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  • With the rich history and golden past of the city attract visitors from almost all the corners of the world, its vastness makes it difficult for the visitors to visit most of the important tourist spots within a day. Well, for such situations, one can avail the Mumbai Darshan bus services and make it to the maximum number of important tourist spots within the city.

    In addition to the bus ride through most of the major important landmarks, the presence of an experienced guide during the ride will give you an insight about all the Mumbai places. Breaks within the ride, interaction with other travellers and the visit to an array of tourist spots around the city makes this bus ride a must to experience. If you are planning for a visit to this dream city, here is what you should know about Mumbai Darshan route for bus and cabs, itinerary and other details:

    Timing:

    Mumbai Darshan bus services are available throughout the week. As the ride revolves around the city, it starts quite early in the morning. Bus rides usually starts at around 07:00 AM and is available till 09:00 AM. On an average, the ride takes around 12-14 hours to complete and takes the visitors through some of the most important tourist places in the city.

    Pickup Points:

    For sightseeing, pickup points are scattered throughout various corners of the city. Be it the central, eastern, western or any other parts of Mumbai, you can always have a pickup point close to your stay.

    Here are some of the important pickup points: Andheri, Bandra, Bhandup, Bhayandar, Borivali, CBD Belapur, Chembur, Dadar, Dhaisar, Ghatkopar, Goregaon, Jogeshwari, Kalamboli, Kalwa, Kamothe, Kandivali, Kanjurmarg, Kashmira, Khar, Kharghar, Kopar Khainar, Lalbaug, Malad, Mankhurd, Mira Road, Mulund, Mumbai Central, Nerul, Panvel, Parel, Poisar, Sanpada, Santacruz, Shanti Nagar, Sheetal Nagar, Silver, Sion, Thane , Vashi, Vikroli, and Vile Parle.

    Route:

    Usually, all the buses for Darshan of Mumbai start from their respective depots, and after the pickup of all the participants, the buses take their first stoppage at around 09:30 AM near the Siddhivinayak Temple. Here onwards, they move towards the Nehru Science Centre in Worli by around 11:00 AM, followed by Marine Drive at around 12:30 PM.

    After Marine Drive, almost all the buses follow the route to Colaba, where the visitors can have lunch by 01:00 PM. Post this, they take the visitors towards Apollo Bunder in South Mumbai by around 01:45 PM and after a quick visit of the vicinity the buses turn towards the Mahatma Gandhi Road by 02:30 PM.

    Approximately by 03:30 PM, all the buses take a halt near the port, where the visitors can enjoy a short boat ride and continue with the other Mumbai Darshan places. Post this, buses head towards Walkeshwar, Napean Sea Road and Breach Candy. Before making their final move to Juhu Beach through the Bandra-Worli Sea Link at around 06:30 PM, the buses also make it to the Mahalaxmi Temple. With your arrival at the beach, Darshan of Mumbai tour comes to an end.

    Important sites during Mumbai Darshan: 

  • 01Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Mandir

    Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Mandir

    The first destination in the list of Mumbai Darshan places, the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Mandir or the Siddhivinayak Temple has Lord Ganesha as the main deity, and is located in the Prabhadevi suburb of Mumbai. Built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil during 1801, this holy site is also known to be one of the richest temples in the entire country.

    'Siddhi Vinayak' or the avatar of Lord Ganesha who is known to fulfil the devotee's wishes is worshipped in this temple. An architectural marvel, the temple is decked with wooden doors with its sanctum decorated with images of the various manifestations of the lord. The inner roof of the temple; entirely gold plated, with a centrally placed idol of the Lord Ganesha serves as the main attraction of the temple.

    NOTE: Photography is strictly prohibited within the temple premises.

  • 02Worli

    Worli

    Also known as 'Warli', 'Worlee' and 'Varli', was one of the seven islands that constitutes the present day metropolis called Mumbai. Once a fishing village, it is now one of the most bustling localities in the city and is also known for its rich and diverse historical aspects.

    Embraced by the Arabian Sea, Worli has always been an attraction point among the visitors to Mumbai. The vicinity witnesses a huge influx of devotees and worshippers who visits the pious 'Haji Ali Dargah' that is located in a small islet off the Worli coast. The locality also caught the eyes and rose to fame after the completion of an engineering marvel - The Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

  • 03Nehru Science Centre

    Nehru Science Centre

    If you are travelling with younger members or kids, Nehru Science Centre in Worli will serve as the best option among all the places to visit in Mumbai. Famed as the largest science centre in India, this marvel was built in the year 1977 and was later expanded in 1985. Seated in an area of around 8 acres, the science centre also houses a botanical park that showcases wide range of flora within the perimeter.

