A list of the most attractive places in Mumbai. Read this before you visit in Mumbai for a great travel experience…
Mumbai is a densely populated city in India. Known as Bombay in the past, this city can be called the most cosmopolitan city in India with more than 20 million people living there. Located close to the western coast of India, this city has steadily gained tourist attraction. You can experience many things in Mumbai like five-star hotels, restaurants full of delicious food, areas where Bollywood movie stars live, and shops selling various decorative items.
Mumbai in particular is a major financial center in India. It is also known as the largest city in India. Considered to be the hub and heart of the Bollywood film industry, Mumbai is thronged with tourists from all over the world every day. So let’s see what are the unique places that you can visit in the city of Mumbai. Here we bring you details about 20 such places. Here we are going to talk about these places.
01) The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is rightly said to be the identity of the city of Mumbai. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century to commemorate the reception of the first British emperor, King George V. Built on Ramchandani Road near Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Chowk in the heart of Mumbai, this protective monument is inspired by 16th century Gujarati architecture. The Indo-Islamic style can also be seen in the Gateway of India arched monument. The foundation stone of this monument was laid in March 1913 and was completed in 1924. The structure is made of basalt. Height is 85 feet. (26 meters)
Overlooking the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel from one angle and the Arabian Sea from another, this beautiful monument has become the jewel of Mumbai today. It was through this monument that the last British troops left India in 1948 after the construction of the Gateway of India arch monument. After India’s independence, the gateway is used as a symbolic ceremonial entrance to commemorate important colonial figures.
The portal is also a frequent sight of locals, street vendors and service providers, and photographers. 05 jetties are located in the gateway. Two of them are used commercially for ferry operations. Another significance of this portal is that since 2003 Hanukkah celebrations have been held with the lighting of the Menorah. Therefore, it is important to the Jewish community.
Especially the street food nearby is very delicious. You can taste the famous Bhelpuri (a very delicious dessert prepared by mixing puffed rice and tamarind sauce) here. Various shops around here will win your heart. It takes you 10 minutes to reach Colaba Causeway Market. Located towards the southwest, it is one of the best places for cheap shopping in Mumbai.
- Address: End of C. Shivaji Maharaj, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai
- Official site: https://mumbaicity.gov.in/tourist-place/gateway-of-india/
02) Take in the sights of Marine Drive
There are many other important places close to Marine Drive. Chowpatty Beach is 1.2 km away and Taraporewala Aquarium is 1.9 km away. Sri Chandrashwar Mandir is 2.4 km, St. Teresa’s Church is 2.6 km, Wankhede Stadium is 2.6 km, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal is 4.3 km, Thomas Cathedral is 4.9 km and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangral is 5.20 km.
A beautiful lane built in the “C” shape of a natural bay. A 3 km promenade has been built on Netaji Subash Chandrebas Road, Mumbai. Built by Pallonji Mistry. Marine Drive Street is lined with stunning Art Deco buildings that have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walk along the Marine Drive promenade at sunset will fill your heart with joy. The street lamps above the road on Marine Drive resemble the splendor of a beautiful pearl necklace. That’s why the Marine Drive Promenade has earned the nickname “Queen’s Necklace”.
03) Experience driving across the Bandra-Worli sea link
This is the 4th longest bridge in India. It is a 5.6 km long bridge with 08 lanes connecting the cities of Bandra, a western suburb of Mumbai, and Worli, south Mumbai. The Bandra-Worli sea link is an impressively constructed cable-stayed bridge. It was opened in 2009. Seeing the Bandra-Worli seafront will remind you of the Mumbai New York Brooklyn Bridge or the Sydney Opera House.
During the day, the sea seen from both sides of the bridge gives you a unique and charming experience. At night, the bridge is illuminated with spectacular lights. It reminds you of a fairyland. Walk over the bridge to Bandra Fort. Bandra Fort, a historic watchtower built by the Portuguese in 1640, is a very impressive place.
