You have chosen Mumbai as your destination to do your internship, as an intern in India as part of an India Summer Internship Program or the other programs. As a foreigner you might be overwhelmed whilst deciding what the things you would like to explore here are. We give you a few of the popular options to start with to truly get the Mumbai Experience.
Mount Mary’s Church – Saint Mary was believed to have healing powers and this church was constructed in her honour in the happening suburb of Bandra. It is a beautiful sea facing building which looks striking.
Colaba Causeway Market – a lot of shops, restaurants, hotels and street vendors located along the bustling Causeway, this is surely a shoppers’ paradise. Once you are here, look for footwear, ethnic jewellery, stilettos, bags, scarves, clothes, books, carpets, antiques and much more.
Get used to bargaining and test your skills in these streets as you will have an interesting experience. The iconic Leopold Cafe, Theobroma and Cafe Mondegar are places which have become tourist destinations in itself and are must visits.
Siddhivinayak Temple: This two hundred year old temple, is made of gold and exquisite marble occupies a important position in the city, figuratively and also literally. Devotees come from across the world to visit this temple. It is believed that if you pray here for their wishes it comes true.
This is even very popular among the Bollywood fraternity, this temple is definitely Mumbai’s most famous. Many believe the the idol of the Lord Ganesha has the power to grant wishes, it is an architectural wonder being carved from one large black stone.
Bandstand – This is a place frequented by love starved couples. A place where the sea and the sun make their home. Shah Rukh Khan, the famous actors residence is right opposite the stand, his bungalow known as Mannat is an attraction in itself for many. Fans stand outside it for hours on end just to catch a glimpse of the megastar.
The Bandra Fort which is also iconic and is also known as the Castella de Aguada is at the other end of this promenade. The famous bandra festival is held here. You should definitely stop by and experience the ambience of this place while having stirring hot coffee from the many shops there.
Jehangir Art Gallery – Young artists who are too poor to afford art galleries display their art here. Art connoissieurs will be surprised to find the quality of the paintings to match world standards and being sold for dirt cheap rates. People can walk around looking at the display and purchase art.
Haji Ali Dargah – Located in the Arabian Sea is this four thousand square foot dargah. Ìt is made with exquisite marbles and theirs mirror artwork done on the interiors. It is also a landmark for tourists. A lot of movies have used this locale for shooting purposes.
Gateway of India – 85 feet tall, this humongous structure faces the famous Taj Mahal Hotel. It is an absolute must visit and their many things to do here like taking a ferry ride to elephant caves! This place has a lot of history, being built in 1911.
Marine Drive – A three and a half kilometre long boulevard located in South Mumbai. It is ‘C’ shaped and is famously known as the Queens necklace. This is because at night street lights resemble beads of a pearl making the view a sight to behold.