2 Day Itinerary for Mumbai – Must See and Do

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Gateway of India - Mumbai, India
Gateway of India - Mumbai, India

Deciding on an itinerary for Mumbai was challenging as we only had 2 days in the city prior to embarking a cruise. When we looked into the things we might want to see and do, we realised 2 days was barely enough to scratch the surface. As such, we have outlined below our very busy 2 day itinerary for Mumbai which covered most, but certainly not all of the city highlights.

We found the city chaotic and overwhelming, but fascinating with its impressive colonial buildings, and vibrant atmosphere. Mumbai is definitely something you should see with your own eyes.


“There are three trips you take to India: the one you think you’re going to have – that you plan for; the one you actually have; and the one you live through once you go back home.”

– Erin Reese –

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Introduction to Mumbai

Where is Mumbai?

Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the capital of Maharashtra state in the south-west of India. It is the country’s financial and commercial centre, and its principal port on the Arabian Sea.

Located on Maharashtra’s coast, Mumbai is India’s most-populous city, and it is one of the largest and most densely populated urban areas in the world. It was built on a site of ancient settlement, and it took its name from the local goddess Mumba (a form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, one of the principal deities of Hinduism), whose temple once stood in what is now the southeastern section of the city.


Map of Mumbai

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Map of Mumbai

Why Visit Mumbai?

1. Mumbai’s Delicious Food

Mumbai is the city of stalls and vendors, where delicacies are available at each corner. You don’t have to dress up or pay a ridiculous price to experience its rich gastronomy. Of course, if fine dining is what you’re looking for, you’re in for a treat as Mumbai boasts some of the best and most exclusive restaurants in India.

Among the most popular regional dishes here are Akuri on toast (scrambled eggs with onions, tomatoes, red chilli powder, and fresh coriander, usually served for breakfast), the famous Bombay sandwich (buttered bread with beetroot, boiled potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, and mint), Bhel puri, Kebab, and Kanda poha.


2. Shopping

Mumbai is filled with fascinating bazaars where shopping is both an adventure and a memorable cultural experience, not to mention a great way to discover the city. There’s no better way to soak up the local vibe and somehow capture the magic of India than by rambling through the bazaars’ charming stalls bursting with beautiful embroideries and colourful silks.

Some of the most popular shopping spots in Mumbai include Heera Panna Shopping Center, Crawford Market, Fashion Street, Bombay Electric (Indian design at its best), Colaba Causeway (cheap street shopping), Chor Bazaar (antiques), Mutton Street, and Zaveri Bazaar.


3. History and Culture

An abundance of historical and cultural sites makes Mumbai one of the country’s most fascinating destinations. In addition to the Gateway of India, the city’s most iconic landmark, the state capital of Maharashtra boasts interesting museums, eye-catching architecture, as well as some amazing Buddhist and Hindu caves.

Moreover, the old city of Bombay prides itself with a rich cultural heritage, a short yet flamboyant history, an impressive collection of temples, as well as significant monuments such as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Gandhi House, Haji Ali Mosque, or the Bhau Daji Lad Museum.


4. Bollywood

Mumbai is home to the second-largest movie industry in the world, Bollywood. Catch a movie, take a tour of Film City’s studios in Goregaon, or visit the hip neighborhood of Bandra, where lots of elegant homes of Bollywood stars are located. For those eager to dive even deeper into this vibrant scene, there will always be the opportunity to take part in a casting.

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A Scene from a Bollywood Movie

When Should I Visit Mumbai?

March to May (Summer Season): A coastal city, Mumbai during summer is muggy and sticky. It’s best to avoid the city during these three months.

June to September (Monsoon Season): Mumbai is inundated during the monsoon. The city gets refreshed, undoubtedly, but when it is being lashed by heavy rain, it could get impossible to head out for sightseeing. If you like trekking, this could be a good time to visit. The gushing waterfalls and green hills make for a beautiful break from urban cityscapes.

October to March (Winter Season): Mumbai is a coastal town and the best time to escape the high humidity is in the winter months. The temperature rarely goes below 10°C and the weather is perfect to walk around the city, exploring its many secrets. Winter is also when the city hosts several cultural events drawing the crowds with it.


