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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City
One look at the Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus at night tells you why Mumbai is called the city of dreams and dreamers. With insane disparity from the slums of Dharavi to the swanky houses of Malabar Hill, there is one thing that bonds them all—their zest to live life. In times of crisis, this is one city that awakens, forgets all differences and becomes one. India’s economic and commercial capital as well as the film capital, with Bollywood being housed right here, Mumbai is a true megapolis. The most admirable factor about Mumbai, for any traveller, is that it is one of the safest cities in the entire country. Whether walking through the lanes of Fort and Kala Ghoda, shopping at Colaba or Bandra, enjoying the mesmerising sunset at Marine Drive, pub-hopping around town, or simply taking off to the nearby beaches of Alibaug for a quiet weekend, Mumbai has something for every kind of visitor. The most populous city of India boasts of some spectacular sights and engulfs each one in its fascinating history, culture and ethos. So, soak in the energy of this vibrant city that will enthral you and make you want to come back!
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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Marine Drive

Marine Drive

Watch the orange sun sink into the Arabian Sea, at one of the city’s most popular promenades, Marine Drive, also known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. The street lights dotting the stretch makes it look like a string of pearls, creating an illusion of a necklace, thus the name. Officially named ‘Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road’, this 4.3 km curved six-lane concrete road lined with palm trees stretches all the way from Nariman Point to Chowpatty Beach. Take a walk along the stretch, enjoy the lovely breeze when the sea is perhaps at its coolest best and witness some scintillating views of the city and the ocean.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Gateway of India

Gateway of India

Take in the lively atmosphere and beautiful views around the iconic Gateway of India. Overlooking the Arabian Sea and situated on the waterfront in the area of Apollo Bunder, this historical monument was constructed during the British Rule in India. Built to commemorate the arrival of the first British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, this 26 m high structure is made of yellow basalt stone and concrete. Marvel at the four turrets, the Hindu and Muslim architecture blending seamlessly and the intricate lattice work. Watch the boats bobbing in the water and savour the experience of being at one of the most distinguished landmarks of the city.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

The city's first harbour landmark has hosted Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe. The majestic luxury hotel opposite the Gateway of India built in 1903 by Jamshetji Tata boasts of many firsts—first to have the city’s licensed bar, first to be lit by electricity in the city, first to have an international discotheque, and the first to have the country’s first all-day dining restaurant. Admire the beautiful architecture, the wide collection of paintings, art, and artefacts. Enjoy the traditional Indian therapies at their spa. If you are a guest staying in the Heritage Wing, you can also opt for the royal historical tour of the hotel.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

In this busy megapolis, where everyone and everything is forever ‘on the move’, a serene, laid-back ambiance is a welcome surprise. Head to any of the rooftop restaurants at any of the city’s hotels to enjoy a quiet candlelight dinner with spectacular vistas of the Arabian Sea and the city’s beautiful skyline. Dome at the Intercontinental Hotel, Churchgate; Café Marina, The Sea Palace Hotel, Colaba; Bayview Café, Hotel Harbour View, Colaba; Aer Four Seasons Hotel, Worli; Asilo, The St Regis, Lower Parel; The Bar Stock Exchange, Bandra; Skky at Ramada, Powai; Sheesha Sky Lounge, Juhu, are just some where you can indulge yourself at leisure.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Restaurants in Todi Mills and Kamala Mills

Restaurants in Todi Mills and Kamala Mills

Tickle you taste buds with an eclectic mix of cuisines from all across the world in this bustling city. From Italian cafés to gourmet places, Continental meals to authentic Indian ones, orgasmic dessert cafés to authentic European and Greek cuisine, your every mood will be catered to here. You are spoilt for choice with a plethora of multi-cuisine restaurants, cafés and bars here. Café Zoe, The Bombay Canteen, Todi Mill Social, Sweetish House Mafia, Tilt All Day, Smaash, Please Don’t Tell, Bazinga Sports Café, Pico Express, and many more to try out.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

With over 60,000 art objects exhibited, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is one of the iconic museums in the country. Located near Gateway of India, the Grade I Heritage building, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, was constructed in the early 19th century to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales, King George V. The Indo-Saracenic architectural building designed by George Wittet, houses artefacts from the Indus Valley Civilization, European paintings, Indian miniature paintings, remnants from the Gupta and Maurya dynasties, and more. Divided in three sections, Art, Archaeology and Natural History, it also houses artworks of Lord Krishna, Indian traditional costumes and textiles.

TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Siddhivinayak Temple

Siddhivinayak Temple

Visit one of the most popular and beautiful temples in Mumbai dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesha, the Siddhivinayak Temple. A visit here is said to fulfil the desires of the worshippers. The idol is carved out of a single black stone with its trunk to the right, which is unusual. The shrine is spread over 2,550 sq m; its wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with eight manifestations of the Lord and the inner roof, plated with gold. Buy the ‘puja’ accessories from ‘Phool Galli’ and participate in the ‘aarti’ held daily. Tuesday is a special day of the Lord, thus it gets very crowded.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah

Pay your respects to saint Pir Haji Ali, at the Haji Ali Dargah. Located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the middle of the Arabian Sea, the complex houses the tomb of the saint as well as a mosque. Spread over 4,500 sq m, the edifice is made up of white marble and boasts of Indo-Islamic architecture. Men and women have separate praying rooms as per Muslim traditions. The crowds swell on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and during Ramazan and Bakri Eid. Catch a night view of the Dargah as its beautiful reflection in the sea is simply breathtaking.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City  Colaba Causeway

Colaba Causeway

Explore the famous and popular district of Colaba Causeway. Officially called Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, shop at high-end stores here such as Bungalow 8, Aquamarine, Bombay Electric, etc. Or, go street-shopping; strike a bargain (you need to be an aggressive haggler) and shop for accessories, crystals, handicrafts, flutes, maps of India, ‘Kolhapuris’, and of course, clothes, all at throw-away prices. Rest your feet while grabbing a bite at any of the popular joints—Café Mondegar, Leopold’s Café & Bar, Café Basilico Bistro & Deli, Kailash Parbat, Gokul, and others. You can even catch a movie at Regal Cinema and explore the Afghan Church (Church of St John the Evangelist).

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Mumbai Street Food

Mumbai Street Food

Taste the scrumptious street foods that contribute to Mumbai’s vibrant vibe. Dig in to some delicious ‘Pav Bhaji’, ‘Bhel Puri’, Pani Puri’, etc., at Chowpatty, Charni Road, or Juhu Chowpatty. Try the skewered kebabs, ‘Kheema Pav’, ‘Falooda’, ‘Sherbet’, and the famous ‘Nihari’ at Mohammed Ali Road, or ‘Chicken Tikka Rolls’ at Bademiya, Colaba. Sip on some delectable juices and milkshakes at Bachelorr’s, Charni Road and gorge on some lip-smacking, spicy Frankie (Mumbai is its birthplace) at Shivaji Park, where you also get other street-foods. Bite into the most popular street snack, ‘Vada Pav’ at Anand Stall, Mithibai College, Vile Parle and a variety of sandwiches at Jay Sandwich, Bandra.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Kalaghoda and Fort

Kalaghoda and Fort

Feel the essence of the British Era and admire the architecture at Kalaghoda and Fort. Click pictures at Flora Fountain, (officially known as Hutatma Chowk). Visit the State Central Library for its treasure trove of books. Explore the ancient St Thomas Cathedral, the legendary Strand Book Stall and The Bombay Store for artefacts and gifts. Stroll on the art precinct of Kala Ghoda and admire the work of artists at the Kala Ghoda Pavement Gallery. Step into Chetana Book Store and the Chetana Craft Centre. View the iconic Esplanade Mansion and admire the magnificent Rajabai Tower. After enjoying the rich colonial heritage, stroll on the lanes of Nariman Point and Churchgate.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Mahalaxmi Race Course

