Mumbai travel guide series: Best of Mumbai part 2

What makes you feel while you visit Mumbai? What is it that makes people used to say “Mumbai meri jaan”? May be the diversity of Mumbai or may be the fast-pace glamorous life of Mumbai. Or it is the magnificent beauty of Gateway of India and the photographic view of yachts sailing on Arabian Sea (through marine drive) that makes us feel proud of Mumbai. Yes best of Mumbai is here..

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I had tour Mumbai for 5 days and even in this short span of time Mumbai has shown me the impregnable picture of its beauty. In my previous blog “Mumbai travel guide: Best of Mumbai part 1” I have shown you some of the best monuments and places to visit through photographic tour.

In this blog series you will get to experience few more places. You will get to know the place known for its Gothic design and such things…

Mumbai travel guide part 2:

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

It was around 8:00 AM and I with my friends had an eye on the travel map of Mumbai. We were looking for place that is the most famous among all Mumbaikars. And what we got finally is rather more wonderful than we had imagined. First of all, allow me to have a word about this place “Why the place is called a perfect getaway for Mumbaikars”?

Far-far away, in the hearts of Mumbai and in the middle of concrete jungle, there lays a unique wilderness stretched in 104 squares km. This is the place that offers more refreshing environment for tourists and travelers. Yes it is Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). A beautiful preserved forest that has everything in it which keeps you engaged for almost 6 hours.

Boating at prestigious Vihar Lake, safari in search of tigers and Kanheri caves are the best here. Entry fees are like:

  • Entry fees in SGNP – Rs. 44 per person
  • Fees for boating – Rs. 40 per person and you can boat for half-an-hour
  • Tiger safari cost: Rs. 60 per person
  • Bus to Kanheri Caves: Rs. 44 per person
  • Camera fee at Kanheri Caves: Rs. 50 per person
  • Cycle on rent: Rs. 20/- and deposit Rs. 300/- as security

Furthermore, I tell you, this national park especially Kanheri Caves looks more worth-full when you use Binocular. My favorite one which I’m soon going to buy is Olympus Binocular (Black)

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View of Vihar lake
Paddle boating at Vihar lake
Kanheri Caves:

At almost 7 km from the entrance of SGNP, Kanheri Caves are located. You can either take bus or simple walk 7 km to reach Kanheri Caves. We had preferred first bus and then walking on return.

History says, these caves are 2,400 years old and total 109 Caves are there in Kanheri. The architecture of these caves is rock-cut. I found that these caves are basically dedicated to Gautama Buddha. These caves are surrounded by hills and dense forest area which is the habitat for many animals. A regular trek will take you to the top of hill from where you can see the whole national park.

Photographic series will tell you everything about these caves.

Wide view of Kanheri Caves
Every-time you look at those innocent monkey there is something special
The way to start your trek to top of the hill
these caves are dedicated to Gautama Buddha
Inside of Kanheri caves – tomb like structure
My friend is in the contend to reach at the top
Race to reach at the top of the hill – Winner
Kanheri caves side view

Juhu Beach

This was the first beach that I had visited in Mumbai that too in night. Mumbaikars visit Juhu to relax and enjoy the serene beauty of sea, after a long tedious day. But it was really crowded as it is the most visited place. Juhu beach is also known for its delicacies and tasty street food. If you want to visit Juhu, just go in the evening, sunset is one of the best here. Let the photographs take you to experience the beauty and tasty delicacies:

Juhu Beach at night
Credits to my friend for portraying me at Juhu Beach
My friend is enjoying the tasty “Barf ka gola”
Close-up view of delicious Sev Papdi Chaat – local dish
Uhmm – Yummy Rabadi Faluda

If somebody wants to share the best photographs of Juhu beach can submit it through the Guest post and I’ll give you the credit.

Relax at Aksa Beach:

At about 30 km from main Mumbai city, there is Aksa beach in Malad. It comes under the influence of Indian NAVY (base). It has a long stretched clean sandy expansion with availability of large no. of snails. Unlike the crowded Juhu beach, it is an underrated beach offering serene environment. Best things that people do there:

Relax, play with each other and walk with your loved ones. Let you dig the sand and create a rewarding and photographic sandcastle.

My friend just removes his Flip-Flops slippers and went into the sea.

The splendor of Aksa beach is not only because of the environment but also because of the famous song by a bollywood music composer – Anu Malik – “Tujhe Aksa Beach Ghuma Dun A Chalti Kya”.

Magical blue waves – Just go with the blue waves
Such magnificent view of sand – due to Sea water
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It’s selfie time, relaxing at Aksa Beach
dig the sand; let your imaginations create something
Couples playing, enjoying and walking at Aksa Beach

Walk around Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal (CST) and food court:

CST is formerly known as Victoria terminal. It was built in 1853. It resembles the wonderful British architecture and carvings. You can have a glimpse of unique style of Bombay – both British style and traditional Indian style. So the mixing of British and Indian style gives you gothic style architecture.