Ideal Time to Visit Mumbai

Winter is when Mumbai is at her best. The weather is pleasant and the air is clear to be able to view the beautiful city in its entire glory. Winter in Mumbai does not mean coats and boots. You can wear cotton clothes and carry a thin jacket or shawl for the evening when it could get slightly cooler.

However, winter is a popular season with tourists and you will need to book your tickets in advance to get a good deal. 


Mumbai Festivals / Events Calendar

JANUARYJULY
Banganga Festival
Sankranti – Harvest Festival
Mumbai International Film Festival
 
FEBRUARYAUGUST
Elephanta Festival

Kala Ghoda Festival
Ganesh Chaturthi – The Major Festival of Mumbai
Coconut Festival (Narali Poornima)
Krishna JanmashtamiEid
MARCHSEPTEMBER
Maha Shivaratri
Holi Festival
Gudi Padwa Festival
Ganesh Chaturthi – The Major Festival of Mumbai
Coconut Festival (Narali Poornima)
Eid
Bandra Feast
APRILOCTOBER
Gudi Padwa FestivalDiwali
Navratri 
MAYNOVEMBER
 Diwali
Prithvi Theatre Festival
JUNEDECEMBER
  Christmas  
Mumbai Festival / Events Calendar

Where to Stay / Location in the City of Mumbai?

With such a short itinerary, we recommend staying in South Mumbai i.e. Colaba, Fort or Marine Drive area, because here you will be close to most of the major tourist destinations.

We personally found hotels in Mumbai to be very expensive compared to what you would get in South East Asia. In saying that, we spent little to no time in our room except for sleeping and showering.

In this area, here are the hotels we recommend:

Luxury (US$100 and Up)

Mid-Range (US$30 to US$100)

Budget (Up to $US30)

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN MUMBAI AND MAKE A RESERVATION!


Transport / How to Get Around Mumbai

Due to our trip being so short, we primarily walked everywhere or caught a taxi when needed. However, we found it very easy to get around in Mumbai, especially in the touristy areas.

The commuter railway primarily known as the ‘Mumbai Local’ is the lifeline of the city. Other transportation options include the metro rails, the popular BEST public buses, auto rickshaws, black and yellow cabs known as taxis, as well as rideshare services including Uber.

One point of confusion we found was that most places in Mumbai have 2 names; an old British era name and new official Indian heritage name. This can confuse drivers so if traveling during rush hours, we recommend taking a taxi cab or calling Uber.

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Local Train in Mumbai

Transport To / From Airport

There are two ways to get to the city centre of Mumbai after you land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which is located 22km north of downtown Mumbai. 

Taxi

There are several 24/7 taxi options at Mumbai Airport. You can choose to pre-book your taxi before flying or get a taxi on arrival. If you choose to board a taxi on arrival at Mumbai Airport, you have two options: black-and-yellow taxis (no air-conditioning but are cheaper) and cool taxis (air-conditioned).

We chose a cool taxi which offer a prefixed fare. We paid approx. US$10 (700INR) for a city centre transport. This price can increase at times of heavy traffic or depending on the number of luggage items you carry. Mumbai is notoriously heavy on traffic. Your trip can last from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Train

Although trains are cheap in Mumbai, the level of convenience in getting to the station is low and the extra transport costs add up to almost the same as a taxi fare into the city.  In addition, trains are dangerously overcrowded in Mumbai and if you don’t travel lightly, you run the risk of not being able to board.


2 Day Itinerary for Mumbai

As we mentioned above, 2 days is barely enough to scratch the surface of this gigantic city. As such, our itinerary is primarily concentrated on the downtown area, Old Mumbai or South Mumbai, and mainly the neighbourhoods of Colaba, Fort, Churchgate, and Marine Drive. This was the historic city center and where most cultural and heritage attractions are located.

Day 1 – Explore Fort District, Colaba District and Marine Drive

Morning

Flora Fountain

Hutatma Square (Martyr’s Square) in the Fort business district in the heart of South Mumbai is known as the Piccadilly Circus of Mumbai. This area has a few heritage structures and one of them is the Flora Fountain (dates back to 1864), named after the famous Roman goddess of plenty. 

Back in the day, fountains were built to provide drinking water for men and horses and it was considered a philanthropic act. With the introduction of piped water supplies such fountains dotting Mumbai’s landscape fell into disrepair and Flora Fountain was one of them. Thankfully, it is now restored and has a small garden surrounding it.

