Nothing can beat the cultural treasures and architectural wonders you will get to see in this Mumbai city guide itinerary. Be prepared to get slightly bulldozed in the crowd, to participate with many quick introductory conversations on the go and to experience something really unique as you soak up the trendy vibe and vibrant atmosphere of Mumbai.
The majestic city of Mumbai sure is a must-see adventure in a lifetime. To walk around on foot and to discover the colorful markets and old colonial Bombay remains is a quite unique thing to do. In addition, the Indo-Saracenic revival architecture in Mumbai (old Bombay) is truly stunning and surely will take your breath away.
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- Mumbai City Guide Itinerary for 1 or 2 Days on Foot
- Get even more out of Mumbai & Goa
Mumbai City Guide Itinerary for 1 or 2 Days on Foot
This Mumbai city guide itinerary is perfect for a 1-day or (max.) 2-day walk to see the best places in the city. Get ready for a glorious experience in this beautiful one-of-a-kind city in India.
Stay at a nice hotel somewhere in the city center
Stay at a nice hotel somewhere in the city center and make sure you get enough sleep. In the morning, get up early about 7-8 and skip breakfast in your hotel.
Have breakfast on the streets instead. Mumbai is famous for the delicious diversity of amazing street food. Go to a small shop or market stand on the streets and order some chai tea with a lovely Indian breakfast.
Tip: always choose for the food shops/restaurants where you see other people eating or drinking for hygienic safety reasons.
Some things you’ll want to take with you for a full day of walking and sightseeing:
- A Bottle of Mineral Water – Always keep at least 1L with you. The heat in the city can get quite oppressive in the summer afternoons. Always check if the bottle was sealed before you buy a bottle in a small shop.
- A printed version of this itinerary, and use Google Maps on your phone – You’ll need a good city-map of Mumbai to walk around and not to get lost. Use a printed version of this Mumbai city guide itinerary and use your phone. Don’t forget to charge your battery in the night. It can be easy to get lost in Mumbai, and a map like this Mumbai city guide itinerary can help you out a lot.
- A backup city-map of Mumbai – Always a good idea to have a backup plan. Buy a cheap city map in a small shop on the streets An alternative city-map can help you out a lot. Just in case, also use a pen to locate your hotel destination on the city map.
1. Gateway of India
This iconic landmark in Mumbai is the first destination in this Mumbai city guide itinerary. Walk from your hotel to the Gateway of India and enjoy fine views of the harbor and the grand Taj Mahal hotel.
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
From the Gateway of India, find your way to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Yes, I know, what a name right?!
The CSMVS was formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum and it’s one of the best museums in India.
The architecture of the building is a great example of the Indo-Saracenic style and the collection in the museum provides an excellent examination of Indian historical art.
3. Rajabai Clock Tower
The Rajabai Tower is part of the University campus in Mumbai and dates back to the old colonial Bombay times. The university was built in 1878 and is a great example of the impressive Indo-Saracenic revival architecture.
4. Flora Fountain & Marine Drive
Walk your way to the pretty Flora fountain, which is dedicated to Flora, the Roman goddess of spring. The fountain is surrounded by massive monumental buildings and there are some great premium restaurants in the area.
When you walk down the road, you will see the Marine Drive, a long stroke of city-beach that makes a perfect hangout place with great views over the Indian Ocean.
Go back from where you came and walk to the other end of this part of the city, to the Asiatic Society Library Town Hall.
5. Asiatic Society Library Town Hall
Another great monument to visit in this Mumbai city guide itinerary, the Asiatic Society Library Town Hall. This historical building is famous for several arrangements that were made during the era of British colonial rule.
The garden of Horniman Circle is located just in front of the Asiatic Society Library Town Hall, in old colonial times, the port cargo of Bombay (Mumbai) was unloaded and loaded on a square at this location.
6. Victoria Terminus (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus)
Thousands of people, lots of trains and a majestic architectural masterpiece of art. The Victoria Terminus, which is called the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus nowadays, is truly stunning.
A visit to Mumbai would honestly be incomplete without a visit to this marvelous building that is an official UNESCO World Heritage site. The building is a great example of the Indo-Saracenic revival architecture, for which the old Bombay was famously known. Take a good look at the outside, and walk around in the inside of it.
7. Crawford Market
The last stop in this Mumbai City Guide Itinerary is Crawford market. It’s located just a bit north of the Victoria Terminus. Crawford (Mahatma Phule Mandai) is an authentic bazaar market that sells everything from spices to produce and chocolates to the best souvenirs.
The market’s building has a mighty central hall with three enormous gateways and an elegant clock tower. It was built in 1869.
You will need at least 1-2 hours here to explore Crawford market.
Get even more out of Mumbai & Goa
Stay a bit longer in the city and get even more to see than whats in this Mumbai city guide itinerary. Also get to know about where to stay and what places to see in Goa. It’s a great handbook guide for hotels, restaurants, and places of interest in Mumbai and Goa.