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The city that grows on you

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Mumbai is a city of many faces - the sheer diversity can only be seen to be believed. To bring together every aspect of Mumbai would fill reams of paper - so this guide proposes a must-have experience for the traveler. If you get through this, I promise you'd want to come back for more to this city that literally sneaks up on you!

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

19 Places

3 City Tips

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19 Places

Shree Siddhivinayak

Sacred & Religious Sites

Marine Drive

Scenic Drives, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Gateway of India

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Flora Fountain

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Nehru Planetarium

Speciality Museums

ISKCON Temple

Sacred & Religious Sites

Mount Mary Church

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals

Town Hall (Asiatic Society Library)

Libraries

Global Vipassana Pagoda

Monuments & Statues

Jehangir Art Gallery

Art Galleries

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

National Parks

Essel World

Theme Parks

Taraporewala Aquarium

Aquariums

Hotel Saroj & Sweet Mart Restaurant

Restaurants

Hotel Navaratna Veg. Restaurant

Restaurants

Mainland China Restaurant

Restaurants

Cafe Mysore

Restaurants

Chor Bazaar

Flea & Street Markets

dips09's City Tips

  • Do not leave without tasting Mumbai's famous street food - outside CST train terminus in South Mumbai, or at any of the 2 beaches in Mumbai (Chowpatty or Juhu beach).
  • Always a good idea to be alert about your belongings, and do not venture into secluded places by yourself.
  • Use the technology on your phone to get around - mobile apps for cabs, google maps - and absolutely do not use the local train network during rush hour.
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    Shree Siddhivinayak
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    dips09 Says:

    A beautiful temple in the city dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Lots of devotees come here all the time - so the management does its best to allow everyone their share of time with the Lord, even if isn't much. The complex has good facilities and crowd management. Visit to be surrounded by an aura of peace.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Avoid Tuesdays if crowds bother you, otherwise seek blessings on any day - choose to believe and He will take away all your pain.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Vignaharta 17/06/2018
    • Must visit in Mumbai! 17/06/2018
    • Shree Siddhivinayak
    Address:
    Prabhadevi Shree Siddhi Vinayak Rao Bahadur S K Bole Marg
    Mumbai 400028
    India
    Phone:
    +22-2437 3626
    Other:
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    Marine Drive
    Scenic Drives, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    dips09 Says:

    A clean, well maintained zone, also known as 'Queen's necklace'. Cars zip by you all the time - but you could still relax and gaze at the sea and stars. Known for its night life nearby and food joints - the promenade allows everybody into its space. From the well heeled to the not so fortunate - everyone is equal here. Best enjoyed at night or in the monsoons with the winds and surf splashing your face!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Family
    Tips
    • No tickets required, the beauty beckons all
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mumbai diaries 16/06/2018
    • Iconic landmark 15/06/2018
    • Marine Drive
    Address:
    Chaupati
    Mumbai 400021
    India
    Phone:
    +91 97685 01578
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Gateway of India
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    dips09 Says:

    The gateway is a symbol of colonial architecture and offers good photographic opportunities. You can also gaze at the sea, the ships docked at a distance and of course the Taj hotel. One can also take a ferry to visit Elephanta caves (very ancient) from here. Visit on a monsoon weekend to take in the beauty and have hot corn and chai!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Very touristy, so better avoided on weekdays. Weekends are peaceful in south Mumbai.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtakingly beautiful 17/06/2018
    • ONE OF THE BEST STRUCTURE IN INDIA. 17/06/2018
    • Gateway of India
    Address:
    Apollo Bandar
    Colaba
    Mumbai 400001
    India
    Phone:
    +91 99287 80565
    Hours:
    Mon
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    dips09 Says:

    In one word or two - Simply fabulous! The architecture is a marvel - old Gothic style with intricate details on the facade and the gargoyles staring at you from atop the columns! The crowds pouring out of the train station makes you wonder how many people can this city take? If you're feeling courageous give a try to the Mumbai-Virar local train experience (warning - it takes nerves of steel to wrench through the unruly crowds), or simply catch up with the unique Mumbai 'dabbawalas' - the largest delivery network of tiffin service in Mumbai - and that too with minimum error!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't forget to sample the famous street food of Mumbai right outside the train terminus - pav bhaji, vada pav, pani puri, bhel puri, chole, and many other mouthwatering dishes.
    • For non-vegetarians, do not miss nearby 'Bade Miyan' near Gateway or Horniman Circle
    • For the thrifty traveler also a shopping fanatic, do bargain a good deal at the famous 'Fashion Street' just a short cab ride away
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gorgeous 16/06/2018
    • Historical landmark 16/06/2018
    • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
    Address:
    DN Road
    Mumbai CST Area
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    +91 83085 25725
    Other:
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    Flora Fountain
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    dips09 Says:

    Traditional colonial architecture - famous for its old style buildings, memorial of formation of the state, Bombay High Court and the Stock Exchange. The buildings are beautiful and the place has an old world charm best enjoyed on a lazy weekend. Weekdays its bustling with activity, so if you aren't into crowds its best avoided. Visit nearby Colaba too for its quaint buildings and alleys and if you are a shopaholic.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are a book lover, you may find some hidden gems at nearby street stands that sell old or new editions at bargain hunting prices.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    • Famous landmark in Fort area 30/05/2018
    • A Famous Landmark 10/04/2018
    • Flora Fountain
    Address:
    MG Rd at Veer Nariman Rd
    Mumbai
    India
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    Nehru Planetarium
    Speciality Museums
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    dips09 Says:

    Good visit for science buffs and kids alike - the planetarium schedules science shows and tickets can be booked in advance. On special days (eclipses etc.) they arrange for viewing sessions of astronomical events.. the vast grounds are an added bonus and add to the charm of the setting.