    Built with multiple themes, the unique architecture, scientific exhibitions, display of lights and colours, 3600 virtual galley tour and several other programmes related to science and technology are the main attractions of Nehru Science Centre. It also organises events like Science Festival, National Science Drama Festival, Astronomy Olympiad and others alike throughout the year.

  • 04Marine Drive

    Marine Drive
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    Be it among all the Mumbai Darshan places or other important landmarks of the city, Marine Drive proves to be one such place that cannot be ignored while visiting the metropolis. Around 3-4 km in length, it was originally called the 'Netaji Shubhash Chandra Bose Road' and is also nicknamed as the 'Queen's Necklace'.

    The pristine beauty and pleasant ambience around the area also makes it a quick escapade among the city dwellers who throng Marine Drive to breathe free from the gruelling city-life. One of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the city, Marine Drive also serves as a hub for booming business and economy as most of the business moguls have their headquarters in this boulevard. 

  • 05Taraporewala Aquarium

    Located within the vicinity of Marine Drive, Taraporewala Aquarium is among the oldest aquariums in the entire country. A perfect place to have an insight about the exotic marine life, this aquarium has a wide range of freshwater and marine fishes.

    It also houses a tunnel made up of acrylic glass that offers the 360-degree view of several species of fish. Specially designed pools with LED illumination can also be witnesses within the Taraporewala Aquarium. Some of the fish tanks within the premises have harmless species of fish, and visitors can touch them. Some of the most popular fish in this aquarium are helicopter, arowana, guppen, yellow-striped tang, star, clown, hark, trigger, groupers and several others. This is one of the most important locations in Mumbai Darshan service.

    In addition to the rare and exotic fish, it also houses a variety of sharks, rays, turtles, eels, starfish and other endangered species. During a visit to Taraporewala Aquarium, visitors can also enjoy a documentary show on how to conserves, preserve and maintain the ecological balance and avoid environmental constraints.

  • 06Colaba

    Colaba
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    Once a fishing island, Colaba is indeed one of the most popular and bustling localities in Mumbai. Ruled by the Portuguese and the British, this fishing colony is also the home to the acclaimed historical site Gateway of India and the grand Taj Mahal Palace and Tower.

    The vicinity is also known for some of the oldest cafes, historical sites and several other landmarks that completes the identity of Mumbai. Regal Theatre, Cafe Mondegar and Leopold Cafe are some of the hubs in Colaba. This is one of the most important locations in Mumbai Darshan service.

  • 07Gateway of India

    Gateway of India

    Counted among the most important landmarks of Mumbai, this historic structure was built between 1915 and 1919 to commemorate the historical visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India. Standing graciously at the Apollo Bunder, the immaculate architecture and craftsmanship of this historic site owes to its pride and honour. Measuring around 83 ft, it later served as the landing spot of all the viceroys and governors who visited India. This location is on the top in Mumbai Darshan route.

    Located around the Gateway of India are several jetties, from where the visitors can board any of the boats and take a surreal ride in the Arabian Sea. Most of these boats operate from Apollo Bunder to the historic Elephanta Caves that are yet another reminiscent of a bygone era, and also offer leisure tours around the azure waters of Mumbai.

  • 08Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

    Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
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    Another important landmark in Mumbai Darshan plan, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel can be called as the synonym to luxury, royalty and opulence. One of the most affluent hotels in the entire country, the main building of the hotel was built during 1903 by the legendary Jamshedji Tata. Later, in 1973, another wing of the hotel called the Taj Mahal Tower was constructed and was opened for the public. Visiting this place in Mumbai is one of the best things to do in Mumbai.

    Great hospitality, royal treat, delicious foods, and heart-warming service of Taj Mahal Palace accounts for all the name and fame it has earned during the last few decades. To add more to this royal retreat, very few people know that the hotel also served as a hospital during the World War I.

  • 09Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
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    Previously known as the 'Prince of Wales Museum of Western India', the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya or 'CST Museum' serves as the most prominent museums in the city. Built during the 20th century to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales to India, it is located on the Mahatma Gandhi Road and was renamed in the late 1990s.

