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Mumbai Things To Do

Mumbai’s culture is a combination of festivals, traditional food, theatre and historical monuments. With so much life, the city is known as the city that barely sleeps and offers an international flavour in its diverse existence.

Start off with the obvious, the prominent archway known as the Gateway of India built in true British style. It is used as a popular hangout for the locals and features high on most tourist ‘things to do’ lists. It is normally lit up with soft lighting at night which makes for a spectacular sight and photo opportunity.

Mumbai’s international flare can be experienced when having a bite to eat at the popular Irani run restaurant Café Leopold. Serving dishes from many different countries you are left with copious choice and a place to meet up with fellow travellers or a mellow evening beer with your friends.

After filling your stomach, perhaps a bit of luxury might be in order. Step inside the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower where the Beatles and Mich Jagger have once been. Once used as a hospital for WW1, this royal building is enormous, full with lavish shops, dining areas and even a pool area.

To get back to a bit of reality, wonder through the city’s largest marketplace, the Colaba Causeway for great deals on jewellery, clothing, antiques, electronics and pretty much anything in between. Other markets and stores you may want to check out and get a bargain at include the Anokhi situated just off Hughes Road, and Fabindia, a store full of colour on MG Road.

After being in amongst the hustle and bustle of the busy markets and shopping, it is high time you got some fresh air. Take a trip out to Chowpatty beach and enjoy the delicious snacks on sale and the unique entertainment on show. In fact, you should be aware that Chowpatty beach has huge significance for Mumbai as it was used as a gathering place for political meetings prior to India’s independence. Now home to snake charmers and monkey trainers, the mood is lightened and is a place is a must for an afternoon visit or an evening stroll. Be sure to try the Bhelpuri and Kulfi!

Be sure to keep a day aside for a trip to Elephanta Island. Take a boat out to the island and wonder around the cave temples followed by mischievous monkeys. Local vendors line the track up to the caves selling souvenirs and often food and water if you are feeling a bit peckish.

After exploring most of the tourist sights, you may like to take a peek at the lives of those living at the slums. We are always curious and with more than half Mumbai’s population living in poverty, it isn’t hard to find. You can get a taste of the Slumdog Millionaire set and explore the infamous Dharavi slums. However, when on such tours, be considerate and refrain from taking photos.

Other attractions worth mentioning include India’s largest water park, the Water Kingdom full of waterslides, wave pools, speed slides and a relaxing river. Also take the time to visit the Oval Maidan, a common hangout with impromptu cricket matches on the go most afternoons. And if sport and high energy water parks aren’t your picks, try the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum where you can feast your eyes on some brilliant statues, paintings and crafts.

So whether you want an exciting adventure amongst the lively Mumbai attractions or a relaxed visit to experience the culture, you are in for a treat!