04) See the beauty of the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai
Among the most impressive hotels located in India, the Taj Mahal Palace has a special place. This beautiful hotel located near the Gateway Monument which we talked about in No. 01 and the Mumbai Tower has managed to attract tourists.
The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai is more than a century old. It is India’s first luxury hotel. Its brownstone exterior has a strange beauty. The architecture here is special, reminding the viewers of an Islamic tradition. It has beautiful windowed facades, onion domes, pointed arches, and towers topped by covered balconies. Most visitors to Mumbai take photos near the Taj Mahal. One of the most photographed places in India is the Mumbai Hotel. Walking around and taking pictures is a pleasure. Also, don’t forget to visit the Sea Lounge and have an elaborate afternoon tea.
- Address: Apollo Bunder, Mumbai
- Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
05) The Kanheri Caves
The Kanheri Caves can be found on the ancient island of Salsette in the western suburbs of Mumbai, India. A large group of rock caves and monuments in the forests of Gandhi National Park are called Kanheri Caves.
As Mumbai is a very densely populated area, you may be surprised to hear that there are ancient places like this. More than 2000 years old, this monumental complex is carved out of ancient basalt formations.
Exploring the Kanheri Caves is a great experience. There are 109 cave entrances. Here you can see huge stupas. They are sacred places for Buddhists. Also congregation areas and prayer halls can also be seen in a big way. Also, paintings of Buddha can be seen on the ceiling of the 34th cave.
06) Spend time at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum
This museum was earlier known as Prince of Wales Museum of India. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Artifacts Collection Museum documents the history of India from prehistoric times to modern times. .
This museum is one of India’s most important art and history attractions. Tourists visiting Mumbai must visit this museum. It houses a collection of over 70,000 items, especially Himalayan paintings, ancient Asian coins, Indian miniatures, jewelry, swords and much more. One day is not enough for you to study all this well.
- Address: 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023, India
- Web Site : https://csmvs.in
07) The Shree Siddhivinayak Temple
Sri Siddhivinayak Temple is a good place for you who are looking for a cultural experience. It is a temple that is loved by many Hindus living in India. This temple is dedicated to the worship of Ganadev. Lord Gana is an elephant-headed potbelly god. Many Hindus believe that Lord Gana is the remover of obstacles.
Sri Siddhivinayak Temple is very beautiful. The various carvings and sculptures in it reflect its antiquity. And you must look at the main deity statue here. You can see it covered with garlands of marigolds and offerings full of fruits and sweets.
Visitors should take off their shoes and enter the temple with intense devotion. Some men worship God with their upper body exposed. You can make a wish here. Those wishes are fulfilled as the devotees believe.
- Address: S.K. Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai
- Official site: https://www.siddhivinayak.org/
08) The Global Vipassana Pagoda
Global Vipassana Chaitya is a hall built for meditators. Due to the spherical nature of this creation, it is called Global Vipassana Chaitya. This hall and pagoda is located near Gorai in Mumbai, India. This meditation center, which can seat around 8000 people at a time, is a portrait of a very beautiful architecture. Inspired by the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, the height of this pagoda is 96 meters. The pagoda looks very beautiful when the sun goes down due to its real gold plating.
You must have the great experience of meditating calmly in the middle of a busy city. You can get one of the 10-minute Anapanasati meditation courses for free. There will also be an extensive vegetarian meal with delicious dosas.
- Address: Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Borivali (West), Mumbai
- Official site: http://www.globalpagoda.org/
09) The Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Many valuable artefacts reminiscent of India’s most popular Mahatma Gandhi can be seen at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum. Former President Barack Obama once visited this museum, which was founded in 1917.
The antiquity of the building in which this museum is located melts back to the colonial period. The statue of Gandhi housed inside the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum is also special. Also along the steps there are old photographs of Mahatma Gandhi. And his two famous spinning wheels have attracted tourists. On the second floor is a room displaying paintings depicting important moments in Gandhi’s life.
