City Guide: Mumbai
Mumbai is one of the most populated cities in the world and the biggest city in India in general. Before 1996, the official name of the city was Bombay, which is the name most people living there still prefer. Mumbai is definitely a wide-spread city and depending on where you stay, there are many things to see. Our city review of Mumbai gives you an impression of the most visited and popular spots in the city!
Admittedly, our planning may not have been ideal as we only had one day effectively in Mumbai. Getting around with Uber was our motto, which worked out so-so. Depending on the English skills of the drivers, they sometimes found us, sometimes not. In the end, this cost us a lot of time, but hey make the best of it!
Walking along Marine Drive
Marine Drive is right perfect for strolling around as we were able to enjoy skyline views of the Indian city!
Walking is something rather unusual in whole India I guess. Not any surprisingly, we were asked several times whether we would need a tuc-tuc and where we are going.
Gateway of India Mumbai
The Gateway of India is Mumbai’s most popular attraction. Initially, Gateway of India was built in purpose of welcoming arriving ships. But in fact, it was planned in honor of King Georg V. as he was in India for the first time when arriving in former Bombay.
Not any surprisingly, Gateway of India also is one of the most touristic spots of the city. Safety precautions are to be found accordingly.
The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai
Right behind the Gateway of India is the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai to be found.
When it comes to architecture, Taj Mahal Palace is a very impressive building. Inside is a five-star hotel which has been part of the Leading Hotels of the World.
Hanging Gardens Mumbai
The special thing about the Hanging Gardens in Mumbai is not the fact that they are actually hanging, but that they are terraced.
I would say it was pretty nice there, but I was a bit astonished that you could literally see how Mumbai has to fight with pollution.
Victoria Terminus Mumbai
You might wonder what’s this about a train station and why this station is worth a mention in a city review.
But Victoria Terminus, nowadays Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004.
Special buildings and things in Mumbai
When it comes to diverse architecture, Mumbai definitely is a city which has a lot on offer. Be it the house of birth of Mahatma Gandhi or things you discover when discovering the street life of Mumbai.
Moreover, the markets on the street are really worth watching. Books from all over the world (some are not even allowed to be sold in other countries) may be found there for example.
Last but not least, here are some random impressions we gained in Mumbai!