Originally known as Bombay until 1995, this port city on the west coast of India is one of the most populated cities in the whole world. If you’re looking for a visceral inner-city experience, you’ve got it right here! While Mumbai is India’s commercial and financial capital, there are plenty of things a tourist can experience.
What Do You Want To Do?
You want to go explore caves, Elephanta Caves off the coast of the Arabian Sea is a world heritage sites that sprawls over 60,000 square feet. As a spectacle, these caves that boast the three-headed Shiva, as well as Nataraja and Ardhanarishvara, will give you so much in the way of architecture, but also satisfy your need for exploration! On the other hand, you want to relax? Then head to Marine Drive and take a relaxing stroll during the evening. Looking at the ferries sailing in, the light breeze hitting your face, and, during sundown, that beautiful image of the sun hitting the sea, you will witness one of the most beautiful sights this planet has to offer. Or do you want to indulge in your desire to go shopping? Head to Chor Bazaar and pick up all sorts of quaint trinkets. From cameras to vintage kettles, and Bollywood posters, you’ve got shopping options, and gives you a real opportunity to pick up authentic souvenirs of your Mumbai visit.
Is It That Difficult To Get Around?
As Mumbai is a sprawling city, you’ve got to get on public transport. It can require a little bit of planning, especially as there are so many areas to go, but you can either take the local train, head on one of the many buses provided. You could sit on one of these buses and experience the city through its hundreds of stops. Beware, if you want to cram in as many experiences as possible, it’s better to take the train, and as this can be faster, especially during the dreaded rush hour. You could also take one of the many cabs, including an Uber service. But if you want to get one of the authentic Mumbai experiences, get on an auto rickshaw.
When Is It Time To Eat?
It’s always food time in Mumbai! As the city was formerly a fishing village, naturally, fish is one of the main options. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not plenty of other foods to satisfy your appetite. Street food is everywhere in Mumbai! And whether you want a Bheja Fry or Butter Chicken, as well as the traditional Tiffin, you’ve got a lot to choose from, whether you’re looking for a small meal or a sumptuous banquet.
A Few Things You Should Know
Traffic is at its worst between 8 and 10 in the morning, and after 5:30 in the evening, making the tropical climate somewhat difficult to cope with if you aren’t used to the blistering heat. Carry light clothes! Be careful of monsoon season, and be careful where you take your selfie. There are 16 non-selfie zones in Mumbai, so keep an eye out these.