Most Famous Places To Visit in Mumbai

Lovingly called the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai is known for its pulsating vibe and an amazing charm that spreads like magic. Though the city serves as the commercial capital of India but it also home to a number of tourist attractions. It attracts business as well as leisure travelers from all around the world in huge numbers, every year. This city, formerly known as Bombay, knows how to capture the fast-pace mode of life. From beaches to caves and temples, it has everything. The blog enlists some of the most famous places to visit in Mumbai that should not be given a miss. Read On…

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

Famous monument on the bank of Arabian sea built in 1924

Constructed during the British Raj in 1924, the colossal Gateway of India in Mumbai today is one of the best place to visit in the city. Placed along the Arabian Sea, it overlooks Mumbai’s harbor. Designed in the Ind-Saracenic architectural style, it was mainly constructed to memorialize the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay.

The complete construction took 4 years. A prime attraction in Mumbai, Gateway of India is a hit destination among domestic as well as foreigners. The area around it is surrounded with vendors selling street snacks and other items, photographers and balloon sellers. This attraction attracts crowd all-day long. Placed in Colaba area of South Mumbai, it is very close to Elephanta caves which is another popular sightseeing option.

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves Mumbai

Elephanta Caves declared World Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta caves located on around 11 km north-eastwards from gateway of India. These caves placed on an island, called Gharapuri. Also called the ‘City of Caves’, this place is a prized-possession of rock art culture of India. The ancient archaeological relics are a proof of the rich cultural past.

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These caves were etched-out between mid-5th and 6th centuries AD. Though there are 7 cave excavation caves here but the most important is Cave number 1, which belongs to Lord Shiva with ‘Trimurti Sadashiva’ statue on its entrance.

Kanheri Caves

Kanheri Caves

Kanheri Caves is the demonstration of Buddhist influence in the art and culture of India.

Lying inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Kanheri caves is also famous place to visit in Mumbai. Located on the western outskirts of the city, these caves are a collection of rock-cut architecture remains, dedicated to Buddhist religion, culture and art. Kanheri caves have been etched-out from a huge basaltic rock formation and are around 7 km from the main gate of the national park.

A total of 109 caves, these were carved between 1st century BCE and 10th century CE and contain carvings of Buddhist scriptures as well as sculptures on the pillars and walls. While most of them were used as Buddhist Viharas for studying, living and meditation, the larger ones were Chaityas or caves for group worship.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Prince of Wales Museum

Prince of wales museum is famous to see civilization and relics of ancient india

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is also known as Prince of Wales Museum. It is the famous place to visit near Gateway of India. Probably the best and the biggest museum of the Mumbai city, it showcases artifacts from all over the country. Built in 1923 and designed by George Wittet, it has an interesting architecture that is a mix of Hindu, Islamic and British styles. It houses over 50,000 memorabilia of ancient Indian History and those from other countries, placed under 3 sections- Art, Archaeology and Natural History.

The museum also displays artifacts of Indus Valley Civilization and remnants of ancient dynasties of India like Mauryas, Guptas and Chalukyas. After recent renovation, new gallery of contemporary art and a new miniature-painting gallery have been added.

Jehangir Art Gallery

Jehangir Art Gallery

Jehangir Art Gallery – One of the famous Art Gallery in Mumbai

Inaugurated on 21st January 1952, Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai is placed right behind the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Located in the Kala Ghoda area of Mumbai, the gallery is known as an important venue for Indian artists to showcase their works.

There are a total of 4 exhibition halls in Jehangir art gallery. The popularity and the prestige of the gallery can be guessed from the fact that the popular artists have to wait for a couple of months to showcase their work here. If you are an art lover, this gallery is a must-visit. It is open all days between 11:00 am to 07:00 pm and the entry is free.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is the Paradise for Bird Watcher

If you are fond of wildlife, Sanjay Gandhi National Park should be in your Itinerary! Formerly known as Borivali National Park, it surely comes in the list of best places to visit in Mumbai. The rich flora and fauna of the park attracts a huge number of visitors each year and makes it one of the most-visited national parks in Asia.  2400-yr old Kanheri Caves, lying within the park is another attraction here.

