Mumbai is big. It’s full of dreamers and hard-labourers, starlets and gangsters, stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants and fisherfolk and crorepatis (millionaires) and lots and lots of people. It has India’s most prolific film industry, some of Asia’s biggest slums (as well as the world’s most expensive home) and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre and a pulse point of religious tension. It’s even evolved its own language, Bambaiyya Hindi, which is a mix of…everything.
If Mumbai is your introduction to India, prepare yourself. The city isn’t a threatening place but its furious energy, limited public transport and punishing pollution makes it challenging for visitors. The heart of the city contains some of the grandest colonial-era architecture on the planet but explore a little more and you’ll uncover unique bazaars, hidden temples, hipster enclaves and India’s premier restaurants and nightlife.
Things to do in Mumbai
1.Mumbai Street Food
Mumbai and Street Food are certainly synonyms for each other. While here, you just cannot miss digging into mouthwatering street cuisine of Mumbai. Experience the best of authentic local flavors – start with the signature dish of entire Maharashtra – Vada Pav.
Satiate your spice buds with plate of luscious Bhelpuri at Chowpatty, witness the scenic sun setting behind the serene waters of Arabian Sea. After a tangy starter meal, get ready for some scrumptious Islamic cuisine.
Feel the buzz around Minara Masjid and Behndi Bazaar, get a taste of variety of meats while in these streets. You might run out of time, but not variety when it comes to street food of Mumbai.
2.Markets in Mumbai-walking
Mumbai, a city that continue surprising its admirers with its charms. Be it the relishing street food or rustic lanes – every nook and corner of this city is worth giving a visit. Explore the colorful streets depicting beautiful blending of various cultures and traditions flourishing here since ages.
Admire the stunning Archetypal-Gothic architecture throughout the Crawford Market. Witness the beautiful British inspired architecture of this not-so-common fruit and vegetable market. Mangaldas is also sometimes referred as the Mecca for fashion designers, visualize fashion styles from all over the globe in one street.
Breeze in the mesmerizing aroma of the ‘Flower Gallia’ a 100 year old flower market. No matter what street you are in, every market here will fascinate you with its glory.
3.Mumbai Public Transport
The first thing that comes to mind on hearing Mumbai is Local Trains. Public transport is the pulse of this city, so while here you just cannot miss taking a ride on these treasures of Mumbai. Well, if first time then take your time, hold your breath as you try squeezing in the local train compartment.
Out of all the other things to do in Mumbai, getting on trains here is just one inevitable experience that you must get. Witness the phenomenal ‘Dabbawallas’ at Churchgate station, hop onto ‘BEST’ buses – live a life of a Mumbaikar for a day. Mesmerize with the Victorian themed architecture of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, one of the busiest railway station of the country.
4.History of Mumbai
Unravel the vast historical treasure lying undiscovered in Mumbai. This 3 hour walk will take you through the entire journey of Bombay becoming Mumbai. Experience the colorful essence of Northern Mumbai, explore the old ‘fort’ region, take stroll through the pastoral lanes and understand ‘Early Mumbai’ days.
Take a tour of Asiatic Society Library of Mumbai, a historical place that has slowly evolved as a famous film location. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the various old lanes of Bombay hidden behind the modernization of Mumbai.
5.Mumbai and the Bollywood
Mumbai, a home to the Indian film industry – Bollywood. The first thing almost everybody wishes before coming to this land of dreams is spotting a celebrity. Well, you can actually fulfill this desire! Witness a live shooting of various upcoming movies. Be the first to catch your favorite celebrities rehearsing a scene dialogue or their peppy dance numbers.
For an ardent movie fan, Mumbai is certainly not just any other city. Get a chance to meet your favorite celebrity while for those who are more interested in back-stage activities can take a tour to animation, VFX and sound mixing studies. From all other things you can do in Mumbai, this one activity will no doubt make you live your Teenage fan days.