Here’s how to spend one day in Mumbai. With just two nights and one day dedicated to India’s largest city, we made the most of it with a walking tour. We saw all the major tourist attraction in Mumbai. In the process we were overwhelmed with the sounds, the number of people, the building and the bustle of the city. Also, we may have been drugged…

Udaipur to Mumbai

The trek from Udaipur to Mumbai was one of our longest. 18 hours on the train could have been a lot worse but we both slept a good deal and arrived in Bombay in fairly good shape.

After arriving we took the local train to southern Mumbai- Colaba, where most hotels are and a good place to begin exploring the massive city.

Getting Settled in Mumbai

First goal was to eat. We are still not sure what exactly it was but we believe the restaurant attempted to drug us because we had arrived to eat with all of our luggage in tow (something we generally avoid doing as backpackers). After trying a few spoonfuls of our tasty thali, we started feeling really “spacy”.

We bolted out of there and instead grabbed a 6 inch from the Subway next door. It’s good the record franchises around the world paid off for us.

By the time we checked the few decent budget hotels in the area we had to settle in to our most overpriced accommodation to date. We only had 2 nights so whatever.

Exploring Mumbai in One Day

We started the morning as we strolled north from Colaba, passed by the Jewish Synagogue, Keneseth Eliyahoo. We continued walking along the Oval Maiden where swarms of people were playing cricket, besides the University of Mumbai and the British colonial inspired buildings that comprise it.

We arrived at the Bombay High Court, and were allowed to wander among the courtrooms and offices. It was a weekend, but there were still some patrons here and there.

Railway Station and so many taxis!

We shared a table with some local Mumbayans at a nice restaurant across the street from the Railway Station, which is a grandiose building and is itself a main attraction.

We were tipped to go to Crawford Market which is pure mayhem. A crowded, loud, not really a market, area of commerce chased us away.

Back in Colaba we visited the gate similar to India Gate in Delhi, the Gateway of India, along the water, where the boardwalk was once agin swarming with people and then had a small dinner. We then packed our bags once more, as we were headed for the beach!

Gateway of India

Have you been to Mumbai? Do you still call it Bombay? What is your favorite thing to do in Mumbai?

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