Mumbai, a capital city of Indian state of Maharashtra and often know as ‘The Financial Capital’ of the India. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. It has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings designed in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The seven islands that constitute Mumbai were originally home to communities of Marathi language speaking Koli people. Mumbai is the financial, commercial, and the entertainment capital of India. It is also one of the world's top ten centers of commerce in terms of global financial flow.
So, wherever you are living, if you are Travel and Food enthusiastic, you will definitely do your bus booking, train ticket booking, and Air flight booking. And visit a Mumbai and its Popular places, at least once in your lifetime. Then Why to think and wait? Just take your suitcases and bags, pack your luggage properly as per the seasonal climate, and schedule your vacation to spent your holiday for Christmas, or New Year or for anything.
If you are staying in and around Mumbai, or in other cities of Maharashtra, you can a Road Trip with your car, bike or even cycle. So, here are the best popular places to visit in Mumbai and things to do:
1) Visit the Gateway of India & The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
Gateway of India is one of the most popular gathering spots in Mumbai for foreign tourists and locals alike. Situated on the banks of the Arabian Sea at the Apollo Bunder, the Gateway of India is one of Mumbai's most popular and treasured landmarks. The 26-meter basalt archway, which combines the architectural styles of Roman triumphal arches with traditional Hindu and Muslim designs.
It was built as a gesture of welcoming for King George V and Queen Mary. For their first visited British India in 1911. After the Independence, it was under this very archway that their last troops exited India in 1948. Ironically for Britishers, it is black spot on the face.
Nearby, it has a jetty from where one can take the ferries to Elephanta Caves, Alibaug and other places. Riches of the Mumbai also parks their private yachts, sailing boats and other vessels at Arabian Sea near Gateway.
Just opposite to Gateway of India, Proudly standing is the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and Tower. More than a century old, ‘The Taj’ was built by Jamsetji Tata as an answer to British arrogance. The Taj Mahal Palace of Mumbai hotel is one of India's most photographed places. The hotel was one of the main sites targeted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The hotel has a long and distinguished history, having received many notable guests, from presidents to captains of industry and show business stars
Location Address: Apollo Bunder, Near Gateway of India, Mumbai.
Timings: 24 x 7; every day
Entry Fee: Free Entry for Gateway of India. Not in the Taj Hotel, unless you are guest or have done booking.
2) Watch the Sunset on Marine Drive
Not all the cities in the World and particularly in India has sea shores, that too like Marine Drive. Popularly known as ‘Queen’s Necklace’, as it is look like a same in the evening, these appx. 3.6-kilometer-long, C-shaped boulevard offers epic views of the coast.
Walk hand in hand with your lover along the walkway at Marine Drive witnessing the sunset hues reflecting on the vast Arabian Sea. It is an ideal place to relax and spend some romantic moments on a beautiful evening. This is also one of the popular places to visit in Mumbai at night.
The street is lined with beautiful Art Deco buildings that have earned status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nearby, there are plenty of restaurants, bakery, ice cream parlours to feast on.
Location: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Chowpatty, Mumbai
Timings: 24 x 7; every day
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee.
3) Girgaon Chowpatty
The best time to go is at sunset. That's when tourists and Mumbaikars gather on the sands of Girgaon Chowpatty to see the crimson cotton candy skies fade to dark. This Chowpatty offers the best street food one can get.
Looking for a breezy getaway that doesn’t cost a toll on your wallet ? This public beach that lies along the Queen’s Necklace is the answer to your prayers. Counted among the best Mumbai tourist places, this beach is famous for grand Ganesh Visarjan celebrations, where countless people flock to witness Lord Ganesha’s immersion.
Location: Queen’s Necklace, Marine Drive & Charni Road, Mumbai
Entry Fee: Free
4) Nehru Centre and Planetarium
Built in the memory of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the worli, spectacular dome-shaped planetarium that creates curiosity about astronomy and science in young kids. You can stargaze with your little ones at the sky theatre for a memorable time. Make your kids stand at the cubicle that calculates their weight in each of the nine planets of the solar system.
Other attractions here, such as the miniature galaxy with Sun at the center, Moon’s surface. Also a view of Earth from Moon, art gallery, library, etc. In the same premises, it has science Centre building where different events and exhibitions takes place.
This will surely get your kids charged up with energy and intuitiveness.