  • Visit Duration: 10 minutes
  • Where: Veer Nariman Road, Mahatama Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
  • Hours: Anytime
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Flora Fountain to Bombay High Court: 3 minute walk

Top Tip: If you are staying in this area, there is a fountain light show in the evening.

Itinerary for Mumbai
Itinerary for Mumbai

Bombay High Court

Mumbai is full of fine remnants of colonial legacy such as the Prince of Wales Museum and the Victoria Terminus. The Bombay High Court, overlooking the Oval Maidan, not far from Fort area, is another well-known landmark. This impressive landmark dates back to 1878.

  • Visit Duration: 30 – 60 minutes
  • Where: Mantralaya, Fort
  • Hours: 10:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday (view from outside anytime)
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Bombay High Court to Rajabai Clock Tower: 3 minute walk

Top Tip: After your visit, take a breather in the shade at the Oval Maidan or Greens. This is a large recreational park where cricket games abound everywhere you look.


Rajabai Clock Tower

The Rajabai Clock Tower is 84 metres high and built entirely along European Gothic and Venetian architectural styles. The tower was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott to resemble London’s Big Ben. Today, the chimes engulf the surrounding Mumbai University Campus.

  • Visit Duration: 10 minutes
  • Where: Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Marg, Mantralaya, Fort
  • Hours: 9:30am – 10:45pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Rajabai Clock Tower to Kulture Shop: 4 minute walk

Top Tip: Make sure you wait to hear the clock strike – every 15 minutes and every hour.


Kulture Shop

According to Lonely Planet, the Kulture Shop is “Mumbai’s coolest store”. The store has lost of wonderful and unique artstic treasures showcasing Indian (and global) design.

  • Visit Duration: 15 minutes
  • Where: 9 Examiner Press, 115 Nagindas Master Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
  • Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm, Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)
  • How to get from Kulture Shop to Sancha Tea Boutique: 1 minute walk

Top Tip: The perfect place to find unique gifts.


Sancha Tea Boutique

Sancha Tea Boutique offers an unparalleled selection of white, oolong, green, black, botanical blend, and other types of teas (over 75 varieties). As you browse for that perfect drinkable souvenir or gift, you’ll be able to enjoy a complimentary tea tasting.

  • Visit Duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Where: Opposite Trishna Restaurant, Shop 2A Machinery House, Saibaba Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
  • Hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Monday to Sunday
  • How to get from Sancha Tea Boutique to Jehangir Art Gallery: 2 minute walk

Jehangir Art Gallery

Mumbai’s most famous art gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, hosts exhibitions by contemporary Indian artists. There are seven exhibition galleries to explore comprising of the Auditorium Hall, 4 galleries and the Hirji Jehangir Gallery. You will also find a gallery dedicated to photography and visual art.  If it’s not raining, you will also find artists selling artwork outside the gallery.

  • Visit Duration: 30-45 minutes
  • Where: 161B Mahatama Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
  • Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Jehangir Art Gallery to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: 3 minute walk

Top Tip: Check out the turquoise blue Jewish synagogue just across the street.

Itinerary for Mumbai
Itinerary for Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly the Prince of Wales Museum, is a museum that has a vast, well-curated history, archaeology, and art collection, and is considered India’s best museum.

The building itself is one of Mumbai’s finest, designed by the same architect who designed the Gateway of India, and is a heritage structure.

The museum collection includes artefacts from the subcontinent, the Far East, as well as Europe. The museum is the best place to view the extremely rare Indus civilization artefacts including pots, bricks etc.

  • Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Where: 159-161 Mahatama Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
  • Hours: 10:15am – 6:00pm, Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)
  • Cost: INR 500 (approx. US$7 or AUD$9)
  • How to get from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya to Gateway of India: 13 minute walk

Afternoon

Gateway of India

The up-market area of Colaba in South Mumbai boasts of a wonderful seafront that is home to a tall and imposing arch-monument, the Gateway of India at the tip of Apollo Bunder. This may seem a strange place for a monument but there is a story behind it.

This Indo-Saracenic Revival architectural masterpiece was built back in 1924 to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to India. The then Governor of Bombay (now known as Mumbai) Sir George Sydenham Clarke laid the foundation stone and George Wittet was entrusted with construction.


