The city of dreams, Mumbai may be known for its home to Bollywood, but there are a lot of fun things to do in Mumbai to have a memorable trip. Mumbai – The city of madness and love, of dreams, realized and hopes fulfilled – the town where people go to live their lives to their fullest; where the scorching heat of the summer is at par with the incessant rains in the monsoons.
Mumbai has witnessed a lot in the past, right from the freedom struggle to becoming the commercial capital, becoming Mumbai from Bombay. Be it for the first-timers in the city, or the ones who are there just for a quick visit to friends, here is a list of 10 fun things that would make anybody fall in love with it all over again:
Fun Things To Do In Mumbai
1. Discover the Street Art
Mumbai no doubt has a rich taste of art, not only in its galleries and museums, like the Jehangir Art Gallery but in its raw depiction of the art form in the streets of Bandra and the walls of the houses in Chapel Road. A heaven for all the artistic folks and Instagram influencers, be sure to get a frame-worthy click with your group of friends that you will remember for a lifetime.
2. Take a Stroll at Marine Drive
Marine Drive can rightly be entitled as the Crown of Mumbai. Whenever someone says Mumbai, a vivid image of Marine Drive with shimmering lights crosses the mind. If in Mumbai with friends, take a long stroll there or just spend some good time with friends. Marine Drive is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai.
If you are lucky enough, you can even encounter some celebrities or a movie scene being shot. The night is indeed the best time to enjoy the beauty of Marine Drive.
3. Visit Chowpatty, Gorai and Juhu Beach
There is much more to the city than what meets the eye. Sit by any of the beaches at dusk with your group, while munching onto bhelpuri, and you’d feel a weird sense of tranquility amidst the chatter of unknown people around, with the waves of the sea rising and falling in unison to the chatter.
4. Treat Your Tastebuds With The Street Food Tour
Mumbai is a capital for the food lovers. Right from the expensive delicacies to the cheap street foods, Mumbai offers all and people of every taste can find something ideal to their taste buds. Starting from the Wheeler Bookstall in the Churchgate railway station, be sure not to miss the bhelpuris, and pav bhajis in the Chowpatty Beach, Ashok Vadapav for the best Vadapav in Mumbai, to the sizzling kebabs in the bustling back alleys of the Minara Masjid and Bhendi Bazaar. Don’t forget the ice cream at Bachelors!!
5. Enjoy the Nightlife
Mumbai is rightly called “the city that never sleeps” with an enviable nightlife. The high-end clubs, restaurants, bars, and discos are the best for the nocturnal beings searching to have a tremendous and high-spirited night time.
If you are more of a person in love with a calm ambiance, then you can spend some time on the beach. You can even visit the enchanting Marine Drive or catch a show at the famous Prithvi Theatre. There are actually a lot of options to do in Mumbai at night because the city never sleeps.
6. St. Xaviers College
If you have coveted the fun college environment of Aditi and her gang from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na in the song “Kabhi Kabhi Aditi…”, be sure not to miss the age-old college in the heart of South Mumbai, built in the Indo-Gothic style of architecture, and recognized as a heritage structure. While you are there with your friends, don’t miss its grand library.
7. Midnight tours
Owing to massive traffic throughout the day, for those who want an uninterrupted tour of the city, there is no better way than to grab a cycle and roam through the nooks and corners with your friends. Discover a new side of the blossoming nature at Mount Carmel Road in Bandra and the Shivaji Park.
For the adventurous, who live life king-size, and love looking at the bigger picture from a distance; literally, Water Sports Complex located at Marine Drive offers parasailing services. It would surely be one unique tour, no doubt, and if you enjoy taking a panoramic view of the city, right from the above, you must partake in this adventure.
8. Late-night drives
One of the best things to do in Navi Mumbai while on a trip with friends, is driving along the Seawoods road aka Palm Beach road. This is a 10 km long six-lane road which is a nice tarmac, suitable for driving. Then there is the famous Nerul Lake where one can walk alongside the lake boundary and even sit on sidewalks and enjoy the nature and an uninterrupted view of Nerul Skyline.
The lake is very picturesque and even more amazing is the view at night. The sidewalk is lit all the way, but if the lights don’t work, the place comes straight out of the horror movie set.
You can also take one of the smoothest drives through, Bandra to Worli Sea Link. It is situated alongside the seafronts which offer a calming view, and you can adore beauty while driving. If you wish, you can even make a stop at any point to inhale the beauty and the fresh air. Also, keep in the mind that the route to the Worli end is narrow, so while driving, take extra cautions.
9. Visit Hanging Gardens
The Hanging Gardens in Mumbai is another place must go whether you are alone, with friends, or family. It is a terrace garden located on the west side of the Malabar Hills, overlooking the Kamal Nehru Park.
They are mainly famous for the sunset views, and it is indeed to die for. There are different animals’ shapes cared out of hedges. Needless to mention that the best time to visit the place is either at the sunrise or the sunset. They even feature a beautiful Sundial Clock inside, which is the center attraction for tourists.
10. Street Shopping- Enjoy The Shopper’s Paradise
If you are an all-girl gang or happen to have shopaholics in your friend’s group, this one is a must. The leading marketplaces in Mumbai are Colaba Causeway Linking Road, Bandra Hill Road, Bandra Fashion Street, CST.
Among these, the Colaba is the one you simply cannot miss! Whether you simply want a keepsake for yourself or your loved one or maybe hone your photography skills, it is a great place to drop by. The market, filled with the chatter of various shopkeepers and shoppers alike, is busy throughout the day. Anywhere you go, you can hear people bargaining, and see the sparkle of joy in their eyes at getting what they want at their desired price. Not only normal people, but even celebrities shop from these markets.
Mumbai can be an extremely challenging place for some, teaching them about pain and heartbreaks, but this “city of dreams” has always had an unyielding spirit and a never-say-die attitude. This underlying energy of the city has served as the encouragement of many to enjoy life to the fullest, overcoming hurdles.