20 Amazing Places to Visit in Mumbai

There are some mindblowing and amazing places to visit in mumbai.

A City that never Sleeps, A City where dreams are realized and extinguished every day - "Yeh hai Mumbai Meri Jaan."

Although I don't live in Mumbai but it is typically my kind of city where I can get a perfect combination of exciting professional life and a social life. Rightly called as "Alpha World City."

It is surely a place where people work hard and party even harder.

Once you start living here, you will get so much attached to this city that you will never want to shift into some other city.

places to visit in mumbai

Like Salman Rushdie said:

"You can take the boy out of Bombay; you can't take Bombay out of the boy, you know" - Salman Rushdie.

And now we will talk about some of the best places to visit in Mumbai. So are you ready for some Lights, Camera, and Action in "Aamchi Mumbai."

Places to visit in Mumbai - 20 best tourist places in mumbai [2017]

1) Gateway of India

Are you planning a trip to Mumbai? Then you can't miss the chance to visit one of the best historical places in Mumbai - Gateway of India.

It was established in the year 1924 to honor the arrival of Queen Mary and King George V. It was also the departure point for the British East India company.

Earlier it was considered as the major port for trading goods.

Now it has become one of the historical landmarks of India. The night view of this place is quite inviting. It is situated on the waterfront of Apollo Bunder area.

It is sometimes referred to as "Mumbai's Taj Mahal." You can find the famous Taj hotel near Gateway of India. Also, statues of Swami Vivekananda and Chhatrapati Shivaji have been placed here as an honor to these famous personalities.

You can board a ferry to Elephanta caves or Alibaug from here, but these ferries do not run during the monsoon season.

  • Timings: All days and anytime
  • Tickets: Free (Charges for ferry apply)
  • Duration: 30 mins - 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Enjoy the nearby food joints, board a ferry to Elephanta caves or Alibaug, enjoy the sea breeze and visit nearby Taj Hotel.

2) Elephanta Caves

It is one of the major tourist places near Mumbai. Board a ferry or motorboat from the Gateway of India that will take you to the caves in around 40 - 45 mins.

This is one of the most popular tourist places in mumbai.​

The caves are divided into two that is inner and the outer caves. The outer caves are the larger one and are called Buddhist caves while the inner cave is comparatively small and is called as The Shiva Cave.

Here in Shiva cave, you will see beautiful carvings on the wall depicting the life of Lord Shiva.

When in Elephanta Caves you will learn a lot about the Hindu religion. The three-headed Shiva sculpture - 'Maheshmurti,' 'Shiva Nataraja,' and ‘Ardhanarishvara’  are some of the major attractions of this place.

Now after so much discussion let me tell you why these caves are called Elephanta caves. This name was given by the Portuguese because they noticed a giant elephant-like sculpture inside the caves.

Originally the name of this island is "Gharapuri."

You can board a ferry to Elephanta caves or Alibaug from here, but these ferries do not run during the monsoon season.

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  • Timings: All days except Monday and Ferry Timings is 9 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: 10 INR per head for Indians and 250 INR for Foreigners and Ferry Ticket: 130 INR - 150 INR (depending on type of ferry)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Explore the caves.

3) Juhu Beach

Beaches of Mumbai always draws the attention of all the tourists that visit Mumbai and therefore it is the major tourist place in Mumbai.

This is considered to be one of the popular mumbai points of interest place. 

When we talk about mumbai tourist places, juhu beach is probably the first answer by many.​

Out of the many beaches present in the city, Juhu beach is the most famous of all. So when on Mumbai sightseeing tour do not forget to include Juhu Beach in the list.

You don't have an idea how much fun it is to be here. The nearby food stalls, the dancing monkeys, toy sellers, etc makes it even better.

This beach is also famous because you can spot some famous celebrities like Amitabh Bachan, Vidya Balan, etc houses nearby.

Bhel Puri, Chana, Kala Khata, sweet corns, vada pavs, chole bhature and what not. You can find every type of top class food item here.

The best time to visit is during sunrise or sunset.

One down point is that it is no cleaner like it was earlier.

