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Destinations for Digital Nomads: Mumbai, India

Destinations for Digital Nomads: Mumbai, India

Welcome, fellow digital nomad! As you’ve been following my travels and the tips I’ve been sharing on this blog, I’ve decided to do a series of posts, especially for you!

I’ve searched for the top destinations for digital nomads, and every month, I’ll share with you the best that each has to offer so that you can explore them during the hours when you’re not online.

So stop by every month and take your travel notes!

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So, without further ado, let’s dive into our first destination – the bustling streets of Mumbai, India. 

As a digital nomad, Mumbai offers you a unique blend of chaos and charm, making it an ideal destination for adventure and cultural immersion.

4 days of activities for digital nomads in Mumbai

Day 1: Immerse yourself in the heart of Bollywood

Gateway of India is one of the spot to check in Mumbai, one of the destinations for digital nomads
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When talking about India, we immediately imagine scenes straight out of a Bollywood movie. At least, that’s what happens to me. So, what better place to start your exploration than by immersing yourself in the glitz, glamor, and dance of Indian cinema? Film City is the place to go to get a taste of Bollywood.

End the day posing outside the iconic Gateway of India before indulging in street food at Chowpatty Beach, about 15 minutes away.

Day 2: Explore lesser-known places

Mumbai's skyline
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Venture off the beaten track in Mumbai. Bandra is known as the “queen of the suburbs” and is the place of choice for many Indian celebrities and artists.

Here, you can see the Castella de Aguada, a fort with Portuguese origins, or stroll along the Bandstand Promenade, where you’ll also find the Bollywood Walk of the Stars, with statues of the leading figures in Indian cinema.

Outside the West Bandra area, you can marvel at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum collections or end the day on a sunset cruise along the Arabian Sea, looking out over the Mumbai skyline.

Day 3: Lose yourself in the markets

Visit to an indian market in Mumbai, one of the destinations for digital nomads

No trip to Mumbai is complete without a visit to its bustling markets. One of them is the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, also known as the Crawford Market. There, you can haggle over spices, textiles, and trinkets until you’ve had enough.

And, of course, don’t miss out on the authentic Mumbai cuisine. A good idea is to take a tour to taste street delicacies such as vada pav and pav bhaji.

Day 4: Escape into nature

Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, India
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Mumbai is among the most populated cities in India (and indeed the world), so don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to get away from all the hustle and bustle and retreat to quieter places.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park can be your lifeline, offering you the chance to hike in the middle of the forest. You can also visit the ancient caves of Kanheri and see some of the local wildlife.

Lake Powai is another of the region’s attractions. Although it’s an artificial lake built in 1891, you may see some birds here, such as hawks, kingfishers, ducks, and, if you’re lucky, a crocodile or two.

Things to watch out for in Mumbai:

  1. Personal safety: Always be aware of what’s happening around you and keep your belongings safe (don’t wear valuables), especially in busy areas and markets. Find out about the most dangerous areas (and avoid them), and don’t walk alone at night.
  2. Public transport: Take public transport, such as buses, cabs, autorickshaws, or ferries, but be aware that during peak hours, they are often overcrowded.
  3. Food and water: Tasting street food is one of the best experiences in India, but it may not be the safest. To avoid less pleasant situations, you can always refrain from eating food from street vendors and drink only bottled water.
  4. Protection against mosquitoes: Use insect repellent and wear clothes that cover most of your skin to avoid mosquito bites, especially during the evening and at night. This is among the tips I learned in a pre-travel consultation.
  5. Climate and clothing: Mumbai can be very hot and humid. So, wear light, comfortable clothing and always carry water to stay hydrated.
  6. Markets: Negotiating prices is a common practice in Mumbai. Be prepared to do this when you visit the markets.
  7. Local traditions: When visiting religious sites such as temples and mosques, dress modestly and respect local practices and customs.
  8. Personal hygiene: To prevent illness, maintain good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands regularly, especially before eating.
crowd at station in Mumbai
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Mumbai is really a city like no other. From its bustling streets to its quieter natural landscapes, there’s always something to discover and explore.

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I hope you enjoyed this first destination for digital nomads. Please comment below if you have any other places featured here that you’d like to see.

In the meantime, stay tuned for our next stop: Da Nang, Vietnam!

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Marlene is the creator of Marlene On The Move. A journalist by profession, she created the blog to share her adventures around the world. It is not unusual for her to set off to discover new countries and cultures with a surfboard as luggage.



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