Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra, is a place where many festivals are celebrated throughout the year because of its amalgam of people belonging to different castes and religions. Mumbai excites every traveler for being a multifaceted city that has something for everyone.
Major tourist attractions of Mumbai
Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is one of India's most unique landmarks situated in the city of Mumbai. The Gateway of India is a monument that marks India's chief ports and is a major tourist attraction for visitors who arrive in India for the first time. At one point of time, this monument represented the grandeur of the British Raj in India. The total construction cost of this monument was approximately 21 lakhs and the whole expense was borne by the Indian government.
No trip to Mumbai would be complete without a cruise down Marine Drive. The 3.6-kilometer-long, C-shaped boulevard offers epic views of the coast. However, just as amazing are the sightseeing opportunities on the other side of Marine Drive.
Taj Mahal Palace
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai and Tower. More than a century old, India's first luxury hotel is revered for the grandeur of its brownstone exterior. The windowed facade infuses its Renaissance architecture with Islamic touches, like corner turrets topped with onion domes, pointed archways, and covered balconies.
It is also one of the most popular destinations when planning a Mumbai trip. It is dedicated to Mahalakshmi the central deity of Devi Mahatmyam.
The imposing Haji Ali is both a mosque and tomb. It was built in 1431 by wealthy Muslim merchant and Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who was inspired to change the course of his life after going to Mecca. It also contains his body. Situated in the middle of the ocean, Haji Ali is only accessible during low tide from a narrow, 500-yard-long walkway.
Best time to visit Mumbai
Here’s a monthly break up of Mumbai's climatic conditions so you can plan when to go:
November to February: The winter months are the most pleasant in Mumbai. Being a coastal area, winters are mild and the temperature goes to a minimum of 10°C. The days are cool and perfect for outdoor activities and sightseeing. February is also when a lot of the cultural events such as the popular Kala Ghoda Arts Festival take place. So if you’re into literature, music or arts, this is a good time to plan a trip.
March to May: Humidity starts rising from March and as summers start approaching. The maximum temperature in May can go as high as 40°C. It may not be the ideal weather to head out in the sun but evenings are pleasant. If visiting Mumbai during this time, you can also plan getaways or short road trips to nearby places like Mahabaleshwar.
June to October: This is the famous monsoon season in Mumbai which sees continuous rainfall, particularly in the months of July and August. It’s a beautiful time in Mumbai, especially by the sea.