The state capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai is known as the commercial, financial and entertainment hub in India. Along with being the corporate headquarter of many top financial Indian institutions, Mumbai is also popular for its tourism. With 6 million tourists every year, the city tends to attract many of them through museums, eye-catching architecture as well as some amazing Buddhist and Hindu caves. It is considered to be the city of dreams. Whether you dream to earn or to just travel and explore, the city is full of opportunities and never a disappointment. Being home to Asia’s biggest slum area, labourers, Bollywood stars and gangsters, Mumbai has a little of everything for everyone. People from all across the world visit this beautiful city for various reasons – many of them temporarily shift here to study, the rest settle down to earn living, and the first thing they would like to do is to explore the city. Whether you want to spend some quality time with friends, family, or your partner, Mumbai provides you with a wide range of options for things to do and different places to try out.
Here are a few options for you to choose from, and have a great experience while in Mumbai.
1) Hanging garden
Hanging Garden is a terrace garden situated on the western side of Malabar hills, far away from the hustling of the crowded city. With a history since 1881, Hanging Garden is now one of the most popular tourist spots among Mumbaikars. Citizens usually tend to visit the place to watch sunsets behind the Arabian Sea, when they wish to relax and take a break from their busy lives.
Spread over a vast area of land, this green space has several attractions within it, including a sundial made of marble, a flower clock situated in the middle of the garden, and Pramod Navalkar Viewing Gallery from where you can catch great views of South Mumbai, beaches, and the very famous Queen’s Necklace.
The best period to visit this attraction is between October and June.
Address: Ridge Rd, Simla Nagar, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006
Timings: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm
Entry fee: Free
2) Link Road
Along with being the entertainment hub, Mumbai is also famous for its fashion and lifestyle. Link Road is one of the cheapest street-shopping sites located in Bandra. This can also be considered as a female-dominated market, providing everything from accessories, to fashion clothing, leather products, cosmetics, and much more. Most of the link road is filled with fashion stores on the street, but there are also some branded showrooms. This shopping street gives a variety of fashion products at a very cheap rate but good quality. Apart from shopping, the street also has famous restaurant chains such as KFC, McDonald’s, CCD, etc. The market has many theatres and gardens around which conduct pop-up shops or concerts usually on weekends.
Address: Link Road, Bandra
Timings: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Entry fee: Free
3) Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Located in between Mumbai and Thane, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is one of the most liked national parks, and is known for its picnic spots. The park also has a variety of wildlife that includes leopards, macaques, bears, lions, flying fox, kingfisher, sunbirds and a significant number of butterflies. It is also home to the very historic and famous tourist attractions, Kanheri Caves that have been carved out of rocky cliffs. The park is also said to be the largest park in the world located within city limits. Amenities like Cycling, trekking, Lion and Tiger Safari, Camping, and Hiking make the experience of being here even more exciting and fun.
Address: Borivali East
Timings: 07:30 am to 06:30 pm
Entry fee: Adult – Rs. 58
Children – Rs. 31
4) Juhu Beach
Juhu Beach is one of the most famous Indian beaches and is known to be more visited than any other beach. This site is another picnic spot in Mumbai where people visit when they wish to relax after their busy bustling days. The beach is bordered by a posh locality where many celebrities live, and hence it is most common to see them running, walking, jogging around the beach. It has also been a shooting location for many famous Bollywood movies. Besides, the beach is also very famous for its boating. Many people who live around the beach also visit the place for the very famous local cuisines available here, including Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, etc.
Address: Vile Parle
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry fee: Free
5) Razzberry rhinoceros
Not-so-popular but a very iconic place in the city, with a perfect blend of sun, sea, and food. This place is a beachside lounge, with varied cuisine. Razz was once a music place. Currently, it is more than a live performance venue with its performance area, wine and coffee bistro, outside deck, and an upstairs area reserved for the members and loyalists. The gig area aka the inside eating area has been minimally retaining its simplicity. This is thus, another sanctuary for Mumbaikars to go and hide.
Address: Juhu Hotel, Juhu Tara Rd, Uditi Tarang Housing Colony, Airport Area, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Timings: 12:00 pm to 12:30 am
Entry fee: Free
6) Mystery rooms
Mystery rooms are escaping gaming platforms providing fun, thrilling, exciting, and of course, mysterious experience in real-life. It has 5 branches in various malls of Mumbai, offering a set of exciting real-life challenges in a room with numerous hints and clues, which you have to solve with your team of about 2-8 people and escape the room in a given time. It has a very interesting collection of games, few of which are The Hurt Locker: A-Bomb Defuse Challenge, Lock Out: A Prison Break Challenge, Abduction: A final hour and cabin in the wood, The Silent Legacy: A story untold, A Night in Bhangarh: The Mystery of a Cursed Fort, and The Kon of Kohinoor: A Mission Impossible. This place is worth spending your money if you wish to have a great time with your friends.
Address: Andheri, Thane, Ghatkopar, Bandra, Lower Parel
Entry fee: 2 players – weekdays – 899
weekends – 1199
3 players – weekdays – 799
weekends – 999
4 players – weekdays – 699
weekends – 899
5-7 players – weekdays – 649
weekends – 849
8 & more players – weekdays – 599
weekends – 799
7) Film city
Regarded as home to Bollywood, Film City comprises nearly 20 indoor studios. About 900 movies and many more television shows have been shot here. Film City has grown to be one of the best film studios, well-equipped with all the essential amenities and world-class facilities. Not only is it a great place for film shoots, but it is also filled with verdant greenery and refreshing expanses. Some excursions are organized on the premises of the Film City which are aimed at the different aspects of movie-making and are open to all who wish to experience it. It also has sets that depict foreign countries. A land where it is difficult to differentiate between reality and dreams, Film City is a must-visit for all movie buffs.