Spread in 104 sq km of an area, the Sanjay Gandhi national Park is home to 40 mammal species, 38 reptile species, 50,000 insect species, 251 avifauna species, 150 butterfly species and around 1000 species of plants. Do not miss spotting the big cats here during your wildlife safari.

Siddhivinayak Temple

Famous Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh.

Famous Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh.

A famous Hindu temple in Mumbai, Siddhivinayak Temple is located in Prabhadevi area, near Dadar railway station. This temple was constructed way back in the year 1881. The temple receives thousands of devotees on daily basis. The small hall or mandap has the idol of Lord Vinayaka or Lord Ganehsa who fulfills wishes of all his devotees.While the huge wooden doors gave carvings of the 8 manifestations of Lord Ganesha, Ashtavinayak, the inner roof is gold plated.

The beautiful idol of the Lord in black stone stands in the middle. On the both sides of this idol, there are idols of the better-halves of Lord, Riddhi and Siddhi.

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Mahalaxmi Temple

Mahalaxmi Temple

One of the famous Temple in Mumbai City.

Built by a Hindu merchant Dhakji Dadji in 1831, Mahalaxmi temple is one of the religious site in Mumbai. The temple is dedicated to Mahalakshmi, the main deity of Devi Mahatmyam. Located on Bhulabhai Desai Road in Mahalaxmi area, it attracts the followers of this Goddess of wealth in huge numbers.

The temple has well-adorned idols of Goddess Mahalaxmi, Goddess Mahakali and Goddess Mahasaraswati, beautified with necklaces, bangles, nose rings and more. The temple bustles with heavy pilgrim rush during Navaratri festival. The complex of the temple also has small stalls selling garlands and other things that are used by the devotees during worship.

Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali ki Dargah

Most famous Islamic site to visit in South Mumbai.

Visited by people of all religious faiths, Haji Ali Dargah is a popular landmark, placed on an islet around 500 yards from the seashore in the Arabian Sea. A superb display of Indo-Islamic architectural styles, this dargah or mosque, also consists of the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a merchant who denounced all worldly matters and later became a saint. A narrow cemented path leads to the mosque and it is accessible only during low tides. Visit the mosque and soak-in the spirituality.

You can see the courtyard full of people. The cool breeze coming from the sea side enlivens the atmosphere. The marble courtyard behind the entrance consists of the main shrine- a tomb covered with red and green brocaded chaddar, within a silver frame having support of marble pillars.

Cathedral of The Holy Name

Cathedral of The Holy Name

Cathedral of The Holy Name is the headquarters of Archdiocese in Mumbai

Located in Colaba, South Mumbai, Cathedral of the Holy Name is a Roman Catholic cathedral that is also the seat of the Archbishop of Bombay as well as the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Bombay. This magnificent cathedral was constructed as a replacement of an older church in Bhuleshwar.

Opened in 1905, this cathedral has walls and ceilings adorned with some beautiful artworks, pipe organ and beautiful frescoes. There is a huge hanging bell outside the church that is a gift from Pope Paul VI who came here in the year 1964.

Chowpatty Beach

One of the best place to see Sunset view in Mumbai.

Chowpatty Beach – One of the best beach for outing in Mumbai

Chowpatty Beach is counted as a popular beach in the city. It is not only popular amidst the tourists but is also famous for being the best place for outing in Mumbai with loved ones. Located northwards of Marine Drive, the Chowpatty beach bustles with activity as a picnic spot, on all the days of a week. One can not only indulge in fun activities but can also gorge on sumptuous street food of Mumbai such as sev puri, bhel puri, batata puri, pao bhaji and so on.

Quench your thirst with fresh coconut water. During the evening, children and their families can be seen enjoying rides such as ferry wheels, taking a leisure stroll, riding a pony and enjoying the cool sea breeze.

Essel World

Essel World

Essel World – Asia’s largest theme water park .

