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Mumbai (previously and more lovingly known as Bombay) is often compared to New York City, as a city that never sleeps and is a melting pot of diversity and heritage. One day is hardly enough time to visit. But if you are there for only 24 hours, here are a few must do’s:
Start your day by going to Bandra, Mumbai’s quaint suburb full of fishing villages, churches and plenty of restaurants. It is also home to many Bollywood actors and sportsmen. Visit the Mount Mary Church, a 100-year-old Roman Catholic Basilica with gothic architecture that overlooks the Arabian Sea, or St. Andrews Church, one of Mumbai’s oldest churches that was built by the Portuguese Jesuits in 1575. While touring these two places, you can also pass by the homes of mega Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan Salman Khan, both at Bandstand near the sea. Then there’s also the Bandra Fort, which gives you a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea with tiny fishing boats bobbing around. Before leaving, be sure to grab breakfast at Candies, Hearsch Bakery or American Express Bakery.
Next on your agenda should be a visit to Haji Ali Dargah at Worli, a mosque and tomb built on an islet off the coast that showcases the best of Indo-Islamic architecture. Then make your way into the main city to grab a bite at Swati, a restaurant that serves an assortment of Mumbai’s street food. Try their Dhokla, Khandvi and Palki, all local delicacies. After you’ve had your fill, make your way over to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, formerly known as Victoria Terminus and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An architectural marvel, it served as headquarters for the Central Railways and was built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Next, make sure to stop at the Britannia and Company restaurant. It serves Persian/ Iranian food and has been visited by many famous personalities, including the Queen and members of the Royal Family.
Your second to last stop should be the Gateway of India, one of Mumbai’s most iconic structures. It was built to celebrate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder in 1911. Facing the sea, this iconic structure goes hand in hand with another beauty of Mumbai, the Taj Mahal Hotel. The hotel is a Heritage Grand class five-star hotel, known for its intricate architecture. You can visit the beautiful Sea Longue for high tea or head to your last stop at Colaba Causeway, a street where you can peruse for souvenirs, Indian clothes or anything else that tickles your fancy. Finally, you can end your hectic day by visiting the famous Leopold Cafe, a popular hangout for tourists and locals known for its lively atmosphere, food and beers.
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