Delhi Vs Mumbai - What To Expect From Each For A Traveller

While both Mumbai and Delhi are pretty famous among tourists, they are as different as one can imagine them to be. One is the country’s very capital and the other the commercial capital. One is called the heart of India while the other the soul. Both have different cultures, different languages, different people and different appeals for the travellers.

Listed below are some stark differences we could identify on the basis of the following:

Culture & People

To look at the cultural differences between these two metro cities, we would like to point out that Delhi was in the ancient times the Mughal capital and Mumbai the Maratha capital. Since then, Delhi is built like a circle and Mumbai like a grid.
Whereas in today’s times, decorum is more of a sight in Mumbai only as Delhi is a little too careless about that and Mumbai is a little easy on women, but Delhi in that context has let people down. Mumbai can easily be in today’s time be inferred safer than Delhi in this aspect.

In another aspect; Delhi has one of the finest colleges in the country and Mumbai; bollywood and dreams to sell.
Talking about people; people in Mumbai are a little more tourist friendly than Delhi.
Both the cities though, are pretty similar when you compare the hustle bustle.
An extra tip - Do not miss a holi in delhi and a ganesh chaturthi in Mumbai!

Time

Mumbai as per most travelers requires around 2-3 days if you want to do only the touristy stuff. One can stay longer if one looks forward to exploring local markets, going to cafes, watching local cinema or go on to a few weekend getaways.

Delhi requires only 2 days as per most travellers as people head to Agra next immediately but that too only covers the architecture and old monuments. To explore the heart of Delhi, one can visit cafes, bars, streets, old markets, take a metro ride, visit Delhi haat and that would take more than 2 days for sure.

Food, Drinks & Nightlife

Delhi has a nightlife but not one like Mumbai. If clubbing is what you are fond of, Mumbai is your thing.

Delhi is pretty famous for the street food that is mostly of the north indian type. It is cheap but usually puts a foreign traveller to the risk of delhi belly. Although, you’ll find almost every huge food chain and every cuisine in the capital city.

The local food of Mumbai is famous too. You can find authentic Maharashtrian and Gujarati food here. Sea food too is easily available in Mumbai. Mumbai certainly has a different variety of sweets to offer. Alcohol is available at both the places. Popular beverages in Delhi would include Shikanjvi (Lemonade), Lassi, Jal Jeera, Sugarcane Juice.

Seasons

Best time to travel Mumbai is in Indian winters that is from november onwards till february. It is certainly frequently visited by people throughout the year other than monsoons to avoid the annual flooding.

Best time to travel Delhi is usually from october to march as that is the only pleasant time or else you’ll face harsh summers or harsh winters..

Key Attractions

Delhi is for the people interested in history, architecture, old markets. Delhi has amazing cafes and weekend getaways. Mumbai has an amazing night life with beaches and marine drive, open bars and cafes. Mumbai has the theatre culture that could interest one too. Both the places street photographers would love.

Main places Delhi: India Gate, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple
Main Places Mumbai: Gateway Of India, Marine Drive, Siddhivinayak Temple

Budget

An average estimate for a Mumbai trip would be 7000-10,000 rupees whereas an average budget for a Delhi trip would be 4000-8000 rupees.

Therefore, these are few of the differences between these places that can help one prioritize one over another if required. Although, both the places are definitely worth the shot.

Disclosure: Budget estimates are per person and are subject to change depending on seasonal rates, the transportation used and the distance from hotel/hostels/residence. All other information is based on research and is subject to change in varying situations/ with time.

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