Mumbai is a treat to visit. The metropolis is a melting pot of cultures and has a history that spans across hundreds of years. Whatever time of the year you visit this city, it will surprise you in ways you’ve never thought of. The same landmarks appear different throughout the year and you’ll be left in awe of the way the city functions throughout
Being an island city, Mumbai has some splendid views of the Arabian Sea from many different spots. The southern half of the city is dotted with heritage buildings and as you move up north, you’ll find high-rise buildings dotting the landscape. When you’re visiting Mumbai during the winter, there are a few tourist attractions that you must visit; they are:
Also known as the Queen’s Necklace, MarineDrive is the perfect place to be during the monsoons. With clouds hovering over the Mumbai city skyline, this place is the best place to sit back and enjoy the beautiful views that the city offers. While the road is packed with vehicles all the time; if you’re sitting by the rocks, all that noise gets absorbed in the background.
The beauty of this place is only amplified when it starts becoming cold. Mumbai becomes a completely transformed city during the winter. When you head to Marine Drive at this time, cold wind kisses your face every evening and sitting back and relaxing here will surely take away all your stress and tiredness from exploring the city all day long. This is one place you simply cannot miss out on visiting during the winters.
If you’re a bird lover, you’ll be in for a treat at the Sewri Mudflats. Every winter, thousands of pink flamingos migrate from Kutch in Gujarat to this place. Every morning, it is possible to see hundreds of them standing on the mudflats with their beaks in the ground, searching for food. Do go early in the morning so that you can get to see the maximum number of birds and make sure you carry your binoculars or cameras along as the birds may be far away from the Sewri Flamingo Viewpoint.
If you cannot reach Sewri, you can choose to go to Airoli. From here, special boat tours are carried out to places where the flamingos fly around near the mangroves of the Vashi Creek. You need to head to the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre in Airoli to take this boat ride which was just started in 2018. This is unlike any other experience you can get in Mumbai.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Yet another natural tourist attraction in Mumbai, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a lush oasis right in the heart of Mumbai. It is one of the few national parks in the world that are situated right in the hearts of a metropolis. This national park is spread out across 100 square kilometers and is a dense forest which even has leopards and lions! You can go cycling here or even take a mini-train ride.
During the winters, the climate is cool inside the city national park and it is common to spot loads of birds and butterflies all around. If you’re a fan of archeology, do visit the ages-old Kanheri Caves that are situated inside the national park. Here, you can find more than a hundred caves that date back to 1st century BC! If you wish to go for a trek inside the national park, many tour operators in the city frequently have
Winters in Mumbai bring out a completely different side of the city. While all the major tourist attractions of the city still remain popular, natural attractions become even more impressive during this time. Have you visited any of these tourist attractions in Mumbai during the winters? Let us know how your experience was, in the comments section below.
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