The best time to visit Film City is in the months of winter because this is when Mumbai weather is pleasant enough for walking and exploring the numerous sets on foot.
Address: Inside Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari Main Gate, Post Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Entry fee: Rs. 599-1699 per person
All in all, whether it is with friends, your partner, your children, or family, Mumbai has just everything you can expect to make wonderful memories. Do share your Mumbai stories with us in the comments.
8. Marine Drive
Having a string of sparkling lights adorning the town just like a “Queen’s Necklace”, Marine Drive linking Nariman Point to Babulnath is a major landmark within the Mumbai’s tourist spots.The boulevard is about 3 km long, with the Girgaum Chowpatty beach at the north end and it is one among the perfect hangout places in Mumbai.Remember the movie ‘Wake Up Sid’ and several others which have been shot here? This place is one you can’t miss when in Mumbai!
9. Colaba Causeway
An upmarket neighbourhood in South Mumbai, and close to Mumbai’s famous landmarks, the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, this is a commercial street and a major causeway and a link between Colaba and the Old Woman’s Island in Mumbai. It lies close to the Fort area, and to the east of Cuffe Parade.
From upmarket retail showrooms to small shops dealing in electronic goods, cosmetics, clothes, and music, you will find everything here. This place is like heaven for bargain and street shopping.It also has a pavement bookstall dating back several decades. The restaurants, cafes, and roadside eateries make the street popular with tourists and locals alike. The Indian Mughlai fame Delhi Darbar restaurant, Piccadilly restaurant, Cafe Churchill, Mings Palace, Kailash Parbat, and Gokul are some must-try options. Cafe Mondegar and Cafe Leopold which were founded in 1871 are still full on most days.
10. Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Island is about 7 kms from Mumbai’s mainland shore. The caves can be reached by taking an hour long ferry boat ride from Gateway of India. The layout of the caves, including the pillar components, the placement and division of the caves into different parts, and the provision of a sanctum or Garbhagriha of sarvatobhadra plan, are important developments in rock-cut architecture.
The Elephanta Caves emerged from a long artistic tradition, but demonstrate refreshing innovation. The combination of aesthetic beauty and sculptural art is pleasing to the eyes and worth a day’s time and money.
11. Haji Ali Dargah
Near the heart of the city, the dargah is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Mumbai. An exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Architecture, associated with legends about doomed lovers, the dargah contains the tomb of Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.
The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah or the monument of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari was a Sufi saint and a wealthy merchant from Uzbekistan.
12. Snow World
Dreaming of Snow in Mumbai? You can now experience snow at Snow World, a village of Snow Villains. It’s one of its kind indoor Real Snow based Theme Park which makes it easy for all to have exciting yet relaxing hours. Snow World is one of Mumbai’s leading snow winter parks.Feel the natural snowfall, slide through the ice in a rubber tube, play snowball wars with your buddies, run down the ice slope, ice skating and learn some snowboarding.
The most amusing thing is a negative temperature of -10 degrees along with living the lifestyle of an Eskimo.
Snow World is at Phoenix Mall. They will provide you with shoes, jackets and socks.
They charge rupees 600/- per person for 1 hour.
13. Trilogy Super Club
Love sunsets at Juhu beach? THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE. Sit by the beach watching the sun go down and nibbling on lip smacking food. The veg Sushi and the prawns are the must have dishes here.
The ground floor dining has really lovely booths and an even better dessert list.
Trilogy, Mumbai’s favourite nightclub, run by The Tham brothers has redefined the clubbing culture in Mumbai. Set between the hustling city lights and the serene Juhu sea face, located at Sea Princess. Open:12:00 AM – 11:59 PM.
14. Action Paintball
at Andheri (west)
This place tops in the weekend lists of all the youngsters and college students. Action Paintball has several activities such as Paintball, Laser Tag, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Flying Fox, Bunjee Run, Body Zorbing, Archery, Rifle Shooting, Team Building Games, Corporate Packages with outdoor Treasure Hunts for people of all ages.
Timings and days one can visit this place are Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
15. Hakone Entertainment Center
An ideal entertainment center to have a blast with your friends, this place offers the perfect blend of sports, fun, and leisure for people of all ages. Here you can indulge in Go-Karting on the 200-meter track with karts of Honda engines of 5.5HP. This power-packed entertainment center also offers simulators, redemption machines, billiards, and a LAN Gaming zone. Some of the other popular activities here are the Bull Ride, Air Gun Shooting, and Bumper Cars. Or how about competing with your friends at the Paintball game in a real, simulated field?
Location: Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai
Timings: 02:30 pm to 09:00 pm; every day
These places are a must visit with crazy friends. Mumbai has no dearth of places to escape the daily grind of life. Mumbai, the city where dreams are made and fulfilled! From jam-packed railway platforms to the famous Dabbawalas, multi-millionaires to suburban slums, the dazzling Bollywood to the quintessential vada pav, bhel puri, and sev puri, the uniqueness of Mumbai is beyond words. All in all, whether it is with friends, your partner, your children, or family, Mumbai has just everything you can expect to make wonderful memories. Do share your Mumbai stories with us in the comments.