Mahalaxmi Race Course

Enjoy the gallop of the horses and watch a thrilling horse race at the lovely oval-shaped Mahalaxmi Race Course. Built in 1883 on 225 acres of land, and owned by The Royal Western Turf Club, it is regarded as one of finest race courses in Asia. Modelled on the Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, the beautiful aristocratic architecture dates back to the 18th century; the Grandstand here is now a designated heritage structure. You can also enjoy a quiet meal at the famous restaurant ‘Gallops’ and ‘Tote on the Turf’ here, which offers splendid views of the surroundings. Do note that the racing season is from November to April.

TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Neighbourhood of Bandra

Neighbourhood of Bandra

Known as the ‘Queen of Suburbs’, Bandra is a beautiful blend of old and contemporary with its colonial-style bungalows, pretty cottages and modern complexes. Shop on Hill Road and Linking Road, dig into some snacks at road side stalls, and enjoy world cuisines at any of the trendy restaurants around. Visit the Mount Mary Church and admire Mother Mary’s Basilica and pray at St Andrews Church. Climb up the Bandra Fort overlooking the Mahim Bay, stroll at Jogger’s Park, Carter Road or enjoy the sea breeze at Bandstand Promenade. Admire the graffiti on the walls around Chapel Road and Veronica Street and soak in the vibe of this trendy suburb.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Nightlife of Mumbai

Nightlife of Mumbai

Put on your dancing shoes and let your hair down at any of the nightclubs, bars in the party-central Mumbai. Whether you are in South Mumbai, or in the suburbs, there are is a plethora to choose from. Whatever your budget, there are watering-holes catering to everyone. Head to Colaba Social, Hard Rock Café, Shiro, Asilo, Aer, Bonobo, Escobar, Toto’s Garage, He Said She Said, The Little Door, and many more. If adventurous, croon away at Karaoke nights at Out of the Blue, Three Wise Men, The Irish House, WTF, and others. Catch a performance by any of the local bands, and enjoy the pumping nightlife of the city.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Adlabs Imagica

Adlabs Imagica

Take a trip to Adlabs Imagica Amusement Park located on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Khopoli city and spend an unforgettable day of thrill and entertainment. Spread over 300 acres, the park is full of exciting rides and entertainment options for the family. Go for the various family rides such as Mr India, Alibaba Aur Chalis Chor, Salimgarh, and more. The children can enjoy some others such as Happy Wheels, Zooballoo, Save the Pirate, and the adventure seekers can get their kick from riding in Nitro, Deep Space, Dare 2 Drop and other exciting rides. Have fun with Imagica’s unique characters and satiate your palate at any of the restaurants here.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City High Street Phoenix and Palladium Mall

High Street Phoenix and Palladium Mall

This haven for shopaholics is divided in three different zones—Skyzone, Grand Galleria and Palladium. Shop for cosmetics, skin and hair care at The Body Shop, Estée Lauder, MAC, and for high fashion at ZARA, Super Dry, Mango, Aldo, etc. If luxury is what you seek, there’s Emporio Armani, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, ETRO, and others, while premium brands such as Diesel, DKNY, etc., and designer labels such as Rohit Bal, Satya Paul, Anita Dongre, too can be found here. Unwind after a hectic shopping spree at any of the bars and restaurants here, or catch a stand-up comedy performance at the Canvas Laugh Club.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Jehangir Art Gallery

Jehangir Art Gallery

Art aficionados should certainly visit the prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery to appreciate contemporary art and admire the beautiful exhibits by famous artists. Built in 1952, founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir, and designed by G M Bhuta & Associates is where artists, art lovers and patrons of art meet. The gallery houses four halls—the Hirji Jehangir Gallery, the Terrace Art Gallery, the Auditorium Hall and three Exhibition Galleries that display modern art, sculptures and visual art. Catch the annual exhibition if you can, the Monsoon Art Show and pick some artefacts of India from the antique shop in the gallery.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Mahalaxmi Temple