The design and location of the Gateway was carefully approved by the water’s edge on a piece of land that jutted out – the idea being that visitors arriving by sea to India would first lay their eyes on the majestic gate. The monument was a symbol of the British colonial empire. Viceroys and important British personnel would arrive in India at the Gateway. The Gateway was the site of elaborate ceremonies under the British rule. After independence, the last regiment of the British also marched out under the gate adding to its historic significance.

  • Visit Duration: 30-45 minutes
  • Where: Apollo Bandar, Colaba
  • Hours: Anytime
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Gateway of India to Leopold Cafe: 5 minute walk

Top Tip: The Gateway of India also happens to be a transit point for expeditions to the nearby Elephanta Caves, a 50 minute boat ride away. The ferry is best taken in the morning hours.

Gateway of India - Mumbai, India
Gateway of India – Mumbai, India

Leopold Café

A celebrated Mumbai institution, Leopold Café is conveniently located a few blocks away from the Gateway of India.  Leopold Café and Bar first opened its doors in 1871. The most unique thing about Leopold Café is its feature in the book ‘Shantaram’ as the cafe which Linbaba frequents.

The restaurant is located downstairs while upstairs is the bar area. We enjoyed hanging out in the bar and drinking a nice cold beer. The restaurant serves typical Western and Mughlai fare including pastas, sandwiches, and Indo-Chinese dishes.

Leopold Café has again become known in recent years as it was one of the sites targeted in the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008 because of its large number of foreign visitors. You can still see bullet holes in the wall of the restaurant when you visit.

  • Visit Duration: 40-60 minutes
  • Where: Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway
  • Hours: 7:30am – 12:00am, Monday to Sunday
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Leopold Cafe to Taj Mahal Palace: 5 minute walk

Taj Mahal Palace

The five star hotel is part of the Taj Hotels and Resorts Group but it is unlike any other. The hotel actually consists of two buildings with around 560 designer rooms. The older building dates back to December 1903 and had the finest amenities considered advanced for that time. Celebrities and political personalities have graced this hotel ever since its inception. If you do stay here you may be glad to know that you are occupying a room that hosted a famous personality at some time.

To say that the Taj exudes luxury would be an understatement. Its ambience is a mix of past glory and contemporary modernism.

  • Visit Duration: 30 minutes
  • Where: Apollo Bandar, Colaba
  • Hours: Anytime
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Taj Mahal Palace to Colaba Causeway Market: 10 minute walk

Top Tip: Sit and enjoy the majestic nature of the foyer while people watching. You never know, you may just spot a celebrity!

Taj Mahal Palace - Mumbai, India
Taj Mahal Palace – Mumbai, India

Colaba Causeway Market

Colaba Causeway Market starts after the Regal theatre, and is usually teeming with foreign tourists looking to take back souvenirs, or college students looking to get a good deal on earrings or harem pants. The market sells everything from clothes, key chains, jewellery, shoes, miniature hookahs and smoking pipes, to people offering to sew exquisite designs on a piece of cloth, and others offering to write visitors’ names on a grain of rice. 

  • Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Where: Bakery Ln, Army Area, Noffra, Navy Nagar, Colaba
  • Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Colaba Causeway Market to Marine Drive: approx. 15 minutes in a Taxi

Top Tip: Bargaining is expected! Whatever price a vendor says, do not buy it until you have negotiated and reduced it to half the original quoted price.


Evening

Marine Drive – Watch the Sunset at Nariman Point

Nariman Point, the starting point of the Boulevard, is the ideal place to view the sun dipping down into the Arabian Sea. It’s a wonderful place to sit and watch people, the sunset and enjoy the cool sea breeze. Darkness falls, street lights come on and the semi-circular boulevard turns into a sort of jewelled necklace. It is the other, more beautiful face of Mumbai.

  • Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Where: Marine Drive
  • Hours: Anytime
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Nariman Point – Marine Drive to Girgaum Chowpatty: 19 minute walk

Girgaum Chowpatty

A walk along Marine Drive towards Malabar Hill and Chowpatty Beach allows you to soak in many sights and sounds. The drive was built by Bhagojisheth Keer and Pallonji Mistry, both belonging to the wealthy Parsi community. Most of the road is lined with old Parsi mansions and buildings dating back over a hundred years, sitting cheek by jowl next to tall, modern structures. You will find posh hotels and up-market restaurants to satisfy your thirst and hunger but Chowpatty is where the food fun is.

  • Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Where: Marine Drive
  • Hours: Anytime
  • Cost: Free

Top Tip: Make sure to sample the tangy, hot, spicy, sweet and sour concoction known as Bhelpuri.

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Sunset on Marine Drive – Mumbai, India

Day 2 – Elephanta Caves, Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area , Crawford Market and Dhobi Ghat

Morning

Elephanta Caves

Located a mere 10km from the Gateway of India is Elephanta Island, one of Mumbai’s top attractions. This lush forest island is home to a network of historic Hindu and Buddhist cave temples dedicated to Shiva, one of the most worshipped Hindu gods, dating back over 2,000 years. Elephanta Caves offer a journey into India’s glorious and enigmatic past.


These caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and have beautifully preserved rock art dating back to the 6th century. The island also contained other sculptures including that of a stone elephant, hence the name of the caves. This elephant statue is now located at the Jijamata Udyan, the oldest public gardens in Mumbai.

The artwork found in the caves is beautiful and an excellent remainder of the rich Indian culture. The rock cut caves are equally majestic and simply take your breath away. The caves and its’ artwork were severely damaged during the Portuguese and Muslim rule in Mumbai but have since then been very carefully restored. Many other archaeological remains going as far as the 2nd Century BC have also been discovered on the island.

  • Visit Duration: 4 hours (2.5 hours to explore the caves, 45 minutes each way on the ferry – 9am from Gateway of India and 12pm return ferry)
  • Where: Gharapuri, Maharashtra
  • Hours: 9:00am – 5:30pm, Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday)
  • Cost: Elephanta Caves Entry – INR 600 (US$8, AUD$11), Ferry – INR 150 return  (US$2, AUD$3)
  • How to get from Ferry at Gateway to India to Bademiya: 20 minute walk

Top Tip: If you are short on time, visit the most popular cave, Cave 1. You will see carvings that display the killing of demon Andhaka by Lord Shiva. Parvathi’s wedding to Shiva is displayed in another panel. The couple is seen playing dice in another panel.

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Itinerary for Mumbai

Afternoon

Bademiya Kebab Restaurant

Bademiya is a legendary kebab stand near Horniman Circle (there is another behind the Taj Hotel). What began as a young man selling kebabs from a cart in 1946 has grown into one of the most recognizable names in Mumbai’s vast and varied culinary scene. They sell grilled seekh kebabs, tandoori dishes and curries.

  • Visit Duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Where: 7-9 Botowala Building, Horniman Circle, Kala Ghoda, Fort 
  • Hours: 12:00pm – 1:00am, Monday to Sunday
  • How to get from Bademiya to Horniman Circle Garden: 2 minute walk

Top Tip: Order the kebabs – you won’t regret it!


Horniman Circle Garden

Horniman Circle Garden, once known as Bombay Green, is a garden surrounded by wrought iron gates. You will find not only places of historic interest in and around the garden but also a reading corner, a performing center and a community center. What you will like is the presence of dense foliage and walkways that will lead you to a fountain at the center. The garden has quite a bit of history, dating back to 1872 with Charles Forjett then being responsible for its development.

Spend some time relaxing here and then go on to the St. Thomas Cathedral to admire its gothic tower and stained glass panels. The garden gets crowded early in the morning as people from nearby areas come here for a workout and yoga practice. The garden is also the setting for the Kala Ghoda Festival with performances usually taking place in the evening. From the garden you can go on to visit the Asiatic Society a treasure trove of Historic Asian and European books and manuscripts, which is located close by.

  • Visit Duration: 30-60 minutes
  • Where: 11 Homji Street, Kala Ghoda, Fort 
  • Hours: 10:00am – 7:30pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Horniman Circle Garden to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area: 15 minute walk
The Colours of India - Itinerary for Mumbai
The Colours of India – Itinerary for Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area

Walk through Mumbai and you are bound to come upon dozens of colonial legacies of which the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus is just one. This historic landmark was formerly known as the Victoria Terminus or VT and is a beautiful structure when admired from a distance. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed by Frederick William Stevens along Gothic Revival lines, it was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It served as a terminus and the headquarters of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway during the British era. People still refer to it as VT.