- Address: Laburnum Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai
- Official site: http://www.gandhi-manibhavan.org/
10) The Mahalakshmi Temple
Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple is also known as Dakshina Kashi, Amba Bai Temple. This temple is built to worship Goddess Lakshmi. A very sacred temple, this temple is one of the most important temples in Maharashtra. Mahalakshmi The goddess is the divine consort of Lord Mahavishnu. She is also considered the goddess of wealth, fertility and prosperity.
The temple with its ornate entrance and idol is a masterpiece. The golden idols of other deities, including Tridevi, the patron deity of music and education, and Kali, the goddess of destruction, are mind-blowing. And a 15-minute walk from the Mahalakshmi Temple is the Haji Ali Dargah, a floating Muslim shrine.
- Address: Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai
- Official site: http://mahalakshmi-temple.com/
11) A trip to Bollywood
Is there anyone who doesn’t know Bollywood? Bollywood is the biggest film industry in India. Bollywood has become India’s main source of income since the Bombay Talkies film studio was founded in 1930. Take the opportunity to watch Bollywood, which releases approximately 1000 movies every year.
Depending on the schedule, you will have the opportunity to take pictures with Bollywood stars, see inside the studios, see choreography and even learn choreography. You can also walk through the community where Bollywood actors and actresses hang out.
12) Let’s eat the famous street food of Mumbai which is very tasty
Mumbai’s street food is very famous. Very delicious. You must enjoy these colorful, mouth-watering, sweet-flavored dishes. For food lovers, it would be a shame not to try Mumbai’s street food. You can buy food from popular eateries near Churchgate station and street stalls on Carter Road, as well as outside Marine Drive and Gateway of India.
Some very famous and delicious street foods:
Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Pav Bhaaji, Bhel Puri & Sev Puri- Yummy Chaat, Batata Vada, Ragda Pattice, Bombay Sandwich, Akuri On Toast, Baida Roti, Frankie, Kanda Poha- Lip, Zunka Bhakar, Falooda, Steamed Idlis and Vadas , Mysore Masala Dosa, Dabeli, Keema Pav, Pani Puri, Chana Jhor Garam, Shawarma, Momos and Corn with Lime Juice…
13) Go shopping at Chor Bazaar (“thieves’ market”)
There is nothing missing in this market which has attracted tourists. According to the legend from the past, stolen goods are sold here not only in Mumbai but all over India. Hence it is nicknamed Chor Bazaar or Thieves Market.
Here you can get very cheap items. Decorative carvings, sculptures, carpets, brassware, silverware, jewelry, spiritual items, idols, used items, books, ceramics, textiles, leather goods, handicraft products, shoes, coins, luggage, digital equipment, Here you can buy fruits, food, antiques, watches, gifts, Victorian furniture. Mumbai’s best kebab vendors can be caught especially in the street area around this chore bazaar.
14) Visit Elephanta Island and explore ancient caves
Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Mumbai, is a wonderful place. Exploring the rock caves located there is a great experience. It is said that these rock caves, which are believed to be more than 1600 years old, were built to worship Lord Shiva, a Hindu god. This tour has become a popular day trip among tourists visiting Mumbai and you should not miss it. Here you can see a labyrinth of archeological value with many temples inspired by Badu Mandala.
Inside these caves, there are carvings that explain Hindu mythology. The 6 meter high, three-faced statue in the main temple is known as the Shiva statue. Ferries from Mumbai Port to Elephanta Island leave the Gateway of India every 30 minutes and the journey takes approximately one hour.
- Official site: http://elephanta.co.in/
15) A tour around the water kingdom
The average temperature in Mumbai is around 86-93 degrees Fahrenheit ie 30-34 degrees Celsius, which is very hot most of the year. This water park is the perfect place to cool down your scorching heat. More than 15 million people around the world have already visited this water park.
