We usually don’t think twice when it comes to deciding where to go for vacation in summers. Because the one and simple answer is, head to the hills. But in winters, what could be the best place to go unwind? To get away from the harsh winters and frost bites and truly enjoy rambling outdoors all through the day, yes even after sunset, and not have to stay bundled up in the house? Well, we suggest Mumbai.
With the season of heavy downpours having left the city for the year and the humid, sweltering summers still far far away, Mumbai in winters is simply paradise. The city will welcome you with a generous dose of warm sunshine and a gush of cool breeze during this time of the year. So, this winter, pack your bags and take a break from the chilly winters to have a fabulous holiday in Mumbai.
The glamorous, cosmopolitan and yet very Indian city of Mumbai boasts a wide range of things to enjoy and cherish, each one as delightful as different from the other. The beautiful balmy weather will goad you to savour every experience and see the city at its best. Here is a list of the top must-dos in Mumbai:
Thanks to the marvellous cultural heritage of India and the architectural relics of the British empire, there is plenty of sight-seeing to do in this city. In fact, some of the best places to visit in Mumbai are located in close proximity to each other in the south and the balmy weather in winters is ideal for exploring them on foot or a bike. A sightseeing tour of the city must include the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the BMC building, Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace, besides the Bombay High Court, Chhatrapati Shivaji Sangrahalaya, National Gallery of Modern Art, Prince of Wales Museum and Mount Mary Church which looks all the more beautiful during Christmas.
While you’re at the Gateway, you’ll hear some tour operators shouting ‘Elephantaaa!’. They conduct ferry rides to the rock-cut Elephanta Caves on Elephanta Island dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries AD. If you’ve got a few hours in hand, hop on to a ferry for a mesmerising trip.
If you have a day in hand, then you’ve got to explore the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. This is a veritable tropical forest spanning 104 sq-km right in the midst of a busy metropolis. Surrounded by forested hills in the north, this protected forest is home to a number animals, birds, flowers and trees including the elusive tigers and wild leopards.
2. Beach Hopping
Everyone knows about the famous beaches of Mumbai. So don’t miss out on the city’s bountiful beaches while you’re here. Busy and wearied souls tired of the hustle and bustle of the city life spend their mornings and evenings to relax and unwind and watch the beautiful sunsets. Indeed, nothing can beat the joy of taking long walks at the much-loved Juhu Beach, Girgaum Chowpatty or Versova Beach. The Marine Drive arcs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point and continues to the foot of Malabar Hill. Lined with flaking architecture and buildings, it’s one of the best things about Mumbai especially after sunset.
3. Street Food
Mumbai’s street food are famous and the best place to savour them is while you’re at the beach. So indulge yourself with the tasty and tangy Bhelpuri, Panipuri, Pav Bhaji, Ragda-pattice. Non-vegetarians will be rewarded if they explore deeper at Crawford Market and Bhendi Bazar. The hugely popular Bademiya Seekh Kebab Stall at Colaba has grown into a restaurant. As Mumbai is a city that never sleeps, winter nights here are a great time to dive into the kebabs as many of the stalls remain open till late in the night.
Accommodations in Mumbai are plenty in number with a wide range of choices in types, budgets and locations in and around the city. There are many famous hotels in Mumbai which can be finalised based on your budget, preference and travel plans. Apart from being accessibly located close to the city airport and therefore, at a convenient distance from all the city’s attractions, The LaLiT Mumbai offers a luxuriant stay for the discerning traveller in you. Contact our front desk for an itinerary that’ll help you prioritise the attractions and keep your trip to the maximum city organised as well as fun!