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Sightseeing in Mumbai on shoe-string budget

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This guide is for first time Mumbai visitors. It encompasses some of the unique, must watch/must go places in Mumbai. Travel tips for getting to these places quickly have also been included.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

18 Places

10 City Tips

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18 Places

Marine Drive

Scenic Drives, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Gateway of India

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Bridges

Bandra Fort

Points of Interest & Landmarks

ISKCON Temple

Sacred & Religious Sites

Shree Siddhivinayak

Sacred & Religious Sites

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Chowpatty Beach

Neighbourhoods, Beaches

Juhu Beach

Beaches

EsselWorld

Theme Parks

Water Kingdom

Water Parks

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

National Parks

Colaba Causeway

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Nehru Planetarium

Speciality Museums

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Gift & Speciality Shops, Speciality Museums

Nehru Science Center

Science Museums

Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Speciality Museums

Linking Road

Gift & Speciality Shops

kanchana311's City Tips

  • The local train/ bus services strat from 4am in the morning till 1:30am in the night
  • Mumbai is generally hot, Carry stoles/ scarf/ sunscreen/ hats/ caps/ umbrella for sun protection. While roaming, always have water bottles with you to keep yourself hydrated.
  • If you plan to shop in specific brand outlets, do checkout the closing days. Some sectors of the city are closed on Mondays, some on Thursdays and so on
  • Thrifty shopping destinations are Colaba causeway, Fashion Street (Churchgate) and Linking road (bandra)
  • The promenade is a good place to enjoy the sea breeze and Mumbai has quite a few. Worli Sea face, Band stand and carter road in Bandra, Nariman Point
  • Beaches in Mumbai are different from anywhere else in the world. Beaches are encroached by food stalls and the sea water is quite dirty. Also, no one wears swimwear to the beaches.
  • When in Mumbai, eating Chat is a must: Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, Dahi Puri, Pani Puri. Other dishes that one must try: Wada Pav and Pav Bhaji. Preferably try these at road side stalls.
  • Auto rickshaws are available only within suburban limit, Taxis are available in city and suburb. They generally go by meter, so no worries
  • Shopping can be done absolutely anywhere: trains, road side, malls, etc. Just remember to bargain. If you are fair skinned and visibly a foreigner- the vendors tend to charge more.
  • Trains are the quickest way of travelling in Mumbai (Western Railway, Central Railway and Harbour line are the main routes). You can opt for a regular ticket or a I class.
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    Marine Drive
    Scenic Drives, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    kanchana311 Says:

    Marine Drive has a promenade where you can sit and gaze at the sea for hours together. You can come hear for your morning/evening walk if you are staying close by

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    • Better to go in later evening 10/12/2017
    • nice to seat in evening 09/12/2017
    • Marine Drive
    Address:
    Chaupati
    Mumbai 400021
    India
    Phone:
    +91 97685 01578
    Other:
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    Gateway of India
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    kanchana311 Says:

    This monument was built by the British to welcome the Queen. It is a beautiful structure. It is close to the sea.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Combine visiting Gateway of India, Marine drive, Colaba causeway and fashion street as they are close by
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great photo opportunity 09/12/2017
    • Shame the view was blocked 09/12/2017
    • Gateway of India
    Address:
    Peninsula at end of C. Shivaji Maharaj Marg
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    +91 94180 81904
    Other:
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    Bandra-Worli Sea Link
    Bridges
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    kanchana311 Says:

    This is a fairly new addition to Mumbai's sky line. This bridge connects Bandra and Worli and goes above the Sea. To travel on the bridge you will have to pay a toll

    Good for
    • Friends
    Tips
    • If you are travelling on the sea-link, do roll down your windows and allow the sea breeze to hit your face- its divine
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Time saviour and beautiful drive 09/12/2017
    • Most beautiful road in Mumbai! 09/12/2017
    • Bandra-Worli Sea Link
    Address:
    South Mumbai
    view point is from Lands End at Bandra end of bridge
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    +91 230 467 9228
    Other:
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    Bandra Fort
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    kanchana311 Says:

    It is an old fort- Much of it is dilapidated. There is a nice garden where one can relax. The fort area gives a nice view of the sea-link. you can also climb on some rocks and enjoy the sea at your feet. there are a few food stalls around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do carry water/food if you intend to stay long
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    • Bandra escort Services ©®© Mob.9004222423 ©®© Dolly Independent Call Girls Bandra ©© Bandra Call Girls Service 08/12/2017
    • Photogenic location 14/11/2017
    • Bandra Fort
    Address:
    Bandstand Road, Mount Mary, Bandra W
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    +91 95940 80005
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 17:30
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    ISKCON Temple
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    kanchana311 Says:

    This is a Radha krishna temple located in Juhu. The temple is beautiful. Please check the visiting hours.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress modestly while visiting
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Calm and Positive Energy... ! 09/12/2017
    • Best place to visit 08/12/2017
    • ISKCON Temple
    Address:
    Hare Krishna Land
    Juhu
    Mumbai 400049
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2620 6860
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 13:00
    Sun - Sat
    16:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Shree Siddhivinayak
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    kanchana311 Says:

    The famous Ganesh temple in Mumbai. The temple draws in a lot of people. There is always a queue.

