Mumbai proves to be an adventure when you visit the town. Here are some activities you can do:
Marvel at the Gateway of India
Built in the 20th century on the Wellington Pier (also known as Apollo Bunder), this structure commemorates the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. Since then, it has served as a welcome monument for visitors.
The arch has often been compared to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe and, just like the French landmark, no visit to Mumbai is ever complete without a visit (and a photo). It’s called the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai,” after all.
Explore the majestic Siddhivinayak Temple
Constructed in 1801 in Prabhadevi, the Siddhivinayak is one of the Indian city’s most important landmarks. A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the six-story structure features gold-plated domes, a remarkable Mandir-style façade and a statue of Ganesha. “Rumour has it that a number of famous Bollywood actors come to the temple to pray, so lucky tourists just might spot one during their visit,” says Bloomfield.
Shop at Crawford Market and Chor Bazaar
Crawford Market is Mumbai’s most famous market. Designed by British architect William Emerson (also the man behind Calcutta’s Victoria Memorial Hall), the structure was built in 1869 and was the first ever market to be illuminated by electricity.
Today, it is one of the busiest locations in Mumbai and is the go-to place for people looking to purchase cheap clothes, accessories, jewellery, toiletries, toys and even fruits and vegetables.
The Chor Bazaar is situated in the south side of the city and is considered as one of the country’s biggest flea markets selling second-hand clothes, electronics and antiques.
Visit Haji Ali Dargah
Mumbai is truly a melting pot of different cultures and, aside from having sites dedicated to Buddhism and Hinduism, the city also houses the Islamic Haji Ali Dargah mosque. Built in 1431 on a small islet on Worli bay in memory of Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, the mosque combines elements of Indian and Islamic architecture, making it one of the most interesting and recognisable structures in the city.