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A week in Mumbai with children

Mumbai is the Big Apple of India. There is plenty of buzz around and an adult can spend days together trying to unravel this exciting place, but even for the children there is plenty to do. Distances in Mumbai can be frustrating; a seemingly nearby place, just a few kilometres away, can take half a day in transit given the crazy traffic. The mass transit system of BEST buses and local railway trains is ever-crowded.

So when in Mumbai, it is best not to be ambitious and cram too much in one day. Plan your itinerary in such a way that you have ample time to and fro and make most of the place you are visiting with your children. Here's a week's plan for your children in Mumbai.

Monday: When the local public is heading for work, you can head to the Esselworld amusement park on the Gorai beach which would be relatively free of holiday-revellers. Take a ferry from Gorai jetty - which is reached from Borivili railway station by a rickshaw, or Marve creek reachable from Malad railway station. Esselworld is our own Disneyland with exciting roller-coaster rides and adventure theme parks. Splash and dunk in the water at the Water Kingdom.

Tuesday: Nehru Planetarium at Worli is quite an institution in the city, especially for the astronomy lovers. It is a good place to initiate your children to the joys of the solar systems, the stars and the moon, if they are less than five years. The sky theatre holds shows to acquaint the children with the wonders of the universe. Shows are held daily between 3 - 6 p.m. in English. Apart from that, there are other audio-visual shows, pictures and dioramas, and also an excellent library.

The Nehru Centre, adjacent to the Planetarium is worth a visit for its Discovery of India exhibition. Set off in the morning to the Planetarium and first purchase the tickets for the show. Then you can wander about in the premises of the Planetarium and take in the various tableaus, before you go for the sky show.

Wednesday: Going to South Mumbai is a good one day outing. Wander around the Gateway of India and take a harbour cruise by the Mumbai coast. Then head to Colaba to spend some time at the Port Trust garden. This small botanical garden formed out of wasteland is a great place for children to play ball, roll on the grass or walk along the pathways gazing at the trees.

In the evening, go to see the 'Queen's Necklace' at Nariman Point, better-known as Marine Drive. The street lights lining the curved roadside look like a diamond necklace, hence the epithet. This place has a little something for everyone. For the toddler there are joy-rides on toy-motorbikes and toy cars. Munch on peanuts and drink tender coconut water, in the monsoons eat corn-on-the-cob, watch the sunset and gaze into the Arabian Sea as the fishing boats go by.

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation runs open roof tourist buses called Nilambari, starting from Nariman Point. This is a great way of seeing the famous Mumbai skyline with its old art deco buildings of the British era. In South Mumbai, opposite the Chowpatty is the Taraporewala Aquarium. It houses a few sea and fresh-water fish species. Let the young ones revel in the colourful ocean world even as you educate them on the marine life.

Thursday: It will surprise you to know that in the midst of the concrete jungle of Mumbai there lies a forest rich in bird life, which also boasts a few tigers and leopards. In Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a 104 sq. km protected area you can indulge in bird-watching or take the tiger safari. The park contains the Kanheri Caves, Buddhist caves which are a big attraction.

There is the Bombay Natural History Society's Conservation Education Centre adjacent to the park's Southern entrance. Under the able care and guidance of the BNHS conservators, children can wander in a carefree manner observing the trees and watching butterflies. Is there a better way to learn about nature?

Friday: Near the Western suburb of Goregaon is a picnic spot in the Aarey Milk Colony. One of the biggest and modern milk factory, the Central Dairy is open to visitors. Here children can see how cow and buffalo-milk is filtered and pasteurized before it is bottled. The Aarey Milk Colony premises are rich in natural beauty and hot favourite with picnickers and revellers. Carry a packed lunch and set off to explore the woods.

Saturday: While in Mumbai, it will be criminal not to pay visit to IMS (Indian Museum Ship) Vikrant. An aircraft carrier - commissioned in 1961 and decommissioned in 1997 - it has been converted into a maritime museum and is a fantastic showcase of the Indian Navy. It has a unique collection of aircrafts like Breguet Alizes and Sea King helicopters, which children will, no doubt, enjoy seeing.

Sunday: Have a sumptuous breakfast at any of the eateries or restaurants in South Mumbai or suburbs and then take in a play or a movie. Mumbai's cultural scene is bursting with events and shows, even for children, especially in the holiday season. Mumbai is also the film capital of India, and movie-watching is a big pastime here. Many shopping malls, bookshops and theatres have programmes and events particularly for children over the weekend and there is bound to be something to keep you busy on a Sunday.

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.4 years ago
Keep some time for kids watch ZeeQ edutainment channel . The ZeeQ kids shows are really good for age group of 3 to 14 years of kids .
I visit Haji Ali on regular basis, as my wish have fulfilled what i prayed here. You will feel very peaceful with hundreds of people visiting here. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to see and hear the kawali sunged by the professionals. The mosque looks just great surrounded by sea.
Sanjeev Agarwal.8 years ago
very good schedule. mumbai is one of the most busiest metropolatin city with lots of things and places. but still there are lot more places to go around in mumbai. you will surely enjoy with your family.....
Biju Cherian.8 years ago
this article could add more value by giving contact details of tour operators who could arrange all this (may be categorise them based on quality or fare - this could be a revenue option for the portal too!)

also more details could be given on how to reach certain locations like ins vikrant or contact numbers of the offices/people which manage the sites mentioned in the page

thanks & regards

biju cherian
Sheetal.8 years ago
its a good guide 2 mumbai but id like to know how can one go to see th vikrant ,whom n where 2 contact
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