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Best Places to Visit in Mumbai in 2018

  • Mumbai, India’s City of Dreams, is a world that encompasses several millions of worlds in itself. There are so many places to visit in Mumbai, so many things and places to see, and activities to do and experience that you need to be aware of every single nook and cranny of tourist spots before you step into the city.

    Mumbai, or Bombay, as it was famously called, is the centre of India’s financial and entertainment capital. The place is teeming with people who came to the metropolitan with a dream or two, to have a great job or to become an actor, and therefore Mumbai is crowded with people from all walks of life, labourers, aspiring actors, tech professionals, writers, doctors, engineers, gangsters, there’s no end to the professions of people in this city. Mumbai houses India’s most prolific film industry, known as Bollywood. That makes Mumbai tourist places even more famous, because every year, lakhs of tourists flock in to catch a glimpse of the city that encompasses the dazzling world of films and film stars.

    Mumbai is the most populous city in Maharashtra and India, housing the largest slum in Asia called Dharavi. Mumbai has the largest slum dwellers you will ever encounter in a metropolitan. In fact, Dharavi is one of the major attractions in Mumbai and sees foreigners from all over the world, who come here to experience the slum-life of Mumbai. There are a lot of sightseeing places in Mumbai, that include beaches, forts, cafes, museums, parks, amusement centres, temples, mosques, churches etc. The island city of Mumbai is also home to several fishing colonies who reside in Versova village etc. Mumbai also has one of India’s largest shipyards, because of the natural harbour it possesses.

  • 01 Wonders Park

    Wonders Park
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    Located in Nerul, this park is a heaven for the elderly and the young. The Wonders Park, as the name suggests, has the miniature models of all the seven wonders of the world, thereby making it one of the best sightseeing places in Mumbai.

    There are also other facilities to make you relax such as open-air amphitheatre, a nice area to play for kids, a toy train, amusement rides, the lazy river, the Khandoli lake etc. The Wonders Park is a beautiful place to come and visit all day, or in the evenings when you can come and sit by the lake.

    The toy train and amusement rides have their own tickets and you will need to pay separately to avail, although there are entry fees for the park.  In addition, there is a giant chess board, a horse cart, cycling and jogging tracks for those who come to the park for their morning and evening walks etc.

    Location: Uran Road, Sector 19A, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: INR 25 (children), INR 35 (adult)
    Timings: Morning: 6.00AM-12PM, Evening: 3PM-9PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 35.1 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 02 Cafe Mondegar

    Cafe Mondegar
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    Opened in 1871, this cafe is extremely popular among Indians and foreigners alike because of its chilled beer and choice of breakfasts of American, Parsi, and English spreads. This is one of the places to visit in Mumbai if you want to experience the metropolitan closely.

    The interior of cafe Mondegar is done in retro style and is largely famous for serving Iranian and American dishes. The inner walls of the cafe have been adorned by the art of famous cartoonist Mario Miranda, giving it the perfect interiors for a cafe so old.

    Cafe Mondegar also happens to be one of the very first restaurants in Mumbai to be the home to a jukebox. Cafe Mondegar is located in the Metro House in the Colaba Causeway, half a kilometre away from the gateway of India, and hardly 200 meters away from The Leopold Cafe.

    Come here for breakfast to have your fill from their detailed breakfast menu. You can also come here for Iranian dishes, something that the cafe was originally known for before it became a cafe.

    Location: 5A, Metro House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: Not applicable
    Timings: 7AM-12AM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 7.2 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 03 Bandra–Worli Sea Link

    Bandra–Worli Sea Link
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    The Bandra–Worli Sea Link is an eight-lane bridge that connects Bandra and Worli. This cable-stayed bridge is the very first initiation by the Maharashtra government that implements the West Island Freeway System.

    The bridge is a civil engineering marvel and it has the strength to cater to up to 37,500  vehicles every day. The robust architecture of the Bandra–Worli Sea Link is nothing like what you have seen anywhere else in the country.

    The bridge considerably decreases the travelling time between Bandra and Worli via road. You get a stunning view of the Arabian Sea as well as Mahim Bay from the Bandra–Worli Sea Link.

    Come here to see the beauty of the bridge and the engineering marvel that it is. When you get on the bridge, do keep your windows rolled down to experience the beauty of it. This man-made marvel is best viewed at night, when the lights come alive and adorn the Bandra–Worli Sea Link, making it appear even more stunning.

    Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Not applicable
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 8.2 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 04 Hanging Gardens of Mumbai

    Hanging Gardens of Mumbai
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    Located on the Malabar Hill, the Hanging Gardens of Mumbai are a treat for the Mumbai resident and tourist alike. The gardens offer you a nice break from the hectic and fast life of Mumbai, somewhere you can sit down and relax for a few hours as you watch the sunset in the Arabian Sea. On any day, you can get a clear view of the Arabian Sea and Chowpatty from the gardens.

    The park is perfect for an ideal stroll or jog in the mornings and evenings, complete with jogging tracks. There are beautiful animal-shaped hedges in the park that make it a treat for any visitor to be at peace in such a surrounding. There are also water fountain shows in the evenings that give a distinction to the Hanging Gardens of Mumbai.

    It is, however, uncomfortable to sit in the park on a hot and humid day as there are not many big trees for shade in the gardens.

    Location: Ridge Road, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 5AM-9PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 5 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 05 Tikuji-Ni-Wadi

    Tikuji-Ni-Wadi
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    Tikuji-Ni-Wadi is an amusement centre located close to Thane. The center consists of an amusement park and a very beautiful resort, which is ideal for weekend getaways for those living in Mumbai as well as a tourist spot for those who are visiting Mumbai. Located about fifteen kilometers from MUmbai, towards Thane, this amusement park is one of the major attractions in Mumbai in the recent years.

    As more and more tourists are finding out about Tikuji-Ni-Wadi, it is gaining popularity and seeing more footfall as days go by. Tikuji-Ni-Wadi also has ap water park among with the amusement park. The water park has something for everyone in the family, there’s a kid pool, a family pool, slides, lazy river, wave pool etc.

