Mumbai is a cosmopolitan metropolis that is the largest city in India. Mumbai is originally a conglomeration of seven islands on the Konkan coastline. With an estimated metropolitan population of more than 21 million Mumbai is also one of the most populous cities in the entire world. Mumbai is a predominantly port city and also the commercial capital of the country.
For travellers and vacationers from all over the world visiting Mumbai has always been an endearing and captivating experience as it offer numerous sites and spectacles for seeing and enjoying. As Mumbai also internationally connected it receive regular tourists and visitors from all over the world all throughout the year.
Along with its excellent global connectivity Mumbai also boast of the most comprehensive inter-city railway network in the country and have an extensive and methodically planned schedule of the local trains that makes travelling to any part of Mumbai easy and also less time-consuming. For internal communication, there is the BEST bus service and also metered taxis for travelling by road.
Mumbai is the city which is also known as the “Gateway of India” and for centuries Mumbai have home to people from all different religions, cultures and economic backgrounds – not only from different parts of India but also from many other countries in the world and that has made Mumbai a true cosmopolitan in nature. Mumbai Tourism is very popular among Indian and International tourists because of its unique places built by British rulers.
Mumbai have a predominant Marathi culture and Ganesha Chaturthi is the most important festival which is celebrated all around Mumbai with great pomp and enthusiasm. It is celebrated during the month of August and September in which the ornate statue of Lord Ganesha is worshiped and traditional folk dances like Dandiya and Garba make the nights cheerfully musical and colorful. You can always consider paying visit to Mumbai during this time and people say Mumbai look gorgeously beautiful during this time and do assure you of a truly thrilling experience.
Places to Visit in and Around Mumbai
On Your Trip to Mumbai Explore the Indian History and Culture or Bask in Nature’s Blissful Beauty
Did you believe that Mumbai is just the financial capital of India or the most thriving hub of entertainment? This long list of following attractions may change your view about Tinsel Town.
Start your journey with;
1. Gateway of India
This historical monument was built in 1924 to welcome King George-V and Queen Mary to India and to commemorate their visit. This monument also commemorates the end of British rule which lasted for 300 years, as the last of the British troops left through this gate. This towering gateway with stunning architecture is the first place to notice when people come to Mumbai via Arabian Sea route.
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus is the main railway station that serves Mumbai. This bustling railway station can amaze you with Victorian-Gothic style of architecture. Built in 1887, this UNESCO world Heritage Site has become the Central Railway Headquarter.
3. Girgaum Chowpatty
If you want a place to relax and chill, then come to Girgaum Chowpatty which is located in southern Mumbai. In the morning, the glistening white sand of this beach can offer a stunning spectacle. In the evening, this beach has a colorful fair to offer to the visitors of all ages. The kids may enjoy riding the merry-go-rounds/Ferris wheel and everyone may indulge in the tantalizing street snacks of Mumbai.
4. Juhu Chowpatty
Come to Juhu Chowpatty or Juhu beach and feel the pulse of Mumbai. The longest beach of Mumbai is located near Andheri and it is famous for a wide variety of tantalizing street foods. You may devour these dishes whilst enjoying a spectacular sunset on Juhu Beach.
5. Aksa Beach
Do you want to take in the fresh coastal breeze and enjoy the mesmerizing sunset view of the Arabian Sea? Then come to Aksa Beach. Located on the outskirts of Malad, this beach is easily accessible from Mumbai. The strong currents wash the longest coastline of this beach which is a perfect place to unwind.
6. Wankhede Stadium
Want a change in your itinerary? Visit Sheshrao Krushnarao Wankhede Stadium which is located near the Churchgate railway station. This stadium hosted many international and national cricket matches. This largest cricket stadium of India was built in 1974 and can accommodate around 45,000 spectators.
7. Brabourne Stadium
The oldest cricket stadium of India and first permanent venue for sports also welcomes you at Churchgate railway station. The Cricket Club of India owns this stadium where India’s legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar made his first double century of first-class cricket in 1997-98 against Australia.
8. Mahalaxmi Racecourse
This renowned horseracing track is one of the greatest circuits in Asia. This oval shaped racecourse was built in 1883 and is about 2400 meters in length. Sir Cusrow N. Wadia donated this racecourse and it hosts the McDowell’s Indian Derby alongside other horse-races.
