Mumbai is a vast city. In fact, the metropolis is the largest city in India and is also home to more than 18 million residents. There’s just so many things to do in Mumbai, so much to discover, that no travel itinerary can do justice to the beauty of this place. Not only does the city have a truckload of places to visit but it even has lots to offer in terms of culture.
While it can be difficult to fit in everything into your travel itinerary, there are certain things to do that you simply cannot miss out when you’re visiting Mumbai. Here are the three best places you should visit and the things you should do in Mumbai. These things will give you a closer look into the city’s beauty.
1. Explore Marine Drive
This beautiful stretch of road from Nariman Point to Malabar Hill is indeed a fantastic place to visit in the city. A simple drive on the road doesn’t do justice to this place. It’s the promenade that you need to visit. While the promenade is always packed with Mumbaikars throughout the day and night, you can simply sit back here and enjoy the wind blowing on your face softly with the mist of the Arabian Sea. In the distance, you can see the entire skyline of Mumbai and can even watch the sunset over the sea. While you can sit back here for hours and hours together, you can even head here for an early morning jog in the fresh air; it’s quite an experience!
2. Visit Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Very few metropolises in the world have a national park right in their hearts and Mumbai is one of them. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is spread out across 103 square kilometers and is home to loads of species of flora and fauna. If you’re in the mood for a wildlife safari, you can get one right here in Mumbai and see leopards and lions up-close! To discover the park even further, you can get onboard the mini train or even go cycling at your own pace! Bring out the archaeologist in you and head to the ages-old Kanheri Caves that are located inside the national park. There are over a 100 Buddhist caves that you can explore. You can find ancient inscriptions, drawings and carvings here. The national park has a lake where you can go boating as well! If you wish to get a complete forest experience, you can even stay in the resort inside the national park.
3. Street Food Of Mumbai
Mumbai has some of the finest restaurants in the country and there is no dearth of places to eat in the city. However, the true essence of the food in the city lies in its street food. While you can find street-side vendors serving mouthwatering snacks throughout the city, there are various agglomerations where you can find them in clusters. These clusters, called “Khau-Gallis”, which literally translates to “Food Streets,” bring to you the best food in Mumbai. From the popular Pav Bhaji to the typical Mumbaiya Vada Pav, you can find it all here. Some popular Khau Gallis in Mumbai are the Ghatkopar Khau Galli, Mahim Khau Galli, and Tardeo Khau Galli. You can also find loads of street food options at Juhu Beach and Girgaum Chowpatty Beach. A trip to Mumbai without exploring its thriving street food scene is nothing short of a crime!
Mumbai represents a multitude of cultures and is a bustling metropolis that never ceases to surprise. At every nook and corner of the city, you’ll find something new that you have never seen before. Have you tried out Mumbai’s street food or done the above-mentioned things? If so, do let us know your experiences in the comments section below. If you are yet to visit the city, do keep these things in mind; they’ll bring you closer to discover the city.
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