    The amusement park at Tikuji-Ni-Wadi has a lot of activities for kids, along with rides such as giant wheel,family train, super jet, dragon ship, crazy cup, frog ride, funny bunny, bumping boats etc.

    Location: Ghodbunder Road, Manpada, Opposite Tata Power House, Thane, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: Price upon contacting
    Timings: Resort: 9AM-7PM, Amusement Park: 11AM-7PM, Water Park: 10Am-6PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 37.6 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 06 Global Vipassana Pagoda

    Global Vipassana Pagoda
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    The Global Vipassana Pagoda, counted among one of the best places to visit in Mumbai, was constructed with an ideology to promote peace through the teachings of Gautam Buddha. The foundation stone of the monument was laid in 1997, while the construction was completed in 2008. The construction spanned a total of eleven years during which the largest dome in the world (pillar-less) was erected.

    The central dome is even bigger than that of Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur. The architecture of the Global Vipassana Pagoda is rather interesting, as it is made in sync with the Shwedagon Pagoda of Myanmar. The monument goes up to a height of 325 feet. The meditation hall has a capacity to house 8000 devotees at the same time.

    There is a statue of Buddha inside the monument, which is one of the major attractions here. There is a Myanmar gate as well, carved very intricately, along with the depiction of Burmese architecture throughout the structure. As this place is frequented by international visitors, good facilities of dining are available inside along with ample amount of washrooms for the convenience of the devotees.

    Location: Global Pagoda Road, Near Essel World, Borivali West, Gorai Village, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 9AM-7PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 42.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 07 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
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    Formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is one of those attractions in Mumbai that deserve a visit. This is one of the cultural institutions in the country that was erected to honour the arrival of George V in India. The conception of the monument was done in 1905, and construction began soon after.

    The building was completed in 1914, but the monument wasn’t open to the public until 1922. Categorised as Grade 1 Heritage Building by the Government of India now, the monument sports some excellent Indo-Saracenic style, which is a combination of Indian and Western architectural styles.

    The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya houses more than 50,000 artefacts that range from Harappan heritage artefacts to European, Chinese, and Japanese historical items. The museum also has a separate wing for Natural History. One of the top sightseeing places in Mumbai, this museum has to be on your list of places to see.

    Location: 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: Can be visited all year around
    Entry fee: INR 85
    Timings: 10.15AM-6PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 4.9 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 08 Mahakali Caves

    Mahakali Caves
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    Also known as Kondivite Caves, the Mahakali Caves are located in Andheri, that is, the western part of the city of Mumbai. The ancient Mahakali Caves, one of the best places to visit in Mumbai, are centuries old, comprising of nineteen monuments cut from rock, built somewhere between the first and sixth centuries.

    The caves are dedicated to Buddha, as there are stupas and idols carved in the rock that signify the Buddhist connection. The caves are made of basalt, making them an ideal spot of interest for archaeologists and history lovers. These caves, cut out of black basalt, and located far from the metropolitan city of Mumbai, are a peaceful place to come and spend a day in as you see the intricacies of the architecture of the caves.

    The architecture and stone carvings indicate that it was home to Buddhist monks some time in history, as these caves existed from the time of the Ashokan Empire. There are scriptures written in Pali, an ancient language older than even Sanskrit. Come to Mahakali Caves to see the beautiful monastery carved entirely out of the rock on the outskirts of Mumbai.

    Location: Mahakali Caves Road, Sunder Nagar, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: INR 20 per person
    Timings: 9AM-4PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 26.8 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 09 Aksa Beach

    Aksa Beach
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    Located 27 kilometres from the city of Mumbai, this beach is famous for being calm and quiet. Come here to enjoy a quiet early morning walk or come in the evening to watch the sunset in the Arabian Sea. The place is situated between INS Hamla Camp on one side and another beach called Dana Paani on the other.

    The place is perfect for spending a day out at the beach as well, and therefore you can see many locals out on a picnic on a cool day. Although the place is clean, the sands are white, and the area is secluded, the water currents make it impossible for tourists to swim or surf in the waters. Therefore, getting into the waters for such activities is not advisable.

    Take a walk on the beach and enjoy the views around, but refrain from taking a dip in the waters here. The sea breeze is quite cool and gentle here, making it a pleasant experience to be on the beach.

    Location: Aksa Village, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Sunrise-Sunset
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 39.1 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 10 Girgaum Chowpatty

    Girgaum Chowpatty
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    The Girgaum Chowpatty is one of the most visited and perhaps the most crowded beaches in the city of Mumbai. Located in the very heart of the city, this beach has white sand and the blue waters of the Arabian for you to take a dip in or just relax by the beach. Come here to enjoy a very scenic view of the Arabian Sea or the sunset.

    There are also various other sources of entertainment at the beach too, such as riding a camel or a horse, asking a fortune teller to tell your future, watching dancing monkeys, snake charmers with their snakes, or simply indulge in eating the local food available on the beach such as raw spiced mango, chaat, or roasted peanuts.

    You can simply take a walk on the Chowpatty beach as well, which is ideal early in the mornings or in the evenings.  Although the beach is crowded most of the time you will enjoy your time here. You will have a peaceful feeling when you come and sit by the Arabian Sea or swim in its waters.

    Location: Adjoining Marine Drive
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Sunrise-Sunset
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 3.2 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 11 Juhu Beach

    Juhu Beach
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    Located close to the Juhu suburbs, the Juhu beach is one of those attractions in Mumbai every tourist swears by. The beach is at a distance of 18 kilometres from the heart of Mumbai. The Juhu beach is ideally visited in the evening, to watch a beautiful sunset by the Arabian Sea. Carry a camera with you when you head to the beach in the evening, for the sunset is worth capturing.

    One of the most popular sources of entertainment and fascinating activities to do on the Juhu beach is horse riding. You can pay to ride a horse on the beach here. The Juhu beach is close to several of Mumbai’s famous tourist destinations such as Mahalaxmi temple, ISKCON temple, St.Joseph’s church, Siddhivinayak temple etc.

    The beach s particularly popular because many movie stars reside in the vicinity, making the place one of the poshest places in Mumbai. Come here to spend a lazy evening by the Arabian Sea when you are visiting Mumbai.

