Often referred to as the city that never sleeps; Mumbai has several facets. On one hand where it seems to be too crowded and noisy, on the other the locals are quite friendly and humble. Mumbai is a rapidly growing city and one of the largest metropolitans in India. Home to the much loved Bollywood and the business hub of the country, Mumbai attracts thousands of visitors every year. For Muslim travellers Mumbai is a haven with its numerous mosques and an assortment of Halal restaurants serving cuisines from all around the world. Whether it is sightseeing, shopping, gorging on delicious food or just relaxing, Mumbai has a lot to offer to its visitors.
Mumbai is a wonderful destination with numerous opportunities of sightseeing. Most of the traditional sightseeing of Mumbai is concentrated in South Mumbai. Among the urbanization there are also several natural attractions like the Borivali National Park and caves of Kanheri, Elephanta and Mahakali. Mumbai is a recent city but still has some beautiful colonial buildings like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Fort St. George, etc. A walk from Churchgate to Colaba gives visitors a peek into the colonial architecture.
The city is home to some of the most popular museums and art galleries of the country. Some of the worth visiting museums and art galleries in Mumbai include the Kala Ghoda, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum), National Gallery of Modern Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, etc. There are also a few beaches in Mumbai like the Aksa Beach, Chowpaty Beach, etc. A ride along the scenic Marine Drive is highly recommended. The Essel World has some exciting rides that people of all ages can enjoy.
Mumbai is known for offering an excellent shopping experience. Some good places to shop include the Colaba Causeway, Fashion Street, Zaveri Bazaar, Crawford Market, Mangaldas Market, etc.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport serves Mumbai. The airport is one of the main entry points to the country and is among the busiest airports in India. The airport is located around 28 Km from downtown Mumbai. Taking a pre-paid taxi is the best way of getting to your destination. Alternatively visitors can also take buses or taxis to the Vile Parle Station and from there they can catch a local train to their desired area.
Mumbai offers a wide array of Halal restaurants. Some of the best Halal restaurants in the city include Khyber, Zaffran, Keys Café, Sultans Shawarma, Kabab Lucknow Wale, Zouq, Crepeteria, World Food Center, Smokin’ Joe’s, etc.
There are over hundred mosques in Mumbai. Some of the main mosques in Mumbai include the Jama Masjid, Haji Ali Dargah, Sana Mosque, Masjid Suffah, Saifee Masjid, etc. Locating a mosque in the city is quite easy and the locals too are quite helpful.