Mumbai is a vibrant destination for a weekend break and if you’ve never been you may be overwhelmed with the sheer volume of things to see and do! Here’s my Mumbai travel guide for a whirlwind tour of this exciting destination…
Day 1 – Morning
Start your Mumbai adventure by getting your bearings and checking out the Gateway of India, an Indo-Saracenic monument erected around 1924 and a symbol of Mumbai’s position as a springboard to exploration. There are several cafes nearby, so grab yourself some breakfast. The melting pot of cultures makes for interesting dining options, but if you want something traditional sample the local Sali Par Edu. Take a stroll along the Colaba Causeway where you’ll find numerous stalls selling everything from antiques to old books.
Day 1 – Afternoon
Kala Ghoda is packed with cultural options and it’s just a 20 to 30-minute drive or bus ride
from Colaba. This is known as Mumbai’s art district and the Jehangir Art Gallery is packed with exciting contemporary artworks from artists such as Amit Harit and Vikas Malhara. The National Gallery of Modern Art is another important institution and houses an impressive permanent collection as well as hosting touring exhibits.
Day 1 – Evening
Head to Marine Drive for an early evening stroll to appreciate the city’s fabulous coastline.
It’s also a great place to relax and have dinner. You’ll find an array of inexpensive
restaurants nearby serving everything from Pizza to traditional Mumbai cuisine. For European cuisine with a twist head to Gaylord, a bistro-style eatery serving everything from traditional French Onion Soup to Rogan Josh.
Day 2 – Morning
Get up bright and early to visit the . This indoor market is a feast for the senses with an array of blooms stacked high on every counter top. There are cafes nearby where you can go and grab some breakfast before heading to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Marharag Vastu Sangrahalaya, also known as The Museum Mumbai, situated on the southern tip of the city. The building itself is stunning, an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic architectural style. Once inside you’ll be treated to extensive collections, including fine examples of Ancient Indian art including miniature paintings and decorative art made from jade and wood.
Day 2- Afternoon
Pick up a souvenir of your trip from the Chor Bazaar, in Mutton Street, Kumbharwada. This market has a fascinating history spanning more than 150 years. It’s full of atmosphere and you’ll be able to pick up a range of antiques, trinkets and curios. Catch a cab and travel 20-minutes to the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai city Museum. This offers an eclectic range of modern and ancient art works, all set in a wonderful building. Once inside, the spacious interiors won’t fail to impress with ornate gold carvings, pillars and elaborate ceilings. You can enjoy afternoon tea at the museum café.
Day 2 – Evening
For fine dining head to the Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel. This was once the site of the city’s cotton mills but this large industrial estate has undergone something of a metamorphosis and is now Mumbai’s hottest dining destination. Enjoy a cocktail and sumptuous plates of modern Indian cuisine at The Bombay Canteen. The Farzi Café is another popular option – it’s wise to book in advance however as they do get quite busy.
I hope that this has inspired you. If you’ve already been to Mumbai and want to try somewhere different there are plenty more Indian cities to explore such as Mahabaleshwar, rich in natural beauty, or metropolitan Jaipur, so open your eyes to a world of sightseeing opportunities.