Mumbai is a bustling city in the Maharashtra state of India. The city has some of the fascinating attractions to offer from historical sights, heritage buildings to street food, shopping streets and popular hangout spots. There is no dearth of things to do and places to visit in Mumbai.
If you have only one day in Mumbai then we suggest you spend your time exploring places in South Mumbai. South Mumbai offers has some of the best eating options and shopping streets and historical sights too. Getting around in South Mumbai to cover the attractions won’t take a lot of traveling which would save a lot of time.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Airport is the main airport in Mumbai which has 2 terminals domestic and international. The domestic terminal also serves some of the international flights. The airport connects all major international cities and cities in India. From the airport, you can either hire a prepaid taxi or book Ola or Uber through the app. Mumbai also has a well-connected train network connecting all the major railway stations in India and regular private as well as government bus services to the neighboring states.
Places to Visit in Mumbai in One day
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Train Station (CST)
CST or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is a historic railway station and the headquarters of the central line for local trains in Mumbai. You can board a train to CST from any local train station on central line in Mumbai. CST is built in a Victorian Gothic Revival architectural style.
The historic station is a UNESCO World Heritage Site building completed in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Take a public transport bus or hire a taxi to reach Taj Mahal Palace. The bus depot is located right next to the CST station and there are plenty of buses that run from CST to Taj Mahal Palace. Get down at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chowk which is 5 minutes walk to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel built in the Indo-Saracenic style with Victorian Gothic and Romanesque design elements and has a large central dome.
Across the street is Gateway of India, a triumphal arch monument built in 1924 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai in 1911.
Visitors are free to walk around the structure and explore its impressive architectural details and also the views of the Arabian Sea.
The Gateway of India is a popular venue for concerts and events and the starting point for boats to Elephanta Caves.
Colaba Market is one of the popular street markets in Mumbai. It sells the latest fashion trends like jewelry, bags, shoes, clothing, antiques and more. We find the items here a little pricey with less room for bargaining.
Tip: Try some delicious pastry cakes from Leopold Cafe which is located in the Colaba Market.
Lunch at Bademiya Kebab Restaurant
There are several options when it comes to eating out in South Mumbai. Leopold Cafe is one of the oldest restaurants in Mumbai and serves Indian and continental food and snacks. But if we had to choose one we would go for the Bademiya Kebab Restaurant which is known for its delicious Mughlai food. Bademiya Kebab Restaurant is located right behind the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Try their Kebabs, Biryani and Bhuna accompanied by roti and mouthwatering delicacies.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
About 10 minutes walk from Bademiya Kebab Restaurant is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum (CSMVS Museum). The museum is housed in an Indo-Saracenic style heritage building and was erected as a memorial to the visit of the Prince of Wales King George V.
The museum was opened to the public in 1924. The museum collection consists of over 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history from Art, Archaeology and Natural History.
From CSMVS Hire a taxi to Crawford Market. Crawford Market is a wholesale market and one of the oldest markets of Mumbai. It is located in a historic colonial building from the late 19th century. The market has stalls selling imported dry fruits, fruits, spices at wholesale rates.
Opposite the Crawford Market is the Mangaldas Market a wholesale market for clothes. And the streets of the market are lined with shops selling anything and everything from household items, cutlery, decoration items, shoes, readymade dresses and more.
If you are looking to shop for the latest fashion clothing then head to Fashion Street, one of the best shopping streets in Mumbai for fashionistas.
You will find a variety of clothing, traditional Indian dresses, western wears, shoes, backpacks, handbags and more. For best deals, you will need to bargain.
Hire a taxi to Taraporevala Aquarium. Taraporevala Aquarium is one of the oldest aquarium in India opened for the first time in 1951. The aquarium hosts 2,000 fishes of over 400 species which include marine and freshwater fishes.
One of the interesting features of the aquarium is 12-feet long and 180 deg glass tunnel. If you visiting Mumbai with kids Aquarium is definitely a must visit, there is a special section for kids where kids can touch and feel the harmless fishes in small pools. There is also a theatre which hosts documentaries on fish and marine life conservation.
There is an entry fee to the aquarium and separate fees if you want to take pictures or videos. The aquarium is closed on Mondays and on public holidays.
Across the street is Marine Drives popularly known as the Queen’s Necklace. Marine Drives is a 3.6-km C-shaped promenade which when looked from an elevation at night resembles a necklace and hence the name. Marine Drives is a popular hangout spot, you will mostly find a family crowd with kids running around and enjoying the large spacious promenade.
You will also find Hawkers sell snacks and toys. The promenade offers a postcard-perfect vista of Mumbai city skyline along the shores of the Arabian Sea.
About 10 minutes walk from the Marine Drives is the Chowpatty Beach which is famous for Mumbai street food and a popular sunset spot. There are many food stalls on the beach which sell tasty street food and chaats like Bhel Puri, Sev Puri, Pav Bhaji, Pani Puri, juices, sandwiches, and desserts like falooda and icecreams.
There are also hawkers and vendors selling unique toys, balloons and small rides for kids like the merry-go-round and Ferris Wheel.
Tip: Cross the street to Bachelorr’s Icecream shop and try their yummy and spicy Chilli Icrecream. They also have a wide range of milkshakes, smoothies, fruit salad, and other desserts.
Ride the Bandra Worli Sea Link
Hire a taxi to Bandra train station and ask the taxi driver to drive through the Worli Sea Link. Bandra–Worli Sea Link is a remarkable cable-stayed bridge that connects Worli in South Mumbai with Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai. A ride on the Bandra Worli Sea Link is a unique fascinating experience as you drive through the towering cables amidst the never-ending expanse of blue sea. There is a toll collection both for entry on the bridge which you will need to pay.
The trains from Bandra station run on the western line. You may want to take a train depending on where your accommodation is located. Or the best instead of asking the taxi to drop you at Bandra Station you can ask him to drop you directly at the accommodation.
Best Time To Visit Mumbai
The best time to visit Mumbai is the months from November to March which is winter months when the weather is pleasant. The summer months of April, May and the month of October are hot and humid which are the months you may want to avoid. May is the month when the schools have vacation so you can expect more crowd at the Mumbai attractions.
The monsoon or the rainy season lasts from June until August. It rains heavy in Mumbai and few times everything gets stranded, the local trains and public transport are either delayed or not working. It can be a lot of inconveniences so best to avoid these months to travel to Mumbai.
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