Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is one of India’s most eclectic cities, with modern towering sky scrapers, broad boulevards, trendy restaurants and modern retail outlets to ancient buildings, temples and slum areas. Since its discovery by the Portuguese, about 500 years ago, Mumbai has transformed from a quiet fishing village to a large bustling, vibrant modern city.
Mumbai offers plenty of interesting places and attraction to visit which reflect the rich cultural and historical heritage of the city. Coloba is home to most of the places of interest in Mumbai including the Gateway of India, from where the last British troops departed. A trip to the Prince of Wales Museum; the city’s parks, where the locals play a mean game of cricket; exploring the haphazard streets of Coloba, with its quaint shops, bazaars, markets and cafes; or lazing on some of Mumbai’s beaches will keep you occupied for at least a few days.
Like many other Indian cities, Mumbai sprawls out and engulfs many small interesting villages and quieter places that are interesting to visit. The suburb of Borivli, about 45 kilometers from Mumbai, is the site of the Buddhist Kanheri Caves that are hidden in an unspoiled forest. On the northern fringes of Mumbai lies Bassein fort. The best way to reach these places is to travel by car or taxi.
There are plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied here including visiting Esselworld, a theme park, while there is a water park adjacent. There are several exciting rides and activities to enjoy at the parks. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy golfing at the challenging courses at Mumbai. Alternatively, take a trip in a hot air balloon and fly over the city and the surrounding countryside to enjoy the vastness of the area.
Several boat tours can be joined from the Gateway of India and for the more adventurous traveler, bungee jumping is available. Go-karting, rock climbing and fishing are just some of the multitude of activities to choose from at Mumbai.