24 Hours in Mumbai!  

If you talk about a city that has attracted you by its uniqueness, one of the answers will most probably be Mumbai. You might not be the first one to fall in love with this city having Bollywood headquarters. Mumbai has lured people from all around, resting now in the depth of history. Be it a Portuguese who annexed this city in 1498 or the British who made this port city on the Arabian coast their nodal point.

Lonavala Mumbai

Having a favourable climate with little splurge of tropical heat round the year and sandwiching months of great monsoon downpours, Mumbai in all its might, is a city not to be missed while touring India.

 

First thing to be kept in mind while touring Mumbai for the first time: Go there with a Carte Blanche and fill in the details as the day goes by. Start up your day by making an obvious stop at Gateway of India. Besides the marvellous structure soaring high, you will be surely enchanted by the swarming pigeons in front of it. After your tour commences, your next stop can be Shree Siddhivinayak Temple. This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Photograph by Chetan Karkhanis

Since Mumbai is a coastal city, enjoying the sea to the fullest is very much a priority. Take a ferry ride into the sea and go visit the Elephanta Island. This island has preserved statues from the historic times, surviving time and sea.

 

When it comes to food, the city lets you in with open arms. There are many great restaurants specialising in every kind of cuisine you want, depending on your mood. Next, you should really check out the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Take a car ride around this railway station which is a unique example of Gothic architectural grandeur.

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As the evening sets in, try going on the Bandra-Worli sea link which connects Mumbai’s suburbs to the South Mumbai. This is a very unique experience. Later, on you can simply let loose on the various beaches of Mumbai. Though these beaches are crowded, yet they show you a great cultural exhibit. So going to Marine drive is Mumbai’s way of relaxing.

 

There are a number of splendid 5 star hotels in Mumbai which assure a great stay. Some of them like ITC Grand Central Mumbai make sure that you have an opulent and convenient stay in the Maharashtrian capital.