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Arty Kala Ghoda - a Tour of Bohemian Mumbai

Centre of one of India's best loved art festivals, discover Kala Ghoda's galleries, pavement artists and bohemian cafes
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  During the Khalagoda arts festival, held each year in January or February, the bohemian heart of Mumbai is a riot of colour and... more »

Tips:  Since most of the points on this tour are well-known tourist spots, they are also a magnet for pickpockets, so be street aware-don't... more »

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Points of Interest

This is Mumbai's best-known exhibition space. It was founded in the 1950s by prominent Parsi politician Sir Cowasji Jehangir and the gallery appeared in the award-winning 1970s Bollywood hit movie "Choti Si Bat"(Such a Small Thing).

There is a very long waiting list of artists who would like to see their work showcased here. The gallery offers 4 ... More

2. Museum Art Gallery

Lovers of eclectic and unusual art work will want to pay a visit to The Museum Art Gallery, which is packed with exhibitions of work by groundbreaking local artists.

Almost as good, the shaded pavement in front of the museum has been turned into an al fresco gallery where young, promising artists sell their work, so if you want to discover the... More

3. ICIA House

Photo fans have plenty of galleries to choose from in Kala Ghoda, but one of the best has to be Tasveer.
This national photography collective currently based at the ICIA house, has been working since 2006 to promote established names like Henri Cartier-Bresson protege Raghu Rai next to the work of new local talent.
Admission: Free

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4. Rampart Row

Just opposite the Jehangir Art Gallery, this vast heritage building renovated in 2005 now houses a huge display of stores selling arts and craftwork.
During the 9-day annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Spring, this style-setting centre is a hive of artistic activity with poetry readings, theatre performances, film screenings, dance performances ... More

By now you're feeling hungry so stop off at Chef Farrokh Khambata's new venture, Joss. Catering to meateaters and vegetarians alike, Joss's menu puts a modern twist on Far Eastern cuisine. Order succulent dishes like the Mekong Whisky Flambéed Prawns, or Silken Tofu Steaks with seared greens.
30 K Dubash Marg,

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6. National Gallery of Modern Art

Close to SP Mukherjee Chowk, otherwise known as Regal Circle, and just opposite the imposing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai's National Gallery of Modern Art is the country's main Indian art gallery.

Abandoned for many years, it was reopened in the late 1990s. It took 12 years to convert... More

7. David Sassoon Library

Even if you're not a bookworm, it's worth having a wander around this stunning building partly funded by Albert Sassoon, son of celebrated philanthropist David Sassoon, to promote literacy and learning amongst Mumbai's poorer classes.

Built in the 1870s, this landmark Kala Ghoda building was built in Venetian Gothic style. It houses one of the... More