I visited a few markets (okay, only four in total), but I’ll save you the hassle. Colaba Market has all the souvenirs, trinkets, ethnic and Indian clothes your heart could possibly desire, and the market is on a street parallel to Western branded outlet stores like Nike and Adidas. I’m pretty sure you’ll get a whatever it is you’re looking for, and a whole lot more. There’s even McDonald’s amongst the mayhem, but a better culinary option is Leopold Cafe, also situated within the market, often crowded and with its fair share of foreigners. The cafe offers Indian, Chinese and Western food and it’s 300% recommended.
P.S. Don’t forget to bargain… and the market gets really chaotic in the evenings. You’re better off visiting early afternoon, or even late morning to avoid swimming through crowds.
Marvel at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station.
Amidst the bustle, lies this colonial train station, formerly known as Victoria Station, that has made its mark as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a moment to absorb its wonder in the middle of the Mumbai madness.
Visit the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Conveniently located near the Colaba Market, and directly opposite the Gateway of India, you can mark this on your itinerary for the days you’re visiting either of the other two. This majestic five star landmark hotel towers over the Gateway, and the Arabian Sea. P.S. Visit at night when the hotel is lit up beautifully. Also, there’s a Starbucks round the corner 😉
Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya.
Okay, before you keep scrolling, THIS IS NOT AN AVERAGE MUSEUM. I know almost everyone wants to skip these cultural treasures when visiting cities, but it’s truly beautiful. See the pics below! Absolutely recommend a visit. P.S. Carry card or lots of cash, entrance fees are hefty for foreigners. Worth it though.
Take a ferry from The Gateway of India to The Elephanta Caves.
Mumbai is often synonymous with its most famous landmark, The Gateway of India. But somehow, lesser known, though undoubtedly still well known, is the allure of the Elephanta Caves. The caves were mysteriously wondrously carved into the rocks of an island easily accessible by ferry and this UNESCO site is definitely worth a visit.
N.B. The ferry takes an hour to the island, and you’ll need an hour to travel back. So make sure you have time on your hands before trying to slot a visit in. Also, plan for a climb up stairs to reach the caves.
That’s all for now. Happy travels!