India’s largest amusement park, Essel World is one of the most amazing place to go with children in Mumbai. Opened in the year 1986, this amusement park can be visited on all the days of the week between 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (weekdays) and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (weekends). Placed on Gorai Island, this park has activities and fun rides for children as well as adults. It also an adjoining water park offering interesting water-based games and rides.

There is a huge food court also inside the park. Monsters in the Mist, Crazy Cups, Super Telecombat, Slippery Sultan, Rio Grande Train, Mini Telecombat and Happy sky are some of the most entertaining rides here.

Adlabs Imagica Theme Park

Adlabs Imagica Theme Park Mumbai

India’s First International Standard & Amusement Theme Park.

Open on all days of the week, Adlabs Imagica Theme Park Mumbai, is gradually becoming a popular picnic spot for the locals of the city. That is not all. Even tourists visiting Mumbai can add this theme park in their bucket list, if they love rides. Opened in the year 2013, this amazing theme park offers a number of star rides that have become its prime attraction. Some of the most popular rides include Happy Wheels, Humptys Fall, Wagon-O-O-Wheel, The Detective Bow Wow Show, Salimgarh and Rajasaurus River Adventure.

Adlabs Imagica Theme Park Mumbai also boasts of 5 theme-based restaurants serving lip-smacking variety of food. If you have an interest in water-based rides, a water park has also opened recently, adjoining to it, offering some terrific rides.

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Nehru Planetarium

Nehru Planetarium

Nehru Planetarium is the best place to see astronomical activities.

Founded in 1977, Nehru Planetarium is one of the best places to see in Mumbai. This dome-shaped building is placed in Worli and is quite popular amidst space enthusiasts, astronomers and children. The Planetarium is also the site of logical study for amateur scientists of space science and astronomy.

This building does not only has an astronomical center but also gas concert and movie auditorium. Adjoining to the main building, there is a library, an art gallery with 14 galleries, a cultural center and a restaurant. One of the prime attractions here is the 9 cubicles where one can calculate is weight on all the 9 planets of the solar system.

Nehru Science Museum

Nehru Science Centre

India’s largest interactive science center located in worli, Mumbai.

Named after and dedicated to Pandit Jawaharl Lal Nehru’s ideals of enlightened inquisitiveness and scientific temper, Nehru Science Museum is a place of interest for those who have a scientific mindset. This place has over 500 science displays and exhibits on different topics like sound, transport, energy, kinematics, mechanics and so on, placed in the various galleries and the science park.

This museum also becomes the venue of numerous science expositions of different themes. It is the largest interactive science center of India and is placed in Worli. It was inaugurated in the year 1985.

Hanging Garden

Hanging Garden Mumbai

Hanging garden known for its splendid green vegetation and animal shaped hedges

Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, Hanging Garden is a layered or terraced garden, placed on the western top-side of the Malabar Hills, right in front of Kamla Nehru Park. The garden offers some amazing sunset views over the Arabian Sea. Established over a reservoir by Ulhas Ghapokar in 1881, it also houses a number enclosures carved into shape of a number of animals.

This well-maintained garden is a real treat to the eyes due to its lush vegetation and greenery. Enjoy the cool breeze and a leisure walk around the garden. Do not miss clicking photographs. The garden is also popular amidst locals for walks and yoga sessions. It is one of the best places to enjoy in Mumbai tour.

Chhota Kashmir Park

Chota Kashmir

Chota Kashmir is the paradise for nature lover.

A relatively lesser-known park, Chhota Kashmir Park is an ideal place to enjoy along with your loved ones during the weekends. A former popular location of a number of Bollywood songs, this park also has a lake where visitors can enjoy boat riding here. Visitors can treat their eyes to the lush greenery and colorful flowers all around and plan some great picnics here.

This picturesque park is located in Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East. During boating, one can also spot several colorful birds such as sunbird, cuckoo, parrots and so on.

