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Mercy Jacob Feb 25 2014

What to do on a One day trip tour to Mumbai?

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All set to explore the city of dreams and wanted to capture the real flavour of this beautiful city? Here is a whirlwind tour of some places which are worth visiting even on a One day trip tour to Mumbai.

South Mumbai

Much of South Mumbai, especially its colonial heritage zone, can be seen and is fun to see on foot. For longer journeys, hop onto a BEST bus or take the train — fast and crucial to the Mumbai experience; avoid peak hours. The area is home to a number of famous attractions including the religious places like Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Shrine and Mahalaxmi Temple and all of them are located practically on the same route, so it is a good idea to spend some time exploring these attractions when you are here.


Photo of Haji Ali Shrine (by Humayunn Peerzaada AKA HumFur from Mumbai)


Fountain and Kala Ghoda


South Mumbai has a phenomenal collection of Victorian neo-Gothic buildings: lofty, characterised by a feeling of height and grandeur, with many towers and spires. The Fountain-Kala Ghoda stretch is a culture-and-heritage hotspot. The Wellington Fountain (Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chowk) is surrounded by the heritage façades of Sahakari Bhandar, Regal Cinema, the Police Headquarters building from 1876 and the National Gallery of Modern Art. Walk towards Kala Ghoda, named for a statue of Edward VII on a black horse, which was removed long ago. The Jehangir Art Gallery hosts the very popular café Samovar. David Sassoon Library is worth a look. Elphinstone College is an elegant Gothic building. The Bombay University with its lovely buildings and the High Court from 1848 stand to one end. In short, if you happen to be at this particular point, which houses the popular tourist attractions of the city, you will feel its strong historical connection.


Photo of National Gallery of Modern Art (by Balajijagadesh)

Marine Drive and Chowpatty

The twinkling lights of the sweeping seaside arc of Marine Drive (now Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Marg) have been given the elegant sobriquet of ‘the Queen’s necklace’. This road was mostly built on land reclaimed from the sea in the 1920s. Marine Drive runs from the business district of Nariman Point. (named after Khurshed F Nariman, Mayor of Bombay), takes in a lot of Art Deco-style buildings from the 1930s-40s, hosts the Chowpatty Beach, one of the famous beaches in Mumbai, and ends around Malabar Hill. It’s a favourite meeting spot; couples, families and vendors keep it alive in the evening, as does the sea breeze, and later at night reckless youngsters racing their cars. Also, the iconic Gateway of India and Taj Hotel stand in close proximity, so make sure you don't miss visiting these places for a complete Mumbai experience. Also to add, there are a number of good places to eat in this area where you can head either to have a quick bite or hearty meals in between your sightseeing expeditions.


Photo of Gateway of India (by Rhaessner (Own work))


Shopping in Mumbai


Even though you are on a one day trip to Mumbai, you can't resist to know about or visit the famous shopping spots in the city to buy some unique souvenirs, right? Well, there are a world of options out there but make sure you don't have to travel in opposite directions as travelling here is really time consuming and can take up your entire day. You can check out the shops in localities you are planning to visit once you are here.


Photo of Fashion Street, Mumbai (by Vishalngp)


Dining & Nightlife

Mumbai offers no-nonsense zunkabhakar stalls, fussy 5-stars, the swift professionalism of Kamat Restaurant, and the unhurried ambience of Baristas. There are a whole world of nice restaurants in the city which offer a delightful culinary experience for its guests. Among the local legends, you have the deified vada pav (Vaidya’s, outside Dadar Station), Colaba’s Bade Miyan for nocturnal non-veg rolls, Shiv Sagar at Juhu or the Bollywood-wannabe favourite Urban Tadka at Andheri West. Also, since it is oh so famous for its happening nightlife, you will find a number of peppy and rocking nightclubs and pubs that promise to add zing to your experience.


Photo of Khyber Restaurant, Mumbai (by Official Website)

There is so much to see and experience in a city like Mumbai and no wonder it is rightly termed as a city which never sleeps!

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