9. Essel World
Do you want to have some fun with adventure? Then, come to Essel World and Water Kingdom. The twin amusements parks are located in Borivali West and have adventure rides for both kids and adults.
Religious Places in Mumbai
Explore the beauty of historical churches/mosques/temples of Mumbai.
10. Haji Ali Dargah
The glass tomb Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari rests inside this white Dargah which is located 500 yards into the Arabian Sea and is only accessible during the low tides. The magnificent glass tomb of Haji Ali depicts the beauty of Indo-Islamic architecture from the bygone era.
11. Jama Masjid
Located only 1-1/2 kilometer away from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Jama Masjid is the oldest mosque of Mumbai which is also known as Friday Mosque. The magnificent ‘Sangemarmar’ stonework and other artworks of Jama Masjid which is located in Sheikh Menon Street can leave you spellbound.
12. Siddhivinayak Temple
Built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil in 1801, it is the most popular temple and one of the richest temples in Mumbai. It houses a 2-1/2 feet wide idol of Lord Ganesha which is carved out of a black stone. This temple also houses the idols of Goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi.
13. Babulnath Temple
Located on a small hillock near the Girgaum Chowpatty, it is an ancient Shiva temple of Mumbai which was built in 1780. This temple gives an illusion of Mount Kailash and its marvelous architecture is worth a visit.
14. Mahalaxmi Temple
The ‘Goddess of Wealth’ may bless you in Mahalaxmi temple that is located on B. Desai Road at Breach Candy. This pristine white temple also houses the idols of Mahakali and Mahasaraswati. Mahlaxmi temple was built around 16th-17th Century and falls under the category of oldest India temples.
15. Mumba Devi Temple
The old Mumba Devi Temple was built in 1675 in Bori Bunder. This temple was destroyed, and the current temple was built in 1737 in Zaveri Bazaar of Bhuleshwar. This temple houses an ancient idol of Mumba Devi (an eight-armed Goddess) who is worshipped via the Dravidians and Koli fishermen.
16. Walkeshwar Temple
Located in Walkeshwar (near the Malabar Hill neighborhood of the South Mumbai), this temple is also known as Baan Ganga Temple. It houses an idol of Lord Shiva or Valuka Ishwar. The Portuguese destroyed the old Walkeshwar temple in 16th century and it was rebuilt in 1715.
17. Mount Mary Church, Bandra
Located atop a hillock near Bandra, the 100-year-old Mount Mary Basilica overlooks the Arabian Sea. It is a house of peace and reassurance where a beautiful edifice of Virgin Mary blesses the visitors.
18. Afghan Church
The beautiful Afghan Church of Colaba was built to commemorate the casualties of First Anglo-Afghan War. This church was built in 1865 and it welcomes the visitors with its stunning Gothic architecture.
19. Global Vipassana Pagoda
Located near Gorai, this beautiful pagoda has been dedicated to a Vipassana teacher and the accountant general of Independent Burma. This monument stands as a testament to peace and harmony.
Art & Cultural Places in Mumbai
Want to explore the history of India and artistic creations? Then, make a trip to these museums and galleries.
20. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum
Formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay is a Grade-I heritage building which was established as a museum in 1922. This majestic museum is set amidst a vast garden and has a collection of India’s ancient artworks, sculptors and artifacts.
21. Jahangir Art Gallery
Donated by Cawasji Jehangir, this prestigious art gallery was built in 1952. It houses four exhibition halls featuring the creations of renowned artists from all over the world. For the lovers of art and culture, this art gallery has become a must-visit destination.
22. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Formerly known as Victoria and Albert Museum, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is located in East Byculla. The old building (established in 1855) was a treasure house for industrial and decorative arts. The new building (opened in 1872) features more than 3500 objects showcasing Mumbai’s history.
Historical & Natural Places in Mumbai
For nature and history aficionados, Mumbai has the following attractions.
23. Kamala Nehru Park
Located atop the Malabar Hill, this park pays respect to late Mrs. Kamala Nehru who was the wife of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. This 4000 square-feet park is a part of the Hanging garden wherefrom you can get a bird’s-eye view of Chowpatty Beach and Marine Drive.
