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Mumbai…

There is so much to see in Mumbai. From grand architecture to off the beaten track bazaars, to hidden temples. Indulge in delicious food and be swept away in the hustle and bustle of this amazing city.  We talk to our India Tours and Travel Specialist Sean about the must see travel experiences in his hometown, Mumbai.

Gateway of India

Historic as well as architecturally impressive, the Gateway of India has been an icon of Mumbai for almost a century. Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, this important arch also saw the last of the British ships leave when the occupation of India ended in 1947. Today, it is major hub for visitors and a great way to begin exploring Mumbai. Try some street food at the nearby stalls or pick up other trinkets.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Built in stunning Victorian-gothic style, this stunning railway station is located in the heart of Mumbai.  A must-see built in 1888, this incredible structure is now a UNESCO Heritage Site. Unless you’re lucky enough to have your train stop at this station, ensure you make time time to explore the arches, halls and turrets of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus…

 Elephanta Caves

Situated on the forested Elephanta Island about 7km from mainland Mumbai, these breathtaking rock-hewn caves date back to the 5th Century AD. Arrive on the island by ferry and enjoy a short stroll through a collection of stalls or take a toy-train to the caves. Explore the Buddhist and Hindu temples and roam the many courtyards and halls, admiring the intricate carvings in stone.

 Babulnath Temple

Built in 1780 and housing idols dating back to the 12th Century, the Babulnath Temple is a sacred site dedicated to the Lord Shiva. Every year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit to pay their respects. This exquisite white building sits atop a small hill.  The intricately carved limestone and marble features a towering spire. This incredibly beautiful as well as significant temple is a must see…

 Markets and Bazaars

Whether you’re looking for a bargain or a unique piece to show off to your friends, Mumbai has it all! Dive into the deep end with Chor Bazaar, which directly translates to the “thieves’ market”. Named as such because it was once where stolen goods were sold.   Here amongst the bustling marketplace, look out for unique antiquities. An iconic market that has existed for more than 150 years, this is a definite must-do!

Our India Tours & Travel Specialist, Sean, also recommends Colaba Causeway.  Shop jewellery, knick-knacks, crafts and clothes– this market has it all!  For a change in market scenery check out the Crawford Market, housed in an old colonial building. There’s nothing quite like exploring the bazaars of Mumbai– keep an eye out for a good deal and practice those bargaining skills!

 Food

Make sure you try the truly delicious food Mumbai has to offer. However, we understand with so many wonderful dishes on offer, it can be hard to know where to begin! So we’ve selected our top three dishes you simply have to try. 

  • Bhel Puri– A mixed dish of puffed rice, sev (crunchy noodles), potato, onion, tomato and tamarind chutney, this is a truly unique blend of tangy, spicy and sweet flavours you simply have to try!
  • Vada Pav– One of the most popular snacks in Mumbai, this dish is also known as the “poor mans burger”, perhaps due to the fact you can find it almost everywhere! Enjoy a delicious melt-in-your mouth fritter made of mashed potato topped with chutneys and served in a white fluffy bun.
  • Pani Puri–  This tasty dish consists of fried hollow puri (a type of bread) served with a mix of chickpeas, potatoes and spices. Stuff the puri and enjoy with chutney– there’s no better way to refuel after a long day of exploring!

Mumbai is an incredible city that we believe has it all: delicious food, great shopping and an incredible history. Delve into every inch of this vibrant metropolis.  Uncover rich gems in the marketplaces and journey back in time in the sacred temples and caves. With something for everyone, make sure this breathtaking city is on your list…

References: Thank you Trip Savvy, The Culture Trip, ITC Hotels, Lonely Planet, UNESCO, Mumbai, India TodayBabulnathbhaktmandal.com, Times of India, Mumbai Tourism, Migrationology and The Guardian 

 

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