Among the contrasts of rich and poor, laborers and artists, financial powerhouse and the largest tropical forest, Mumbai – India’s largest city is one of the Asia destinations home to historical landmarks, rich cultural attractions and many more.
Get to know Mumbai
As India’s financial hub and the center of its trade and industry, Mumbai draws relentless crowds and first-time travelers to the capital city can get a little flustered. It is the country’s most populous city so expect that there will be a lot of people, everywhere, anytime of the day.
Although it can be overwhelming for some, within the chaos of the city are some of the most visited India attractions that can take you back to the country’s history and rich culture.
Places to visit in Mumbai
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
First stop for your Mumbai travel itinerary is Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Built in 1903, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel isn’t just a popular place in Mumbai but it is an Asia destination regarded as one of the most interesting places to stay in the world. It is India’s second most photographed monument. This landmark hotel is situated on the waterfront in downtown Mumbai, facing the Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea. Aside from its stunning Islamic and Renaissance style, Taj Mahal Palace hotel also holds an important part of the country’s history as it was the first Indian hotel to employ women and the first to have electricity.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
This historic railway station which was formerly known as Victoria Terminus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city’s most lavish Gothic building. It was designed by Frederick Stevens and was completed in 1887, 34 years after the first train in India left the site. What captures the attention of tourists is the incredible details of the railway’s architecture, most especially the dog-faced gargoyles of the central tower.
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
To take you deeper into the city’s history, make sure to visit one of the Mumbai destinations you shouldn’t miss when you’re in India – the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. It is a gorgeous museum containing over 3500 displays that reflect Mumbai’s history. From photographs to books, manuscripts, maps, textile and even weaponry, all these are remnants of the city’s past and a look on the history of India’s capital city.
Elephanta Island is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. These are Hindu temples which were created between AD 450 and 750 which represent the most impressive temple carving in the country. Inside you can find a small museum for some information on the caves’ origins.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
If you want to quickly escape the madness of the bustling city, one of the things to do in Mumbai is visit a national park.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is surrounded by a tropical forest, giving you a relaxing break from Mumbai’s busy streets. Here, the city’s pollution and buildings are replaced with birds, flowers and even elusive wild leopards. Trekking isn’t really prohibited but you will need to have permission before doing so. If you want to enjoy some leisure walk in this national park, the best way to go is from the Bombay National History Society. Here, you’ll find caves and a wildlife exhibit.