The city of dreams calls people from all over the world to fulfill their desires, explore opportunities and enjoy the magic of a metro city. From Church gate to Marine drive, Mumbai is a shining in glitters of architecture, heritage, slums and of course, Bollywood!
About the Activity:
- With this activity, you will be picked up either from Airport or Bombay Central Station, based on your preference.
- Places that will be visited during the tour include Juhu Beach, Amitabh Bachchan Bungalow, Bandra Bandstand, Pali hill, Mt. Mary Church, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Haji Ali, Passing through Malabar hill and hanging garden, Malabar Hill viewing deck (optional), Marine Drive, Nariman Point, Gateway of India & Taj Mahal Hotel, Ferry Ride at Gateway of India (tickets to be purchased by the guest), CST and BMC headquarters, Horniman Circle, Asiatic Library, RBI Headquarters and Colaba Causeway.
- Your driver cum guide will be helping you everywhere in transferring and providing information regarding various places.
Pick Up Locations:
Bombay Central Station or Airport
Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM
Min 2 & max 7 people are allowed to book this activity.
Another one in the array of places to visit in Mumbai in one day is the Dharavi Slum where you can know about 60% of Mumbai’s population that lives in slums. Most of the area of the slum is still creeks, swamps, where the fisherfolk inhabit and work for their living.
Beyond the attractive skyscrapers of the Mayanagri, this slum has its own life and has a number of potters, small factories, metalsmiths, and various other small traders that live here. If you wish to know about the lives of the slums then this is the right place to be!
Location: Dharavi Slum, Mumbai
Timings: 24 hours open
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.
Timings: Can visit anytime
Price: No entry fee
Marine Drive is even known as Sonapur. This beautiful tourist destination is also popularly called Queen’s Necklace as the sparkling streetlights along the huge coastline appear like a chain of stunning pearls at night, creating a virtual picture of an elegant necklace.
Marine Drive is visited each day by the locals as well as tourists, who come here to experience a break from their monotonous life and breathe some fresh air. The residents of the place flock here in the morning and evening to take their regular walks, jog, and do some simple exercises. Tourists visit the spot to experience the natural beauty of the place, indulge in photography, and enjoy some local food items of the city. People also prefer staying up at Marine Drive late at night and spend a good time in this peaceful and calm environment.
It is believed that Marine Drive is the pride of the ‘City of Dreams’ and the city is incomplete without this mesmerizing spot. The magic of this place adds a charm to the entire city of Mumbai and propels people from all corners of the world. The beauty of this destination is so popular that many travelers land up at Marine Drive as soon as they reach Mumbai for their vacation.
That being said before you plan your visit to Marine Drive it is worth knowing the history of this place and what the destination has in store for its visitors.
The whole edifice including the white-colored dome and minarets portrays the Indo-Muslim or Mughal architecture. Built amidst the sprawling 4,500 sq. m. picturesque surroundings, Haji Ali Dargah comprises a Masjid, the tomb of the Sufi saint Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a Qawwal Khana, and a three-story sanatorium. A 700-yard long walkway connects the Dargah to the shore.
The visitors will feel thrilled as the waves from the Arabian Sea lap against the walkway, as there are no railings on either side. When the tides are high, the whole causeway gets submerged underwater. During this period, the mausoleum appears to float on the water with no connection to the mainland.
The Dargah Sharif adorned in pristine white color on the outside stands in the middle of the marble laid central courtyard. Inside the Sharif lies the mausoleum of Haji Ali draped in an elaborately woven exquisite rug, mostly in red, green and golden colors (chaddar) and intricately designed zari cloth. The tomb is enclosed on all sides by silver fame and is flanked by eight marble pillars supporting the crown at the top.
The marble ceiling of the main hall is decked with multi-hued mirrors forming patterns and inscribed with 99 names of Allah. Verses from Quran Sharief are also engraved on the ceilings and walls of the main hall. Three prayer halls encircle the main hall on East, West, and South sides, of which East hall is reserved for men and West hall for women to say their prayers.
Approximately 10 -20 thousand people of all religions, faiths, and regions visit the Dargah to seek the blessing of the legendary saint. The numbers increase considerably during Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Lakhs of devotees visit it on the 2nd day of Ramadan and Bakrid Eid. People believe that their desires get fulfilled and wishes granted by the grace of the Saint.
Location: Dargah Road, Hali Ali, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Timings: Open 7 days a week between 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Price: No entry fee
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.
Located in the Prabhadevi area the Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the most popular places to visit in Mumbai that one must not dare to miss. The shire is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and devotees from different regions come here to seek his blessings.
It was built back in the 18th century and is known to fulfill the wishes of infertile women. The deity is self-manifested as the origin is not known but this small structured is made out of one piece of black rock.
