Top 15 Places to Visit in Mumbai
Here’s a list of top 15 places to visit in Mumbai where you could chill at, without burning a hole in your pocket:
1. Marine Drive:
One of the most popular spots in South Mumbai. This place is popular among the students, photographers, and everyone. Whether it is 4 in the morning or 4 in the evening, Marine Drive welcomes visitors with open arms. Marine Drive is possibly Mumbai’s best known road stretch. This 3 kilometer stretch of boulevard, with Girgaum Chowpatty beach at the northern end, curves around the coast. Its feature is a seaside promenade where people flock to catch the evening breeze. If you’re exhausted by the rush of city life and need to recharge, this is one place that’ll help you cool down and connect with yourself better. Marine Drive is also referred to as the Queen’s Necklace because of its string of sparkling lights, reflective of a row of jewels.
2 . Gateway of India :
The foundation stone for this legendary structure was laid in the year 1911. It was built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary who were to arrive in Mumbai from England. Standing 85 feet tall at the Apollo Bundar port in Southern Mumbai, this massive structure faces the famous Taj Mahal Hotel. A visit to the city isn’t complete without a tour to the Gateway.
3. Colaba Causeway:
Streets of Colaba Causeway are not just a shopping lane with frequent shopaholics, but the mix of colors and the bustling atmosphere with all the art lovers and explorers. This place also makes it a photographer’s delight. Along with Indian tourists who come to visit from the other parts of India you would see more of the foreign visitors exploring the market.
4. Elephanta Caves:
One of the oldest rock cut structures in the country, the Elephanta Caves are the perfect expressions of archaic Indian art associated to the cult of Lord Shiva. Primarily believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, the Elephanta Caves are an epitome of Hindu Cave culture and are a unique testimony to a bygone civilization.
To go to Elephanta Caves, one will have to go to the Gateway of India in Mumbai and take a boat/ferry ride from there. The journey takes one hour by sea. Tickets for a deluxe boat are Rs. 140 for adults and Rs. 90 for children. Economy boats charge Rs. 20 less on both tickets. The first boat leaves at 9:00 AM and the last boat from the island leaves at 5:00 PM.
5. Girgaum Chowpatty:
Watch the sunset or indulge in your usual banter with friends as the wind gently ruffles your hair, all for free at this beach in South Mumbai. Girgaum Chowpatty is a beach that’s famous for its snack stalls and beautiful sunset. People meet there in the evenings to watch the sunset and take as bite of favorite Bhel Puri. PaniPuri, Pavbhaji. In Ganesh Festival, when some of Mumbai’s biggest idols are immersed in the water there.
6. Hanging Gardens:
This green spread on top of Malabar hill is a great spot to unwind with your friends and family. It is near to Kamla Nehru Park. This place is a delightful place to visit, mainly for its spectacular view of Chowpatty beach and Marine Drive. The sea breeze from Arabian sea can blow your thoughts away as you breathe in the scent in the air and enjoy the scenic view of Mumbai sky-scrapers against the blue sky with golden beach below touching the waters.
7. Kamla Nehru Park:
Kamala Nehru Park is located at the top of Mumbai’s Malabar Hills.. A structure shaped like a shoe (known as “Mhataricha Boot”) is the main attraction at this park which is inspired by the nursery rhyme “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe”. Remember that? Not only were the children enthralled by this shoe, even adults walk up the dingy steps inside the shoe to click their photograph from the tiny window. Some brave children walked up the top of the boots to enjoy a slide down the sloppy sides.
8. Worli Seaface:
The promenade at Worli Seaface is one chill spot, and it’s right at the heart of the city. It’s one of the top places to experience the monsoon in Mumbai, as huge waves thrillingly rise up and onto the roadside during high tide. The Worli Seaface also offers a view of the Bandra Worli Sealink.
9. Siddhivinayak Temple:
This 200 year old “Lord Ganesha” temple, made of gold and marble occupies a pivotal position in the city, both figuratively and literally. This temple is located at place “Dadar –Prabhadevi”. Devotees from across the world visit this temple to pray for their wishes to come true.
Popular among the Bollywood fraternity, this temple is Mumbai’s best known. Since there are long queues outside, it may even take you more than two hours to just enter the temple. It is believed that the idol of Lord Ganesha has been carved out of a single black stone and has wish-granting powers..
The Bandstand Promenade also known as Bandra Bandstand is a 1.2 kilometer long walkway along the sea on the western coast of Mumbai, India in the neighborhood of Bandra. The promenade is often frequented by couples who come here for a bit of privacy from the city. Just opposite the promenade stands actor Shahrukh Khan’s bungalow-Mannat, where one can see people huddling around the compound, hoping to catch a glimpse of the star.
11. Mount Mary’s Church:
This 100 year old church is a striking feature of the hip suburb Bandra. This place is also known as “Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount” . This sea facing building is located near the Bandstand promenade and was constructed in honor of Saint Mary, who was believed to have healing powers.
September is the best time to visit, since the Feast of Saint Mary takes place then and is celebrated in the form of the Bandra Festival, during which the whole suburb bears a festive look with shops and eateries set up all along the streets.
12. Bandra-Worli sea link:
This complex engineering marvel connecting Bandra to Worli was opened in 2009 and is India’s first cable-stayed bridge constructed over open seas. An estimated Rs 1,600 crores were spent on this project by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). Drive down this eight lane bridge and the travel time from Bandra to Worli is reduced from 45 minutes to a mere 10. The best time to take a ride is during late evening when the cable on the link is illuminated. Autos and BEST buses aren’t yet allowed on the sea link, but one can drive across in a car or cab.
13. Haji Ali Dargah:
Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by people of all religions alike. People from all parts of the world without restrictions of caste, creed and religion visit the Dargah to offer their prayers. In Night the view is super lucky to watch. The Dargah is built on a tiny islet located 500 meters from the coast, in the middle of Worli Bayin the vicinity of Worli. The edifice is a brilliant specimen of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture.
14. Juhu Beach :
The Juhu Beach in Mumbai is one of the most famous Indian beaches. This beach is known to be the one of the most-visited beaches of India. This place is located between Andheri and VIleparle. This place is nearest place to International Airport. Juhu Beach borders a posh locality where most celebrities stay and therefore, it is quite common to find famous celebrities jogging along the sands of this popular beach of Mumbai. Tourists visit this beach because of its peaceful atmosphere and its scenic beauty. Juhu Beach is also famous for its local delicacies and street food.
15. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
One of the best places to go with family or friends would be the Borivali National Park also known as the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It is a National Park right in the city. The park is also known as Borivali National Park since it is located in Borivali, a suburb of Mumbai. The famous Kanheri Caves are located within the park. A famous Jain Temple is also situated in the park.
Please make note that above data and photos are taken from various sources from Google.