India constitutes the most significant portion of the world’s population and Mumbai being the utmost decorated city, it is the most inhabited. The fact that Mumbai is the richest city in India, you can tell it should book a spot on your bucket list of the cities you should visit.
Mumbai is not relatively a big city as compared to the major cities in the world. However, maneuvering around the city in intent to enjoy the pleasantries of the town can offer may be short-lived due to a large number of people in the region.
If you’re fortunate enough to have the time to make a quick pitstop in the U.A.E prior to heading to India, you’ll be glad to know that there are a wide variety of Dubai to Mumbai flights available at very reasonable prices.
Once you arrive in Mumbai, be sure to follow this 72-hour travel guide and be sure to hit all the remarkable places this wonderful city has to offer.
After you have landed in Mumbai, you should consider spending your night at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel (a highly appraised 5-star hotel in Mumbai). This luxurious hotel is right opposite the Gateway of India.
The following day you can start your adventurous mission of exploring Mumbai by booking a ticket at the Gateway to head to the Elephanta Caves. You have to start your day early since it is approximately 4hrs from the Gateway to the Caves.
The Elephanta Caves is a site listed under the UNESCO World Heritage. The caves were built around the 5th – 8th century C.E. There seven caves that include five belonging to the Hindu and two for the Buddhists. The caves are a must-see because they have managed to survive throughout the civilization process of habitation, neglect, and invasion of humankind till to date.
At around noon, you will be able to get a ferry back from the island from the Elephanta Caves. When you are back in the city, you can shop in the streets of Colaba Causeway and get the best deals for your souvenir pieces. Jewelry stores like the Curio Cottage, Aquamarine, and Amber Arts have the most elegant pieces which also includes pashminas.
You can end your day by having a beer at the Leopold or Cafe Modegar the head back at the hotel and freshen up for tomorrow.
With the help of a well-conditioned taxi, you can head to the Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens. Here you will have the perfect view of the vast green landscape. More, when you have a tour guide with you, he or she can show you the Tower of Silence and give you its cultural significance to the Indian people.
Don’t forget to stop by the Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s residence while exploring the city of Mumbai then later learn about the Hindu culture by visiting the Hare Krishna or the Jain temples. These temples don’t have strict rules, unlike the others who prohibit non-Muslims to enter.
You can design this day specifically for comprehending the Indian heritage through its art. You can start your last day at Mumbai in the National Gallery of Modern Art and observe the intriguing exhibits at first hand.
Later on the day, you can go the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Vastu Sanghralaya (also known as Prince of Wales Museum) and see some interesting artifacts that will give you a better understanding of the Indian history. In case you would want a graphics memory of this place, you should pay a fee that will permit you to take photographs on the premises.
Mumbai is rich in impeccable art pieces evident even in the streets of the Kala Ghoda district that is home to the Jehangir Art Gallery. When you have had enough of artwork of the day, you can take one more last round of shopping at FabIndia, Chumbak, Nicobar, or the Bombay Store and buy additional mementos to take back home with you.
72 hours is very little time to attend to all the best places in Mumbai. Well, If you consider the schedule mentioned above as your tour plan, you will be able to experience the must-sees and must-dos in the city.