Walk inside the historic railway station and you will find it to be a bustling with activity as thousands of commuters rush to catch local as well as long distance trains. However, walk away some distance and admire the entire building to understand its true beauty and imposing magnificence.

  • Visit Duration: 30-60 minutes
  • Where: Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort
  • Hours: Anytime
  • Cost: Free
  • How to get from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area to Crawford Market: 14 minute walk

Crawford Market

Crawford Market, the largest market in Mumbai, has been at the centre of market life in South Mumbai since it was built in the days of the British Raj. It is an incredible place to shop for food and household goods, take photos, or simply wander around people watching. It’s a fantastic place to try local snacks as there are a myriad of street-food stalls serving up all sorts of treats.

  • Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Where: Dhobi Talao, Fort
  • Hours: 9:00am – 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday)
  • Cost: Free

Top Tip: Bargaining is expected! Whatever price a vendor says, do not buy it until you have negotiated and reduced it to half the original quoted price.

Itinerary for Mumbai
Itinerary for Mumbai

Dhobi Ghat

We did not have Dhobi Ghat on our initial plan for the day, however we met another couple at Crawford Market who had organised a driver for the day and were about to go there.  They invited us to join them and we did!  And we are so glad we made that decision…

One of Mumbai’s unique attractions is the centuries old open air laundromat, known as Dhobi Ghat.
There is an Indian tradition of washing clothes in public in villages and towns. Women folk gather at a river or lake and wash their clothes whilst engaging in social chit-chat. These washing places are known as dhobi ghats, where professional launderers may also operate.

Mumbai, back in the day was a large village and gradually morphed into a city. At the same time so did the Dhobi Ghat located near the Mahalaxmi Railway Station. As the population grew, so did the demand for washermen and this area bloomed. Today you can see 7000 people engaged in flogging, scrubbing, bleaching and washing clothes and then drying and ironing them. Over 100,000 clothes are washed each day. It is a superb example of excellent logistics as thousands of people collect clothes from homes and businesses, get them washed and deliver them, not a single piece going astray.

  • Visit Duration: 30-60 minutes
  • Where: 1, Anandilal P Marg, Dhobi Ghat, Shanti Nagar, Lower Parel, Mumbai,, Maharashtra
  • Hours: 7:00am – 8:00pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Cost: Free
Dhobi Ghat - Mumbai, India
Dhobi Ghat – Mumbai, India

Evening

Delhi Highway Restaurant

We decided on Delhi Highway based on convenience to our hotel and the fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor, and we were not disappointed.  We ordered Indian thali which contained peas pulav, naan, paneer masala, masoor makhni, salad, matar paneer, basoondi, and gulab jam. One thali is more than enough for 1 person.

  • Visit Duration: 60-90 minutes
  • Where: 105 Mistry Mansion Ground Floor, Mahatama Gandhi Road, Kala Ghodi, Fort
  • Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm Daily
  • Cost: Thai Massage / Foot Massage from 450 baht for 1 hour

Reflections on Our Trip

Diversity is what Mumbai offers in trumps. History, tradition, culture, spirituality, poverty, opulence, modernism and amazing cuisine are just some of what you will see and experience in 2 days following our itinerary.  In our opinion, 2 days does not do this city justice and we would recommend a further 2 or more days to really immerse yourself in the city.

Have you been to Mumbai? What were your favourite sights to see and things to do? Leave a comment below.



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2 DAY ITINERARY FOR MUMBAI

By Peta Wenzel

We are Peta (Australian) and Jonas (Swedish/Australian), a couple in our mid 40’s / early 50’s who have been travelling the world fulltime since January 2018. We met and lived on the Gold Coast, Australia and spent many evenings researching and watching YouTube vlogs about travel and dreaming of the day we would retire and be able to enjoy a lot more travel ourselves. Over the years, a number of events happened to family and friends and an opportunity arose which made us decide to not wait but to instead take a “Gap Year”. We are now in our 3rd year of travel and still hunger for new adventures and embrace the uncertainty that comes with full-time travel. If you want to know more about who we are, why we choose this lifestyle and how we do it, please follow our adventures and see how you can do it too.

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