    Good for
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place to introduce the solar system to kids 02/06/2018
    • Nice place to learn science. 11/05/2018
    • Nehru Planetarium
    Address:
    2 km from the City Center
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    24920510
    Other:
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    ISKCON Temple
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    dips09 Says:

    A beautiful and famous Lord Krishna temple situated in the Juhu suburb of Mumbai fairly close to the beach. Built in the 1970s, the complex now houses the main temple, parking area, restaurant, guesthouse and even a library. On any given day there are hundreds of devotees visiting to spend some time in the peaceful and serene environs that have a distinct feel of the divine.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Radha Krishna Temple 16/06/2018
    • Krishna Temple 09/06/2018
    • ISKCON Temple
    Address:
    Hare Krishna Land
    Juhu
    Mumbai 400049
    India
    Phone:
    +91 87795 65883
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 13:00
    Sun - Sat
    16:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Mount Mary Church
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
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    dips09 Says:

    A very beautiful and famous shrine to Mother Mary, this basilica is located in the suburb of Bandra and is one of its most famous landmarks. When you enter inside, the beauty of the murals and paintings will leave you captivated as will be your faith in the divine. While faithfuls throng the church year round, there is a special Mount Mary fair held every year in early September - although very crowded, but a must-see nonetheless.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Religious peace 07/06/2018
    • CATHOLIC PILGRIMAGE CENTRE 06/06/2018
    • Mount Mary Church
    Address:
    Bandra West
    Mumbai 400050
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2642 3152
    Other:
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    Town Hall (Asiatic Society Library)
    Libraries
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    dips09 Says:

    The sprawling heritage structure located in south Mumbai at Fort, was constructed in the early 1800s, and is presently called the Asiatic Society of Bombay. It houses the Asiatic library - home to thousands of books, rare manuscripts, coins & maps. The library is a must-visit for its architecture and grand main building.. chalk this one up for the bibliophiles!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #106 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    • Absolutely stunning 05/03/2018
    • Renovations and more outdated than expected 07/09/2017
    • Town Hall (Asiatic Society Library)
    Address:
    Town Hall, Opposite Horniman Circle
    Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort, Mumbai
    Mumbai 400001
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2266 5139
    Other:
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    Global Vipassana Pagoda
    Monuments & Statues
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    dips09 Says:

    This is a complex dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha, and is located close to the famous Esselworld park in the suburbs of Mumbai. A fairly recently constructed structure, its main pagoda is supposed to be the biggest pillar-less stone dome structure in the world, and is built with an aim to last at least 1000 years! The complex allows for meditation, houses relics of the Buddha, and also has an art gallery.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Serene and beautiful place!! 15/06/2018
    • Must visit in Mumbai 14/06/2018
    • Global Vipassana Pagoda
    Address:
    Near Essel World
    Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village
    Mumbai 400091
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 6242 7501
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Jehangir Art Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    dips09 Says:

    This one is for the art lovers - built in the 1950s, it's yet another landmark in south Mumbai and is one of the premier art galleries in India. It regularly displays works of some of the most famous masters, plus hosts an annual exhibition to display new works of merit from upcoming artists. It is also one of the venues for the famous Kala Ghoda Arts festival - a multi cultural event held in Feb every year in the famous precincts of south Mumbai.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Iconic art gallery of Mumbai 12/06/2018
    • Lovely place for art lovers 06/06/2018
    • Jehangir Art Gallery
    Address:
    M.G. Road
    Kala Ghoda
    Mumbai 400023
    India
    Other:
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    Sanjay Gandhi National Park
    National Parks
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    dips09 Says:

    This is a small forest area situated within the only surviving green lung in the city - you can see wildlife (lions, tigers etc) or visit the nearby ancient Kanheri caves. Though the animals here aren't truly free as in the wild, this is a great opportunity for the young ones to have a chance encounter with the big cats in the middle of the city! Jungle amidst concrete..