The statue is approximately two and a half feet tall and is one of the most frequented temples of Mumbai.
Location: SK Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
Timings: 5:30 am to 10:00 pm
Juhu has superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s sprawling bungalow and if you are lucky, you can spot some celebrities jogging in the morning on Juhu Beach. Besides, you can also take a leisurely stroll on the beach for an infinite sense of peace and quiet.
TV serial shoots are common on the beach and if you happen to visit, you will notice popcorn vendors, street food stalls, and toy sellers among many. The beach stretches for about six km and becomes crowded on public holidays and during weekends. The horse carriages offer fun rides along the beach for a fee while dancing monkeys, acrobats, vendors, and beach cricket catch your attention.
Juhu Beach is full of life during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival when disciples carrying the Ganapati idol walk in a grand procession and immerse the deity in the waters of the Arabian Sea.
Location: Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
Timings: Open 24 hours.
Price: There is no entry fee to access the beach. It is free.
The best part of this heritage building is its construction. It has one of the most intricate design work and it truly displays extraordinary artisanship. The architecture is a clever blend of both Indian and British marvels. The garden spread all around the Museum adds to its beauty.
The museum is famous for one more reason. It holds more than 50000 artefacts, artworks, and sculptures that display the rich cultural heritage of India. Since it has been in the air close to a century, there have been a number of renovations, which has increased the beauty of the structure and has opened doors for newer galleries and artworks. It now features artworks of many Hindi deities, traditional textiles, and age-old Indian costumes.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya has been awarded as the Grade I Heritage Building of the city and the first prize in Urban Heritage Award by the Indian Heritage Society. The museum was renamed as 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya' from “Prince Wales Museum’ in order to memorialize the founder of the great Maratha Kingdom - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Let’s get to know more about this amazing tourist destination in the heart of Mumbai city.
Location - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is located near Kala Ghoda Fort on Mahatma Gandi Road, Mumbai.
Timing - The museum remains open from 10:15 AM - 5:00 PM on all days except Monday.
Price - The entry fee of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is INR 30.
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.
Timings: 10.30AM-8.00PM (weekdays), 10.00 AM-8.00 PM (weekends)
Price: INR 40 (adults), INR 20 (student), INR 30 (child)
Soak-in the warmth and serenity at the Global Vipassana Pagoda which is a famous Meditation dome hall and can accommodate up to 8000 people. It is located close to the Gorai creek and was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil.
With this meditation center, you can know about Vipassana and also learn about Buddha teachings. The Dome is elegantly designed in the Burmese style to pay gratitude to the residents of Myanmar who are spreading Vipassana.
Location: Global Pagoda Road, Near Esselworld Gorai, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091
Timings: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Price: No entrance fee
Built back in the 18th century, Café Leopold is a great place to hang out with your bunch of people. The cafe serves a mixed platter of cuisines namely Indian, Continental, and Chinese all of which are worth savoring.
This old school cafe is known for its signature cocktails and must not miss a chance to try them out. If you are looking for a cafe where you can have a quick brunch or can just discuss a few ideas, then this is the right place for you.
Location: Opp Olympia Coffee House, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Timings: 7:30 am to 12:30 am
Price for two: Starting from INR 1000.
Renowned as the Bandstand Promenade, Bandra Bandstand is a 1.2 long stretch of the walkway that is paved along the western coast of the sea. The track is a great pick for jogging and is frequented in the morning hours.
At the end of the track, there is an amphitheater that is the venue for the Mumbai Festival, and various other dance acts, concerts, and live performances. Apart from this, the promenade also features “Artist’s Court” where you can witness the jam session.
Location: Bandra Worli Sea Link, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Timings: 24 hours open
The Regal Circle
Featuring the Kala Ghoda Art Gallery, the Regal Circle is also known as the SP Mukherjee Chowk. This circle is the starting point for gallery and here you can witness a wide collection of art and history.
There are a number of galleries and museums as well where you can take a look at the sophisticated art forms. Ranging from the Prince of Wales Museum to the Islamic architecture, here you can find everything. Apart from this, the Regal Circle also boasts the Mumbai National Gallery where you can witness a blend of Indian and foreign artists.
Location: Regal Circle, Apollo Bandar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
Timings: 8:00 am to 12:00 am
Price: No entrance fee
Seeking for beautiful places to visit in Mumbai? Hanging Gardens in Mumbai is the right place for you as the lush green gardens are located at the notch of Malabar Hills. Ranging from extending the sheer bliss of nature to the elegant views of the Arabian Sea running across them, here you can witness each one of them.
The gardens are embraced with a variety of wonderful flowers that raise up the charm of the gardens. The Gardens are brimming with the right dose of fresh air and is an apt place for finding solace.
Location: Ridge Rd, Simla Nagar, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006
Timings: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm