Best Places to Visit in Mumbai City | Tourist Spots in Mumbai

Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra State and the economical capital of India and also the second most populous city of the world after Shanghai, China.

Mumbai, the city of dreams is really the amalgamation of India. People from different parts of the country come here in the search of better life.

Facts about Mumbai

  • Population : 13,830,884 (est. 2010).
  • Population density (/km²) : 22,937 (means 22,937 people are crammed in per sq.km)
  • Area (km²) : 603
  • Mumbai contributes five percent of GDP, 25 % Industrial output, 70 % Maritime trade and 70 % of capital transactions to India's Economy.
  • Also the entertainment capital of India. - Home to Bollywood

Mumbai Travel Guide

World Heritage Site

1) Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Previously Victoria Terminus)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus better known by its abbreviation CST is one of the four World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra. Included as a World Heritage site in 2004 and was built by British architect Frederick Willam Stevens and took nearly ten years to complete (1887-1897).

CST is renamed after Shivaji, the famed Maratha king and Warrior of 17th Century. CST is now the hub of travelers because it is now incorporated as a railway station. Having the highest passenger density in the world about 6.3 million commuters travel every day, it is a nightmare to travel in trains especially in peak hours.

CST was prominently shown in a song sequence in the film Slumdog Millionaire which won Academy award.

The terminus is the major railway station and scores of people travel daily to and from here. Trains and commuters leave and arrive here continuously. Peak hour crowd can get to your nerves, especially if you are travelling for the first time in the city.

If you are a visitor then wait here for half hour and just have a look at the people, have a coffee at the stall and you'll have a better look at the life of Mumbaikars.


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Wonders of Mumbai

2) Gateway of India

A visit to Mumbai is really incomplete without visiting the Gateway of India. The ravishing Taj Mahal Hotel and Taj Towers is just opposite to the gateway which really adds to the charm. Build to commemorate the visit of King George V and queen Mary, is an absolute pleasure to visit.

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3) Flora Fountain

Flora fountain was built by architect R. Norman is located at Hutatma Chowk in South Mumbai. Flora fountain in named after Roman goddess Flora.

The monument is at the center of the road and vehicles zip past it without even having a look (I'm talking about locals). But the structure is just great and its beauty is magnificent.

Don't forget to take a pic with your mobile or cam.

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Driving The Fast Lane

4) Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL)

The Bandra-Worli Sea Link is a cable-stayed bridge which links Central and Southern Mumbai, which brings the travel time to reach South Mumbai from Central Mumbai to 7 mins from 60 minutes. One of its kind in India, is fast becoming a go-to place for a long drive or a kind of short drive.

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5) Marine Drive

This is where most of Mumbaites come for a long walk which stretches up to two kilometers. Skyscrapers opposite the seafront houses some of the most famous businesses of the city. Marine drive was once called queens necklace is the place where you get a tremendous view of the seafront, a place where couples usually take a long walk.

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Temple, Shrine, and Church

6) Siddhivinayak Temple

Siddhivinayak temple is the home to Mumbai's favorite God - Ganapati, the Elephant God. Hundreds and thousands of people visit the temple every day. People also believe, if they walk barefoot from their home to the temple observing the fast will be humbled and all their wishes (Mannat in Hindi) will come true.

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7) Haji Ali Shrine

Haji Ali Shrine constructed in the year 1431, is a perfect instance of Indian Islamic architecture.The structure located 500 meters from the coast, in the middle of Worli bay is an absolute pleasure to visit.

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8) Mount Mary Church, Bandra

Mount Mary church is one of the most visited churches in Mumbai. The fantastic looking structure has the two spires and one of the main attraction is the Mount Mary fair which is celebrated on the Sunday following 8th September, the birthday of Virgin Mary.

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Art Gallery, Library and Museum

9) Jehangir Art Gallery

Founded by Sir Cowasji Banerjee, built in the year 1952 and managed and operated by Bombay Art Society, is one of the most famous tourist attraction and art gallery.

For a complete list of art galleries in Mumbai Click Here.

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10) National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)

NGMA mumbai was opened in the year 1966, located near regal cinema in colaba is home to some of the finest work by Pablo Picasso, with numerous other artefact's and statues

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11) Asiatic Library

Some of the rarest manuscripts and original works can be found here.

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12) Mani Bhavan

Mahatma Gandhi's place of residence when he was in Mumbai, owned by the Revashankar Jagjeevan Jhaveri, Gandhi's host and companion. Place where Gandhiji started Satyagraha and Non-Cooperation movement to name a few.

More recently, Obama was here to pay homage to the Mahatma.

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13) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Previously Prince of Wales Museum)

This museum has a wide variety of artefact's and very rare manuscripts. A wide variety of Tibetan and Nepali art is decently arranged with dedicated sections.