Mahalaxmi Temple

Built in the 17th century, the Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the oldest shrines in the city. Dedicated to the three Goddesses, Shree Mahakali or Durga (Destroyer of Demon), Shree Mahalakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and Shree Mahasaraswati (Goddess of Learning), the temple was constructed in honour of the Goddess Laxmi. Marvel at the 10.60 m high ‘Dhwajastambh’, a single wooden block covered with silver sheets, the ‘Deepmala’, and a Lion cloaked in silver. The three deities are adorned beautifully with traditional attire and finery. Visit the temple during ‘Navratri’, the nine-day festival in honour of the Goddess Durga. Shop for religious paraphernalia, flowers, coconuts, and other ‘puja’ items to offer the Goddess.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Aamby Valley City

Aamby Valley City

Set amidst lush greenery and spread over 10,600 acres of hilly city, Amby Valley is about 23 km from Lonavla and 87 km from Pune. Indulge in the luxurious living space that offers wellness centre, spas, swimming, and superb restaurants. Enjoy the Fountain of Fortune, the world’s tallest multimedia fountain show and watch professionals play a game of golf at the British PGA approved 18 Hole Floodlit Championship Golf Course. Go gliding, skydiving, or indulge in a Drag Race. Adventure lovers can enjoy jet skiing, Waterfall Safari, Towing Inflatable Rides, go zorbing, rappelling, rock climbing, and more. Watch the Cirque de Glaceir, a spectacular international show based on Cinderella.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Babulnath Temple

Babulnath Temple

This ancient and famous temple of the city is situated near Chowpatty, around 1,000 ft above sea level, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, a stone ‘lingam’ of the Lord is worshipped here. Babulnath Temple is thus named as the Lord is in the form of the Babul tree. Soak up the tranquillity of this magnificent temple, which also gives an illusion of Mount Kailash, the eternal abode of the Lord. Constructed in 1780, the current temple dates back to the 18th century, while a tall spire was added in the 19th century. Visit during the auspicious month of ‘Shravan’ (August/September), ‘Mahashivratri’ or on any Monday.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Wankhede Stadium

Wankhede Stadium

Cheer the home team as you catch an IPL Match or an international one at the splendid venue of Wankhede Stadium. Built in 1974, under S K Wankhede’s suggestion, the first test match played here was between India and West Indies in the year 1975, while the ODI was hosted in 1987 between India and Sri Lanka. Regarded as one of the largest stadiums in the country, its seating capacity is over 33,000. The suspended cantilever roof is one of the highlights here, the stadium boasts of eight stands. Cricket legends such as Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar, Clive Llyod, Ravi Shastri, Sachin Tendulkar, and others have displayed their talent here.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Virtual Cricket at Smaaash

Virtual Cricket at Smaaash

Turn on your fascination of playing a high-wire cricket game in an artificial ambiance at the technological advanced entertainment entity of Smaaash. Indulge in a game of high intensity against the legends of the sport inside a packed stadium. The innovative technology will reproduce actions of your favourite players along with the speed, spin, and bounce. There’s even a high-end camera to track every move and also replay it. Alternatively, go sky karting on the city’s only rooftop karting arena and have fun trying to get past your opponents in a pulsating race. Try this at night, which will add to the heart-thumping race.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Mount Mary Church

Mount Mary Church

The beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, known as the Mount Mary Church, overlooking the Arabian Sea boasts of colonial style architecture. Perched on a hillock, 80 m above sea level, this Roman Catholic Basilica is said to have miraculous healing powers; also, those who pray sincerely have their wishes fulfilled. Destroyed in 1700, it was later rebuilt in 1761. Wax figures are offered by people afflicted with ailments that depict that particular ailment or disease hoping this would cure them. Visit during September when the ‘Feast of Mount Mary’ is held each year. Shop for Goan sweets, religious artefacts and other items outside the church.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Theatre Performance

