Mumbai may not have as many historical attractions as other locations in India, but that does not keep it from being an interesting and unique place to visit in India. There is something for every traveler whether you are seeking a cultural experience or desire to relax on a beach and take it easy. William Bailey Travel reviews a couple of suggestions to get you started on your way:
1. Film City
Often when people think of Mumbai, they think of Bollywood. Mumbai is the center of India’s booming film industry. In 1978 the Maharashtra state government developed and built Film City to help produce the over 100 films that are released each year. The facility covers over 350 acres and houses more than 20 indoor studios that are fully equipped and ready for production. It is possible to arrange a visit or tour of the facility but it needs to be scheduled ahead of time.
2. Markets and Bazaars
Mumbai is full of places to go street shopping for wares and souvenirs. Two popular areas are Colaba Causeway and Chor Bazaar.
The Colaba Causeway is a commercial street that is located close to an upmarket neighborhood in South Mumbai. Known as the cultural square of Mumbai, it is a destination for artist and artisians of the area seeking a more upscale shopping experience. Chor Bazaar, which translates to “thieves market,” has a 150 year history that is full of fascinating stories. The market area was once known as a place to go to find items that had been stolen by thieves seeking a quick return on their investments. Though the area is full of crumbling buildings and crowded streets it is a safe place to shop and look for souvenirs. That being said, the locals do warn of pickpockets that are known to work the area. The Bazaar is open every day from 11am-7:30pm. With good bargaining skills you can walk away with great deals.
3. Juju and Marine Drive Chowpatty Beaches
After a day of sightseeing and haggling for bargains it may be time to relax at one of the local beaches. Head over to Juhu or Marine Drive to soak up some sun, sample some local cuisine, and catch a beautiful sunset.
These locations are but a small sampling of what Mumbai has to offer any traveler seeking to learn more about this culturally rich and diverse region.