    Location: Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Sunrise-Sunset
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 18.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 12 Elephanta Island

    Elephanta Island
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    The Elephanta Island, or the Island of Gharapuri, is an island famous for its ancient caves near the city of Mumbai. The island is counted among one of the major attractions in Mumbai because of the Elephanta Caves that are located on the island. The Elephanta Caves are ancient caves that were constructed during 5th-6th centuries and have the distinct rock-cut architecture that’s nothing like anything in the rest of the country.

    There is no certain record of who constructed these spectacular caves on Elephanta Island, which makes the caves even more mysterious as they are robust and rich in their sculptural architecture. The island is very pretty, complete with greenery all around, and the quietness of the uninhabited island grows on you as you spend a few hours there.

    The Elephanta Island is located at a distance of 19.6 kilometres from Mumbai Central, or an hour’s ferry ride away. On a day when the sky is clear, you can actually see the Elephanta Island from the Gateway of India.

    Location: Elephanta Island, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: INR 10 (Indian), INR 250 (foreigner), free (child)
    Timings: 9AM-5.30PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 19.6 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 13 Kamala Nehru Park, Mumbai

    Kamala Nehru Park, Mumbai
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    If you are tired of the buys hustle-bustle life of Mumbai, take a break and relax amidst the greenery and colourful flowers at the Kamala Nehru Park. This park is one of the most visited Mumbai tourist places. The Kamala Nehru Park overlooks the Arabian Sea, as it is situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill, which gives the park stunning views all around.

    The park is named after the wife of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The park sports elaborate gardens, trees, and stunningly pretty flowers, making it a heaven for nature lovers in the midst of a city.

    There is a giant shoe house in the park, inspired by a nursery rhyme about an old woman who lives in a shoe. You can get inside the giant shoe house and climb the stairs, and look out of the windows. Come here in the evening to witness the sun set in the Arabian Sea. The sun casts a golden light over the sea and the trees, which are a treat to watch. 

    Location: Babulnath, Dadi Sheth Wadi, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 5AM-9PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 5 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 14 Versova Beach

    Versova Beach
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    Counted best among places to visit in Mumbai, Versova beach is extremely popular among tourists because of its fascinating coastline. It’s ahead of Juhu beach and is separated from that beach by a creek, and is closer to the suburban area of Andheri.

    The Versova village is located close to the Versona beach; the village is home to fishing folks who go by the name of “kolis”. Mumbai boasts a lot of beaches, but not all of them are serene and popular among Mumbai tourist places because of how peaceful it is to sit on the shore and enjoy the sunset in the Arabian Sea.

    It’s a blissful experience to sit on the beach and watch the fishing folks head out in the sea and fish. Apart from the serenity that Versova beach offers, every year, the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated here, which is spectacular and is a must-see for everyone.

    Location: Versova Beach, Bharat Nagar, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Can be visited at any time of the day
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 25 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 15 ISKCON Temple

    ISKCON Temple
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    Located very close to Juhu beach, the Hare Krishna temple is one of the places to visit in Mumbai and is set upon four acres of land. The ISKCON temple was constructed in the early 1970s when Juhu was a rather remote place. The temple is beautiful, complete with marble domes that reach more than a hundred feet in height.

    But the unique thing about the ISKCON temple is that it also houses more than just the temple. The temple has many Hindu gods, primarily Gaura-Nitai, Rama, Laxman, and Hanuman etc. There are also centres for spiritual, cultural, and educational enlightenment such as workshops, lecture and seminar halls.

    There are also centres of Vedic Education, library, Vedic Samskara Hall, vegetarian restaurant and bakery, and spiritual boutique. There is also a seven-storey guesthouse in the premises of the temple. ISKCON temple sees thousands of devotees every day and seeing the maximum number of pilgrims during Janmashtami.

    Location: Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 4:30 am – 1:00 pm, 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, every day.
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 24 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 16 Prince of Wales Museum

    Prince of Wales Museum
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    Now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the Prince of Wales Museum is one of the premier institutions of art and history in the country. Counted as one of the top places to visit in Mumbai. As one of the best sightseeing places in Mumbai, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya sports an excellent architectural style of Indo-Saracenic cultures.

    At present, the building is categorized as a grade I heritage building by the government of India and is maintained by the Indian Heritage Society. The planning and construction of the building started in 1905 and was completed by 1914. The museum finally opened to the public in 1922. The museum now sits in a well-maintained garden that further beautifies the heritage building.

    The museum has a vast collection of natural history, sculptures, textiles, paintings, Japanese and Chinese antiquities, decorative art etc. The museum also has a vast collection of digital files. If you are a history buff, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is a must visit for you when in Mumbai.

    Location: 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: INR 60 per person
    Timings: 10.15AM-6PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 6.8 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 17 Babulnath

    Babulnath
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    Constructed in 1780, the temple of Babulnath in Mumbai is an example of great architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The entire architecture of the temple gives you the impression of Mount Kailash because the interiors are carved in such a manner.

    Come here not just because you are religious and you are a devotee of Lord Shiva, but come here to see the splendid architecture of the temple and its interiors. The history of the temple dates back to the 12th century when Raja Bhimdev placed the Shivling and idols at the now temple of Babulnath.

    The idols were discovered in the 18th century. The Shivling was discovered about 300 years ago when Malabar Hill used to be a pasture. Upon the discovery of the Shivling, the temple was constructed in the same spot as it was found. The temple of Babulnath is situated at the very end of the Marine Drive, close to the Girgaon Chowpatty.

    For a pleasant and memorable experience, visit the babulnath temple early in the morning. You will have a beautiful view of the surroundings and you can enjoy the architecture while the weather is still cool.

    Location: 16, Babulnath Road, Charni Road, Malabar Hill, Near Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 5AM-10PM every day.
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 3.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 18 Powai Lake

    Powai Lake
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    The Powai Lake was built in 1799 by the British. Located in the very heart of the city if Mumbai, the lake is a pleasant break from the humdrum life of the city. The 219-years-old lake was once used as a source for drinking water in the city, now i is a sightseeing place that is home to varieties of birds, amphibians, insects etc.

