Mumbai has a lot to offer, however the conventional “tourist” attractions are focused in South Mumbai.
Mumbai is a young metropolis by Indian standards, and most of the land that makes up the city did not exist until it was grabbed from the sea over three centuries ago. It is therefore a wonderful surprise to discover rock cut caverns inside city borders, such as the Elephanta, Kanheri, and Mahakali.
The British created a splendid city behind the walls of Fort St. George, which is located at the city’s southernmost point. This region has several excellent instances of Gothic revival, Neo-classical style, and Indo-Saracenic style. To get the most out of [South Mumbai], take a walk along the area’s vast avenues, which stretch from Churchgate to Colaba. In contrast to the rest of the city, these sections are all nicely organized and feature large and clean pavements. The Gateway of India, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) structure, the Municipal Corporation and Police Headquarters, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sanghralaya are all notable landmarks in this neighborhood (formerly, the Prince Of Wales museum). The world-famous Taj Mahal hotel is situated just across from the Gateway of India. The buildings of Mumbai University and the High Court are also notable examples of colonial architecture in the city.
There are many additional contemporary buildings to see in this neighborhood. A great number of buildings in the Art Deco style can be seen along Marine Drive (which runs from Chowpatty Beach to the NCPA). In terms of the amount of Art Deco structures, Mumbai is second only to Miami. The Eros and Regal theatres are two well-known examples of this type.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Here are some of India’s most well-known museums and art galleries. They abound in South Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda neighborhood, notably at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum) and the National Gallery of Modern Art. Again, the most of them are found in South Mumbai. Also worth a visit is the Jehangir Art Gallery, which is located in Kala Ghoda and has rotating exhibitions by well-known painters. The plaza adjacent to the gallery hosts a variety of artist shows on a regular basis.
The Nehru Centre Art Gallery in Worli is located in the Nehru Complex in Worli and is devoted to both emerging and recognized artists. Within the complex is also a permanent exhibition called Discovery of India, which seeks to explore all facet of India’s artistic, intellectual, and philosophical accomplishments over the millennia. The exhibition spans 14 galleries and displays the country’s actual essence. On the opposite end of the complex, the Nehru Science Centre, which has a separate entrance on Mahalaxmi Race Course Road, features a permanent display of ‘interactive and entertaining’ scientific-related exhibits that illustrate science principles in a fun but informative manner.
Mumbai isn’t recognized for its beaches since the water is dirty! Mumbai features a few beaches, one of which is located in the city center. However, they aren’t all that terrific, and the ocean off Mumbai’s shore is filthy. The ones that are considerably better are in the Northwest Mumbai region. They are, however, an excellent site to witness how the people spend their Sunday nights, with a variety of food and game vendors.
Other beaches to visit are Girgaon Chowpaty (the cleanest) in South Mumbai, Juhu Beach in the western suburbs, and Aksa Beach in Malad. Although the currents may not seem to be powerful, many people drown each year, especially during the rainy season, therefore avoid going in the water (especially at Aksa Beach). A word of caution to women: Bombay beaches are not suitable for wearing swimwear, especially two-pieces.
ZOOS, PARKS AND GARDENS
Mumbai has a well-deserved reputation for being a concrete jungle, yet there are some pleasant patches of vegetation inside the metropolis. It is also one of the few cities in the world having an entire national park inside its limits. (Sanjay Gandhi National Park is another name for Borivali National Park.) You won’t come to Mumbai for them, but if you’re already here, they’re a wonderful way to get away from the hustle and bustle. It also contains the 2,400-year-old Kanheri Caves, which were carved out of granite rocks. Entrance fee: 30/30 for Indians/Foreigners
The municipal zoo (Veermata Jijabai Udyan) is located in Byculla and is a remarkably well-preserved colonial remnant. The animals may seem malnourished, but the sheer variety of trees on this verdant zoo is worth a visit.
Some municipal parks are well-kept and include historical elements. The “Hanging Gardens” atop Malabar Hill provide spectacular views of the Marine Drive. Opposite the Hanging Gardens is another park known as Kamla Nehru Park, which is famed for the eye-catching shoe-shaped building that has been featured in many Bollywood films.
Another hidden beauty in South Mumbai is the Mumbai Port Trust Garden. This is located on a little side street off the Colaba Causeway, about 2–3 kilometers south of the main part. Beautiful views of the harbour, the navy yards, and the sunset once again.
The Five Gardens are located in downtown Mumbai. It is mostly utilized by hikers in the mornings and is a shambles in the nights. However, the gardens wrap several old art deco homes.
MARKETS AND CROWDS
Mumbai is certainly worth seeing simply for the street markets, the hustle and bustle of the merchants, and the chaos of the throng. Bandra, Khar, and Andheri are all good options. If you traveled to Mumbai and did not visit the densely packed and busy marketplaces, you did not experience the true Mumbai.
Hawkers and street shoppers do not seek legal approval before setting up their booths in high-traffic areas. Everything from gadgets to fresh food may be found on train platforms, subways, and key roadways.
MODERN BUILDINGS AND MALLS
When the British withdrew, the desire to erase the vestiges of colonial authority was regrettably not matched by the desire to establish a new metropolis that matched the grandeur of the British-era structures. While the squalor of the Soviet period has happily been replaced by design with an eye toward aesthetics, the new malls, multiplexes, and office buildings that are springing up are indistinguishable from those seen everywhere else in the globe. Still, they’re worth a look, particularly if you’re interested in India’s success story. Skyscrapers of more than 60 storeys now dominate the skyline.
For a long time, Inorbit Mall was the only mall with a wide range of options for consumers. Palladium, which was established inside High Street Phoenix, shattered Inorbit Mall’s monopoly. The Palladium offers it everything, from cutting-edge interior design to worldwide brands. The new Infiniti Mall (Infinity 2) in Malad, which is one of the largest malls in the suburbs, also features many overseas brands. Two of Mumbai’s major malls are Nirmal Lifestyles Mall in Mulund and Metro Junction Mall in Kalyan. They are highly popular in the city and are located in the central suburbs.
Powai is a contemporary central Mumbai suburb with European influences. Powai, which is constructed around a beautiful lake, is home to the Indian Institute of Technology. The majority of the building is in the form of townships and is constructed privately. It has twenty first-rate restaurants, two huge convenience stores, a few coffee shops, and amusement spaces. Powai, which began as an upscale self-contained suburb, has now evolved into a business process outsourcing centre in Mumbai. The township represents both of these features; you’ll often see families shopping and twenty-somethings hanging out at tables close to one other.