There is something about the air in Mumbai. The moment you land here, the fragrance of the sea, sound of the waves and the vibes of the city grow high on you. It simply creates such a great energy that it embraces you within a few seconds. A sense of belongingness to an otherwise busy city engulfs you immediately. Be it the colonial architectures of South Mumbai, the overcrowded local trains, the dedicated Dabbawalas, enticing Marin drive, famous street food or the fast paced life of the people in the city, Mumbai celebrates life in many shades. From luxurious hotels in Mumbai, sprawling skyscrapers,glamorous lifestyle to the biggest slum areas, you can have it all in one city. What really hooked me to this city is the way everyone celebrates the contrasting lifestyle in their own way. Whenever I visit Mumbai, I blend easily with the rhythmic tone of this dream city and indulge myself in my favorite spots hopping.
Mumbai has a lot to offer for everyone. If you are travelling to the city for the very first time, you should not miss visiting these places which will make you fall in love with the city.
Visit Iconic Gateway of India
Visiting Gateway of India undoubtedly tops the chart when it comes to Mumbai. This iconic structure is the famous tourist spot in the city. Located opposite one of the luxury hotels, Gateway of India is not just one of the oldest harbors in the country, but also symbolizes the British grandeur. One can also take a ferry ride to ancient Elephanta Caves from here. What I loved most about this place is the sight of floating boats and ferries and when they slowly disappear beyond your horizon in the Arabian Sea.
Street Shopping and Restaurant Hopping in Colaba
If you are a shopaholic and love indulging in street shopping, Colaba is considered as one of the promising places for shopping in South Mumbai. From antiques, jewelry, clothes, books to handicrafts, you will literary find everything in Colaba Causeway. You can also check out Fashion Street, mostly popular among the college students. If you are exhausted in indulging in shopping, you can go for restaurant hopping in Colaba to savour some of the great seafood delicacies along with your favorite drinks.
Spend your evening at Nariman Point
One of my favorite corners in Mumbai is certainly Nariman Point. Sitting here, seeing the changing colours of the sky, the sound of waves making soulful music in your ears, is certainly the way I like to spend my evenings in the city. Mumbaikars are seen strolling around in this place after work mostly. Let the wind blow your hair a bit. Trust me, you will come back feeling refreshed.
Night at Marin Drive
After partying high when you need that solitude in the middle of a chaotic city like Mumbai, you should head to Marin drive to have some quiet time with yourself. It’s amazing to see the scintillating lights of those sea facing towering buildings, the dazzling queen’s necklace and the world passing by, when you stand still at the shore. The glittering Mumbai looks at its best at night.
To add a little glamour to your visit to Aamchi Mumbai, you can even treat yourself with High-Tea in a luxury hotel. From local flavors to the top hospitality, one can have everything in the Maximum City. Travelling on a local train, having street food, strolling around the beaches to the most luxurious experiences in high end hotels , Mumbai will never disappoint you. Rather it seduces you to a point that you don’t mind submitting yourself to “The Dream City”. Mumbai is definitely a great choice for your weekend gateways.
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Mumbai, earlier known as Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra and the largest city of India. Mumbai initially was the accumulation of seven islands on the Konkan coastline, which with the passage of time joined to form island city of Bombay. It further joined Salsette islands in the neighbourhood to form Greater Bombay. Bombay got its name from Bom Bahia, meaning "Beautiful Bay", given by a Portuguese. This was later popularised as Bombay state by the British. Current name of Bombay is Mumbai. More so, many say that Mumbai happens to be its original name, which is derived from "Mumba", a local Hindu Goddess "Mumbadevi", and "Aai", means "mother" in Marathi. However, its name was on the records changed from Bombay to Mumbai in 1995.
Mumbai undeniably is the business capital of India and one of the major port cities in the country. Mumbai has a diverse nature and multi-cultural lifestyle. On one hand, this city is the hometown of Bollywood, and on the other, this city has India's largest slum population. With the huge inflow of migrants, this city welcomes all with open arms. The city developed its identity from these communities that are settled in here. The culture here is a fine amalgamation of festivities, religions, music, food, music and theatres. Mumbai is said to have most active nightlife in comparison to other cities.
This city celebrates the festivals of every religion with grandeur and fervour. The popular festivals celebrated in Mumbai are Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, Navratri, Good Friday, Dussehra, Moharram, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Maha Shivratri. Fairs and fests add on to the glitter of the city; Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an exhibition that displays works of various renowned artists in the fields of music, dance, theatre, and films. Also, Bandra fair is an annual fair that begins on the next Sunday after September 8 each year. This festival commemorates the nativity of Mother Mary on September 8. This city has a lot to offer in terms of attractions, for those who want to explore this vividly colourful place.