Mumbai, or the City of Dreams, is one of the most populated and most visited places in India. The city is known for its fast pace, wonderful sights, street food, and its rich culture and history. Although I didn’t manage to get to Mumbai during my two weeks in India last year, I’m hoping to return to the country at some point to spend time experiencing the many different things to do in Mumbai, as well as exploring Goa and Kerala.
Getting to Mumbai is relatively easy, as it’s well connected by air, rail and road. If you have time on your hands, the well-maintained roads and picturesque routes make it an ideal destination for a road trip, but if you want to make the most of the time you have, flights are the quickest option. You can choose from several different operators who fly to Mumbai, from all major cities in India. If you’re flying from Delhi, you can take advantage of cheap flights from Delhi to Mumbai.
This three-day itinerary will guide you through some of the best things to do in Mumbai. Don’t be afraid to make a few unplanned stops, though; surprising local novelties can really add colour to your trip.
Day 1- History and culture
The first day of your trip is all about the history, heritage and culture of Mumbai. Start at the southern tip of the city, in the affluent district of Colaba. This neighbourhood is home to some of the best buildings in the city, constructed in the Victorian style and showcasing the grandeur of the era. The area also has great cafes and malls, which house boutique brands and designer products.
After exploring Colaba, move onto Colaba Causeway, a street famous as a shopping destination, with countless stalls selling electrical appliances and curios at knockdown prices. It pays to haggle to get the best price for whatever it is you’ve got your heart set on. The fruit stalls are also worth a visit, and don’t miss the opportunity to go to Gandhi House, which was the residence of the Mahatma when he visited Bombay in the pre-Independence days.
Round up your day of exploration by visiting the famed ‘Queen’s Necklace’, otherwise known as Marine Drive. At night, this shimmering row of lights is said to be one of the best sights not just in Mumbai, but in the whole of India. The street food available on Marine Drive is also well worth a try.
Day 2- Shopping
Your second day in Mumbai sees you shop ’til you drop and eat to your heart’s content! Mumbai boasts some of the best flea markets in the world, where you can find almost everything you have ever thought of, at dirt cheap prices. One of the most popular things to do in Mumbai, Chor Bazaar in Mutton Street is the place to start. The street has hundreds of stalls and shops, which sell antiques and curios ranging from old gramophones to figurines at low prices. Next, move on to the famous Fashion Street on MG Road, for some retail therapy. The street has around 250 stalls selling knock-off designer clothing and accessories. It is a favourite among both tourists and locals. Finish the day by watching the sunset at Chowpatty Beach, a gastronomer’s heaven with street food stalls selling sinful delicacies. Make sure you grab a dosa at the legendary Swati Snacks!
Day 3- Exploration
On day three, be sure to see the famed sculptures of Elephanta Caves, dedicated to Hindu god, Shiva. Hop on a ferry to Elephanta Island, admiring the awesome views of Mumbai as you sail along. Have fun exploring the subterranean caverns and temple sculptures of the Caves, which are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a tiring day of exploration, tuck into some tasty food at a gourmet restaurant, or quench your thirst at one of Mumbai’s many pubs and bars.
Have you ever been to India? What appeals to you the most out of all the different things to do in Mumbai?