Mumbai is one of the largest populated metropolitan cities in India. Regarded to be the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai experiences a huge influx of youngsters and tourists from all over the world. Since I had always wished to spend a day in Mumbai and explore its intricacies closely, I booked one of the Bangalore to Mumbai flights and chose my desired date to reach the city. Also, because I had some pent-up work to complete in the main Mumbai branch of my office, I ended up there for a couple of days. I booked my preferred accommodation in Mumbai hotels in advance to redeem discounts on my stay. After checking in at the Radisson near Mumbai International Airport, I had two days at hand in the city. So, I booked one day for the office and the other for exploring the city at my own pace. Given below is a quick plan that I followed for my 24 hour Mumbai darshan:
Breakfast at Cafe Irani Chai
Customers waiting for their meals at Cafe Irani Chai
A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a wholesome breakfast of Bun-Maska with a cup of Ginger Tea. And what could be a better place to savour this than from Cafe Irani Chai. The place was crowded but I managed to find a corner table and placed my order. The smell of freshly baked buns charmed me. With each bite of it smeared with homemade Maska, I knew that very soon I would need a second plate. While having my tea, I observed the rush in the cafe and for some reason, it fascinated me. The cashier at the bill desk informed me that the cafe had been here for over a decade and belongs to a Parsi family and therefore, has all the hype.
Explored South Mumbai
Diagonal view of the Prince Wales Museum in South Mumbai
After the sumptuous breakfast at Cafe Irani, I took a local taxi to Colaba which I had heard is famous for its spectacular buildings. I got down near the David Sassoon Library and the architecture of that very building caught my interest. Several heritage cafes, restaurants and hotels are located in this area. I had a good time creating memories in the lanes of South Kolkata and also clicked several pictures to upload on my blog. Then, I went to the Prince of Wales Museum which is one of the most popular places to visit in South Mumbai and learned about the ancient artefacts of the city to the heart’s content.
Went to Gateway of India
Low angle view of the Gateway of India
An eleven minutes rickshaw ride amidst the chaos of Colaba Bazaar brought me to the famous Gateway of India in Mumbai. Of course, this is the destination I had been looking forward to visiting and the hustle around it, amazed me. Evenings are generally pleasant, however, you can also explore the monument during the nighttime and click some great photographs for your travel journal. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is located in the proximity of the monument and is an architectural wonder in itself. The view of the Apollo Bandar, the monument, and the palatial hotel, all contribute to the magnificent cascade of the place.
Visited the Elephant Caves
The entrance of Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves located at a distance of an hour from the city is an archaeological wonder. A ferry ride from the port in Gateway of India is necessary to get to this place. Since it is located on a small hillock, the surroundings are cool with occasional gushes of wind. The entrance of the first cave is overlooked by the mighty structure of Sadashiv, a sculptor’s imagination of the three dominant moods of Lord Shiva. The sculptures of Trimurti, Nataraja and some other deities give this place its spiritual significance. After having fulfilled my quota of surveying and exploring historical sites, I decided to have an authentic Maharashtrian Thali for lunch at the Bombay Vintage.
Lunch at Bombay Vintage
The alluring interiors of Bombay Vintage Restaurant
Bombay Vintage is one of the finest restaurants for having good quality Maharashtrian food. Since I was a little late than the usual lunch hours, I luckily got a table for myself. I ordered their famous thali which arrived within a short span of ten minutes, and needless to say, the quantity and the quality, both were amazing. It consisted of the following – Naram Bhaat, Kadhi, Bharli Wangi, Kothimbir Wadi, Puran Poli, Aamras, Matha and Modak. Each of the items tasted mouthwatering and I was quite full by the end of the meal.
Shopping at Dharavi Leather Market and Dinner
Leather bags at Dharavi Leather Market
My next plan was to buy souvenirs and other products from the renowned Dharavi Leather Market. I reached the place in half an hour but shopped for more than three hours. From bags to belts, leather jackets to suitcases, this market has it all. You can buy branded as well unbranded products at dirt cheap prices. I got myself a leather fanny bag and a duffle bag from here and I have been using them to date. I must admit that the products are quite durable and are worth the money. After this endeavour, I was quite tired and couldn’t stay outdoors any longer. So, I took a cab and returned to my hotel for a light yet filling dinner. And that was pretty much how my Mumbai darshan for 24 hours came to a satisfying conclusion.
I hope my detailed itinerary of a day in Mumbai suffices your needs and you will soon visit the city with your friends, family or beloved for a stroll. Assuming that you are nodding yes, here’s wishing you ‘All the Best’ for your voyage and we hope you have a fab time.