  • Timings: All days and every time
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 1 - 2 hours
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Enjoy the street food, cool breeze. Can have a look at the houses of famous celebrities from outside 😀

4) Haji Ali Mosque

Haji Ali is definitely one the most important and famous religious places in Mumbai which was constructed 400 years ago.

It is located in South Mumbai and is known for Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari's tomb which lies here. It is made up of marble which is similar to the one used to built Taj Mahal.

It is so attractive that people from all spheres of life visit here to receive blessings. It is constructed 500 yards from the shoreline in the middle of the Arabian sea.

A causeway links the land to this holy place which gets submerged in water during high tide.

Its view during the night is so appealing that you can't resist yourself from visiting here at least once. Also, it is recommended to attend the Qawwali session which takes place on Fridays.

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  • Timings: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Monday to Saturday)
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 1 - 2 hours
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Attend qawwali session, Explore the shrine and enjoy food from nearby places

5) Marine Drive

Ideal location for you to relax and can be considered as the best romantic place for couples in Mumbai.

It is a long stretch which borders the Arabian Sea linking Nariman Point and Babulnath. It is popularly called as Queen's Necklace because at night the street lights resemble like pearls attached to a string creating an illustration like that of a necklace.

You can enjoy the fresh breeze, sunrise, and sunsets.

At its one end, you can find Chowpatty Beach, and on the other end, you can find Nariman Point which is also the end point of Mumbai.

You can stroll in the walkway or can go for Tonga ride.

The chai walas, bhel puri walas and chat walas make your visit to Marine Drive even more exciting.

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  • Timings: All days and every time
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 30 mins - 1 hour (depending upon your interest)
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Stroll through the walkway, enjoy snacks, visit Nariman point and Chowpatty, enjoy Tonga ride.

6) Shri Siddhivinayak Temple

When talking about the best tourist attractions in Mumbai one cannot afford to miss Siddhivinayak Temple.

Aside from the bustling life of the city you can seek some blessings and spend peaceful time in here.

This temple is devoted to Lord Ganesha. Every day thousands of devotees visit here. Even the famous celebrities can also be spotted here sometimes.

Tuesdays are the special as well as crowded days in Siddhivinayak.

You must take out some time from your busy schedule to visit this place because it’s worth it. The different thing about the temple is that its roof of the hall is gold plated.

Do attend the morning and the evening aartis which will leave you spellbound

  • Timings: All days from 5:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Explore the elegance of the temple and enjoy morning or evening aartis.

7) Sanjay Gandhi National Park

If you are a nature lover, then Sanjay Gandhi National Park is the best way to connect with nature. Earlier it was known by the name Borivali National Park. People visit here to relax and appreciate nature's beauty.

The highest point in the park will provide you a comprehensive view of Vihar and Powai, Mumbai and Tulsi lakes.

You can spot different animals and birds over here as it is the home for a variety of flora and fauna.

To explore the beauty and nature of this park, you can also take safari ride.

"Keep Calm and Love Nature at Sanjay Gandhi National Park."

  • Timings: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm (All days)
  • Tickets: Entry is free. Other charges apply depending upon the activities.
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Explore Kanheri caves and Trimurti temple nearby, enjoy the safari ride.

8) Kanheri Caves

When you want to escape from the rush and the pollution of the city, then Kanheri caves comes to your rescue.

It is one of the best places where you can breathe in fresh and cold air, and therefore it is also referred to "Lungs of Mumbai."A wildlife sanctuary where apart from exploring the nature's beauty you can spot animals like Lions, Leopards, Flying Fox, Kingfisher, and Sunbird.

The ancient architecture and 109 individual entrances to the cave are something worth mentioning about Kanheri Caves.

It is located about 15 km away from the center of the city.

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  • Timings: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: 5 INR for Indians and 100 INR for Foreigners
  • Duration: 1 - 2 hours
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Explore the caves 

9) Film City

Here comes the most awaited destination of the Mumbai Tour which every individual looks forward to.

Personally, I fantasize about this place a lot. It will take you to a typical Filmy Dunia and will take your love for that celebrity life to another level.

And the good news is that Mumbai's Bollywood Filmcity Studio is open for Public Tours. Sounds great, Right?

So take a tour of this city, and you will surely spot few celebrities.

