Mumbai SightSeeing … We were in Mumbai for 3 days and Our parents wanted to visit as many places as they could during that short period, so we had to lay down a plan, since travelling in Mumbai can be a pain due to high traffic. We stayed at Hotel Trident at Nariman Point and decided to cover places around it first which included –
The Gateway Of India
Its situated in Colaba and quite accessible if you are staying around Nariman Point or marine drive. It has its historic value and best day to visit it is a weekday because on weekends it gets crowded and you might end up waiting in long queues for hours to get security clearance. You can also take a ferry ride from there to Elephanta Caves or just take a round for half an hour and come back.
It’s a lane along the coast line which offers beautiful sea-view. People sit there for hours just admiring the view day & night. I used to see people sitting on the sidewalk/ wall for hours, even at early morning. We used to go there morning & evening , to take a walk or just sit there for hours enjoying the view & the wind.
You can also spot Horse Drawn Carriages known as Victorias that take you for a 15 minutes ride around that place. Its a fun trip which will be banned soon, good for the animals but bad for us. Charges vary from 300 – 500 INR depending on the duration of the ride.
3 Km from Trident Nariman Point its one of the oldest & main tourist attractions in Mumbai. My daughter jumped with joy the moment we mentioned it. You have to take a ticket from the counter (60 Rs adults, 30 for children). Photography isn’t allowed inside unless you take special photography ticket. The aquarium has recently undergone a major renovation and there are over 400 species of fishes available at the moment. Aquarium remains closed on Monday.
Prince Of Wales Museum – Situated in a heritage building its one of the main attractions for all history & art lovers. However due to time constraints we couldn’t visit it. If you are living around Nariman Point the museum would hardly 3 km away.
Colaba Causeway – Perfect place for all street shopping enthusiasts. You will find array of trending jewellry, shoes, clothes etc on the side walks in small stalls. My mother bought a pair of slippers from there on a good bargain. You will also find number of good restaurants around that area like Delhi Darbar where we had lunch twice. Also there is a really affordable “Kamat restaurant” which offers delicious north/south indian food on affordable prices.
4-5 km from Trident (where we stayed) Chowpatty is one of the popular public beaches in delhi, In fact I prefer this one over Juhu one because of lesser crowd and clean beach. You can sit there for hours, admiring the vast sea , munching on some bhel or sev puri
It’s a walkway along the sea side on the west of Bandra. There is a small fort-like remnants and small garden. The place is bustling with tourists, locals & lovers. We also discovered and sat in Cafe Sea Side which surely offers a great sea view if not good food. Grab a cup of coffee or a sandwich and let the wind blow your hair for hours !
Also I had super delicious Pani-Puri from a roadside stall. Rest of my family devoured some freshly made vada pao from another shop.
Linking Road Market – Another place for street shopping. Grab an auto or travel by Taxi from Bandra and reach there in about 15 minutes. You can also spot a lots of stand alone stores of prestigious brands like shoppers stop, Nike, Adidas etc. You can call it a shopping paradise for everyone since you can do bargain shopping from the streets or niche buys from the stores. It was a long day for us so we grabbed some sandwiches from a roadside shop before calling it a day.
Hanging Gardens or Kamla Nehru Park : These gardens are around 7-8 Km from nariman point or Hotel Trident where we stayed. Its situated on Malabar Hills, offering beautiful view of Arabian sea. Good place to visit if you have kids , specially the boot house and hedges grown/ carved in animal shapes.
Juhu Beach : The most popular public beach in Mumbai, attracts thousands infact lakhs of tourists/ locals everyday. Its more crowded than Girgaum Chowpatty . This beach is situated on the western side of the city, quite close to Bandra , so if you are planning a sight seeing tour, try to cover both the places in one day. Enjoy local cuisine/ snacks at the food stalls situated on the beach. We decided to have dinner at Shiv Sagar restaurant opposite Hotel Ramada Juhu Beach , which is a good restaurant and quite famous one.
Apart from these famous ones, you can go to Lower Parel, pheonix mills where Hotel Palladium & mall are situated. The mall is quite huge and has stores of all the high-end brands.