    There are colourful flowers around the lake that attract moths, honeybees, bumblebees etc. You can also find varieties of aquatic plants in and around Powai Lake. Among birds that flock around the lake, one can easily spot bulbuls, marina, sparrows, kingfishers, spot-billed ducks, doves, pond heron etc which make it an interesting place for bird watchers who come here early in the morning to catch glimpse of these birds.

    Come to the Powai Lake on a lazy afternoon or evening to enjoy the cool breeze that blows because of the lake. There are narrow roads beside the lake for you to take a walk on as well.

    Location: Powai Lake, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Sunrise-Sunset
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 26.6 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 19 Marvé Beach

    Marvé Beach
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    Situated in Malad West, the Marve Beach is a beautiful beach by the Arabian Sea. The beach isn’t very long, but it is clean and a pleasure to visit in early mornings. The beach is very close to the INS Hamla Camp, therefore, if you visit the beach in the morning, you can see the Hampa Camp jawans training on the beach.

    The Marve beach is also known for the Koli fishermen, who fish close to the beach and bring their fishes on the shore to be sent to Mumbai’s markets. The beach can be a quiet getaway, but the beach is rather narrow and getting in the waters is not advisable due to the swift current and mud that sinks fast.

    The Marve beach is about seven kilometres from the western suburbs of Malad. The beach gives you a stunning view of the Arabian Sea and the surrounding hills. You can come here in the evenings too, to watch the sunset in the Arabian Sea.

    Location: Marve Beach, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Sunrise-Sunset
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 37.2 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 20 Maratha Mandir

    Maratha Mandir
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    Maratha Mandir is an old movie theatre in Mumbai that was constructed in 1958. This is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai among tourists. The theatre has only one screen, and the hall can accommodate up to a thousand people comfortably. The Maratha Mandir is rather ordinary to look at from the outside, but it is a rather distinguished hall from all other such halls in Mumbai because of a unique thing.

    The Maratha Mandir has been screening Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge since October of 1995, that is more than a thousand weeks as of now. The theatre has gained popularity because of this tradition the theatre has followed for the last twenty-three years, and many Shah Rukh Khan fans flock here everyday to watch the blockbuster movie of the 90s.

    If you are a movie buff, coming to Maratha Mandir and watching Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge over a box of popcorn might not seem too cliche a thing to do!

    Location: 22, Maratha Mandir Marg, RBI Staff Colony, Agripada, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: Not applicable
    Timings: Last show at 9.30PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 1 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 21 Taraporewala Aquarium

    Taraporewala Aquarium
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    This sightseeing place in Mumbai is one of the largest aquariums in the city of Mumbai. Situated in Marine Drive, this aquarium was founded by D. B. Taraporewala, a Parsi philanthropist, in the year 1951. The aquarium has a twelve feet long three-sixty degrees glass tunnel that holds interesting marine life.

    There are several species of fish here, such as damselfish, butterfly fish, tiger fish, angelfish, moss, sea urchins, sea cucumber, marine eels, tube worms, tangs, batfish, puffer fish, tangs, jellyfishes, orandas etc that make this aquarium a highly diverse collection of marine life. There are a total of thirty-two tropical tanks in the building.

    You can also see several species of freshwater and marine plants such as water lilies. There is also a fish spa and touch pool, where you can dip your feet in the water and the fish eat away the dead skin off your feet (at the fish spa), and you can touch sea urchins, turtles, sea cucumbers in the touch pool.

    Location: Marine Drive, Near Charni Road Railway Station, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: INR 40 (adults), INR 20 (student), INR 30 (child)
    Timings: 10.30AM-8.00PM (weekdays), 10.00 AM-8.00 PM (weekends)
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 3.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 22 Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai

    Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai
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    Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai because it is a market, unlike anything you have ever seen anywhere. Located in south Mumbai, This is the largest market in the entirety of south Mumbai. The market is very old, evident from the fact that the architecture of the market was designed by William Emerson.

    The architecture style combines the styles of Flemish and Norman. There’s a fountain inside the market, made entirely out of stone, which was designed by Rudyard Kipling’s father. The market occupies a space of approximately 22471 square meters, out of which 5515 square kilometres is occupied by the original building.

    The market has expanded a lot in the past few years, including many shops that sell everything from fruits, toys, clothes, groceries, to even pets and birds. The market is best visited on weekdays, and between 11 am to 8 pm when it is open.

    Location: Dhobi Talao, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 11AM-8PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 23 Haji Ali Dargah

    Haji Ali Dargah
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    The Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular attractions in Mumbai. Located about 500 yards in the middle of the Arabian Sea, just off the Lala Lajpatrai Marg, this religious landmark attracts people of various faith to its doors. This shrine is the resting place of Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, and it is his tomb that people from all across the country and the world flock in to visit every year.

    The Haji Ali Dargah is counted among the top Sightseeing Places in Mumbai,  attracting as many as twenty-thirty thousand visitors on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays with ten-fifteen thousand pilgrims visiting the dargah daily. The shrine features distinct architectural styles of the Mughal Period.

    On the eve of Islamic festivals such as Ramadan and Bakri-Eid, the number of pilgrims increases tenfold. The unique thing about this dargah is that it is much holy to people of other faiths as it is to Muslims. Pilgrims come here without boundaries of caste, creed, religion, wealth or nationality separating them.

    Location: Dargah Road, Haji Ali, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 5.30AM-10PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 2.8 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 24 Essel World

    Essel World
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    Essel World, India’s largest amusement park, is one of the best places to visit in Mumbai. Located on the Gorai island, this amusement park is one of India’s premier amusement parks, complete with breathtaking and thrilling rides. Opened in 1989, this park was a venture by the Essel group of companies. Spread over an area of 64 acres, it can be well counted among Mumbai tourist places because of the number of people it attracts every year.

    To get here, you can catch a ferry from Borivali Jetty or get on Bus 294 from the Borivali Station. It’s a great way to spend time with your loved ones on a one-day trip to Essel World, as the place is big enough, has attractions that will take you up to an entire day to see and experience completely. With several types of rides, slides and amusement options, the Essel World offers you complete entertainment throughout your visit to the park.

