Depends on visitor.

How to reach: As it is located at the center of Mumbai, we can easily access it by hiring a cab/taxi or bording a bus.

  1. Sanjay Gandhi National Park:

Sanjay Gandi National Park is the most visited national park in Asia and it will contain 2 million vistors anually. The presence of rich flora and fauna makes it the major attractions of Mumbai. It contains 2400 years old kanheri caves is the famous historical place here. It is the home of karvi shrub which will blooms for every 8 years by covering the entire forest with a lavender hue. Boating, walking trails, lion and tiger safari, visiting trimuti temple, exploring kanheri caves, going to buddist viharas and riding vanrani narrow gauge train are the things to do in Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

Entry fees: Fees is not specific, vary for different activities

Opening Timings: Open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Duration: 3-4 hours

How to reach: To reach Sanjay Gandhi National Park by train, you must take the train to Borivali, which is 40 km from Mumbai Central Railway Station. From Borivali, you can rent a pedicab or taxi to reach Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which is 0.9 km east of Borivali Train Station.

  1. Chor Bazaar:

It is also called as Thieves market, as it will sell stolen goods. Mostly vintage and gorgeous antique goods will be sold here. In addition, visitors can even find sects of people as diverse as the Kolis who are a native fishing community of Mumbai and Bohra, a community of Shia Muslim minorities. Even if it’s only for window shops, Chor Bazaar is definitely one of the unique places to visit in Mumbai. It is located in south Mumbai and had 150 years history.

Chor Baazar is first known as ‘Shor Baazar’. Most lines are filled with sellers who sell various kinds of goods at very low costs.

Entry fees: Nil

Opening Timings: Open all days except Fridays.

Duration: Depends on the visitor.

How to reach: It is located 24.2 km from Mumbai. Nearest Railroad station to Chor Bazaar is located at Grant Road.

Plan your trip and book the Maharajas Express train online to make your seat confirm in advance!

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