Whether you are looking to explore the Indian history or you want to put your taste buds on steroids, there is no place like Mumbai, India. It’s the largest metropolis in the country and it’s easily one of the most popular cities in Asia among tourists.
Before I tell you the best places to visit in Mumbai in 24 hours, there are some tips that you will find handy when visiting this historic city.
- When planning to visit Mumbai, you should travel between December and February. This is the best time of the year as the weather is perfect for walking around the city.
- If you are arriving in Mumbai to attend Indian festivals, be sure you know their dates. March, November, August, and September are the best months for you.
- If you can memorize a few simple Hindi words before you come to Mumbai, it’d be great for you. Locals love foreigners who know a few local words.
Hold on to these tips and you will love every minute you spend in this metropolis.
Now that you’ve only 24 hours to spend in Mumbai, here are the places you should visit. These places are not the most favorite tourist spots but they will help you understand Mumbai from inside out.
Gateway of India
This is definitely a worth-see historical place in Bombay. The gate was erected back in 1924 near the Mumbai harbor. It was once the sign of British Raj in the country, symbolizing their control over the country. After all, it was named the Gateway of India for the same reason.
This gate is also famous because British forces left the country through this gate after its independence in 1947.
If you visit this historic place, be sure to come here early in the morning. I recommend you come here at 6 in the morning. Walk around and see how fishermen are keeping the docks busy.
Take cultural tours and explore the history
If you are interested in exploring the historic sites, tombs, Mughal places, forts, and religious sites, you will have a number of options at your disposal. Various travel companies have dedicated small and large group tours. Some of these tours will last for half a day while others will take you to a single site and consume an hour or so.
Be sure to plan it ahead of time since you only have 24 hours and there are so many places to explore.
You can find guided tours for Mumbai using the internet. All popular travel companies have listed their tours on all major travel websites. Just pick what you like and call the company for details. You can book these guided tours in advance by making a call or filling a form online.
The best historic and religious places to visit in Mumbai are listed below. However, you can have your own list based on your interests.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
- Girgaum Chowpatty
- Siddhivinayak Temple
- Haji Ali Dargah
- Elephanta Caves
- Jahangir Art Gallery
- Kanheri Caves
Taste typical Indian food on Mumbai streets
Since you only have 24 hours, you should be returning from small group tours by the evening. Don’t spend the entire day otherwise you won’t have time for anything else.
When you come back from your tours, you will be feeling hungry. Pick your favorite places to enjoy food in Mumbai from the list below and have let your taste buds have a tour of their own.
Pav Bhaji : Go to Sardar’s
Sardar’s is only 5 minutes away from central station. Ask for pav bhaji and you will be amazed at how the food is served here. This typical Indian curry from streets is served in metal plates with a large slab of butter on top.
Traditional Indian kebabs: Go to Sarvi
Indians love kebabs and if you want to figure out what’s so good about them, go to Sarvi on Muhammad Ali road.
Pani puri: Go to Elco Center
If there is one street snack that every Indian will talk about, it’s Pani Puri. Go to Elco center to enjoy the best of this snack.
Indian juices and other traditional beverages: Go to Bachelorr
If you are in Mumbai, you’d want to do something about the spices that you’ve been eating throughout the day. The best place to cool yourself down is Bachelorr where you find the best Indian juices and world favorite beverages.