“Ae Dil he mushkil jeena yahan, zara hatke zara bachke, ye he Mumbai meri jaan………”. This song is an evergreen classic song from the movie Mr. & Mrs. 55, a 1955 Bollywood film directed by Mr. Gurudutt. The song itself tells a lot about Mumbai – The City Of Dreams. There are many other creative things that are already available today to support my vision about Mumbai. Many songs, movies, documentaries, novels have been already presented to the world to show what is Mumbai all about.
Mumbai is always said to have been a Dream City for many people. Many people leave their own cities and their own people to move on to Mumbai for many reasons. Getting fascinated by the lights of the city, some people come to fulfill their dreams, some to earn a living / to earn bread for their families and some to live a life of their favorite superstars……. Of course, there are many who reach Mumbai only as a tourist and a few crazy like us who reach out Mumbai again and again to explore Mumbai to see a new Mumbai.
Apart from being a tourist attraction, Mumbai also attracts people for trade. It is a Trade Center for India. Mumbai has wholesale markets for almost everything that an Indian would use in a daily routine life. There are so many markets in all the different parts of Mumbai. The smallest parts of any electronic Gadget, every type of cloth material, variant range of kitchen crockery, Made in India, Made in China…….. name anything and you will find it in some or the other corner of Mumbai.
Mumbai has a lot of places and things to offer to its tourist. What version of Mumbai fascinates a tourist merely depends on the interest of the tourist. We can find almost all categories of places in and around Mumbai. Heritage places, Temples, Hill Stations, Beaches, One Day picnic spots. We can find every category of place here.
We have visited Mumbai many times and every time with a new list of places to explore. And we are yet not done with our list. We never miss a chance to pack our bags and leave for Mumbai.
Let us know start our journey of exploring the different versions of Mumbai.
We usually prefer Local, Fast Trains and the Metros to roam about in Mumbai. Before going to Mumbai, we plan our start point, our route, our end point and every such little thing so that we can make the most of the time we spend in Mumbai. This is because, we have always got very short span of time to spend in Mumbai.
We always had one place in common whenever we visited Mumbai, and it was Marine Drive. We are so fascinated with that place that we always steal some time out of our schedule in Mumbai to visit Marine Drive, and believe us, we found it more beautiful every time. Marine Drive is at a walking distance from Marine Lines. So we either start our journey from there, or we take a short break there, or in some cases end our journey there. The time has always been different when we visited Marine Drive, 4.15 a.m in the Morning, 3.00 p.m in the noon, 7.00 p.m in the evening and 11.00 p.m in the night.
There is a unique facility provided by the Maharashtra Tourism namely Mumbai Darshan Tour for the tourists in Mumbai. The Bus will take you to 14 all the major destinations to be visited in Mumbai. You will be dropped to a destination and the guide with you will be guiding you about the place and then again board into a bus from there to explore the next destination. Enjoy the whole day exploring as many destinations as you can. There is a long list in local Mumbai to be explored. Major attractions that are inclusive in the Mumbai Darshan Tour from this Glamorous City are as follows:
Obviously this is not the limit. Mumbai has unlimited options to be visited by any tourist. Unlimited options in each category of places according to the taste can be enjoyed with lots of pleasure.
One of the nearest hill station in Mumbai is Matheran : Asia’s only Automobile-Free Hill Station.