10 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Mumbai: A Guide for First-Time Visitors
A melting pot in the truest sense, the beloved city of Mumbai, is a national pride. This city is mystical in ways that it’s so modern yet manages to preserve its old-world charm. Home to Bollywood, every nook and corner of the city has cinematic worth.
One might visit Mumbai for many reasons; its beaches, amazing street food, lavishmalls, restaurants, skylines, historical British-era buildings, and most importantly, its spirit. The city is affectionately and rightfully known as the city that never sleeps, and is sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart.
Sai Palace, with its branches in Andheri, Mira Road, and Malad, has the advantage of being conveniently located near many major sights of Mumbai. Whether you’re a local resident or a first-time visitor exploring the city, staying at any of the Sai Palace branches ensures easy access to these destinations.
And, if you’re looking for a perfect travel guide to navigate this megacity, you’ve come to the correct spot. Here are 10 important sites in Mumbai that you must see:
1. Greet the magnificent Gateway of India
The Gateway of India, which was originally built as a welcoming gift for a British viceroy, is iconic in its size, importance, and majesty. This architectural beauty will captivate you with its royal elegance. The cherry on the cake is the breathtaking backdrop of the Arabian Sea. Don’t give this monument a miss because what the Taj Mahal is to Agra, the Gateway of India is to Mumbai!
2. Seek blessings of Bappa at Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Dadar
The chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ ring out louder than any other sound in Mumbai. Shri Siddhivinanayak is one the holiest and most visited shrine of the elephant God. Do seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha at Siddhivinayak Temple, a truly divine experience that will leave you spellbound. And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to try the delectable modaks!
3. Witness the waves at Juhu Beach
Juhu Chowpatty is Mumbai’s lifeline. It’s constantly humming with the sounds of vendors selling delicious Mumbai-style cuisine. This nice and lengthy shoreline is amazing for getting some fresh air and pleasure strolling. Don’t skip the chance to catch the sunset while eating some amazing Pav Bhaji!
4. Joy ride through Bandra Worli Sea Link
The Bandra Worli Sea link has become the most iconic emblem of modern Mumbai. The bridge is a modern engineering marvel that not only makes traveling easier but offers a scenic view. So, the best way to access it is by driving through it and getting a first-hand experience of its grandeur.
5. Splurge on local items at Chor Bazaar
Isn’t that an odd name? It stems from the British mispronouncing its original name, which was ‘Shor bazaar’ or ‘noisy market’. There’s nothing you won’t find here, from vehicle components to antiques to shoes to old movie posters. You could even discover a little television worth a few hundred rupees here! But remember, bargaining is a must-have talent when visiting this market.
6. Soothe your soul at Marines
It would be a shame not to visit the Marines Lines when in Mumbai! Sitting by this gorgeous shoreline is as good as therapy. Add to it, watching the sunset and sunrise from there. A truly breathtaking sight! If you chance to be there on a Sunday morning, don’t miss out on the fun street activities.
7. Don’t miss the Kala Ghoda Art Festival
Experience color, culture, and art at Kala Ghoda Art Festivals, which lasts for 8 days in February. During this time, the streets of Kala Ghoda are transformed into workshop spaces, theatres, dance platforms, and tiny marketplaces. Art enthusiasts from the world-over rush to the city to take part in this celebration of art. Art lover or not, if you happen to visit in February, definitely add this to your itinerary.
8. Embrace the spiritual glow of Mount Mary Church.
Mount Mary Church stands tall on a hillock in Bandra. This is an iconic Roman Catholic Church that attracts devout worshippers as well as curious visitors. Either way, this beautiful church situated in the heart of Mumbai, is a must-see for anybody seeking peace and mental rejuvenation. Isn’t that just all of us?
9. Insight to history at Elephanta caves
Immerse yourself in the beauty of India’s rich cultural heritage with a visit to Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Carved between the 5th and 8th centuries, the Elephanta Caves are home to stunning rock-cut sculptures dedicated to Lord Shiva. The journey to this ancient treasure trove caves is an equally wonderful boat ride from Gateway of India.
10. Uncover the wild at Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Is it possible to find a natural haven and soothing sights of wildlife, in the middle of a busy city like Mumbai? Turns out, it is! Take a leisurely safari and explore the network of hiking trails amidst the endless greenery at Sanjay Gandhi National Park. While you’re there, check out the Kanheri caves, which are ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves located within the park.
Mumbai is brimming with such natural, cultural, and historical landmarks. Visiting these places becomes even more enjoyable if commuting to them is a smoother experience. With Sai Palace’s well-placed branches, you can easily explore Mumbai’s cultural landmarks, indulge in culinary delights, and immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of this bustling metropolis.
So plan your visit, Mumbai awaits you!