    Built in Indo-Saracenic architecture, the main building of this historical site also displays a mixture of several other form of architecture and is considered to be an engineering marvel of a bygone era. Nestled amidst lush and groovy palm trees, a visit to this museum will bring alive the charms and grandeurs of the past. At present, it houses around 50,000 artefacts and collections from the past that also includes remains or extract of the Indus Valley Civilisation. Relics from the reign of the great Guptas, Mauryas and Rashtrakutas can also be found in this museum.

  • 10Walkeshwar

    Walkeshwar
    Image Credit : Senorhorst Jahnsen - Flickr

    Located in the southern part of the city, Walkeshwar is yet another popular vicinity in Mumbai. Home to the much acclaimed Malabar Hills, this suburb is known for its mythological linkages than being only an important landmark to the city.

    According to the legends, Lord Rama, during his pursuit to Lanka, took rest in this region. While here, he got summoned to worship Lord Shiva in the form of Shivlinga. Waiting for his brother Laxmana to find a Shivlinga, Rama himself built one with sand, and thus the vicinity got its name 'Valuka Ishwar'; meaning avatar of Lord Shiva. Legends has it that Lord Rama once shot an arrow and brought the holy Ganges to Walkeshwar; even today, one can find an underground spring that feed the tanks stems in this vicinity.

  • 11Nepean Sea Road

    Nepean Sea Road
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    Located within a close proximity to the Malabar Hills, Nepean Sea Road is one of the costliest localities in Mumbai. Named after the then Governor of Bombay, Sir Evan Nepean, though it was later renamed as 'Lady Lamibai Jagmohandas Marg', it is still popular with its old name.

    This road caught the headlines after the business tycoon Sajjan Jindal bought the renowned 'Maheshwari House' and created history for being the owner of the costliest house in the world.

    You will also find some of the best resorts in Mumbai in this region.

  • 12Juhu Beach

    Juhu Beach
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    Mumbai tour is incomplete without a visit to the Juhu Beach. Surrounded by the majestic Arabian Sea, and located within a close proximity to Versova, Santacruz and Vile Parle, this sandy retreat is one of the major attractions and favourite hangouts within the metropolis.

    A six kilometre stretch of clear and playful sands, the beach showcases a pleasant climate throughout the year and has always been a favourite shooting spots for Bollywood. A grand delight among the visitors and the locals, Juhu Beach also serves as an ideal weekend getaway in Mumbai to those who want to escape the stresses of city-life and relax while romancing the playful waves and the tepid sands. Well, on a visit to this beach in Mumbai, do not miss out the local delicacies like bhelpuri, panipuri and sevpuri along with a visit to some of the Bollywood star's house. 
  • 13Breach Candy Road

    Breach Candy Road
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    While strolling around the Breach Candy Road, you will surely come across one or the other important landmarks of Mumbai Darshan service. Also known as 'Bhulabhai Desai Road' or 'Warden Road', this semi-commercial locality in the southern part of the city is the abode of several prominent organisations and educational institutes and government buildings. 

    To name a few, there are the Breach Candy Hospital, Sophia College, Lincoln House, Consulate General of the United States, Amarsons and Tata Gardens. One can also find the largest swimming pool in the shape of India's map and the pious Mahalaxmi Temple within Breach Candy vicinity.

  • 14Mahalakshmi Temple

    Mahalakshmi Temple
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    Located within 1 km radius from the Mahalakshmi Railway Station, this sacred temple was built in 1831 by a merchant named Dhakji Dadaji. With Goddess Lakshmi as the main deity, this temple on the Breach Candy Road attracts a large number of devotees who throng this religious site to seek wealth and blessings from the Goddess. Though the temple is visited by thousands of devotees round the year, it witnesses a larger influx of devotees during the Navaratri Festival.

  • 15Bandra-Worli Sea Link

    Connecting Southern and Western Mumbai, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is truly an architectural vista of the modern times. An eight lane bridge that overlooks the Mahim Bay, this cable styled link measures around 5.6 km and takes the visitors over the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea. 

    Also known as 'Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link', the bridge was opened to public in 2009 and it connects the Swami Vivekananda Road and Western Express Highway in Bandra, and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Road in Worli.


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Dharavi Slum

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
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Elephanta Caves

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
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Red Carpet Wax Museum

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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Mumbai Dhobi Ghat

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
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Film City

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
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Gateway of India

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

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Mumbai Dabbawala Center

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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Victoria Terminus

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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