9 Must Visit Sights In Mumbai

June 18, 2016 India 2 Comments 4,036 Views

9 Must Visit Sights In Mumbai, India.

Mumbai is a real megacity. Prepare yourself for one of Indias most bustling, chaotic and energetic places. It’s home to some of Asia’s biggest slums, a thriving film industry (Bollywood, Hollywood), the grandest colonial-era architecture and millions and millions of people. The city’s energy, limited public transport and pollution makes it a challenge for every visitor. Well, not for us of course (haha) since we’ve been travelling all across India for the past 15 years.

Wherever you arrive in Mumbai, you’ll immediately notice that auto rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws and motorbikes are non existent. This makes you taxi bound, and forces you to memorise as many bus routes as you can. Or, you simply decide to check out the area by foot, which is our favourite way of getting around. Mumbai has several must visit places, but for first time visitors, there are a few that really shouldn’t be missed.

#1 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: The Gateway Of India.

Of course the Gateway of India is the must visit sight when coming to Mumbai. In earlier times, it would have been the first structure that visitors arriving by boat would have seen. And still today, it’s one of those monuments you’ll never forget.

We first arrived here on a Sunday, which is most probably the worst day of the week to explore the Gateway of India. The waiting line was about two kilometres long! Especially the men’s line was endless, but even the ladies line was too crowded. We gave up immediately and decided to come back the next day. The situation looked a lot different on Monday morning. The access was almost deserted and we could enter without waiting. We hopped on a boat cruise to get a better overview. The cruise takes about one hour and gives you the impression of what it must have felt like to arrive here back in the days.

The Gateway of India was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary when they visited India in 1911. Today, it is one of India's most iconic structures.
The Gateway of India was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary when they visited India in 1911. Today, it is one of India’s most iconic structures.
A Mumbai boat cruise at dawn will provide you with perfect photo opportunities.
A Mumbai boat cruise at dawn will provide you with perfect photo opportunities.
The Gateway of India is the stepping-off point for cruises around the natural harbour of Mumbai.
The Gateway of India is the stepping-off point for cruises around the natural harbour of Mumbai.
The Gateway of India, as well as the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel are two of the most iconic buildings in Mumbai, visited by thousands of tourists every day.
The Gateway of India, as well as the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel are two of the most iconic buildings in Mumbai, visited by thousands of tourists every day.
#2 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Formerly known as Victoria Terminus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an historic railway station. It’s a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture. The station was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. You’d expect the inside to be just as extravagant, but its interior is far less impressive. Still, keep in mind that this railway station is the busiest in the world, with three million passengers passing through every single day!

This is the western facade of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CTS).
This is the western facade of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CTS).
Hundreds of trains leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CTS) every day to all parts of India.
Hundreds of trains leave Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CTS) every day to all parts of India.
#3 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: Sassoon Dock.

Sassoon Dock is the largest wholesale fish market in Mumbai. Arrive in the morning to see hundreds of women pulling shrimps, boats arriving with their catch and men auctioning off the fresh fish right on the spot.

These men at Sassoon Sock are refilling the boats with crushed ice for their next trip out to sea.
These men at Sassoon Sock are refilling the boats with crushed ice for their next trip out to sea.
At Sassoon Dock you come across all varieties of sea creatures.
At Sassoon Dock you come across all varieties of sea creatures.
Only women are pulling shrimps while chatting along at Sassoon Dock.
Only women are pulling shrimps while chatting along at Sassoon Dock.
These men at Sassoon Dock are filling up trailers with crushed ice, which are then pulled to the boats and packed into the stowage for the next trip out to sea.
These men at Sassoon Dock are filling up trailers with crushed ice, which are then pulled to the boats and packed into the stowage for the next trip out to sea.
This wholesale trader at Sassoon Dock counts his money after a busy morning.
This wholesale trader at Sassoon Dock counts his money after a busy morning.
#4 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: Home Of The Jungle Book Author Rudyard Kipling.

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English writer, born in Mumbai on December 30, 1865. The bungalow he was born in 151 years ago has since been rebuilt, but the peeling mint green-painted wooden cottage, where trees lean against its roof, occupied only by birds and bats, stands in its place and radiates the kind of atmosphere you’d expect when reading his most famous work The Jungle Book.

The bungalow is located in the corner of the Sir J.J. School of Art compound, not far from one of the busiest boulevards in Mumbai.

It's actually not allowed to enter the area, we were immediately advised to leave, but it's said that the Kipling House shall be converted into a tourist attraction.
It’s actually not allowed to enter the area, we were immediately advised to leave, but it’s said that the Kipling House shall be converted into a tourist attraction.
An ornate metal plaque at the entrance of the cottage is engraved with the words, "Rudyard Kipling, son of Lockwood Kipling, first principal of Sir J. J. School of Art, was born here on 30.12.1865."
An ornate metal plaque at the entrance of the cottage is engraved with the words, “Rudyard Kipling, son of Lockwood Kipling, first principal of Sir J. J. School of Art, was born here on 30.12.1865.”
#5 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery.

