Mumbai, often known as the city of dreams, is a paradise for all those who enjoy touristy sightseeing.
With the city’s famous buildings, historic sites, beautiful blue seas to the architectural wonders of the
past, Mumbai has it all.
A myriad of people from varied backgrounds and cultures call this megacity home. As with any large city,
Mumbai has plenty of options for spending your time (and money).
So here is a list of top five must-visit places in Mumbai:
1. THE GATEWAY OF INDIA
Many of the times when Mumbai is featured in movies and TV shows, Gateway of India is the first picture that occupies the screen. Built on the shore of the Arabian Sea, Gateway of India commemorates King George V and Queen Mary’s arrival in Mumbai.
The sea near the gateway is generally full of ships and yachts. One must take a ferry ride here to experience the stunning view of this monument right from the sea. The best time to visit is either early in the morning or late evening to enjoy the cool sea breeze.
And the most important part? You don’t have to spend a penny on this famous landmark to enjoy its beauty
· Location: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai
· Timings: 24×7
2. SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK
Stretched across an area of 87 square kilometers of land, this is one of the most visited national parks in Asia.
Nestled in the heart of the city, this national park is home to wild animals such as leopards, wild cats, pythons and many more. It provides all kinds of fun activities for people of all ages. The park features a “toy train” running on a narrow-gauge railway named ‘Van Rani’, implying ” jungle queen”, It offers a 15-minute drive along the foothills of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, which passing a few bridges and tunnels and the Deer Park. You must watch the park’s big cats near enough in a safari cage and enjoy boating in the park’s artificial lake.
You can also visit the 2000-years-old Kanheri Caves containing Buddhist sculptures, ancient carvings, paintings, and inscriptions.
· Location: Borivali East, Mumbai
· Timings: 07:30 am to 06:30 pm; closed on Mondays
3. MARINE DRIVE
Starting from Nariman Point and ending at the popular Chowpatty Beach, the Marine Drive is a 3 km long arc-shaped path along the coastline of South Mumbai. The coastline borders the Arabian Sea and is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Mumbai. Marine Drive is also known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ because at night the street lights along the road appear likes a sequence of pearls. It is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy quality moments with your family and friends. This is one of the popular places in Mumbai during the night.
Marine Drive is one of the most romantic places in town thanks to the sound of the waves and the view of Mumbai’s skyline and the starry sky.
Don’t hesitate to sate your appetite here with some tasty street food.
· Location: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Mumbai.
· Timings: 24 x 7
4. ELEPHANTA CAVES
Pay a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai and marvel at the huge, century-old caves. The caves are situated on the island of Elephanta or Gharapuri,11 km away from Mumbai city. You can reach the Elephanta Caves via a ferry ride from Gateway of India.
This collection of caves has five caves dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and two consisting of Buddhist carvings.
If you don’t want to walk all the way, you will find mini trains that take you right from the entrance to the cave. Restaurant and canteen services are available to quench your hunger and thirst.
· Location: Gharapuri, Mumbai
· Timings: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm; closed on Mondays
5. Adlabs Imagica
Inaugurated in 2013, spreading over acres of land, Adlabs Imagica is the country’s largest theme park located in Mumbai, also known as “India’s Disneyland” which is a one-stop location for all water cum adventure activities.
Including a Theme Park, Water Park and Snow Park, Imagica has it all from splendid sights, exhilarating rides to breath-taking shows. It also possesses a wide range of restaurants and clubs for dining.
· Location: Mumbai-Pune expressway
· Timings: 10.30 am to 8 pm