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How to Spend 24 Hours In Mumbai?

Mumbai is a beautiful city. It encompasses numerous places of tourist interest. Thus, touring the entire city to see all its tourist spots requires at least 3-4 days. However, you can visit some of its popular places in a single day. In order to do so, you require planning strategically. So, you don’t know much about the city? Don’t worry! We are here to help you.

Places To Visit In Mumbai In One Day

How to Spend 24 Hours In Mumbai

Here is how to spend 24 hours in Mumbai.

1] Start Early

Since you require covering maximum places in a day, it is only wise to start your day early. This will give you ample time to roam around and explore this awesome city.

Remember, Mumbai is infamous for its traffic. So, you need to spend substantial amount of time commuting. And, if you do not begin early you are likely to stay stuck on the Mumbai roads for most part of the day.

2] Visit Siddhivinayak Temple Early Morning

Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir

Photo: Wikipedia

Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the oldest and most revered temples in Mumbai. It was built in 1801. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Visit to Siddhivinayak is the best way to begin your day.

The morning aarti begins at 5:30 am. Attending the aarti is a blissful experience. So, wake up early, get ready and reach the place by 5:30 to seek Bappa’s blessings. The famous temple is in Prabhadevi.

3] Head to Haji Ali Dargah

Thereafter, head straight to Haji Ali. It is the ideal next stop. The two places are situated quite close by. Located in Islet Coast of Worli, it is just about 6 km from Siddhivinayak. The dargah is almost 600 years old. It encompasses the tomb of Hazrat Haji Ali. He was a Muslim saint.

Haji Ali Dargah Mumbai

Photo: Patrick Findeiss (Flickr)

The sufi shrine stands amid water. It has been maintained well and thus stands intact. Visit to this ancient shrine offers a divine experience. Also, don’t forget to try a glass of juice from the Haji Ali Juice Centre on your way back.

4] Have Your Breakfast

After covering two of the most famous spots in Mumbai, it is time to taste some Mumbai special food. Mumbai is particularly famous for its vada pao and pav bhaji. You will find numerous street side stalls selling these delectable food items. We suggest you try these for breakfast. It is better to pick these from a street side stall.

Grab these as you head to your next destination. Going to a restaurant for breakfast will be time consuming and thus not recommended.

5] Haji Ali to Bandra Worli Sea Link

Subsequently, head to the Bandra Worli sea link. It is time to catch a spectacular view of the city from here. The sea link is 5.6 km long. It is a cable stayed bridge built on the Arabian Sea. It connects the suburbs of the city with South Mumbai.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link (Mumbai)

The place is not very far away from Haji Ali. As you reach the bridge, stop over near the sea to enjoy the view. Also, click few pictures. You will be able to capture amazing photographs here.

6] Juhu Beach

If the sun isn’t shining too bright it is best to head to the famous Juhu beach. Walk around at leisure on beach. Let the waves touch your feet as you walk along the beach. The place offers a rejuvenating experience.

Juhu Beach (Mumbai)

By the way, the beauty of this place enhances manifolds during the evening hours. However, we suggest you to visit the place before lunch as it is comparatively less crowded at this time.

Also, don’t forget to try bhel puri here.

7] Lunch

It is time now for lunch. There are many good restaurants near Juhu beach. Some of these are Prithvi Cafe, Mahesh Home Lunch and Pepper & Pint. You can try any of these restaurants. You will get a variety of cuisines to choose from at these places. It is also a good idea to ask for suggestions from the locals.

8] Gateway of India

After lunch, it is time to see the most famous monument of Mumbai. Yes, we are talking about the Gateway of India. It should take around an hour and a half to reach the place from Juhu.

Gateway Of India Mumbai

Gateway of India is a huge arch edifice. It was built in the early twentieth century by the British. The structure is made of basalt. It reflects the beautiful Indo Saracenic architecture. It is 85 feet high. The monument still remains intact after all these years. It is protected under the aegis of the Archaeological Survey of India.

It stands beautiful and thus attracts tourists from far and wide. Tourists as well as locals gather around the monument to admire its beauty. Witness its grandeur as you stand here. Also, do take some pictures at this place. Your visit to Mumbai will be incomplete without it.

9] Marine Drive

After taking a close look at the beautiful arch monument, it is time to visit one of the most amazing places in Mumbai – The Marine Drive. Both tourists and locals love this place alike. You will see many people flocking around this 3.6 kilometre long Promenade.

Mumbai's Marine Drive

The place is especially visited during the evening hours. Marine Drive runs along a busy road in South Mumbai. Walk at leisure at this place and enjoy its beauty. You may also sit for some time to witness the splendour of the sea. Besides, the view of the sunset from this point is amazing. It is also one of the main attractions of this place.

Not many of you may be aware that the place is also called the Queen’s Necklace. This is because the street lights along the Promenade form the shape of a necklace. You can see the same from a height at night as these lights twinkle. It looks spectacular.

10] Mumbai Special Dinner

We suggest you to head back to your hotel, thereafter. Looking forward to some more fun?  Well, call it a day by having scrumptious Mumbai special dinner. There are many good restaurants in the Marine Drive vicinity.

The Bayview Restaurant is a good choice for dinner. Kebab Korner and Salt Water Café are also among the good restaurants here. You will also find several street side stalls here. Check the time and decide where to go accordingly.

So, now you know what to do if you are on a schedule and have just 24 hours to roam around Mumbai. The information shared here will help you make the most of your day in the city. I have personally covered all these places in Mumbai in a day. The experience has been just wonderful.

About the author

Shailja Sharma

Shailja is a post graduate in English Literature. Writing comes naturally to her and she is content doing what she does best - writing and editing. An avid reader, a nature lover and a travel enthusiast are some of the other terms that describe her.

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