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do visit the serene lake in the middle of the park for peace and quite and a lungful of fresh air.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit during Monsoon! 15/06/2018
    • Nice place 14/06/2018
    • Sanjay Gandhi National Park
    Address:
    Borivali East
    Mumbai 400066
    India
    Phone:
    +91 77269 38238
    Other:
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    Essel World
    Theme Parks
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    dips09 Says:

    One of the oldest and largest amusement parks in the city - EsselWorld has some good rides and other attractions. In the suburbs, this is located close to a large water park (Water Kingdom) - so the pleasure is doubled especially if you are visiting with kids. Nice place for a family visit and a break from the usual.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Watch out for large crowds on weekends and holidays.. hence weekdays are a preferred option.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It has lost its sheen 15/06/2018
    • Most popular and crowded amusement park in Mumbai and India 15/06/2018
    • Essel World
    Address:
    Borivali West
    Mumbai 400091
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 6528 0305
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Taraporewala Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    dips09 Says:

    Built in the 1950s, this is another one of the city's oldest attractions and a big hit with the young ones. The aquarium went through some hard times, but has now been refurbished and re-opened to the public. It has a large collection of marine and freshwater fish, a touch pool and also a fish spa. Visit to spend some time within the environs of a variety of marine life, and a feeling of oneness with the underwater world..

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #474 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    • Aquariums. 14/06/2018
    • Visit to Taraporewalla Acuarium 03/06/2018
    • Taraporewala Aquarium
    Address:
    Marine Drive
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2282 1239
    Other:
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    Hotel Saroj & Sweet Mart Restaurant
    Restaurants (Indian)
    dips09 Says:

    For those with a sweet tooth - this is a hidden gem in the suburb of Chembur, Mumbai - a one-branch only sweet mart. Long queues especially in festival season, are testimony to its faithfuls - those who've sampled the fare, swear that once you've tasted the sweets from Saroj, you can be sure you will come back from more.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #625 of 8,501 restaurants in Mumbai
    • Best hotel 09/05/2018
    • Lovely food! 12/03/2018
    Address:
    10th Road, Near Chembur Post Office, Chembur
    Near Sandu Garden, Near Chembur Post Office, Chembur
    Mumbai Chembur
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2528 2291
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
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    Hotel Navaratna Veg. Restaurant
    Restaurants (Chinese, Indian)
    dips09 Says:

    Situated in the heart of Vashi, Navi Mumbai - Navratna is one of the most oldest food joints in the satellite city and just a short drive away from its Mumbai cousin. It has done well to expand to accommodate the growing population of the city. Offers great vegetarian fare - simple food, not to heavy on your stomach unlike most hotels, and their service is fantastic. A must-try for foodies looking for simple fare and great service..

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 709 restaurants in Navi Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous food 05/06/2018
    • South Indian quick bite 05/06/2018
    • Hotel Navaratna Veg. Restaurant
    Address:
    10 Nirman Vyapar Kendra
    Vashi
    Navi Mumbai, Mumbai 400703
    India
    Phone:
    +91 82919 81930
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$3
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 00:30
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    Mainland China Restaurant
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
    dips09 Says:

    One of the better Chinese restaurants in the city, this chain has several branches located within Mumbai. Their dishes are excellent - with a good number of vegetarian options as well. The dimsums are a delight, the lemon coriander soup lightens you up in anticipation of the main course which has great options too. Also the buffet is definitely value for money. What's more, the kids will love the crispy chilly corn and other entrees that tickle the taste buds. It isn't the usual 'chinese' fare dished out at other places - all in all, a tasteful gastronomic journey..!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,735 of 8,501 restaurants in Mumbai
    • Delicious Asian Cuisine 13/12/2017
    • My absolute favorite food joint for Chinese cousins. 10/08/2017
    • Mainland China Restaurant
    Address:
    Sobo Central Unit
    Tulsiwadi
    Mumbai 400034
    India
    Phone:
    61621844
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    Cafe Mysore
    Restaurants (Indian, Cafe)
    dips09 Says:

    To sample authentic South Indian fare at reasonable prices - head to Cafe Mysore in Matunga in central Mumbai. Allow your palate to sample their Dilkhush dosai, pineapple sheera among other south Indian dishes, then drown it all with a strong cuppa - you've just had a taste of south India in Mumbai!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #184 of 8,501 restaurants in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • South Indian speciality restuarant 14/05/2018
    • Good food but sambar needs to be authentic! 12/05/2018
    • Cafe Mysore
    Address:
    461, Durlabh Nivas, Bhaudaji Road, Opposite King's Circle Garden, Matunga East
    Opposite Maheshwari Udyan, Matunga
    Mumbai 400019
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2402 1230
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    07:00 - 22:00
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    Chor Bazaar
    Flea & Street Markets
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    dips09 Says:

    The word 'chor' literally means thief in Hindi! Located in south Mumbai, this is one of the largest flea markets in India where you can find anything from antiques to the more modern wares - all at bargain basement prices - if you can bargain that is! And as the name suggests, this is a place where stolen wares find their way back as second-hand goods for sale!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Take care of your belongings while strolling through here..
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #125 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
    • Fantastic, Crazy Place - but Buyer Beware!! 12/06/2018
    • Fun To Poke Around In With Good Local Photo Opportunities 13/05/2018
    • Chor Bazaar
    Address:
    Mohammed Ali Rd
    Pydhonie
    Mumbai
    India
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