Imagine that feeling when you will spot your favorite stars and the sets of different films and serials.

Details regarding the tour: Dream Tour, Film city tour, Live show tour and Full day Bollywood tour are some of the leading tours. However, there exist many others as well so you can choose accordingly.

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  • Timings: Weekdays - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm & Weekends - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm & 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm & 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: Depending upon the tour you choose.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Photography: Restricted at some places
  • Things to do: Enjoy watching shooting and different sets from a distance

10) Mount Mary Church

A beautiful place to spend a good time exploring your inner self and getting rejoice. The best thing about this church is that it is situated on a hill called "Sunderban Bandra." So from the top of it, you can have an excellent view of the Arabian Sea.

Mount Mary Church dedicated to Mary is truly a place where you can feel blessed and experience serenity.

A week long fair called "Feast of Mount Mary" or "Bandra Fair" takes place here in the month of September which is again a reason to visit it. So whenever you think to visit here make certain to visit in the month of September.

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  • Timings: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m (Weekdays and Saturday) and 6:30 - 7:00 p.m (Sunday)
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Shop for religious artifacts, visit Father Angel Church and Jogger's Park

11) Aksa Beach

Ever heard of this song - "Tujhe Aksa Beach Ghuma Du, aa chalti kya?" Yes, this the same Aksa beach that we will be talking about.

It is a popular spot located in Malad, Mumbai and is the base of the Indian Navy. Again out of the various beaches in Mumbai for couple this one is nice one to visit.

This beach is the perfect one to experience tranquility during weekdays because in weekends it is mostly jam-packed with families.

Watch the sunrise, sunset and feel the cool fresh breeze. There is another beach which is present close to Aksa Beach called Dana Pani. So you can enjoy spending time on both the beaches on the same day.

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  • Timings: All day and anytime
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 1-2 hour
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Feel the cold breeze and visit nearby Dana Pani beach

12) Worli Seaface

A favorite place to hangout for both the residents of Mumbai as well as the tourists. It connects Worli Fort in the north to the Narayan Pujari Nagar in the south.

A view of distant Haji Ali Dargah and Arabian sea is something which is pleasing to eyes.

This place attracts many residents as well as nonresidents of Mumbai during the monsoon season.

The view of the huge waves rising to the roads and the lightning during the night will leave you to spell bound.

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  • Timings: All day and anytime
  • Tickets: Depends upon the vehicle on which you travel
  • Duration: 30 mins - 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Enjoy doing shopping at various outlets and taste some lip smacking dishes at different high-end restaurants

13) Colaba Causeway Market

If you are a shopaholic or you like buying souvenirs each time you visit a new place then it’s a must visit place for you because it is the best shopping place in Mumbai.

Often called as Shopping Heaven of Mumbai, this place offers you a variety of items from clothes to accessories at affordable price.

And if you love buying jewelry and that too oxidized one then will enjoy spending time at this place.

After shopping if you want to satisfy your hunger pangs then wait this market has a solution for that too. It offers some mouth watering dishes that you can afford to miss.

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  • Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: varies from person to person
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Can visit nearby restaurants & Gateway of India

14) Essel World

"Essel World mein rahunga main, Ghar Nahi jaunga main," you must have heard this famous slogan of Essel world. And you know it is the same feeling that you will get once you visit here.

Even one full day is insufficient to enjoy all the rides in this amusement park. It is located on Gorai Island and offers various rides for people of all generations.

Not just dry and wet rides you can even opt for ice skating, bowling, dancing, and shopping.

I guess you should at least spend one day here to have a thrilling and unforgettable experience

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  • Timings: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm (All days)
  • Tickets: 950 INR - 1300 INR (adults) , 700 INR - 900 INR (kids) and 400 INR - 600 INR (Sr. Citizens)
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Enjoy wet and dry rides, can do shopping, ice-skating, bowling and dancing.

15) Red Carpet Wax Museum

You know what Angelina Jolie, Steve Jobs, Obama are in the town (yes I am not kidding). Although their wax statues have been placed in this museum but you won't get to differentiate because they are so excellently presented to us.

Rightly called as the Red Carpet wax museum because it will give you that feeling of the red carpet.

