Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Top 10 Mumbai Attractions

The Best Things to See and Do in Mumbai
Mumbai doesn't have as many historical attractions as some places in India, but its multitude of unique and interesting sights more than compensates. You'll find everything from beaches to Bollywood. Don't miss these top 10 Mumbai attractions for a memorable visit.
The Gate way of India
1. Gateway of India
Mumbai's most recognized monument, the Gateway of India, was constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. It was completed in 1920 and remains as a striking symbol of the British Raj era. After this era ended in 1947, the last of the British troops departed through the Gateway of India. The looming Gateway is designed to be the first thing that visitors see when approaching Mumbai by boat. It's also a popular place to start exploring Mumbai. These days the atmosphere around the monument resembles a circus at times, with numerous vendors peddling everything from balloons to Indian tea.
  • Location: On the waterfront in Colaba, south Mumbai. Opposite the Taj Palace and Tower Hotel.
2. Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
Dhobi Ghat
This massive open air laundry provides an unforgettable glimpse into the inside of the city. Dirty laundry from all over Mumbai is brought here and painstakingly hand washed by the dhobis (washer men) in the seemingly endless rows of concrete troughs. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, requires incredible strength and determination. The thousands of dhobis spend hours every day standing up to their knees in water filled with chemicals, manually scrubbing and beating the dirt out of each item of laundry. This earns them 100 rupees ($2.40) per day each.
  • Location: Next to Mahalaxmi railway station (the 6th station on the Western Line from Churchgate), central Mumbai. Walk out of the station and turn left on the bridge.
Hajiali View From the top

3. Haji Ali
The imposing Haji Ali is both a mosque and tomb. It was built in 1431 by wealthy Muslim merchant and saint Haji Ali, who was inspired to change the course of his life after going to Mecca. It also contains his body. Situated in the middle of the ocean, Haji Ali is only accessible during low tide from a narrow, 500 yard long walkway. On Thursdays and Fridays tens of thousands of pilgrims flock there to receive blessings from the dead saint. If find you need to pass some time until the tide lowers enough, there's a shopping center on the opposite side of the road.
  • Location: Central Mumbai, just off the coast of Worli, not far from Mahalaxmi railway station.

4. Bollywood
Mumbai is the center of India's booming "Bollywood" film industry. The architecturally resplendent Eros Cinema, adjacent to the Churchgate railway station, is a great place to take in a Bollywood movie. Alternatively, it's possible to go on a tour to the heart of the action in Film City. Or if you'd rather be in a Bollywood movie than simply see the set of one, that's possible too!
  • Location: Film City is in Goregaon, in the western suburbs of Mumbai.

5. Kala Ghoda Art Precinct
Kala Ghoda, meaning "Black Horse" in reference to a statue that was once located there, is Mumbai's cultural center. This crescent-shaped stretch is home to Mumbai's best art galleries and museums. It's also filled with cultural spaces, including some wonderful pavement galleries. Stroll around at leisure, but be sure to visit the acclaimed Jehangir Art Gallery10. Every year in February, the Kala Ghoda Association hosts a nine day Kala Ghoda Arts Festival11, which is interesting.
  • Location: Between the Fort and Colaba, in south Mumbai.

6. Heritage Buildings
Mumbai has some captivating heritage buildings where you can marvel over staggering examples of intricate colonial architecture. Some of the best are the Gothic looking Prince of Wales Museum15 in the Kala Ghoda art precinct, Victoria Terminus railway station, the Bombay High Court16 (wander inside and be entertained by a trial) and the buildings of Horniman Circle in the Fort area. The feature of Horniman Circle is its huge gardens, which provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also have a wander past the historic 18th century homes in Khotachiwadi village17.
Azad Maidan (formerly known as Bombay Gymkhana Maidan) is a triangular-shaped maidan (sports ground) in Mumbai, India.It is a regular venue for inter-school cricket matches. The name Azad means "free" in Hindi. The ground is known for its cricket pitches, for protest meetings, and for political rallies. The Bombay Gymkhana clubhouse was built in 1875, at the southern end of the maidan.

The Wilson College, set up in 1832 in Mumbai, is one of India’s oldest colleges, with its foundation preceding that of the University of Mumbai by 25 years. It was awarded an A rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in 2005.

Crawford Market

  • Location: In and around south Mumbai.