Theatre Performance

All you theatre lovers, head to the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in South Mumbai or Prithvi Theatre, in the suburbs in Juhu to catch a play performed by local artists or even an international performance. Both the venues are known for showcasing world-class talent and hosting some brilliant performances from India and across the world. Enjoy an evening of a superb concert, theatre performance and lose yourself in the live visual storytelling art.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Hire a Private Yacht

Hire a Private Yacht

Spend a day of leisure and luxury on a private yacht and enjoy the tranquillity of the Arabian Sea. Go for a weekend getaway to Alibaug, Mandawa, Elephanta Islands, etc., or stay overnight on the yacht if you wish. Pick a sunset cruise if you want a short trip and enjoy a lovely candlelight dinner on the yacht. While sailing, enjoy some splendid sights around, the sun setting on the horizon with the water glimmering in its golden rays. You can also spot the charming lighthouses—Prong’s Lighthouse, Sun Rock Lighthouse and the Dolphin Lighthouse.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Essel World and Water Kingdom

Essel World and Water Kingdom

Spend a day of family entertainment at India’s largest amusement park and Asia’s largest theme water park, EsselWorld and Water Kingdom. Located in the suburb of Malad, in Gorai, it is spread over 42 acres with 71 attractions. Go for some thrilling rides such as Shot-N-Drop, Rainbow, Thunder, Zyclone, and others. The children can enjoy the Junior Carousel, Caterpillar, Kangaroo Hop, etc. The whole family can also have fun together in rides such as Copper Chopper, Aero Swinger, Monster, etc. For the water lovers, there is What A Coster, Goofers Lagoon, Adventures Amazonia, and more. Do check their offers on certain days and enjoy this magical adventure destination for some thrills.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Mani Bhavan

Mani Bhavan

Pay a visit to the city’s most important building, which was the centre of political activities at the time of India's struggle for freedom, Mani Bhavan. It is here that Mahatma Gandhi interacted with his colleagues and meetings were held to discuss and mould the freedom movement. Located on Laburnum Road, Gamdevi this three-storeyed heritage structure houses a picture gallery, a library, auditorium and an exhibit that depicts the Mahatma’s life, next to Gandhiji’s room. Browse through the posters, photographs, slogans, and other items, such as Gandhiji’s Charkha. Buy Gandhian literature, postage stamps, among other things, and see films on the great man and hear his speeches.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The spectacular Chhaptrapati Shivaji Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the headquarters of the Indian Central Railway is a must visit. History and architecture lovers, have a blast admiring this Victorian Gothic Revival complex, with influences of Indian traditional buildings. Designed by Frederick William Stevens, the terminal was built in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Marvel at the balustrades, wood carvings, pointed arches, turrets, and the columns of the entrance gates that are crowned with figures of a tiger (representing India) and a lion (representing England). Click pictures of the façade (late evening) from the outside of the building when it’s illuminated, enhancing its magnificence.

TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Della Adventure Park

Della Adventure Park

For an exciting time during the weekend, head to one of the most popular getaway, Della Adventure Park in Lonavala and indulge in some nail-biting, adrenaline pumping activities. Go for the Swoop Swing, where you are pulled up 100 ft above the ground in a sack and have to push a button to eject a cord. Try Aqua Zorbing with the kids or go Dirt Biking, if you wish to rough it out. If not too adventurous, pick the popular activities such as Rappelling, Artificial Rock Climbing, Pistol Bow, and others. Alternatively, you can walk a dog, milk a Jersey Cow, play Carrom, Chess, Table Tennis, and many other games.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Reality Tours and Travels

