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There are plenty of reasons why Mumbai in India is well worth a visit. From nightlife to nature, the city has it all so here are 10 reasons why you should visit Mumbai at least once – just in case you are looking for a little motivation to finally book that flight.
Also known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai is much more than just a bustling commercial capital; it is a phenomenon that everyone ought to experience. From its railway network that achieves nothing short of miracles everyday – carrying more passengers per kilometre than any railway network on earth – to its incredible ways of fostering a 20 plus million strong population that grows by the day.
Mumbai undoubtedly is among your finest options if you’re looking to sample India’s vibrant urban nightlife. From swanky clubs and lounges to edgy alternate and underground music venues, the city has something to offer everyone. It is also safer and better connected than other cities, making your night out a stress free event.
Mumbai isn’t just for city-lovers. There’s plenty that it has to offer nature-lovers as well. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the largest urban park located within city limits is rich with rare flora and fauna in addition to a resident tiger population. Vast and dense, the forested park is ideal for treks, bird-watching and more. If that doesn’t please you, the city is in close proximity to some of the country’s best trekking destinations – from Harishchandragad to Kalsubai peak.
Mumbai has something fantastic to offer every kind of foodie. From historic eateries whose kebabs have fans across the country to legendary South Indian restaurants, Mumbai’s culinary scene is vast and diverse. Parsi Cafes, vada pav stalls and other uniquely Mumbai food experiences make this city a must visit for any foodie.
From the famous Chor Bazaar (thieves’ market) to the historic Crawford Market, Mumbai’s many markets are among the finest in India and every bit worth visiting. Whether you are looking for antiques, souvenirs, clothing or freshly ground spices – Mumbai has a market for your needs.
Mumbai is a deeply historic city. From ancient civilizations – whose legacies remain today in the form of the Kanheri caves that date from the 1st century BCE to the 10th century CE – to a complex colonial past, Mumbai brims with remnants of the many avatars it took prior to becoming the present-day financial hotspot that it is.
Mumbai will delight anyone who appreciates good architecture. From the 14th century Haji Ali Dargah to colonial era landmark buildings such as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or present-day Mumbai’s stunners such as the Bandra Worli Sea Link, Mumbai has many architectural structures that are both storied and impressive.
Surrounded by the calming waters of the Arabian Sea, Mumbai is a city for sea-lovers and beach babies. As our guide to the city’s many beaches will reveal, there’s a beach for every person and occasion in this vast city – from isolated virgin beaches to crowded, festive ones.
Mumbai is the unofficial fashion capital of the city. From Bandra Hill Road’s steal deals on the latest trends to stylish boutiques, cheap jewellery found on Colaba Causeway to exquisite designer jewellery boutiques, the city has much to offer fashion lovers regardless of their budgets.
Mumbai is one of the best cities to head to if you are looking to get a feel of the contemporary art scene in India. From Chapel Road’s iconic street art to Jehangir Art Gallery and the many other famous galleries of Kala Ghoda, Mumbai has plenty to offer art enthusiasts. And if you’re an art history aficionado, then the city’s historic cave temples and its many museums including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum will delight you.