Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is the largest city on the subcontinent of India and is home to many industries such as the financial sect of India, the Bollywood industry, and more. Between the lengthy British colonization of India and the natural resources of the country, Mumbai has a lot of historical and cultural gems that are worth experiencing. So step into a new world and see Mumbai.
What to Do
The Gateway of India is a structure that encompasses British rule with Indian freedom to a tee. The gateway was built over 100 years ago to remember King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to Mumbai, but also because it was the place of departure for British troops when the colonization of India finally ended.
Once you’ve experienced the Gateway to India, take a ferry right from there and cruise for an hour until you reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves. These caves are temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, thought to be built sometime between the 5th-7th century. The temples were still in use until sometime in the 16th century, and they are really magnificent.
Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most important places of prayers in the city. This mosque and tomb was built in the 15th century and is still used on a daily basis by practicing Muslims. The building is built in the Indo-Islamic style with a beautiful marble courtyard and is surrounded by the stunning sea.
Marine Drive is another famous, must- visit spot in the city. This seaside promenade brings a bit of peace to the hectic city, and the Arabian Sea is such a beautiful site. Whether you want to take an evening stroll or have a photo shoot, Marine Drive is a must.
If you’re among the millions of fans who love Bollywood, which is an Indian musical movie category, you have to visit the Bandra neighborhood of Mumbai. Not only are you likely to run into a Bollywood star since many live in the area, but you can also enjoy all the amazing graffiti as well as killer nightclubs.
What to Eat
Mumbai’s food is a little different than the rest of the country because of it’s influx of immigrants and other various reasons. One of the most famous dishes in the city is butter garlic crab, and the best kind is at the restaurant Trishna. There you will also find amazing other seafood, and it is considered the best seafood restaurant in the city.
Shree Thaker Bhojanalay is a delicious traditional Mumbai restaurant that serves food that is most associated with Indian cuisine. They have wonderful platters containing various foods called gurjati thaalis, and you will not be disappointed in their variety and flavor.
If you are vegetarian or even vegan, Mumbai is the place for you because there are so many options of dishes for you such as varan bhaat, although it is usually made with ghee so not vegan. Although there are still many other dishes such as misal pao, which is a strew like dish eaten with rice and bread.