Reality Tours and Travels

Try something different—discover the streets of this ‘Maximum City’ bicycling in the wee hours of the morning and ending with some scrumptious brunch, cycle through the streets at midnight and during festivals such a Ganesh Festival and Holi. Take the Ramadan Street Food Tour for some tasty Muslim delicacies during the Ramadan festivities. Explore the countryside, visit the nearby villages, have a home cooked meal, indulge in some farming activities, and visit the village school. If you do not wish to cycle or walk, take the Sightseeing Tour by car and certainly go for the Slum Tour where you can walk around the famous Dharavi Slums.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Café Madras

Café Madras

When in Mumbai, certainly head to the famous South Indian joint, Café Madras located in Matunga East, King’s Circle. Opened in 1940, and recently completed 75 years, this eatery dishes out some lip-smacking authentic cuisines from southern parts of the country. The must-try is the Idli, Neer Dosa, Rasam Vada, Panpoli (a dessert made with banana and jaggery), which is also the oldest item on the menu, Bisi Bele Bhath, gunpowder chutney, and of course the filter coffee, among other delicious items. Reach early and be prepared to wait for at least 30 min as the place is always crowded. Do note it is closed on Mondays.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves or Gharapuri, are a network of caves with rock-cut architecture dating back between the 6th-8th centuries. This designated UNESCO World Heritage Site was destroyed by the Portuguese; what remains today is a testimony of a rich civilization. Marvel at the 7 m high sculpture of Shiva representing his three aspects—the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer at the Shiva Cave (Cave 1), and the carvings around that depict his various forms and acts. Admire the ‘Trimurti’ and other magnificent sculptures. Visit in February and catch the dance festival hosted by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). Do note, it is closed for visitors on Mondays.

TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Sula Vineyards

Sula Vineyards

Wine lovers, this one’s for you. Take a day trip to the Sula Vineyards in the Nasik region and taste the local wines. Discover the entire process of winemaking and learn everything about this classy beverage through the tour. At the end, visit the charming Tasting Room and experience the pleasure of tasting different kinds of wines, buy a bottle of your favourite one; if you wish have it there with a tasty cheese platter. Savour a delicious meal at the 'SOLEIL by La Plage', the iconic French restaurant. Attend the two-day Gourmet World Music Festival—an extravaganza of music, food, drinks, and fashion, held each year.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Irani Cafés

Irani Cafés

These old-world Iranian cafés intrinsic to Mumbai’s ethos, opened by Persian immigrants in the 19th century boast of a rustic and retro ambiance. Dig into some scrumptious breakfast of Bun Maska Pav, Irani Chai, Kheema Pav, Omelette, Veg and Non-Veg Patties, Khari biscuits, and many more delicious items. Indulge yourself with an authentic Parsi meal and for those with a sweet tooth, go for the Mawa Cake, Pudding, Choco-Apple Pie, Dark Chocolate, etc. You can choose from a sprinkling of cafés—Kyani & Co, Marine Lines; Britannia & Co, Fort; Yazdani Bakery, Fort; Ideal Corner, Fort; B Merwan & Co, Grant Road; Koolar & Co, King’s Circle, Matunga, and more.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Spa Treatments

Spa Treatments

Escape from the noise and heat of the city to the tranquillity of a spa to pamper and soothe your tired nerves. Pick from the many treatments and therapies offered by the spas around town. Soak in some signature therapies, go for some exotic body rituals, treat your tired feet with some rejuvenating pedicures and pamper your hands with manicures. Alternatively, indulge in some ancient aromatherapies or the Indian Ayurvedic-inspired treatments to revitalise your mind, body and soul. You have a number of options—Jiva Spa, Rewa Escape Spa, Tahaa Spa, Four Seasons Spa, Quan Spa at JW Marriott, Mudd Salon and Day Spa, Myrah Spa, and many more.

TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Shopping at Fabindia

Shopping at Fabindia

Indulge in quality shopping of ethnic Indian clothes at Fabindia—a platform that promotes traditional technique in textile manufacturing and links the various craft-based rural producers to the widespread urban market. Launched in 1960 the store offers everything for women, men and children. Shop for tunics, tops, skirts, palazzos, dresses, stoles, ‘dupattas’, sarees, etc. Men can choose kurtas, shirts, jackets, trousers, T shirts, and more. There’s also a range of handcrafted jewellery, home décor, home furnishings, personal care, and organic food products. ‘Fables’ is the store’s new line of western wear that too offers a wide range for woman and men.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Trip to Alibaug

Trip to Alibaug

Located in Raigad district in Konkan region, Alibaug makes for a wonderful weekend getaway. Take a ferry from Gateway of India to this famous coastal town, also known as the ‘Goa of Maharashtra’ and explore its ancient heritage. Unwind at the Alibaug beach, which is a black sand beach, and enjoy exquisite sunsets. Visit the majestic Kolaba Fort facing the Arabian Sea, the Kandheri Fort where you can pray at the temple of Lord Vitthal and visit the Tomb of Daud Pir. Also see the Bet El Synagogue, the Kanhoji Angre Samadhi and other beaches such as, Varsoli Beach, Akshi Beach, Nagaon Beach, etc.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Enjoy the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrated in homes and in public to honour the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesha, who is believed to be the remover of all obstacles. Visit any of the popular ‘pandals’ (temporary shrines) and see huge idols of the Lord with different themes weaved around them. Participate in the morning or evening ‘Aarti’, and have the delicious ‘Prasad’. If invited, do visit someone’s place for the festival, for it’s an altogether different experience than the public celebration. Be a part of the immersions of the idols on the last day; however be cautious of unruly behaviour of some as it gets very crowded on this day.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Seafood at Gajalee

Seafood at Gajalee

Seafood lovers, the famous restaurant ‘Gajalee’ is the apt place for you to savour some mouth-watering fish dishes of the State. Bite into some delicious delicacies here—cited as one of the top 100 restaurants in India. Hygienic, unpretentious and informal, the restaurant is popular for Prawns Masala, Bombil Fry, Tandoori Crab, Butter Garlic Pepper Crab, Fish Curry, Clam Koshimbir, Prawns Pickle, and many more fish dishes. You can also go for the delicious mutton or chicken dishes. We suggest you visit their Vile Parle branch as this is the flagship branch visited by most of its patrons.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Le15 Patisserie

Le15 Patisserie

If you have a sweet tooth, head to Le15 Pâtisserie at any of their outlets—Bandra, Lower Parel, Palladium Mall, Colaba, and dig into scrumptious macaroons, cupcakes, tarts, choux, and cakes. Try the Lavender and Salted Caramel Macaroons, Belgian Choclate choux pastries, are some of the confectionaries we recommend to die for. Head to this quaint place for a classic French patisserie feel and flavour. We assure, you won’t be disappointed.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City ISKCON Temple


This magnificent temple built on four acres of land and located in Juhu in the suburbs of the city is one of the most visited ones in the city. Also known as Sri Sri Radha Rasabihariji Temple, and dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is a hub for research and education and holds daily discourses on various Vedic scriptures. Opened in 1978, with the presiding deities of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari and Si Sri Sita Ram Laxman Hanuman, visit it during festivities and catch a cultural programme as well. The marble temple also houses a pure vegetarian restaurant and an auditorium along with a guest house.

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TraveLibro India Mumbai Featured City Bandra Worli Sea Link

Bandra Worli Sea Link

Enjoy a drive on the cable-stayed bridge with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts on either side, offering sweeping views of the shimmering waters and sea breeze rustling through your hair! Officially known as the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link connects the western suburbs of the city to South Mumbai from Bandra to Worli. Opened in 2009 to the public, it is an engineering wonder that witnesses a heavy flow of traffic (around 37,000 vehicles) daily. The drive is especially breathtaking during the monsoon; if it has just rained or is raining the view is simply spectacular. Catch the stunning sunrise and sunset along with the panoramic view of the city.

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