Actually this Water Kingdom Park is the largest water park in Asia. There are water coasters, a water gun battle lagoon and a rain dance zone. The world’s largest wave pool is located here. It is a 100 meter wide wave pool. This water kingdom is home to more than 70 other attractions, including an ice skating rink and a bowling alley.
- Address: Global Pagoda Road, EsselWorld amusement park, Borivali West, Mumbai
- Official site: https://www.waterkingdom.in/travel/
16) Admire the beautiful views of Nariman Point
Popularly known as Nariman Point, or the “Manhattan of Mumbai”, crowds gather daily to witness this beautiful location. Nariman Point is located at the southern tip of the Mumbai Peninsula. The world’s most expensive office space is located in Nariman Point.
Although the region was submerged under the Arabian Sea, persistent renovations throughout the mid-20th century resulted in a skyscraper system.
With the beauty and hustle and bustle of the landscaped buildings, Nariman Point is filled with local and foreign tourists who come to watch concerts at the National Center for the Performing Arts, watch the sunset, get an elegant view of Marine Drive and browse the internationally renowned luxury stores. . But you can find affordable goods at the nearby Colaba Causeway Market, which is about two kilometers away.
17) Visit Wankhede Stadium to watch a cricket match
Spend all of your time playing cricket at Wankhede Stadium. India became the first nation in history to win the championship on home soil in 2011 at this well-known sporting venue, which was built in 1975.
This international cricket stadium can accommodate more than 33,000 people, and there is always a buzz in the air while a match is taking place there. Attempt to obtain tickets to a game to experience India’s national sport. The stadium was built without beam support for the roof to ensure there were no visual barriers to the pitch, so you’ll have a terrific view from wherever you sit.
- Address: Wankhede Stadium, D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
18) Dhobi Ghat will leave you in awe
Visitors to India are mesmerized by the sight of Dhobi Ghat, “the world’s largest outdoor laundromat”. Dirty clothes are transported from families and tourists across the city and washed by hand in exposed concrete troughs.
In the early evening, thousands of brightly colored clothes drying on the wind lines provide a truly unique photo opportunity. After that, the piles of clothes are neatly folded and pressed so that they can be given to the owners.
Visitors frequent this labor-intensive laundry area. Dhobi Ghat is a part of the daily life of Mumbai locals as well as tourists. So be sure to respect the employees while you’re there and get their permission before taking anything. Especially when taking pictures. If you visit this Dhobi Ghat you will understand how valuable the washing machine used at home is.
- Address: 1 Anandilal P Marg, Dhobi Ghat, Shanti Nagar, Lower Parel, Mumbai
19) Go to Mount Mary Basilica and celebrate the Bandra Fair
The Nativity of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is commemorated annually on September 8 at the Basilica of the Mount (also known as Mount Mary Basilica).The Bandra Fair, a weeklong festival that attracts tens of thousands of visitors and pilgrims, kicks out on this occasion.
People who visit the cathedral often purchase candles in the shape of the portions of their bodies that are ailing or in pain and then light them in the basilica in the church’s vicinity in the hopes of finding better health. You can try speciality sweets like cadio bodio (dry gram flour snack sticks dipped in sugar syrup) and mawa peda (saffron and cardamom flavored milk fudge) from the festive food vendors that line the street from Mount Mary Basilica to the hill.
- Address: Mt. Mary Road, near Shanti Avedna Sadan, Mount Mary, Bandra West, Mumbai
- Official site: http://www.mountmarybasilicabandra.in/
20) Experience the beauty of the Arabian Sea on a luxury yacht charter
If you come to Mumbai, you’d be damned if you didn’t cruise along its stunning coastline. You can do this trip in a private yacht for about 02 hours. Mumbai Port has agencies that provide services for this purpose. You can get a very well equipped private yacht with plenty of space. Experienced staff and first-class hospitality are sure to please you.
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