    Location: Global Pagoda Road, Gorai, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: INR 885 (adult), INR 649 (child)
    Timings: 10AM-7PM every day
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 41.6 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 25 Marine Drive

    Marine Drive
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    This three-kilometre stretch between Babulath and Nariman Point is located at the foot of the Malabar Hill and is a C-shaped road. One of the most visited Mumbai tourist places, Marine Drives gives you a beautiful view of the sun at sunset in the Arabian Sea.

    You can see the entire stretch of the road, and sit by the beach which is known as the “Queen’s necklace” as the Marine Drive does look like a necklace at night since the road glistens like a necklace because of the streetlights at night. Marine Drive is famous for morning and evening walkers, who find this stretch of road perfect for their walks.

    This is also a natural bay and a perfect place to visit in the city of Mumbai. Come here to watch the sunset and relax by the bay in the evening, and enjoy Mumbai’s street food by the sparkling dark blue waters of the Marine Drive.

    The stretch of Marine Drive is home to various celebrities who live in their swanky residences in the area. The place has become a premium residential area because of this.

    Location: Marine Drive, Chowpatty, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Not applicable
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 4.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 26 Nehru Planetarium

    Nehru Planetarium
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    If you are a science enthusiast, Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai is your place to go to. Inaugurated in the year 1977 by Indira Gandhi, the Nehru Planetarium promotes science and technology through lectures, educational and cultural events, seminars etc. The planetarium primarily promotes astronomy and scientific discoveries etc through these seminars and lectures.

    The planetarium was designed by famous Indian architect JM Kadri. Ever since its construction, the Nehru Planetarium has been a centre of interest for students, scientists, and aspiring astronomers. There are also shows held at the planetarium on a regular basis. Some popular shows such as Tryst and Destiny, Mahatma - The Eternal Light, The Wonders of the Universe, Invaders of Mars, etc have been attracting visitors for a very long time.

    The Nehru Planetarium features a white dome, which is stunningly spectacular, along with the building’s cylindrical structure. The architecture of the Nehru Planetarium is something to marvel at. The popularity of the planetarium is because of its educational and cultural activities, as well as architecture.

    Location: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Lotus Colony, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: INR 60 (adult), INR 40 (child)
    Timings: 12PM-4.30PM everyday
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 4.7 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 27 Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai

    Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai
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    Constructed sometime between the 16th and 17th centuries, the Mahalakshmi temple of Mumbai is a popular tourist destination people flock into throughout the year. Dedicated to the Goddess Mahalakshmi, this temple of counted among the oldest in the city. Apart from Goddess Mahalakshmi, Goddess Mahakali and Goddess Mahasaraswati are also worshipped here.

    The temple has a very calm and serene feel to it, and spending time here is amazing in the mornings. The temple is really calming in its appearance, as you see it from far away. The Goddess Mahalakshmi occupies the centre in the altar at the temple, with idols of Goddess Mahakali and Mahasaraswati on either side.

    All the goddesses are adorned with pearl necklaces, gold bangles, and nose studs. The area around the temple is always jam-packed and busy. You can see a lot of stalls for flowers and goods for worshipping the goddess outside the temple as well.

    Come here early in the morning, right after the temple opens at six. It’s always cool and quiet in the mornings, and you will enjoy worshipping the goddess during this time. 

    Location: Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 6AM-10PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand:  3.7 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 28 Colaba Causeway

    Colaba Causeway
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    The Colaba Causeway is actually known as Shahid Bhagat Singh Road and is located between Old Woman’s Island and Colaba. In fact, it is the main road that connects the two places. The road is Mumbai’s cultural destination and reminds you of the country’s colonial past because of old buildings dating back to the British times.

    The road was constructed sometime between 1835-1838 when Sir Robert Grant supervised its construction. The road had been primarily constructed to avoid accidents as people crossed from Old Woman’s Island to Colaba on a boat.

    Nowadays, the Colaba Causeway is famous for being the shopping hub of Mumbai and for having some of the most popular restaurants here such as Cafe Mondegar, the Taj Mahal Hotel, and landmarks such as the Afghan Church, Sassoon Dock, and the gateway of India etc.

    Come here in the evenings to enjoy a great time in the cafes and shopping in some of the well-known shopping centres in the area. You can find everything from furniture, accessories, apparels, cosmetics, to perfumes and handbags etc here.

    Location: Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 9AM-10PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 7.8 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 29 Mumba Devi Temple

    Mumba Devi Temple
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    One of the oldest temples in Mumbai, The Mumba Devi Temple was constructed in Bori Bunder in the year 1675. After that, the temple was demolished and reconstructed in 1737 at Zaveri Bazaar. The temple is located in the very heart of the busy Zaveri Bazaar. The famous temple is dedicated to the Goddess Mumba Devi.

    Mumba Devi is devotedly worshipped by the Koli fishermen of Mumbai, who believe in the goddess and consider her as their guardian. The temple houses the ancient idol of Goddess Mumba Devi, which is the main attraction here. The idol is adorned with a gold necklace, a silver crown, and a nose stud.

    The fascinating thing about the idol is that the Goddess has no mouth, which symbolises Mother Earth. There are also idols of Hindu gods Ganesh, Hanuman, and Goddess Annapurna in the premises of the temple. The temple is open on all days of the week except Mondays, and aartis are performed regularly in the mornings and evenings. 

    Location: Mumba Devi Marg, Zaveri Bazar, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: 6.30AM-10PM, closed on Mondays
    Timings: No entry fee
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 2.7 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 30 Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya

    Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya
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    The Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya is a popular attraction in Mumbai because Gandhiji came and stayed in the two-storeyed building called Mani Bhavan during 1917-1934 whenever he visited Mumbai. The building has now been converted into a museum that now reminds the country of its struggle for freedom from the British rule.

    During the period Gandhiji used to come and stayed in Mumbai, he introduced the concept of satyagraha in the country, hence this period saw his rise as a freedom fighter and saw him gain immense popularity. The place is particularly famous for Gandhiji was arrested here by the British in 1932, from the wing of the building that he occupied.

    There is a room, a library, a picture gallery, and a terrace that Gandhiji used in mani Bhavan that people flock in to see. The library now houses as many as 40000 books and periodicals. There is also an auditorium where films on Gandhiji’s life and times are showcased on a regular basis.

