Mumbai, previously known as Bombay is one of the most populous and biggest cities of Maharashtra. Also the biggest metropolis of this state, Mumbai is also popular as the entertainment and financial capital. It is the largest city of India and fondly called as the city of dreams. It is a place filled with dreamers and people who work hard day and night to achieve their dreams.
Apart from the regular and popular places of interests, there are many hidden treasures in Mumbai that one must visit to experience the true spirit of a city that never sleeps.
Gateway of India-The Gateway of India that was built in the 20th century is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Mumbai. The building stands beautifully overlooking the Arabian Sea and the location of this building is what makes it so attractive. It is 85 feet tall and it is one of Mumbai’s most significant landmarks. Right opposite to this attraction stands another beautiful and historical building- the Taj Mahal Hotel.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus- another great attraction is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus that is visited by millions of people. This terminus was also built during the British rule and the construction of the same started in 1787 that went on till 1887. Before this terminus got its name of Shivaji, it was named Victoria Terminus and was called VT. There are many people who still refer to CST as VT. The architecture of this terminus is highly inspired by Victorian Gothic styles and it is one of the first to be set up in Mumbai.
Marine Drive-Marine Drive is one of the best places of Mumbai. This place of interest is what defines Mumbai in the best possible way. Popular for being an island city, Marine drive is a long stretch that has been made by the Arabian Sea and it stretches up to 3.5km. it is also called as the Queen’s Necklace and it is called so, because of the long stretch that lights up at night and looks similar to a pearl necklace.
Mount Mary Church-Another great attraction is the Mount Marcy Church that is called the Basilica of our Lady Mount situated in the westerns suburbs of Mumbai. This church is highly significant not just for Christians but also for people who belong to different faiths and religions. The Mount Mary Festival called as the Bandra Fair is very popular and people from all over flock to the church.
Best time to Visit
Maharashtra’s capital city, Mumbai is one of the most destinations of India. The best time to visit Mumbai the months of October to March, however the city receives footfall all around the year. The weather during this time is pleasant with the temperature falling in the range of 28 degree C to 33 degree C. Though the minimum temperature gets down to 10 degree C but does not really feel cold. This time is conducive for sightseeing and other activities. April and mid-June make for humid and hot summer months with temperatures going to mid-thirties. Many people visit Mumbai at this time due to discount on rates of hotels and packages etc. Rains hit the shores of Mumbai in the second half of the June and continue till September. Humidity is at an all-time high and Mumbai witness’s heavy rainfall and so this time must be avoided.
How to Reach
By Air- Mumbai has an international airport, Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport. This airport is located at a distance of 30 km from the city center, Nariman and 4 km from the domestic terminal in Santa Cruz. Regular flights connect this airport to important cities of India and World.
By Rail- Mumbai contains the headquarters of both Western and Central Railways and thus the city is very well-connected to the country through rails. Super-fast trains as well as passenger trains are available to important Indian cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
By Road- An excellent network of road connects Mumbai to the remaining parts of the country. State-run buses connect Mumbai to other cities of the state like Pune (163 km), Aurangabad (392 km), Nashik (184 km) as well as to destinations of the neighbouring states.