Mumbai in One DayMumbai is Maharashtra’s capital city and it was formerly called as Bombay. This metropolitan city has the greatest population in India among the other metropolitan cities. It also has the world’s eighth largest population and is among the most populated urban areas in the whole world. This includes the urban regions of Thane, Kalyan, Navi Mumbai and Bhiwandi. Mumbai is situated on India’s west coast and contains a profound natural harbour. Mumbai was presented with the honourable name of ‘alpha world city’ in 2009 and it’s also India’s most prosperous city with the greatest GDP among other cities in Central, West or South Asia.
Now what if you had just one day to visit this amazing city? Worry not as we take you to the best places where you can have the maximum experience of the city!
Morning in MumbaiIf you are a great foodie, you can begin the day with delicious and appetizing breakfast or if you are of a religious attitude, you would like to visit a church or temple first. Here are good ideas for both:
If you wish to have delicious breakfast, the best idea is to go to Salt Water Cafe, providing a hearty and real breakfast with good balance between vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian preferences. Their menu is endless with an incredible range of bacon and fresh baked breads and they also serve breakfast at all times during the day.
Address: Ground floor, Nagin Mahal, No. 82, Veer Nariman road, Next to Ambassador hotel, Church gate, Mumbai
Phone Number: 022 66336070
Timings are from 9am till 12.30pm everyday
Next in our schedule is St. Michael's Church which is situated in Mahim, at the junction of L.J. Road and Mahim Causeway.
St. Michael's Church is among the oldest Roman Catholic churches present in Mumbai and is informally called Mahim Church. This church is popular because of its Novenas held on Wednesdays and is visited by a huge crowd.
The church’s original construction was in 1534 and it is one among the most ancient Portuguese buildings that still exist in Mumbai. This church was rebuilt numerous times and the present building dates back to 1973. From the year 1739 till 1761, the church was also a sanctuary to Virgin Mary’s icon from the ‘Our Lady of the Mount’ chapel in Bandra.
Check out the other famous churches in Mumbai
The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir, situated in Prabhadevi, Mumbai is dedicated to Shri Ganesh. This temple was initially built in 1801, on November 19, by Deubai Patil and Laxman Vithu. The temple contains a small hall (mandap) with a shrine of Siddhi Vinayak and the inner roof is gold-plated with a statue of Ganesha at the centre.
We will now move on to the topmost tourist attraction of Mumbai, the Gateway of India. The Gateway of India, a very important monument built at the time of the British Raj, is a very popular tourist spot in Mumbai. It is situated on the harbor in Apollo Bunder area and faces the Arabian Sea. The basalt structure is an arch and its height is 85 feet (26 meters).
It is present at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg and at the edge of the water in Mumbai Harbour. This was a simple jetty which was used by ancient fishing people and later renovated to be used as landing area for prominent people including British governors and others. In ancient days, the Gateway of India was the first sight for visitors reaching Mumbai by boat and it is also called the Taj Mahal of Mumbai.
Noon in MumbaiIt is afternoon time and are you wondering about which place to visit next? Read on to know:
The Orchid - Formerly Boulevard Coffee Shop (stop for a moment for coffee or lunch):
The famous Hotel Orchid in Nehru Road adjacent to the domestic airport, serves delicious lunch as well as coffee, and their Sunday brunch is the most popular. There are also a wide range of delectable desserts to choose from, to complement your lunch.
If you love art, you must not miss visiting the Tao Art Gallery in Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tao Art Gallery displays works of established and also emerging artists and has conducts unique conceptualized shows which highlight diverse forms of art like sculpture, photography, painting, installation as well as performance arts. The total area is 11,000 sq.ft and the area contains four galleries which are owned by the connoisseur, curator, collector and artist, Kalpana Shah. The gallery focuses on innovative and powerful presentation of creative forms of art, thus giving a memorable experience for the art lovers who visit it.
Check out the other famous art galleries in Mumbai, you might want to check out.
Now, it is time for some cool refreshment with snow games. Let us move on towards the popular Snow World in Kamani Junction, Kurla West. It is set like a deep giant freezer, with an area of approximately 30x40 metres and contains snowboards, sledges, a small ice skating ring and a slide. There are also many friendly and helpful staff members to assist you with all the activities. The admission price includes gloves, boots and coats, but still, it is advisable for you to wear warm clothing since it is extremely freezing over there. Those who have experienced actual snow have also testified that the snow here is very alike.
By this time, you must be hungry and would like to have some yummy chaat. Let us head over to some famous chaat stalls. Mysore Masala Dosa near Sophia College; masala dosa, a complete food is among the popular breakfast dishes that Mumbaikars enjoy.
We will pick the crisp Mysore Masala Dosa in the Dosa corner situated in Bhulabai Desai road, opposite to Sophia College. The taste of the delicious masala dosas here can never be fully described. You would have to visit and see for yourself and you surely won’t be disappointed with any of their menu items.
The most popular place to enjoy mouth-watering Misal Pav is Vinay Health Home on Charni road. Misal pav, one of the most famous breakfast dishes in Maharashtra is a spicy curry normally made from moth beans sprouts. This place assures you of a enchanting meal that satisfies the taste buds.
Evening Hours in MumbaiIn this pleasant evening time, let us now relaxingly visit some more beautiful places:
First, we will visit the eminent Nariman Point. The ancient business region of Mumbai city still has life in it and Nariman Point is one of those lively places. The early morning time and evening time are the best and is very pleasant to watch the sunset from here. The cool breeze from the sea is very refreshing and watching the sun dissolving into the sea is a nice experience.
Another must visit in Mumbai is the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, an engineering marvel. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link is a modern engineering wonder of India and a marvelous work done in order to enhance the infrastructure look of Mumbai. It reduces the travel time to Mumbai airport by about 30 minutes when compared to the 90 minute distance earlier. Even though it would you cost you some extra money, it saves a great deal of time. It is a proud fact that a normal bridge over a bay is made this much pleasing aesthetically.
With this, our trip to the famous city of Mumbai is almost complete and you can get ready to carry back precious memories of the trip!