24. Elephanta Caves
Located at 11-km distance from the Mumbai city, this UNESCO World Heritage Site can astonish you with the art and architecture dating back to medieval India. The artworks of Elephanta Caves (Gharapurichi Leni) pay homage to Lord Shiva.
25. Kanheri Caves
Located within Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the architecture of Kanheri Caves illustrates the influence of Buddhism on Indian art and culture. These caves house a collection of stunning rock-cut monuments and alcoves. Kanheri caves have 109 special entrances along with the ancient sculptures/carvings/paintings/inscriptions from 1st century to 10th century.
26. Mahakali Caves
Located at Andheri, the Kondivite/Mahakali Caves have 19 rock-cut monuments. The Buddha figures, ‘Stupas’ and carved idols of Lord Buddha were built between the 1st and 6th century. The beautiful artworks carved out of the solid black-basalt rock never fail to amaze the visitors.
27. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
This wildlife sanctuary is set within the Mumbai. It has been a home to numerous flora and fauna. You may spot leopards/macaques/boars/lions/flying fox along with different species of birds and butterflies.
28. Jijamata Udyan
Formerly known as Ranichi/Rani Baugh, Jijamata Udyan is located at Byculla. A clock tower at the main entrance of Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan & Zoo symbolizes Italian renaissance. This zoo houses different types of common/uncommon/endangered species of animals/birds.
29. Powai Lake
Built by British in 1799, this 214-year-old artificial lake is situated at an elevation of 58.5 meters in Powai. A wide range of animals/amphibians/birds/aquatic plants may welcome you during your visit to this lake.
30. Vihar Lake
Located in Vihar village on the bank of Mithi River, Vihar Lake is the largest lake of Mumbai. It was built in 1860 on Salsette Group of Islands to fulfil the increasing demand of water in Mumbai’s southern region. When visiting this lake, you may find crocodiles to bask in the sun.
31. Shivaji Park
Located in Dadar, it is the largest park in Mumbai and a popular place to hold social and political meetings. The Mumbai Municipal Corporation built this park in 1925. It has well-laid pathways flanked by tall trees on both sides. The Children’s Park, Nana-Nani Park, Samarth Vyayam Mandir and Udyan Ganesh Temple are the highlights of Shivaji Park.
32. Madh Fort
Portuguese built Madh Fort or Versova Fort as a watchtower in 17th century and lost this fort to Marathas in the war of 1739. Located in Madh Island near the Aksa beach, this fort offers a lovely view of extended coastline and the city’s skyline. A special permission from the concerned authorities is needed to visit this fort which is under the supervision of Indian Navy and Air-Force.
33. Worli Fort
The British Empire built the Worli Fort in 1675 as a precautionary measure. This sturdy fort stands tall in the middle of the Worli Fishing Village with a decorated gate at the entrance.
Others Sightseeings in Mumbai
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34. Taraporewala Aquarium
The oldest aquarium of India is located near Marine Drive and has a 12-feet long acrylic glass tunnel (180-degree). In the renovated aquarium, you may find 2000 fishes of more than 400 species. This aquarium features a school of marine and freshwater fishes along with the exotic fishes.
35. Nehru Science Centre
Located in Worli, it is the largest interactive science center of India. This science center has science parks and galleries where you may find more than 500 interactive science exhibits using the basic principles of sound/energy/kinematics/mechanics/transport and other fields.
Shopping in Mumbai
Whenever you come to visit Mumbai never forget to keep some time available for shopping for without that no visit to Mumbai can be completed. Mumbai boast of some of the unique shopping districts in the entire country and places like Zaveri Bazaar, Bhendi Bazaar, Null Bazaar, Chor Bazaar, Mutton Street, Crawford market, Linking Road and Colaba are the most popular shopping destinations in Mumbai for visiting tourists and also the residents of the city.
Shopping in Mumbai is always special as you will find a spectacular range and variety of all types commodities available in these marketplaces and you can also purchase them without denting or overstepping your budget.
Best Season to Visit Mumbai
Mumbai is located on the western coast of peninsular India overlooking the Arabian Sea. Mumbai serves a tropical wet and dry climate. Though Mumbai is visited by corporate travellers from all over the world throughout the year, but the best time to visit Mumbai by leisure travellers is the time between the end of monsoons and the onset of summers – that is during the months of September to March. Monsoon is pretty heavy, almost every year and it might not be a good idea for tourists to come and visit me during that time of the year.