Location: Dr. Annie Besant Rd, Lotus Colony, Worli, Mumbai
Timings: 11:00 am to 05:00 pm; closed on Mondays
Entry Fee: ₹100 per person (4 years and above)
For details on shows and their timings, check the website https://www.nehru-centre.org/planetarium/
5) Drive across the Bandra - Worli Sea Link
One of Mumbai's most iconic sites is a one of the kind cable-stayed bridge known as the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. One can compare this sea link with an iconic Golden Bridge of San Francisco, USA. Opened in 2009, the 8 lane bridge connects the South Mumbai’s central business district with the western suburbs over the open Arabian sea.
For the most impressive views of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, head to the Bandra Fort, a historic watchtower built by the Portuguese in 1640, which has few walls and brick in remain.
It's also worth driving across the bridge, but check for the speed limits. When you drives from Bandra towards the Worli, it offers you the spectacular view of Mumbai’s realty skyline. And at night, watch the bridge light up with spectacular colors.
6) Visit the Sanjay Gandhi National Park & Kanheri Caves
Sprawling over an area of a 87 km2 (34 sq mi), this park is protected area in Mumbai, situated in Borivali. But it connects and touches various parts of Thane, Goregaon, Powai etc.
The rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year.
It offers to watch the big and bold roaring cats of the park close enough in a safari cage and have a fun day boating in the artificial lake in the park. Take the forest road or stairs and hike towards the Gandhi Tekdi, a memorial built in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.
The toy train know as a ‘Van Rani’, is another popular attraction here for the kids.
The park is a bustling forest, with an estimated 800 types of mauve. The park is home to a number of endangered species of flora and fauna. The forest area of the park houses over 1,000 plant species, 251 species of migratory, land and water birds, 5,000 species of insects and 40 species of mammals.
In addition, the park also provides shelter to 38 species of reptiles, 9 species of amphibians, 150 species of butterflies and a large variety of fish.
Nature trails, Cycle trails and treks are also popular. Rock climbing enthusiasts often visit the national park as the numerous rock faces there and at the Kanheri Caves offer a great opportunity for rock climbers. The national park witnesses thousands of morning walkers every day.
Kanheri Caves, a complex of monuments that were carved out of the basalt formations around 2,400 years ago. Inside the 109 cave entrances, you'll see large stupas (a hint that this was once a sacred place for Buddhists), congregation areas, and prayer halls.
Look for the incomplete paintings of the Buddha on the ceiling of cave 34. Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to the Kanheri Caves, especially during festivals such as Maha Shivaratri
Address: Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400066
Phone: 022 2886 0362 / 022-28860389
7) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya/ Museum
Visiting the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum is also high on the list of the top things to do for tourists in Mumbai. Known previously as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, this is one of India's most important art and history attractions.
You'll need at least a full day to take in the museum's expansive permanent collection of 70,000+ items. Categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History, which include Indian miniature paintings, Himalayan art, antique Asian coins, jewelled swords, and much more. The museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artefacts, and other relics from ancient India from the time of the Guptas, Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakuta.
ADDRESS: 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400023, Maharashtra, India.
PHONE NO: +91 022 22844484 | 22844519
8) Visit or Meditate at the Global Vipassana Pagoda
Discover Mumbai's peaceful, quiet side at the Global Vipassana Pagoda. Inspired by Myanmar's Shwedagon Pagoda, the colossal 96-meter-high stupa is covered in real gold that gleams in the sun. The hollow pagoda features a massive hall with room for 8,000 people to meditate in tranquillity together.
Not sure how to meditate? Take one of the free 10-minute-long Anapana meditation courses offered at the pagoda continuously throughout the day.
Vegetarian snacks are available in the pagoda.
Address: Global Pagoda Road near Essel world Gorai, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091
Phone: 022 5042 7500
9) Visit the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
Many Hindus have their favorites of the religion's 33 million gods. Devotees who favor Ganesha (the potbellied deity with the elephant head who is known as the "remover of obstacles") make pilgrimages to the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple.
Slip off your shoes and head in to see the idol of the deity, draped with marigold garlands and offerings, with hundreds of other visitors eager for a glimpse (and perhaps a granted wish). It's a cultural experience like none other. And if you're interested in other sacred places dedicated to Ganesha, check out the Vazira Naka Ganpati temple and the Garodia Nagar Ganpati temple.
Address: S.K. Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai
Phone: 022 2437 3626
10) Visit the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Gandhi is one of India's most revered figures. The building traces its history back to the anti-colonial nationalist himself. Gandhi made it his local headquarters for nearly two decades, beginning in 1917.
Tourists can pay tribute to the Indian hero at the Gandhi statue within the museum, see vintage photographs of Gandhi lining the staircase, and catch a glimpse of two of his famous spinning wheels. Room on the second floor of the museum that displays paintings depicting important moments in Gandhi's life.
Fact: Barack Obama paid a visit to the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum in 2010.
Address: 19, Laburnum Rd, near Police Station, Babulnath, Gamdevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007
Timings: 11 am to 5.30 pm
Phone: 022 2380 5864
11) Visit the Mahalakshmi Temple
Mahalakshmi Temple is one of Mumbai's oldest and most famous temples. Dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, this temple draws crowds through its ornate gate and into the shrine with the idol. Other idols includes Tridevi (the patron deity of music and education) and Kali (the goddess of destruction), adorned with gold ornaments.
Address: Bhulabhai Desai Marg, Mahalaxmi West, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400026
Hours: 6 am to 9 pm
Phone: 022 2351 4732
12) Tour of an Elephanta Island & Ancient Gharapuri Caves
A popular day school trip for us, from our school (Indian Education Society) in main city of Mumbai is a visit to Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mumbai Harbour. The attraction is home to rock-cut cave temples honouring the Hindu god Shiva, this Gharapuri caves are roughly 1,600 years old, the archaeological marvel lays out a series of temples in a maze-like mandala pattern.
Inside, you'll discover carvings that explain the stories of Hindu myths. The crown jewel of the main temple is a six-meter-high, three-faced Shiva statue. Ferries to Elephanta Island depart roughly every 30 minutes from the Gateway of India and take about an hour.
13) Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo
Popularly known as ‘Ranicha Baug’ means ‘Queens Garden’. This garden is not just for kids but for their parents and elder will also love this zoo. Imagine a Zoo which exist right in centre of main Mumbai, alongside the residential area. While you are in Mumbai, you can have a great day out with your little ones at Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan Zoo. As it houses many wild animals like elephants, lion, tiger, monkeys, crocodiles, etc.
And guess what? It also has the Penguins. This are penguins of Mumbai, and not Madagascar. Haha! Thanks to the local corporation- ‘BMC’, the Penguins now became inhabitants here. Sprawling over an area of 48 acres, one of the prominent attractions of the zoo is its penguin enclosure, which is kept in the perfect environment and temperature. The zoo includes some colorful birds and some rare ones like albino crows and flamingos.
Location: Byculla East, Mumbai.
Timings: 09:30 am to 05:30 pm, closed on Wednesdays
Family of four – ₹100 and ₹25 for each extra child
Couples – ₹100
Students (Private schools) – ₹15 per person
14) Taraporewala Aquarium
Touted as India’s oldest aquarium, this place houses a variety of marine and freshwater fishes including coral fishes from the Lakshadweep Islands. It also has an Oceanarium to gives you the feel of walking under the sea with exotic fishes floating above you. Well, there is more. Your kids can touch some of the aquatic fishes and animals without harming them at the Touch Pool. You can also enjoy a whale of a time at the fish spa along with your little ones. This aquarium is a perfect blend of education and entertainment, making it an ideal place to visit with kids.
Location: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Marine Drive, Mumbai
Timings: 10:00 am to 08:00 pm; closed on Mondays
Adults – ₹60 per person
Children (Below 12 years) – ₹30 per person
Govt. Employees – ₹30 per person
Separate charges for photography and videography
15) Splash around Water Kingdom and Enjoy Thrill of Essel World
Known as Asia’s Largest Amusement Park. Mumbai is scorching most of the year, with average highs of 86-93 degrees Fahrenheit (30-34 degrees Celsius). When you needs to cool down, do visit a Water Kingdom, a popular water park in Mumbai. Asia's largest theme water park features more than 70 thrilling attractions, including water coasters, a water gun fight lagoon, and a rain dance zone. Its 100-meter-wide wave pool ("Wetlantic") is the largest one in the world.
Tourists can also enjoy an ice-skating rink and a bowling alley. No wonder more than 15 million visitors from around the world have already stopped by Water Kingdom. On the same side, with different entry gate, there is big brother of water kingdom- The Essel World, India’s largest Amusement Park. It will give you all thrill and chill you are looking forward too. From kids to crazy youth, this park have rides for the ages.
Address: Global Pagoda Road, Essel World amusement park, Borivali West, Mumbai.
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