Call it the ‘city of dreams’ or the ‘city that never sleeps’, amchi Mumbai has a charm of its own. From its fast paced life to the tranquility at Marine Drive, Mumbai offers its visitors a plethora of multi dimensional experiences. Every hotspot will present before you a new shade of Mumbai. And this is exactly what continues to fascinate and attract tourists here.
Capital city of Maharashtra, Mumbai originally constituted seven islands and has been named after he Koli goddess Mumbadevi. Mumbaikars will claim that monsoons is a great time to visit the city, but due to the torrential downpour which the city tends to experience, the best time to visit is during the winter between November and February. Being close to the sea, the city experiences a humid weather, an element which disappears during the winter months.
Mumbai is well connected by air, rail and road to all important metro cities of the country. Also, within the city, there’s an excellent network of public transport through local trains, taxis and buses. Also, there is no dearth of accommodation, eateries and shopping options here. You name it and you’ll get it here.
While there are endless must visit places in Mumbai, a tourist has to usually confine himself to an itinerary due to lack of time. So its a good idea to begin your day with shopping, be it the Colaba Causeway or Linkin Road, each market has its own different varieties to offer. Experience the magic of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO heritage site whose architecture is a fusion of a plethora of ages. Its beauty will leave you spellbound, making this busy station more than just a place to catch a train. Catch the last ferry ride from the Gateway of India to witness the beautiful sunset, with the Taj hotel in the background. You could also opt for a ferry to Elephanta Caves. Among the beaches, Aksa beach and Juhu beach are popular ones. Enjoy sips of chai with your friends and family at Marine Drive, a C shaped highway which lines the coast and is also popularly known as the Queen’s Necklace.
As far as satisfying the food palette is concerned, Mumbai is known for its distinctive street food. Bhel Puri, Bombay Sandwich, Vada Pao, Kandha Poha, Misal Pao, these are just a few of the wonderful dishes which Mumbai has on offer. Besides street food, there are excellent fine dining hotels offering a variety of exquisite cuisines too in Mumbai, you just have to take your pick!
Mumbai has numerous distinctive features, but what lends it a unique edge is that particularly for women, it is a relatively safe city as compared to certain Northern cities. Also, this is the place where Bollywood thrives. Tourists should make it a point to visit one of the studios. If lady luck smiles, they might get to witness a shoot.
Amchi Mumbai is undoubtedly a worthwhile trip to plan!