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Bazaar and Market

14) Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar (Thief Market) is the largest flea market in India. Many people come here to get a good bargain on second hand or even new products.

If you are a foreigner, try to do accompany a guide or local person with you.

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15) Crawford Market (officially Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai)

Just opposite the Mumbai police Headquarters is the Crawford Market which has a huge pet store on one side and foods, cosmetics, household and gift items on the other side.

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Amusement park, Beach and Bollywood

16) Essel World

Essel World is the first amusement park of India, and it has over 30 major rides, a decent place to spend the New year's Eve.

There is something for every one. Rides for your kids as well as for grown-ups like us.

When I visited with our office colleagues I liked Thunder (which is the scariest ride in the park, it takes you upside down literally) and the aquadive which takes you in a pool of water in the end from a height.

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17) Water Kingdom

Just alongside Essel World is Water Kingdom, with amazing and spectacular rides and slides.

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18) Juhu Beach

A visit at Juhu beach makes one feel refreshed and invigorated. In the morning, you will always find people doing their regular exercise, yoga or some just prefer to walk along the seafront. Weekends are always crowded with scores of Mumbaites coming with their friends and families. Or if you got lucky then you'd probably spot a Bollywood actor.

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19) Film City

A Venue for many Bollywood film shootings.

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20) Dhobi Talao

Better portrayed in the above video.

Those were some of the places that you can visit in Mumbai

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Best Time To Visit Mumbai

The weather in Mumbai is more of less constant all along the year. The best time to visit Mumbai would be in the month of August to March. Cultural festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri is held in of August/September.

Historical Weather Data of Mumbai 2012 (Source:www.intellicast.com) All Data in Celsius

Month
Average Low
Average High
January
19°
30°
February
20°
30°
March
23°
31°
April
25°
32°
May
27°
33°
June
26°
32°
July
25°
30°
August
25°
30°
September
25°
31°
October
25°
33°
November
23°
33°
December
21°
32°

Routes and Directions

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A markerCST Terminus -
Chatrapathi Shivaji Railway Terminus, Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Rd, Dhobi Talao, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Indi
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B markerGateway Of India -
Appolo Bunder, Apollo Bandar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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C markerFlora Fountain mumbai -
Flora Fountain, Veer Nariman Rd, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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D markerBandra-Worli Sea Link -
Bandra Worli Sea Link, National Highway 8, Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, Ind
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E markerMarine Drive Mumbai -
Marine Drive, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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F markerSidhivinayak Temple -
Siddhivinayak Temple, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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G markerHaji Ali -
Haji Ali Dargah, India
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H markerMount Mary Church, Bandra -
Mt Mary Church, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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I markerJehangir Art Gallery -
Jehangir Art Gallery, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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J markerAsiatic Library -
Asiatic Society, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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A markerNational Gallery of Modern Art -
National Gallery of Modern Art, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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B markerMani Bhavan -
Mahatma Gandhi Museum, Laburnum Marg, Gamdevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 40007, India
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C markerPrince of Wales Museum -
Prince of Wales Museum, 159-161 M.G. Road, Shahid Bhagat Singh Rd, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharas
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D markerChor Bazaar -
Chor Bazaar, Kamathipura, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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E markerCrawford Market -
Crawford Market, M Khana Rd, Dhobi Talao, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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F markerEssel World -
Essel World, Gorai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091, India
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G markerWater Kingdom -
Water Kingdom, Gorai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091, India
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H markerJuhu Beach -
Juhu Beach, Juhu Tara Rd, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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I markerFilm City -
Film City Complex, Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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J markerDhobi talao -
Dhobi Talao, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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ravi1991 2 years ago from Lucknow, India

@kannanwrites Nicely done with pictures it became very easy to go through the topic. Hey ! I have written in detail about Marine Drive , if you are interested in finding out more do visit my HUB.


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kannanwrites 3 years ago from Mumbai Author

@sunil Thanks for reading and it feels nice that it helps. Also I would be adding some more photographs from my personal collection very soon


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Wonderful information. Thank you for sharing such a useful hub for the benefit of travel folks.


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nnms 3 years ago from India

Nice pics...reminds the good time I spent there.


Minal 3 years ago

I am a Mumbaikar.

I liked this site's way of presentation.


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

Well written and a great hub this is.


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CJamesIII 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

Great hub! I have some friends from Mumbai. If I ever get there, I will visit some of these sites, especially the art galleries and museums!


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rebootsystem 4 years ago from Mumbai

I am a mumbai lover.I have been living in this city since 1985 and I never thought to move from here...


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nidhi.singh 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

I am from bombay and i complete love that place! great hub:)


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flinpeterson 5 years ago from India

nice hub. good to know about the Weather data.


cazorla 5 years ago

wonderfully informative article.

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