Geetika Handa

is a travel writerwho has an interest in sharing her experiences with all. She provides a detailed account of any travel topic she chooses to write on. You can get detailed information and tips about choosing the right kind of holiday packages in the country from her write-ups.

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26 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Mumbai is my favorite place to visit in India, it has both historic and modern era to see and I am agreed with the points you have mentioned in the blog.

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  2. Priya Singh says:

    Impressive writing. You have the power to keep the reader occupied with your quality content and style of writing. I encourage you to write more. Mumbai such a very beautiful place in India..Beautiful blog post. The way the blog is represented with pictures of the places you traveled is really mesmerizing. Thank you for sharing this blog.

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  3. Meet Saxena says:

    Been to most of all the places that you have mentioned here. Wasn’t aware of the Chhota Kashmir Park, surely visiting it on my next visit to Mumbai. Thank you for letting us know about that park.

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  4. Kirti says:

    I am really happy to say it’s an interesting blog to read. Images are Nice. Mumbai is also called a dream city. Last year I have visited Haji Ali Dargah.

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  5. Palak Jain says:

    I really love visiting Mumbai, and been almost most of the places which mentioned here. Mumbai is a city which you can not miss to visit.

  6. meenal deshpande says:

    Hey, You did a great job. I like your blog and the way how you describe the Mumbai city with the list of things to do there. I lived in Mumbai for about 2 years, and my personal favourite is watching sunset and spending evening at marine drive. And while sitting at MD, munching bhel-muri.

    The city is so liberal, and just love the free spirit of Mumbai.

  7. Mohit Ochani says:

    Very nice information you share about places to visit in Mumbai. I live in Mumbai and visited most of the places mentioned in this blog. Want to suggest some more interesting places where you can enjoy your vacations with your family and friends like Snow Kingdom, Red Carpet Wax Museum, What the Fun, Click Art Museum, Fun O Factory and many more. All these places are also amazing for enjoyment. do visit. 🙂

  8. Mark says:

    Great compilation about the city of Mumbai. Really informative for first time visitors to the city. There is a place in the city called Madh island which is away from the chaos of the city. Here there are many beaches, hotels and resorts where people can come and relax.

  9. Aditya Singh says:

    Awesome blog!! All these places are worth watching in Mumbai. Thank you for sharing some of the under-rated beautiful places like chhota Kashmir Park, Mahalaxmi Temple. I would definitely like to visit there once. This is a very informative blog. The mesmerizing pictures are showing true face of places.

  10. Jagruti says:

    Nice places suggested to visit in mumbai.

  11. udit sharma says:

    I have either visited or heard about all the places mentioned here but never heard about Chota Kashmir park located in Goregaon East. From the picture, it’s so mesmerizing. Looks like a Hyde Park, London in this picture. Definitely, it’s on my list now. Glad you shared this info. Thanks..

  12. balasaheb says:

    Nice Blog & Picture Thanks For Information

  13. MumbaiAbout says:

    Heard about Chhota kashmir but never been to the place. But, looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  14. NearFox Mumbai says:

    Chotta Kashmir park, was something new and interesting for me, thanks for sharing it.

  15. prince says:

    I like your post it’s an amazing post u have shared with us dis places r fabulous…and u r really doing a nice job…….

  16. Andrew Simmons says:

    I read your Blog. This is really great post and interesting one. All places are very interesting and enthusiastic places to visit in India. I like your post so much.

  17. Pradeep says:

    Very nicely done, you have nicely covered and described all the prominent locations in Mumbai. I would like to add to more places worth visiting Bandstand especially if you are a Bollywood fan and Marine Drive also called as queen’s neckless.

  18. Tourist Places in Mumbai says:

    Mumbai is one of the most beautiful places in India. Every one have dream to visit places in Mumbai. These are the beautiful places to visit in Mumbai. Thank you for sharing about Mumbai Places.

  19. Places to see in Mumbai says:

    Very nice place you shared about Mumbai. I visited most of the tourist places in Mumbai Gateway of India, Chowpatti beach and sivaji park. All places are very nice. I love all these places very much.

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