How to Enjoy Mumbai in 48 Hoursby Vijay Patel Vijay Patel
In forty-eight hours,
just how much of Mumbai can you enjoy?
The city of Mumbai is one of the most popular cities in India. It is known for its beautifully-constructed buildings and temples, wonderful sights, many districts and mouth watering cuisine. It’s also where the Bollywood industry flourishes and as a result has even more sights to see that are frequently mentioned in Indian popular culture.
Mumbai is often included
on many must see lists on traveler and tourists sites, and rightfully so. Exploring
and enjoying India’s largest city can take days, but with the right guide, some
quick moving and a bit of luck you can get a significant portion of the cities
major attractions completed in 48 hours.
To start with, since
time is short, it’s best to find an accommodation close to the airport. This
will save you precious time taken to reach your accommodation from airport.
Also a place close to airport will ensure you can dash to the airport quickly
when it’s time to fly back again.
If you want to avoid
flocks of tourists, you can start your adventure in the suburban area of
Mumbai. Most tourists would always choose the most popular sites of the
countries they visited. However, visiting the the suburbs could bring you
closer to the country’s culture without the hassle of a crowded tourist site. Andheri
would be a good start. You can hit off your tour by visiting Kondivite Caves a
group of 19 rock cut monuments built between 1st and 6th
century BC. These caves were built to serve as Buddhist monasteries. After this
peaceful start, you can hop off to Bandra to get a feel of the city’s hustle
Bandra is located in the
Western part of Mumbai, overlooking the Arabian Sea. To start your day, you
could take a walk at the Bandstand Promenade, a hangout spot in Bandra. Enjoy
taking a walk along the sea or having an early morning jog. At the end of the
road is Bandra Fort, also known as Castella de Aguada. From here, you can see
the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, a bridge connecting Bandra to Worli.
Located in the same
neighborhood is the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, also known as Mount Mary
Church. Every September, the church celebrates the birthday of Virgin Mary.
Bandra Fair, a week-long fair, then follows. Expect to see a lot of stalls
selling local products and religious artifacts during this time.
If you’re looking for a
place to satisfy your shopping needs, drop by Linking Road. Here, you can get
great bargains and great fashion finds. If you’re craving for a swim, take a
dip in Juhu Beach. Located near the northern part of Bandra, it is a popular
destination for film shooting and tourists. For a spot of quite you can drop by
the famous ISCKON temple located very close to Juhu Beach.
After a hectic first
day, it’s time to wake up to refreshed morning and fuel up for another awesome
day! A yummy breakfast in bed with some warm coffee should set you up for the
day. You can dedicate the second day to exploring southern Mumbai.
If you’re interested in
museums, visit Jehangir Art Gallery. They are open every day from 11 AM to 7 PM
and there is no entrance fee. Here, you will see masterpieces from Indian
artists from traditional artworks to contemporary pieces.
If shopping in Linking
Road isn’t enough, try Colaba Causeway. Also known as Shahid Bhagat Singh Road,
this bazaar street is known for its fashion finds and food stalls. Afterwards,
you can drop by the famous Gateway of India, an architectural piece made during
the 20th century.
Between all the visits,
don’t forget to fuel up! Head on over to Colaba to visit Leopold café and enjoy
an assortment of American and Indian dishes. The cafe is also popular for its
retro-inspired murals and decorations.
End your day by watching
the sunset in Nariman Point, formerly known as the city’s business center. Then,
take a drive along the Marine Drive, a C-shaped boulevard approximately 4 km
long. During the night, this boulevard transforms into the ‘Queen’s Necklace,’
thanks to the city lights illuminating the area near the Back Bay.
There are still a lot
more places to visit in Mumbai that a mere 48 hours will not be able to cover.
However, planning trips ahead of time will make the limited time more enjoyable
and worth it.
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