How to have a splendid day in Aamchi Mumbai

Mumbai, the city of dreams, calls out to everyone. Some hear the waves crashing against the Marine Drive, some hear the first call of prayer at Haji Ali, some even get mesmerized by the loud city sound – Mumbai has attractions for anyone and everyone.

But what do you if you get just one day to spend in this city where you do not want to miss anything?

What you do is refer to this list of places to visit and design your itinerary according to your interests and get the whole experience of the dream city, that too in just 24 hours. Sounds like a tele-marketing advertisement, but I guarantee that this city will never disappoint you.

Let the journey begin!

09:00a.m. – Local train to Byculla Railway Station and hail a cab or board a BEST bus to Haji Ali Dargah.

Haji Ali Mosque 

Haji Ali Dargah at Sunset Photo Credits - Skylike GTR, Flickr
Haji Ali Dargah at Sunset | Photo Credits – Skylike GTR, Flickr

The beauty of this mosque is that men and women alike from all religions are welcome here. Another attraction about visiting Haji Ali is the ferry ride from Gateway of India but for those of you scared of water, fear not – Mumbai local trains to the rescue like always. The walking path to the Dargah is one to remember, with chilled splashing sea water and hundreds of people with wished and prayers in their hearts. When you come out of the mosque you can spot a Haji Ali Juice Shop which is just as famous as Haji Ali and a refreshing drink from there will keep you going on your Mumbai journey.

10:30 a.m – Head back to Byculla station and take a local train to Victoria Terminus.

Victoria Terminus

We’ve been hearing this from our elders that if we need to get somewhere in life we need to study, in Mumbai if you need to get somewhere you need to board the a local train from Victoria Terminus. The name has been changed to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus where the infamous shooting incident of 26/11 took place. The bullet holes from the incident can still be seen at the entrance of the station which are sure to send chills down your spine.The architecture of this station takes you into a different world. Then there is the inevitable boarding of the train which is the ultimate traveler’s test of endurance. If you can travel in a Mumbai local train, you can travel in any condition anywhere in the world.

Victoria Terminus/ Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus captures amidst the chaotic Mumbai traffic Photo credits - Stefan H, Flickr
Victoria Terminus/ Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus captures amidst the chaotic Mumbai traffic Photo credits – Stefan H, Flickr

11:00 a.m. – Hail a cab and head to Colaba Causeway.

Catch some breakfast at Mc.Donald’s, Cafe Coffee Day or Cafe Leopold which will just be opening and hence you can beat the crowd. Then it’s time to explore the Colaba wonder street which is fully up and running by 11 am.

Colaba Causeway 

One stop shop street - Colaba Causeway. Photo credits - Bhagyashree Dev, Flickr
One stop shop street – Colaba Causeway. | Photo credits – Bhagyashree Dev, Flickr

Love to shop? Drop to Colaba Causeway! This street will make you wish you had more than one set of eyes and maybe even then you would miss something. From beautiful jhumkas to stylish flip-flops, you name the accessory and a minimum of five shops will pull you in their direction. You know what the best part is? You can buy something from each of these 5 shops because of the easy bargain and affordable prices. 

By 03:00 p.m. you should be done shopping to grab a quick bite to eat you can head to the Candies restaurant near the Bandra Reclamation or on Pali Hill. While you are at Pali Hill you can have a look at the second street market of Mumbai which is famous for bags and shoes.

For some people shopping can be an exhausting experience and may take up more than half a day. For others who are quick can head to the near by Libraries and the famous Kitaab Khaanas of Mumbai. There are restaurants around each corner of this city and you may explore the food there while the shopoholics fulfill their dreams.

05:00 p.m. – When the sun goes down, hail a cab and head to the Marine Drive. Carry a ball in your bag for some play time while you are there. It is the perfect place to relax after a day spent going around the city. You can let your hair down and unbuckle your shoes and just enjoy the sea breeze while the cars speed past you in the background. Marine drive is the one place in the city where you can be slow in the fast city and not feel guilty about lagging behind.

Marine Drive 

We’ve all seen Marine Drive in the most famous of Bollywood movies but let me tell you something, no movie can capture the true beauty of Marine Drive because no camera has ever been invented that can capture the emotions that flow through a person sitting at the edge of Mumbai and staring at the vast endless sea. At night, the street lights along the edge of the marine drive look like pearls on a string justifying Marine Drive’s oter name – Queen’s necklace. This city never sleeps and this can be truly seen at Marine Drive, where you see people no matter the time of the day or night.  Quick fact about Marine Drive – if you are an animal lover, you might just spot a few crabs in between the boulders.

People of all ages can be seen at Marine Drive at all times. Photo Credits - Vikrameep Sidhu, Flickr
People of all ages can be seen at Marine Drive at all times. | Photo Credits – Vikrameep Sidhu, Flickr

You can easily spend two hours around Marine Drive. If you still have any energy left in you or you realize the city of dreams’ wonders are calling out to you, you may head to the following spots with a little help of Google maps or the friendly people of Mumbai.

For the evening you can head to some famous malls like the Palladium, Phoenix Marketcity, R-City, Inorbit, etc.

Here are a list of other sites that you can try to fit into your day in Mumbai:

  1. Siddhivinayak Temple
  2. Kamalanehru Park
  3. Dharavi
  4. Taraporewala Aquarium
  5. Elephanta Caves
  6. Juhu Beach
  7. Gateway of India.

In a day if you’ve prayed, shopped, taken a relaxing walk and traveled in the local train – it’s a day well spent in Mumbai. All it takes is a day to fall in love with this city and since all you have is a day – make the most of it!

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