Take a walk around and experience things like: important buildings like Bombay Municipal, Bombay High court. Relax on Oval ground and watch children playing cricket. Taste the lovely local food at food street in front of CST (it really taste so nice).

I had best “Vada Pav”, Sharabat (Rose water etc.) and Bhel Puri there.

Gothic design of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal
Bombay Municipal Corporation
Eating Vada Pav local street food near CST
Enjoying Bhel Puri at CST
You will see a lot of upcoming cricketers at Oval Ground near CST
Splendid view of CST and BMC

Prior permission to Madh Fort

Madh island is present at about half-an-hour journey from Malad. It possesses one of the most beautiful farmland and fishig area. But now days, it is in controll of Indian Air Force, so prior permission is required. You can experience the beautiful ancient Madh fort offering the view of Madh island, fishing and Marve creeks as said my the people of Malad.

But since we don’t have the permission we were unable to visit Madh fort. Furthermore, if you can bear the smell of fish, prawns then its OK, otherwise it will be tough for you.

Yes that is best of Mumbai!

Yes, there are more wider things to do in Mumbai! And I’m restricted for 4 days only. If you want to book your flights to Mumbai just do it through RoadaviatorFlights.

If you want to share about more places just comment below and share your experience with me.

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26 comments

  1. Voice of Vera

    Wow. This looks stunning. I loved all of the pictures you got.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Vera!! I’m glad you like it.

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  2. Carol Cassara

    I have never been to Mumbai before and it’s really nice to see what you can explore and do while you’re there! I also love tasting the local food, I’m sure I’m going to enjoy that there!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes, Carol you’ll enjoy Mumbai a lot! Lovely street food, amazing monuments and structures etc. all is really appealing in Mumbai.

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  3. Alfonzowords

    Se manifique views and vibes! love the photo journal and descriptions. makes me wanna hop on a plan right now lol
    great travel blog post

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Alfonzowords!! I’m glad you like it!!

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  4. beccajtalbot

    I’ve not been to Mumbai (yet) – but your photos make it look very appealing 🙂 Hopefully I’ll get to go at some point, when I’ve finished my “30 before 30” challenge! x

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haha!! Love to hear 30 before 30 challenge!! Wishing you best of luck for it.
      Thanks for liking my photographs!

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  5. Cess

    Beautiful photos… thanks for sharing. This is too helpful.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks for liking my photographs Cess!!

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  6. Lindsey

    Some beautiful photos and information about Mumbai, on places to see and visit. Mumbai is certainbly on my bucket list.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Lindsey! Thanks for putting Mumbai on your bucket-list! Hope you travel Mumbai soon.
      Best wishes
      Prateek Goel

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  7. My Teen Guide

    I have a friend who married an Indian and now lives in Chennai. I don’t know if that is far from Mumbai, but anyway, I think India is such a beautiful country! I hope someday I can visit my friend and she can show me around. 🙂

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    1. prateekgoel

      Ohh that’s great to have a friend from India. Yes, Chennai is it quite near to Mumbai!
      Thanks for liking India. Hope you visit India soon.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  8. munniofalltrades

    I am from Mumbai and I love the fact that you have covered all the major destinations! Do check out the famous Chinese temple in Mazgaon if you are still in city. You will love it 🙂

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    1. prateekgoel

      That’s great! If a Mumbaikar loved my blog then I’m glad I have covered right points. By the way I’m not in Mumbai, but in my next visit I’ll visit the Chinese temple.
      Thanks for your comment munniofalltrades.

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  9. helerinablogs

    I haven’t been to Mumbai but it always looks such a beautiful, vibrant place to visit. The caves look an amazing trip, I would love to visit them myself one day.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes definitely, you’ll visit it and Mumbai will not disappoint you at all!! These caves are the attraction.

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  10. Nayna Kanabar

    I am going to book mark this page so that when I next go to Mumbai I can check out your recommendations.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot for such a comment Nayna! Your comement had made my day. Thanks

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  11. Nicole Anderson

    As someone who just loves hiking and the beauty of nature, I just loved this post. So many naturally beautiful things are around Mumbai and I would just love to visit and experience it for myself. One day I hope to get there but in the meanwhile, I certainly enjoyed reading about it and seeing your lovely photos.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot for your kind words!! Mumbai is certainly worth destination to visit.

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  12. thestyletune

    love ur take on mumbai, been there a couple of times and love it!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot thestyletune!! You too had a similar experience I guess??

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  13. Raja Ram Choudhary

    Superb bro….

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