Whoever has visited Mumbai, cannot deny that it is indeed a city dreams, but what the tourists see and experience is just a tourism cover that the city provides. If you are a real explorer and always have a keen interest in the offbeat activities and secluded destinations, then this is exactly what you need to have a look at. Read about some of the best places t visit and wonderful experience that you might miss out on any regular Mumbai city tour, but every vacation is remembered for its unparalleled experience rather than a few monumental places, so keep reading to know what are some of the things that you must not miss if you are planning a trip to Mumbai.
- Stopover at the religious estates
Mumbai is not always known for its religious sites, but for all the tourists out there who are planning to visit the city anytime soon, Mumbai is one of the most dedicated cities when it comes to celebrating religion and festivities. If you’ve ever visited Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi, you would know what I’m talking about. The streets are vibrant, loud, and full of people immersed in the spirit of celebration. It is one of the best times to Visit Mumbai if you want to have this extra-ordinary experience. Talking about the temples and religious abodes, Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the most visited, renowned and significant holy site in Mumbai and across India as well. Another holy place which is also a wonderful tourist destination is the Haji Ali Dargah, which is very uniquely constructed on an Island platform offering a spectacular view of the ocean.
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
Smart tourists always suggest to lay low on the shopping side if you’re traveling, but what can we do when the markets are so colorful and attractive? We shop! Not to tempt you, but the street markets and thrift shops of Mumbai are extremely popular and known for a variety of items. One of the most popular markets is the Colaba Causeway, which is a must visit on every Mumbai shopping tour; this is a street market located in a close proximity to Gateway of India. If you wish to shop for high end brands and products, you may visit the Pheonix Market city or High Street phoenix.
- Play the role of Paparazzi
Its not a news that the city of Mumbai is a birthplace and hub of Bollywood film Industry, and this is what makes it a city of dreams, because every year millions of aspirants come to the city, with dream to be on the silver screen someday. It might not be possible to become an actor on a one day Mumbai city tour, but it sure is possible to spot one. Opt for a film city tour in Mumbai whenever you’re travelling, and experience the life and the struggle behind the camera. There is a chance that you might end up experiencing a live shot that features a famous personality and if they are kind enough, don’t forget to click a selfie with them!
- Right back at the hunger pangs
I’m not sure if everyone thinks like this, but for me, food plays a vital role on every holiday and every new destination and Mumbai is one such place that not only offers a delectable cuisine but also has widespread of hundreds of famous places where you can stop for a bite. From the local complex of Juhu-Chowpatty serving lip-smacking street food to the famous Leopold café serving some authentic Italian, Chinese and Mughlai, Mumbai has a wide variety of multi-cuisine eateries. Don’t forget to visit the Matunga market to get your hands on one of the best south-Indian street food.
- Beneath the glamour of the Dream City
Mumbai is all about the glitterati and movies, but have you ever wondered that like any other city, Mumbai also has a side of poverty and struggle? If not, then whenever you visit Mumbai next, don’t forget to sign up for a Dharavi slum tour. Dharavi, which is the biggest slum in Asia is located in Mumbai and has now become one of the tourist attractions. Tour around the cramped lanes of the slum and interact with the residents to know about their lifestyle.
If you like the idea of this offbeat activity, you may also indulge into a Dabbawala tour, which is again another side of the bright city.
The city has a lot to offer if you are someone who loves to explore indifferent ways to travel and discover, it may not be possible to cover all the above destinations if you have chosen Mumbai city for one day tour package, but whatever you do, always be a keen traveler.