Mumbai has plenty of things to do for a fantastic holiday experience, whether it's a family trip or a quick weekend getaway. The city is known for its unique nightlife and offers a wide range of music, gastronomy, cultural festivals and other fun-filled activities. Nonetheless, do not visit Mumbai as a tourist! Drop that label and seek out the lesser-travelled path to get a true sense of the city.

Do you want to learn how to live in Mumbai like a local? Here's a list of 15 things to do in Mumbai to experience local life!

1. Leisurely Stroll at Marine Drive:

Marine Drive, a 3.6 km long promenade, is a popular hangout location for Mumbai residents. Here, watching the spectacular sunset and taking a stroll are two of the incredible things to do in Mumbai. Marine Drive comes to life during the late hours when it is bustling with fast food vendors and a dynamic population.

2. Try the Street Food:

Trying Mumbai's street food, an integral part of the city's gastronomic tradition, is one of the best things to do in Mumbai. The flavours, colours and textures, above all, produce foods that explode in your mouth without burning a hole in your pocket. Certain street dishes, such as the legendary vada pao and bhelpuri, have caught the imagination of Mumbaikars to the point where the city has become identified with them. Pav bhaji, sev puri, kebabs and pani puri are also equally popular.

3. Take the Local Train:

Taking a local train in Mumbai is a must-do activity in the city. Many Mumbai commuters rely on the regional rail network, which transports an incredible 7+ million passengers every day. Riding the Mumbai local also provides a unique view into Mumbai's daily life. Western, Central and Harbour are the three lines that make up the Mumbai local. If you're travelling on the Mumbai local train as a traveller, then Mahalaxmi and Bandra on the Western Line are two good places to visit.

4. Witness Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration:

The birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi, is one of the festivals that Mumbai residents celebrate with pomp and glory. Every year, around 6000 idols of Lord Ganesha are commissioned in Mumbai. Both at home and Sarvajanik Ganesh Pandals, colourfully decorated idols of Lord Ganesha are erected. The prominent Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai include Lalbaugcha Raja, Mumbaicha Raja, Siddhivinayak Temple and Khetwadi Ganraj.

5. Mumbai Rains:

The rain is a welcome change in Mumbai after months of scorching summer heat. The passion that Mumbaikars have for rain is unrivalled. People adore the monsoon, and it is during this season that the city truly comes alive. The constant showers infuse people with an incredible amount of vigour, giving joy to their hearts and a sense of calm.

6. Ferry Ride:

Hop on an hour-long ferry ride from the Gateway of India to Elephanta Caves, and enjoy the Arabian Sea's breathtaking scenery and calming sea breeze. The first and the last ferry depart from the Gateway of India towards Elephanta Caves at 9 AM and 2 PM, respectively. And, between 9 AM and 2 PM, ferries leave for Elephanta Caves every 30 minutes.

7. Watch Sunset at Bandstand: 

If you're looking for a top-notch place to watch the sunset in Mumbai, then look no further. Go to the Bandstand. It is one of Mumbai's most gorgeous sunset sites. As the cool breeze from the Arabian Sea brushes against your face, feel the charm of the magic hour.

8. Spend an Evening at Juhu Beach:

Juhu Beach, one of India's most famous beaches, is the ideal place to kick back, relax and enjoy. It is among the popular places to visit in Mumbai. Along with a beautiful sunset, this location offers delicious regional specialities. Near the main parking area, many shacks and local sellers sell delicious South Indian food, including masala dosa, idli, coconut water and vada. The beach is always beautiful and a great spot to come at any time of year, especially in the mornings and evenings.

9. Visit Gateway of India:

The Gateway of India, built in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style to honour King George V and Queen Mary's journey to Mumbai, attracts thousands of people every day. It is one of the unrivalled places to visit in Mumbai. As you walk behind the monument, the enormous Arabian Sea is visible. Plus, from morning to dusk, you'll have a lot of opportunities to photograph the sky's magnificent changes and the shimmering sea waves.

10. Get Adventurous at Essel World:

Essel World is a renowned amusement park in Mumbai that appeals to both children and adults. It is Asia's largest water park with a specific theme and a variety of entertainment alternatives. At Essel World, riding the Coaster Ride, Road Train, Zipper Dipper, Haze Maze and Monster Ride are exciting things to do in Mumbai. Aside from the rides, you may dine in delicious restaurants and stroll through lovely flower gardens.

11. Enjoy Nightlife at Pubs:

Mumbai is a city that enjoys partying, as seen by a large number of nightclubs and pubs. The city has it all, from expensive bars to off-the-beaten-path places. So, the next time you're trying to figure out where to go after work, go out and choose from a variety of fantastic possibilities. The city never sleeps, and it won't let you sleep either.

12. Shop at Colaba Causeway:

Quite popular among Mumbaikars, channel your inner shopaholic at Colaba Causeway. This avenue, which houses old buildings from the British Raj, has it all, from cheap street clothing to elegant boutiques. While you can browse the footpaths for the latest fashions in clothing, shoes, purses and even jewellery, you can also visit one of the shops for excellent furnishings, clothing and other items. Here, street vendors sell fashionable clothes at affordable prices that can be heavily bargained.

13. Opt for a Night Cycling Trip:

What better way to discover Mumbai's stunning scenery at night than on a cycle? You may cycle about the city, discovering new streets and historical sites. It's a pleasant and eco-friendly way to go around the city. Nariman Point, Marine Drive and The Gateway of India are some of the attractions in Mumbai to visit during your cycle trip at night.

14. Attend Live Music Events:

In Mumbai, go to live music events at The Quarter, Opera House and Hard Rock Café. Both of these venues constantly feature a diverse lineup of events. All you have to do is unwind, order a pitcher of beer and enjoy your evening at these vibrant cafes.

15. Visit Siddhivinayak Temple:

Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shri Ganesha. It was built in 1801 and currently attracts thousands of visitors every day. If you plan on visiting the temple, then aim to arrive before 4:30 AM for morning aarti to avoid long lines.

It will be far more difficult for a tourist to get to know Mumbai - the City of Dreams. You must become a traveller if you want to explore Mumbai truly. Make an effort to be spontaneous!

So, are you ready to be an energetic traveller and not a tourist?

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