Your Guide to the 8 Best Places to Explore in Mumbai

By Saniya Baxi | 05, Nov, 2020
Your Guide to the 8 Best Places to Explore in Mumbai

When it comes to planning your trip to Mumbai, things can definitely get overwhelming. Being one of the largest metropolitan cities in India, there are plenty of tourist places in Mumbai

The striking coastline mesmerizing you with the beauty of the Arabian sea, delicious cuisine, exuberant people, and classic old buildings make Mumbai, one of the best destinations

I won’t deny that while the city may get crowded and unknown, the amicable environment will make you feel that somehow you belong in Mumbai. This particular sense of belonging is what includes Mumbai in the list of unique destinations

So, here are some of the best things to do, in the Islamic way, in Mumbai.

 

Start Your Trip With The Soulfulness of Haji Ali
Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai India

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Timing: 5:30 am to 10 pm

Address: Dargah Rd, Haji Ali, Mumbai

If you’re tired and exhausted from your journey to Mumbai, consider starting your trip at Haji Ali Dargah. 

Built for the Sufi saint Haji Ali, this Dargah is located amidst the sparkling water of the Arabian sea. This place can certainly give some spectacular views of Mumbai from wherever you stand. 

Haji Ali Dargah is definitely a getaway from our chaotic lives. With its soulful environment of people praying and singing Qawwali, it can transcend anyone to a state of tranquil.

You may also treat yourself to the famous Haji Ali Juice Center to reenergize yourself. 

 

Enjoy the Historical Places of Mumbai
Gateway of India Mumbai

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Along with being one of the fastest-growing cities, Mumbai has a whole other historical side to offer. From antique shops, rustic buildings to classic 90s cafes, Mumbai was the hub of various social gatherings right from the start. 

So, bring out your inner history lover for some of the best monumental places to visit like:

  • Gateway of India
  • Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus
  • Town Hall
  • August Kranti Maidan

You can also tour around some of the famous museums depicting art, history, and culture of India such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum. This museum has around 70,000 exhibits, including paintings and other antique objects. 

If you wish to know more about Mahatma Gandhi - the Father of India, do give a visit to the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum. 

 

Enjoy the Beauty of the Arabian Sea Through Marine Drive
Seashore Mumbai India

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How many times have you just wanted to gaze at the sea and sit peacefully maybe alone or maybe with your loved one?

Well, Mumbai can offer you that too with its stunning location. Marine Drive is a 3.6 km long boulevard stretching across the magnificent Arabian sea. This area is filled with artistic buildings that make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

So, ditch the normal sightseeing, and sit near the Marine Drive to see the sun setting and the beautiful city lights lighting up the entire Mumbai. 

 

Bring Out Your Inner Shopaholic
Bohra Bazaar Mumbai India

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If you have a free hand when it comes to shopping, then Mumbai is definitely the best city for you. 

There are several high-end malls like the Phoenix Mall, Infinity Mall, etc. full of luxury and affordable brands where you can spend your entire day. 

Additionally, there are some of the best street shopping areas in Mumbai too like Colaba Street, Linking Road, Hill Road, and many more. Here, you can bring out your bargaining skills and come home with hands full of new accessories, clothes, and footwear!

One of the most iconic markets to visit in Mumbai is the Crawford market. This market is famous for its history and architecture as well. You can find plenty of chocolates, spices, and other household stuff available here at reasonable prices. 

 

Drive Across Sea Link
Bandra Worli Sea Link Mumbai India

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Address: Worli, Mumbai

One of the most famous places in Mumbai is the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. You can consider it equivalent to the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. 

Build across the vast expanse of the Arabian sea, this bridge offers magnificent views of the Mumbai skyline. 

You can also drive through the bridge, keep the windows open, and feel the adrenaline rush due to the strong winds of the sea!

 

Explore Various Delectable Cuisines
Indian Food India

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Mumbai is the hub for the majority of the Indian foodies and a treat for those visiting this city. 

Mumbai has plenty of eateries and cafes sprawled across the city. Some of them offer authentic Continental food while others are excellent for tasting authentic Iranian cuisine. There are many restaurants serving the best Halal Chicken Tikka you could find in the entire world!

If you wish to taste the local Indian food, you can try out the street food. However, keep in mind it may be a little risky presently. 

Mumbai has a lot of luxury, five-star restaurants available too. So, to pamper your taste buds, you can either have a meal at the grand Taj Hotel or Trident Hotel. 

 

Tour Around the Islamic Side of Mumbai
Jama Masjid Mosque Mumbai India

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If you believe Mumbai doesn’t exhibit an Islamic side, here are some of the best Mosques in Mumbai, you can give a visit. 

  • Jama Masjid is the oldest mosque in the entire Mumbai. The architecture dates way back to 1802.
  • Minara Mosque is one of the most magnificent mosques. If possible, give it a visit in the evening or night for experiencing beautiful lighting. 
  • Mogul Masjid, unlike other Mosques, has a Persian twist to it in terms of architecture. It definitely defines beauty. 

You can also visit the Mahim Dargah if you liked Haji Ali. 

 

Visit the Filmy Side of India

Mumbai India street

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Undoubtedly, Indian cinema is known for its classic old movies and versatility. So, if you’re a Bollywood lover, you can consider getting the behind-the-scenes tour at some of the famous film studios. 

If you’re lucky, you may even encounter a popular Indian celebrity!

 

Things to Keep in Mind While Planning Your Mumbai Trip
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai India

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Some of the things you should definitely remember for your Mumbai trip are: 

  • Only a few flights are currently operating to and from Mumbai currently. 
  • Some of the best and frequent international flights operating are Air India, Fiji Airways, and Singapore Airlines. 
  • The winter season is the best season to visit Mumbai. The temperature will be pleasant and you won’t have to worry about extreme heat or rainfall. 
  • Lodging in Mumbai can get expensive, so you can try out for hostels, or 3-star hotels. 
  • Transportation facilities mostly include taxis, Ubers, Ola cabs, and metro. Although, Metro may get very crowded and confusing. 
  • Consider carrying light clothes during summer as the temperature may go very high. 
  • July, August, and September are not the best months as extreme rainfall may cause floods in Mumbai. 

So, to explore one of the liveliest cities of the world - Mumbai, plan your trip now to avail the best deals and discounts. For more such Muslim-friendly travel blogs, read on!

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