    Location: 19, Laburnum Road, Gamdevi, Near Gamdevi Police Station, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 9.30AM-5.30PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 2.8 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 31 Mandwa Beach

    Mandwa Beach
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    Mandwa beach is known for its panoramic views, right from the Gateway of India to the bay. It is unlikely to find a view as this from any other beach in Mumbai. One of the best places to visit in Mumbai, the Mandwa beach gives you an enthralling experience as you stare across the sea on a clear day, taking in the panoramic view that it offers you.

    The beach is usually less crowded and is extremely pleasant to visit in the evenings. The Mandwa beach is located close to the Kihim beach, which is equally beautiful. Among the other beaches of Mumbai, this is one of those Mumbai tourist places that you can visit to get away from the hullabaloo of the metropolitan.

    You can reach the place via a ferry that you can get from Mumbai. This famous weekend beach destination is a hit among the locals and tourists alike, basking in the sun and relaxing by the clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea is a treat nobody wants to give a miss. Come here for a wonderful time.

    Location: Mandwa Beach, Kolgaon, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Can be visited at any time of the day
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 114.9 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central



  • 32 Mumbai Zoo

    Mumbai Zoo
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    The Jijamata Udyan is one of the most popular places to visit in Mumbai, originally constructed during the British Period and called Victoria Gardens. The zoo is located in Byculla, in every centre of the metropolitan city of Mumbai. Constructed in 1861, the Mumbai Zoo is home to many endangered species of animals and birds.

    The zoo is spread over an area of 48 acres, mainly surrounded by Mumbai’s chawls, or homes of the low-income public in the city. The zoo has a clock tower in the very entrance, made in Italian Renaissance style. Although the clock doesn’t tick anymore, the architecture of the clock is one to reminiscence.

    Mumbai zoo boasts of some of the oldest trees in the area, that were brought in and planted in the zoo. Mumbai zoo’s aviary has a lot of rare birds, which makes it a hit among the attractions in Mumbai.

    Location: 91A, Lalbaug Flyover, Near Byculla Railway Station, Byculla East, Mazgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: INR 5 per person
    Timings: Closed on Wednesdays. Summer: 9.00AM-6.15PM, Winter: 9.00AM-5.30PM, Monsoon: 9.00AM-5.45PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 2.9 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 33 Castella de Aguada

    Castella de Aguada
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    Situated in Land’s End in Bandra, the Castella de Aguada is also called Bandra Fort and remains one of the most visited Mumbai tourist places. The original Portuguese word for castle is Castelo, although the builders of the place actually called it Forte de Bandora.

    The Portuguese built it in 1640 after they had settled in the area since 1534, to use the castle as a watchtower overlooking the Arabian Sea, Mahim Bay, and the island of Mahim. The name of the castle originates from a fresh water fountain that was close to the fort, thus the name “Aguada”.

    When the Portuguese had control over the fort, the fort was armed with as many as seven cannons and smaller defence equipment such as guns etc. The fort is strategically placed, and back in the days, it was sued to watch the northern sea route to the Mumbai Harbour.

    In the early eighteenth century, the British destroyed a large part of Castella de Aguada when Marathas had become a threat to the British in India.

    Location: Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Bandstand Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 10AM-8PM every day.
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 13.9 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 34 Horniman Circle Gardens

    Horniman Circle Gardens
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    The Horniman Circle Gardens is one of the largest parks in the city of Mumbai. The garden was popularly called as “Bombay Green” in the 18th century, which was changed to “Benjamin Horniman” after India gained independence. This was meant as a tribute to the editor of the newspaper Bombay Chronicle, Benjamin Horniman.

    The garden covers an approximate area of the 10,100-meter square and is surrounded by lush greenery and office buildings all around, most of which are the leading banks in the country. Construction of the gardens began originally in 1821, but the construction could not be completed for the next twelve years.

    Only after India became independent in 1947, the garden was revived from the garbage dumpyard it had become after 1842. The park has a Historic Asiatic Society library in the enclosure for all those who wish to sit down and relax close to the garden. The gardens have perfect pathways and tall trees laid out in a neat fashion.

    Location: Horniman Circle, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 8AM-9PM every day
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 6.8 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 35 Gorai Beach

    Gorai Beach
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    The Gorai beach in Mumbai is one of the most frequented beaches by the local people and tourists alike, popular for its location. Locals from Mumbai’s north suburb often come here to enjoy an evening or even an entire day outing. The beach is ideal for a full day picnic with your family.

    Gorai beach is known as Lovers Point beach as well since this is the place where lovers meet secretly in the beach’s isolation and privacy for the last three to four decades. The festivals of Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are celebrated here with great pomp, and something to come to the beach to watch.

    Ganesh visarjan is done here every year, and holy is a beach party for the entire day. Come here to see the giant idols of Lord Ganesha being immersed in the Arabian Sea during the visarjan. It is an occasion to not give a miss too if you are in the metropolitan of Mumbai during the Ganesh Chaturthi.

    Location: Gorai Beach Road, Koliwada, Gorai, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Not applicable
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 43.6 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 36 Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra

    Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra
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    Bandra is one of the most popular areas in Mumbai, famous for its lifestyle, fashion, Bollywood, shopping centres, restaurants, and entertainment centres, and of course, churches. The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is one of the most popular churches in Mumbai and therefore attracts flocks of tourists to its doors every year.

    The church is known for its architecture, and serene environment. Due to the festivities at the church, you can see tourists crowding the church in the month of September. The church overlooks the sea and is located on a hill, about 260 feet above the ground. The Sanctum Sanctorum in the church has seven steps, leading to a marble altar.

    The unique thing about the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is that it attracts people of many faiths, the majority of which are devout Catholics. Come here to spend a calm and quiet afternoon if you are visiting Mumbai.

    Location: Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Sunday:10AM-7PM, Other days: 8AM-8.30PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 13.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 37 Fort Bassein

    Fort Bassein
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    Situated about 55 kilometres from Mumbai, Fort Bassein is a splendid example of robustness and architecture, being constructed in the early 1400s. Originally constructed by Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat, the fort has seen many masters.