We came across Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery by accident, but the smell of fresh Chai tea and bread immediately caught our attention. All products in the bakery are handmade and are absolutely delicious! It was a great change to the Indian cuisine we’ve had for the past weeks and we even felt like home for a moment (also thanks to all the German posters on the wall). Definitely one of the best bakeries in town!

Yazdani Restaurant & Baker in Mumbai draws in a lot of visitors, particularly international visitors - especially Germans, thanks to a lot of German signs like here.
Yazdani Restaurant & Baker in Mumbai draws in a lot of visitors, particularly international visitors – especially Germans, thanks to a lot of German signs like here.
A peek into the kitchen and you will see several bakers working: greasing pans, cleaning the raisins and weighing the dough. Yazdani Bakery makes approximately 6.000 pavs (bread buns) each day.
A peek into the kitchen and you will see several bakers working: greasing pans, cleaning the raisins and weighing the dough. Yazdani Bakery makes approximately 6.000 pavs (bread buns) each day.
Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery was opened in Mumbai in 1953 by Meherwan Zend. Today, the three brothers, Rashid, Zend, Parvez and his son, Tirandaz run the bakery.
Yazdani Restaurant & Bakery was opened in Mumbai in 1953 by Meherwan Zend. Today, the three brothers, Rashid, Zend, Parvez and his son, Tirandaz run the bakery.
The name Yazdani originates from the town of Yazd, which is the capital of the Yazd Province in Iran, a hub of Iranian culture.
The name Yazdani originates from the town of Yazd, which is the capital of the Yazd Province in Iran, a hub of Iranian culture.
#6 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: Dhobi Ghat Laundry District.

There are several Dhobi Ghats in Mumbai, but Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat is the most famous and the largest unmechanized laundry facility and in the world. A dhobi is a laundryman who collects dirty linens from hotels, restaurants and homes and returns them washed and neatly folded from open-air laundromats known as ghats.

Approximately 700 dhobis live and work in the laundry colony Mahalakshmi, washing an average of 1 million pieces of clothing every day.
Approximately 700 dhobis live and work in the laundry colony Mahalakshmi, washing an average of 1 million pieces of clothing every day.
The area of Mahalakshmi extends across several city blocks and has many winding alleys, workrooms and semi-covered subsections of aluminum siding.
The area of Mahalakshmi extends across several city blocks and has many winding alleys, workrooms and semi-covered subsections of aluminum siding.
If you want to enter Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, you will be asked for money, since this place has become such a tourist attraction.
If you want to enter Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, you will be asked for money, since this place has become such a tourist attraction.
You will find every piece of clothing there is at Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat - from socks to linen.
You will find every piece of clothing there is at Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat – from socks to linen.
#7 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: The Real Slumdog Millionaires.

Some might find a visit to the slum areas morbid, but you can’t ignore the fact that approximately 60% of Mumbai’s population lives in slums. If you really want to get a sense of how the Mumbaikers manage their daily routine, then we’d suggest to take a ride with one of the many commuter trains that ply the area. If you get out at Bandra railway station for example, you’ll be right in the middle of on of the biggest slums in Mumbai.

There are many slum areas in Mumbai, with Dharavi as Asia's largest. It is home to approximately 1 million people.
There are many slum areas in Mumbai, with Dharavi as Asia’s largest. It is home to approximately 1 million people.
"Poverty porn" oder social tourism? At the least, a visit to some of Mumbai slum areas will give you an insight on what is feel like living in these conditions.
“Poverty porn” oder social tourism? At the least, a visit to some of Mumbai slum areas will give you an insight on what is feel like living in these conditions.
The slums in Mumbai are a city within a city.
The slums in Mumbai are a city within a city.
#8 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: Oval Maidan.

Oval Maidan is a park located in an upscale area, with all the embassies and large company headquarters around. On Sundays, thousands of people gather here top play a game cricket, or to enjoy a picknick with friends. It’s a great spot to get aways from the busier side of Mumbai for a while.

Oval Maidan is the perfect spot to get away from Mumbai's busy life.
Oval Maidan is the perfect spot to get away from Mumbai’s busy life.
If you come at the right time and are lucky, you'll be able to experience Oval Maidan without crowds of people - which is very unusual for one of Indias busiest cities.
If you come at the right time and are lucky, you’ll be able to experience Oval Maidan without crowds of people – which is very unusual for one of Indias busiest cities.
#9 Must Visit Sight In Mumbai: Marine Drive.

We walked along the 3.5 kilometre-long boulevard from the southern tip all the way to Chowpatty Beach, which is located in the area where the Mumbai Opera House is situated. It’s a recreation area and lots of Mumbaikers flock the beach on weekends. The rich and famous of Mumbai show off their newly bought Ferraris, Audis and BMW’s here. It really gives you a sense that on one hand, Mumbai is home to millions of underprivileged people, and on the other hand some of Indias richest and most powerful.

You'll get an amazing view of Mumbai's skyline when walking along Marine Drive.
You’ll get an amazing view of Mumbai’s skyline when walking along Marine Drive.
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  1. A great wrap up of one of the most amazing cities in the world – I have visited all these sites couple of times and can’t stop going again and again…

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