Mumbai is India’s most populous city and there is plenty to see and do there. With evidence suggesting that areas of the city have been inhabited since the Stone Age, it has a considerable amount of history to explore. Many students come to Mumbai to attend the University of Mumbai, and it is also a popular city amongst tourists due the ease of visiting the city, with Mumbai Airport is located within the city’s limits.
What to see
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is definitely worth a visit for those who like museums, containing around 50,000 ancient Indian artefacts from art, archaeology and natural history. The Gateway of India was completed in 1920 and is one of Mumbai’s best recognized monuments.It is the first thing visitors coming by boat will see, with it’s location making it an ideal spot to start exploring Mumbai from.
Film city gives visitors a chance to take a tour of Bollywood, for which India is so famous. For visitors that do not have time to do this, at least try to catch a Bollywood film whilst in Mumbai. Essel World is India’s largest amusement park and not only has 34 major rides, it also has a large waterpark and a botanical garden with over 30,000 specimens.
Celebrations to attend
Mumbai plays host to many celebrations and festivals throughout the year. Diwali is an important event on the Hindu calendar. Popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the celebrations can be spectacular. The date will change each year, however Diwali usually starts between September and October, with celebrations taking place over five days, finishing in October or November.
The Ganesh Chaturthi, which usually takes place in August or September celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha. In Mumbai, the celebrations often involve hundreds of people taking to the beach at Girgaum Chaupati. The Elephanta Festival, which takes place every February on Elphanta Island, which is a short ferry ride from Mumbai is another festival well worth seeing, celebrating classical Indian dance and music, with performers coming from all over India to participate. The Elphanta Caves make Elphanta Island a popular attraction throughout the year, even when the festival is not on.