    The name of the fort comes from the word “Bacaim” which is Portuguese. It has been ruled by the Portuguese, Marathas, and the British in old times. At present, the fort is under the protection and care of the Archaeological Survey of India, although not much effort has been made to conserve the heritage site.

    The fort is in ruins and you can see vegetation in some parts of the fort. Come here to marvel at the medieval architecture and vastness of the fort, and spend a morning going around the place, for there’s much to see on the inside of the fort. You can see marks by sharp chisels etc on the walls of the fort as well, indicating the times of attack in old times.

    Location: Killa Road, Police Colony, Vasai West, Vasai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 6AM-6PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 78.7 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 38 Chor Bazaar

    Chor Bazaar
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    Originally called the “Shor Bazaar” because of the noise in the market, the bazaar has now come to be known as Chor Bazaar after the British couldn’t pronounce “Shor”. The place has been coined the name of Chor Bazaar since then, which literally means the Thieves’ market.

    The place is full of old buildings, cramped shops, and the streets are always crowded. Chor Bazaar is about 150 years old, and it is said that the place was a favourite of the British back in the days. There is nothing that you cannot find in this market, making it one of the most sought-after places in the city.

    Everything from real and fake jewellery, electronics, antique items, Victorian-style furniture.You can find stolen items here too, as the name of the market suggests. The amazing thing about shopping at Chor Bazaar is that you can bargain to no end and get goods at very cheap prices. This is why Chor Bazaar is so famous.

    Location: Mutton Street, Kumbharwada, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year 
    Entry fee: Not applicable
    Timings: 6AM-4PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 1.7 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 39 Nehru Science Centre

    Nehru Science Centre
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    The Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai is an extremely popular attraction in Mumbai for science lovers. This amazing initiative lets you get a glimpse into the world of science and technology that is informative, interesting, and full of knowledge for the young and old alike. There are more than 500 interactive projects at the centre that help you learn about the principles and laws of kinetics, sound, mechanics, energy etc.

    A lot of workshops, seminars, meetings, and exhibits are held at the Nehru Science Center from time to time. The centre also has a lot of artefacts that
    depict the several achievements of mankind in the field of science and technology.

    There are also three-dimensional shows you can attend at the Nehru Science Centre; there are two such shows which are called Grand Canyon Adventure and Monsters of the Deep.  You can see mythical underwater monsters in Monsters of the Deep. There is also a well-kept library which houses more than 10000 books and up to 300 films on science and technology.

    Location: Opp 4 Seasons Hotel, Dr E. Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: INR 40
    Timings: 10AM-6PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 4.2 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 40 Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai

    Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
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    Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Siddhivinayak Temple of Mumbai is one of the most popular places to visit in Mumbai. The two hundred years old temple attracts thousands of devotees every single day, who stand in queues patiently waiting for their turn to devote their prayers to Lord Ganesha.

    The temple was founded in 1801 by a woman called Deubai Patil, who funded and constructed the temple so the lord may grant her a child, and that other women like her may be blessed with children. The lake which is located right next to the temple was dug in the nineteenth century to counter the issue of water shortage in the area.

    The Siddhivinayak Temple is often visited by celebrities, actors, producers, and directors alike, who go to seek the Lord's blessings before their movies release. The temple opens very early in the morning, as the morning aarti begins at 5.30am and the temple closes at 9.50 at night. The timings of the temple vary according to the festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi.

    Location: Simla Cottage, Khatun B. Chawl Welfare Society, Road Number 5, Shankarwadi, Jogeshwari East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 5.30AM-10.30PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 23.6 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 41 Kanheri Caves

    Kanheri Caves
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    Situated in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali East is one of those attractions in Mumbai every tourist in the metropolitan swears by. The caves are believed to be one of the oldest caves in the history of the country, dating back to as far as 1st century BC. The Kanheri Caves is famous for its 109 entrances, and ancient Indian architecture.

    The caves were carved out of natural basalt, which gives it a unique texture. The place is known as the “lungs of Mumbai” because of the greenery all around and is counted among major Mumbai tourist places. “Kanheri” originates from “Krishnagiri”, which is Sanskrit. Every cave is adorned with a “splinth”; a rock bed.

    The caves were Buddhist shrines because it used to be a Buddhist settlement in the third century. The Kanheri Caves are an ideal spot for a picnic as well, as there are much greenery and an array of natural streams around the caves that make it a pleasant place for the public.

    Location: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: INR 5 (Indians), INR 100 (foreigners)
    Timings: 7.30AM-5.30PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 39 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 42 Victoria Terminus

    Victoria Terminus
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    Formerly known as Victoria Terminus, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is Mumbai’s outstanding railway station. Although this is a railways station and not primarily counted among places to visit in Mumbai, this building, designed by British architect FW Stevens, sports excellent Victorian Gothic Revival architectural style.

    The designs are based on medieval Italian models, known as High Victorian Gothic Design, is remarkable. The domes, corridors, arches, and turrets are therefore distinct and prominently archaic. The construction of the building began in 1878, taking up to a decade to complete. Numerous British architects and Indian craftsmen worked day and night to give the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus the definition of what it is today.

    This is why the architectural style doesn’t just boast of Victorian style, there’s a distinctive feature of Indian architecture in the building as well, making it one of the attractions in Mumbai for history lovers and architects who love to study the significance of various architectural styles in the building.

    Location: Opposite BMC Building, Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort/P D'Mello Road (PF-18), Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Not applicable
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 5 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


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  • 43 Mumbai Dabbawala Center

    Mumbai Dabbawala Center
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    The dabbawalas of Mumbai have long been a centre of curiosity among the people because of their accurate delivery system that has been never altered its professionalism over the last 125 years. The Mumbai Dabbawala Center is definitely one of the places to visit in Mumbai. The Mumbai Dabbawala Centre originally started out as a one-man army, when a Parsi banker wanted to eat homemade food and gave this task to Mumbai’s first dabbawala.

    His idea was appreciated by others and soon, more office goers joined in the demand for home cooked food that had to be delivered in office, giving rise to a business that has famously become a case study in universities across the world, who try to learn and decode the Mumbai Dabbawalas’ exceptional accuracy in delivering the tiffin boxes.