7. Caves and National Park
In contrast to its millions of inhabitants and sprawling development, Mumbai surprisingly also has a national park located within its limits. It's worth a visit just to see the many ancient Buddhist caves, which have been hand carved into volcanic rock there. More caves, dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva, can also be found on Elephanta Island.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park entrance

  • Location: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, in the suburb of Borivali, is 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Mumbai city center. Elephanta Island is 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Mumbai.

kanheri caves

8. Mumbai Dabbawalas
Dabbawala, meaning a person who carries a container, is the term given to the thousands of men responsible for transporting and delivering around 200,000 lunch boxes of freshly cooked food to the city's office workers every day. This unique concept was started to meet the needs of British rulers. However, it's now continued on to service Indian businessmen who can't get home for lunch. Witness this incredible system in operation at Churchgate station from around 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., as the dabbawalas unload the lunch boxes from the trains and prepare to head to their customer's offices, or you can even join the dabbawalas for a day.25
Dabbawalas taking their dabha's to their owrners
Dabbawalas getting ready to go
Dabbawalas on their way taking the dhaba's through road

  • Location: Railway stations around Mumbai, particularly at Churchgate terminus.
9. Markets and Bazaars
From the multitude of colorful pavement vendors that line Colaba Causeway, to the fascinating Chor Bazaar Thieves Market29, Mumbai is full of interesting places to go street shopping. Stock up on attractive souvenirs at Colaba Causeway, delight in cheap shoes and clothes at Linking Road30, scour the narrow alleyways of Chor Bazaar for antiques, and sample the fresh food while marveling at the architecture of Crawford Market31.
The Colaba Causeway is a commercial street, and a major causeway or land link between Colaba and the Old Woman's Island in the city of Mumbai, India

Colaba Causeway

Colaba Causeway

Colaba Causeway Street shopping 

  • Location: Colaba Causeway, Linking Road in Bandra, Crawford Market near Churchgate, and Chor Bazaar on Mutton street (opposite Shafi Masjid).

Ladies Buying slippers,chapals,etc at linking road bandra

Linking Road

Horns ,clocks and many more linking road bandra
The street stalls tend to be grouped together according to the type of goods they sell. You'll come accross Indian traditional clothes first, followed by shoes, then bags and belts. Further along Linking Road is the territory of the brand name stores.
Shopkeeper convincing his costumer to buy his products..

Vegetable Vendors at Crawford Market

wholesale Chocolate Vendors at Crawford Market

Artificial Flowers being sold at Crawford Market

Crawford Market over view

whole sale fruit vendors at Crawford Market

Chor Bazaar, located near Bhendi Bazaar in South Mumbai, is one of the largest flea markets in India The word Chor means thief in Hindi-Urdu. It was originally called Shor Bazaar, meaning noisy market, but became chor because of the British pronunciation the word. Eventually stolen goods started finding their way into the market, resulting in it living up to its new name. It is now famous for antique and vintage items

10. Juhu and Marine Drive Chowpatty Beaches
At the end of a tiring day of sightseeing, relax with the locals on the beaches of Juhu and Marine Drive, and watch the sunset. If you're feeling adventurous, you'll also be able to feast on tasty snacks offered by the multitude of food stalls and mobile food vendors. Favourites include roasted corn on the cob, bhel puri, pani puri and pav bhaji.

Jet Skiing at Chowpatty,Marine drive

Juhu beach

Marine Drive

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Marine Drive at night


  • Location: Exclusive Juhu is around 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of the city centre, while Marine Drive Chowpatty is in central Mumbai, a short drive from the Gateway of India.


  1. .....I hav visited gate way of india.....n marine drives but nvr went at night tym........ hope sumdae I ll get chance tu visit all diz places.... (*^_^*)

    1. Tell me when your free, we will going on my bike.:)

  2. Hmm I've never been to India but I do have friends in your country and both are staying in Mumbai. Thanks for this post. Now I know what to look up there once I decided to come over. Thanks!

    1. You should come here...:) Your welcome

  3. This is really awesome places to visit in Mumbai. This is the first time I heard about these places. Thank you for sharing. To see more places visit Tourist Places in Mumbai

  4. Thanks for writing about top 10 tourist attractions in Mumbai city. Charismatic, electrifying and open-hearted, Mumbai is the city of dreamers, stalwarts and the common man. There is no dearth of tourist attractions in Mumbai that appeal tourists to explore the city again and again. For accommodation, check out these hotels in Mumbai.

  5. All the places mention in you post is really beautiful.


  6. Nice Post! Having read this there seem to be some wonderful places to visit. For more Attraction

  7. The old photos makes really good picture.

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  9. It was wonderful to read your experience about the journey. Great advise and Guide.This was the most popular place ....nice post,I really want to go there Travel Agent in Delhi