Mumbai is a fantastic city to visit at any time of the year. Mumbai generally experiences three seasons, Summer that lasts from February to June, Monsoons that run along the western coast of India from June to mid-October and less-Summer that lasts from Mid-October to February, which has pleasant weather when the temperature reduces to an average of 22o-24o Celsius.
Tourists who opt to visit Mumbai from foreign countries usually prefer the time around Christmas. The weather is pleasant and attracts a majority crowd across the globe. Mumbai is one of the four metropolitan cities in India, this makes it a culturally rich city where all the festivals, irrespective of the religion are celebrated to the fullest. The celebration of all the festivals is encouraged to the fullest.
Four festivals are celebrated in Mumbai to the fullest, however, the location of these festivals vary from suburb to suburb as a majority of a community resides in a suburb. For example, nothing is celebrated like Christmas in Bandra. The best view of Ganpati Visarjan is enjoyed from the Hanging Gardens in Malabar Hills, Navaratri is widely celebrated in the Gujarati residing suburbs of Borivali, Kandivali, Ghatkopar and Mulund, and Diwali is celebrated across the city with a distinct flair depending on the class and not the community.
If you are in Mumbai for a solo trip, the best places to visit may take a couple of days. The beauty of this city is that it has very limited historic places, but, every other landmark has its own significance. Let’s look at the list of places that you wouldn’t want to miss.
1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus: One of the largest stations in the country, constituting eighteen platforms which cater to local transportation as well as out-station journeys.
Built in May 1888, named as Victoria Terminus, the reigning queen of England, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, 116 years after the opening of this gigantic railway station. This railway station is fully functional serving as headquarters for Central and Western Railway of Indian Railways. There are no tour guides available who can brief about the structure or its history, however, the mesmerizing feeling is one that is too difficult to miss. Victoria Terminus was later renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in 2017.
The best time to visit is in the evening, the monument is lighted with different colours, depicting the significance of the day. If you visit this place, make sure you travel on the Mumbai Local as well.
2. Siddhivinayak Temple: Mumbai is widely famous for its iconic temples and significant holy places. Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the richest temples in India. This temple was built in 1801. The temple resides a place of devotion and importance in the heart of all the Mumbaikars.
Siddhivinayak temple got popular in culture due to frequent visits by politician, Bollywood superstars and some well-known personalities as well. When Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc. was in India, he used to start his day with morning prayers at this temple.
Again, there are no tour guides available, however, the joy is in the feeling and not the knowledge.
3. Mahalaxmi Temple: Situated in a suburb named after this temple, Mahalaxmi. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. Built in 1831, this gigantic temple is situated on the shore of the Arabian sea.
This temple is one of the most visited holy places, visited by thousands of Mumbaikars and Indians during Navratri and Diwali. The temple has the great significance it comes to Mumbai and its holiness.
4. Haji Ali Dargah: One of the most peaceful and serene religious places in Mumbai. It is situated on an islet off the shore of Worli in South Mumbai. The significance of this mosque is the exquisite Indo-Islamic Architecture and the beautiful Arabian sea surrounding it.
This mosque is considered one of the most popular landmarks in the city. Haji Ali is famous amongst other religions as well for the delicacies served just outside the Dargah. One of the finest and cheapest foods in Mumbai can be enjoyed in an authentic Dhaba style restaurant while cherishing the cool breeze blowing from the sea.
5. Gateway of India: An iconic monument of the shore of the Arabian Sea that gives a horizon of the land as well as the sea. This fantastic monument was erected to celebrate the arrival of King George V & Queen Mary in 1911.
Prior to 1911, the port was reserved for the arrival of English Democrats and bureaucrats. The locality still holds the same name as it did in the late 19th century, Apollo Bunder.
The monument stands above 40 feet tall and a popular attraction amongst both, Mumbaikars and tourists.
6. Mount Mary Church: An iconic piece of architecture that rests peacefully on at Mumbai’s Land End is one of the most worshipped holy places. The vibes cannot be described here, you need to feel the magic of this place yourself. Believe me, I have experienced a miracle and felt peaceful.
For some reason, the weather is always pleasant. The iconic wall paintings that depict the story of Jesus are mesmerizing with authentic Roman Catholic designs that just steal the show.
The church is situated on the top of a hill in Band Stand, Bandra.
These are some of the must visit place in Mumbai if you are traveling alone. You must be wondering, why so many religious places? Well, it is the multi-cultural fusion that is what makes Mumbai one of the best cities in the world. And, when you are traveling alone, God always has an eye on you.
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