    At present, the Mumbai Dabbawala Center has as many as 5000 dabbawalas who deliver food from home to office every day with the kind of constant accuracy they have mastered over more than a century.

    Location: 23, Navyug Mansion, Sleater Road, Naushir Bharucha Marg, Opposite Krishna Palace Hotel, Grant Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Not applicable
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 2.1 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


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  • 44 Gateway of India

    Gateway of India
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    One of the most visited places in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is counted among Mumbai tourist places that see excellent footfall at any time of the year. The attraction was built by the British in 1919, by the then Governor of Bombay, Sir George Sydenham Clarke, who laid the foundation of the monument in 1911. The plan was approved in 1914, after which construction began. The monument was built to honour the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, who was to arrive at Bombay.

    The architectural design of the Gateway of India is done in the Indo-Saracenic style, along with Muslim architectural styles incorporated when it comes to the archways. 
    The Elephant Caves are located quite close to the Gateway of India and can be reached via a ferry from here. You can pay the ticket price here and get on a motorboat to reach the Elephant Caves, which takes a little more than an hour to reach, being located 56 kilometres from the monument.

    Location: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Can visit anytime
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 6.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central



  • 45 Film City

    Film City
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    Home to the film fraternity of the country is perhaps one of the most popular among Mumbai tourist places. The Film City is so vast that more than a thousand sets can be erected here at the same time. Over the last few years, the Film City has become one of the major locations for shooting the Hindi serials.

    Film City was built in 1911, under the guidance of veteran actor and producer V. Shantaram. The total area of the place is about 520 acres, built according to the outlines of the film city in California. The film city has elaborate sets of villages, mountains, mansions, gardens, fountains, streams, cities etc. More than 900 Hindi movies and Hindi serials have been shot in the Film City of Mumbai.

    The studios are well equipped, complete with the electronic items necessary for shooting and extremely sophisticated instruments that give the kind of quality to the shows shot here, making Bollywood top in the game in the country.

    Location: Inside Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri Main Gate, Post Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: INR 599-INR 1699 per person
    Timings: 10AM-5PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 31.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 46 Mumbai Dhobi Ghat

    Mumbai Dhobi Ghat
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    A place that’s as unique as it can be, Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghat maintains and lives up to its 140-year-old tradition and profession in the heart of Mumbai city. There are as many as 1026 open “ghats” for washermen to wash clothes in, and almost all of them are occupied at the same time as they beat the dirt out of hundreds and thousands of dirty clothes from the city.

    The Mumbai Dhobi Ghat is located very close to the Mahalaxmi railway station. The place is also famed to be the world’s largest washing centre because there’s no such other place for washing clothes in the world. Most of the clothes being washed here come from Mumbai’s hospitals, and hotels.

    You can see likes of cleaned clothes and sheets being hung to dry in the open air after they have been thoroughly cleaned. Come here to see a very different face of the city of Mumbai. Lately, it has become a place for tourists to flock in out of sheer curiosity. 

    Location: Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: 4AM-7PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 2 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 47 Red Carpet Wax Museum

    Red Carpet Wax Museum
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    As the name suggests, the Red Carpet Wax Museum is one of those tourist places in Mumbai that one simply cannot miss because the museum showcases lifelike statues of celebrities and prominent people from all walks of life, such as socialites, politicians, world leaders, scientists, social workers etc. The statues are made to be completely alike the person they have been constructed after, giving a very authentic feel to the statue.

    Each statue is surrounded by the necessary ambience to give the statue and its theme a complete look and feel. Any individual can pose with the statues in the museum. The museum was constructed over a period of five years after which it opened its doors to the public in December 2016. The wax museum is one of a kind monument in the city of Mumbai, so make sure you drop by and catch a glimpse of it.

    Location: 1st Floor, R City Mall, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
    Entry fee: INR 250 (weekday), INR 350 (weekend)
    Timings: 9.45AM-9.30PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 20.5 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central


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  • 48 Elephanta Caves

    Elephanta Caves
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    The Elephanta Caves are a major attraction in Mumbai because of its archaeological significance. This is where the caves are located, must have seen early settlements from 2nd century BC. The caves, however, are estimated to have been constructed sometime between 5th and 6th century AD.

    One of the biggest caves here measures about 39 metres from the front to the back. The main body of the Elephanta Cave is about 27 square meters, supported by six rows of pillars. The caves show distinct artistic features from the time of its construction.

    The caves feature rock-cut architecture, which makes the entire layout of the caves very interesting. The Elephanta Caves have a combination of sculpture art and aesthetic beauty carved into the rock formations.

    This is what makes it popular among archaeologists as well as historians, who wish to find out more about the natives who moved on the Gharapuri Island (Elephanta Caves) in 2nd century BC. Come here to experience the ruins of an ancient world on the Elephanta Island, and see the caves and sculptures in their natural surroundings.

    Location: Gharapuri, Maharashtra 
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: INR 10 (Indian), INR 250 (foreigner), free (child)
    Timings: 9AM-5.30PM
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 7.3 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central


  • 49 Dharavi Slum

    Dharavi Slum
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    Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, invites many curious eyes because of the sheer vastness of it. It is counted among one of the places to visit in Mumbai because of the slum houses as many as a million people crammed in pint-sized houses, dirty bylanes, open drains, and extremely filthy living conditions in average.

    Located in the very heart of Mumbai, the Dharavi slum stretches between two of Mumbai’s major rail lines, which is what makes it such a convenient location to travel for work for the folk who live here. In a city where rents are sky high, Dharavi offers rather low rent for people who move into the city.

    You can find a room complete with a cooking gas and a small colour TV for as low as 185 rupees a month. Dharavi has many small-scale businesses thriving, manufacturing everything from garments to pots and pans. The products are sold in local as well as international markets, where they are exported.

    The annual turnover for these products is as much as 650 million dollars a year. Visit Dharavi to see the lifestyle of those living here, for it is not every day you get to step inside Asia’s largest slum.

    Location: Spans over 500 acres in the heart of Mumbai
    Best Time to visit: October-March
    Entry fee: No entry fee
    Timings: Not applicable
    Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 10.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central