Just imagine how it would feel when you will see lifelike wax statues of your favorite celebrities in front of you.

The ambiance, the music, and the staff add a cherry on the cake.

It is a very decent place to hang out with your friends and family.

And do click pictures of yours with the amazing props available inside the museum

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  • Timings: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm (all days)
  • Tickets: 250 INR (weekdays) and 350 INR (weekend)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Click pictures and enjoy some good time with your friends and family.

16) Global Vipassana Pagoda 

Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Buddhist temple which reflects peace and harmony and pays tribute to the teachings of Lord Buddha.

It is a place where people are educated about the life and practice meditation.

If you are spiritual kind of person and love to know many secrets of living a happy and meaningful life then you should give this place a visit.

They have different meditation programs, and one can enroll to them as well.

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  • Timings: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Meditate, enjoy food in the food court and visit Essel World located nearby.

17) Bandra Carter Road

Want to know what is so special about this road? Bandra Carter Road is located along the Arabian Sea. A walk or a jog along this path is something which a fitness freak would love to do.

Not only for them this place is a reason to be in for Bollywood fans also because when over here you can spot celebrities.

And if you are Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Aamir Khan or Imran Khan fan then I have good news for you. The house of these celebrities is cited on this road only. So maybe you get a chance to see anyone of them 😉

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  • Timings: All day and all time
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: Depends upon you
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: A nice stroll through the walkway, enjoy food in nearby restaurants and can visit Jogger's Park located nearby.

18) Bandra Band Stand

Shahrukh Khan's and Salman Khan's fan no need to get upset because I have something up for you - Bandra Band Stand.

It is famous for Shahrukh's mansion Mannat and Salman's Galaxy Tower.

Once you plunge onto this place, you won't feel going back especially if you are a fan of these celebrities.

Hundreds and thousands of people waiting outside their houses just to get a glimpse of their favorite actors is an amazing sight to watch.

And if you get to see them then nothing could be better than that. Isn't it?

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  • Timings: All day and all time
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: Depends on how crazy fan you are.
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Spend some time watching the waves, experience cool breeze and visit Hotel Taj Land’s End.

19) Victoria Terminus

Victoria Terminus is declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It lies in the heart of Mumbai and is also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It is the historic railway station and is also known as one of the busiest railway station in Mumbai.

Its architecture represents the Gothic style architecture.

A famous landmark of Mumbai which was built in 1888.

Now by looking at the picture, you could relate it to the scenes of Bollywood where Victoria Terminus is shown commonly

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  • Timings: All day and all time
  • Tickets: Free
  • Duration: 15-30 mins
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Click pictures and visit Gateway of India.

20) Prince of Wales Museum

Prince of Wales Museum or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was built in the 20th century. It has an extensive collection of artifacts, art, sculptures and natural history.

This museum is divided into three sections: Natural history section, Archaeology section and Art section each having something unique to offer.

Also, regular exhibitions, lectures, and other programs take place inside the museum which can be a pleasure to be a part of them.

Another interesting this is that it has a collection of around 50,000 artifacts. A Huge number, Right? And all belonging to Indus Valley Civilization and various dynasties.

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  • Timings: 10.15 am to 6.00 pm (all days)
  • Tickets: 85 INR per head for Indian adults, 20 INR per head for Indian children and 500 INR per head for foreigners
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Things to do: Attend various programs, be a part of activities taking place inside and explore the museum

We always plan trips to hill stations but planning a trip to Mumbai will always be fascinating once you visit there.

The night life of Mumbai, the people there, the different tourist attractions and the delicious food are something that you will get to experience only after visiting there.

So this upcoming vacations, drop your plan to go Hill stations and visit Mumbai. And if you are really a hill station seeker then don't you worry there is a solution to this too. How?

You can visit places near Mumbai and get your answer 😉

After having a look at this list of places to visit in Mumbai, if you feel that I have missed out some then do let me know in the comments section below.

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About the Author Rahul Sharma

Hi all, i am Rahul Sharma – Digital Marketer, Tech-lover, Entrepreneur, Traveler, Blogger, Foodie and blah blah blah :D. The purpose of bestplacesindia it to give 100% accurate and reliable information on travel related queries in india

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