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Tuesdays are auspicious for Lord Ganesha, the crowd on Tuesday is a lot. If possible avoid visiting on a Tuesday.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such a great temple for so many reasons. This is where the locals go to pray and pay homage to Gaensha! 09/12/2017
    • May the blessings of Ganpathi be with you 09/12/2017
    • 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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    Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    kanchana311 Says:

    CST is actually a train terminus: they have now turned a part of it into a museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive facade 09/12/2017
    • crowded place 09/12/2017
    • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
    Address:
    DN Road
    Mumbai CST Area
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    +91 83085 25725
    Other:
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    Chowpatty Beach
    Neighbourhoods, Beaches
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    kanchana311 Says:

    Chowpatty and Juhu are the 2 famous beaches of Mumbai. One can enjoy light snacks here by the sea side.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    • Chowpatty beach 03/12/2017
    • Very Clean & Neat 01/12/2017
    • Chowpatty Beach
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    Juhu Beach
    Beaches
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    kanchana311 Says:

    One of the famous beaches of mumbai located in the suburbs.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    • Cleaner beach in Mumbai 07/12/2017
    • Pleasant 07/12/2017
    • Juhu Beach
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    EsselWorld
    Theme Parks
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    kanchana311 Says:

    It is an amusement park. You can spend an entire day here, Foodand beverages can be purchased.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • you need to walk a lot- wear comfortable shoes
    • Depending on how you travel- you may need to travel in a boat
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One the best amusement park 08/12/2017
    • Theme Park 08/12/2017
    • EsselWorld
    Address:
    Gorai
    Mumbai 400 091
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 6528 0305
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Water Kingdom
    Water Parks
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    kanchana311 Says:

    Amusement water park located close to essel world, has a lot of rides.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • carry your swimming constumes
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Waterpark to be visited 03/12/2017
    • Nice Place & for Kids perfect. 01/12/2017
    • Water Kingdom
    Address:
    Gorai
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 6528 0305
    Other:
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    Sanjay Gandhi National Park
    National Parks
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    kanchana311 Says:

    It is a well preserved national park. You can opt for the early morning safari wherein if you are lucky you may get to see lions. Kanheri caves can also be accessed from here

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • No plastics are allowed insided
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    • Great place for family & friends and must visit for children to know about nature 06/12/2017
    • Perfect Place for Outdoor Family Outing 04/12/2017
    • Sanjay Gandhi National Park
    Address:
    Borivali East
    Mumbai 400066
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2886 0362
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    Colaba Causeway
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    kanchana311 Says:

    You need to be here so that you can shop. Jewelry, clothes, sun glasses, etc. You name it and you get it here

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Bargaining is a must
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Test Your Haggle 02/12/2017
    • Nostalgia 29/11/2017
    • Colaba Causeway
    Address:
    Colaba
    Mumbai
    India
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    Nehru Planetarium
    Speciality Museums
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    kanchana311 Says:

    The Planetarium has shows in which details are provided about our galaxy. There are different shows. Languages: Hindi English, etc. The show is projected on a dome shaped screen, chairs are arranged accordingly. Its a beautiful experience. You can book your tickets online

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Do take your children here_ they will enjoy it
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beautiful Planet world 05/12/2017
    • Nice place for Kids 04/12/2017
    • Nehru Planetarium
    Address:
    2 km from the City Center
    Mumbai
    India
    Phone:
    24920510
    Other:
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    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Speciality Museums
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    kanchana311 Says:

    This Museum is huge and you just cant cover it all in a single day. You can purchase the vocal guide, which takes you to all the exhibits. But in my honest opinion, if you are really a history buff you wont need it :-)

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • if you are planning a visit here, keep your entire day free
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 181 Shopping in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great museum, superb building, great art collection 09/12/2017
    • Great museum 07/12/2017
    • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
    Address:
    159 Mahatma Gandhi Rd
    Mumbai 400023
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2284 4484
    Other:
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    Nehru Science Center
    Science Museums
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    kanchana311 Says:

    It is the best place to know how things work. They have working models of laws/theorems/expts of physics, maths, chemistry and biology. Bringing your children here might increase their interest in studies :-)

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Do take your kids here
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    • Fun for kids 18/11/2017
    • Good place with kids but some exhibitions not working 14/11/2017
    • Nehru Science Center
    Address:
    Dr. E. Moses Road
    Mumbai 400 018
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2492 0482
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Bhau Daji Lad Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    kanchana311 Says:

    This museum is very close to the zoo (Rani Baug). You can have a combined visit to both the places. It mostly has artifacts about Mumbai- a lot of paintings.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating architecture 13/11/2017
    • Victoria & Albert Museum 31/10/2017
    • Bhau Daji Lad Museum
    Address:
    91A Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road
    Byculla
    Mumbai 400027
    India
    Phone:
    +91 22 2373 1234
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Linking Road
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    kanchana311 Says:

    Shopping. You can shop till you drop here. clothes, knick knacks, jewelry,etc

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 181 Shopping in Mumbai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • NOT for everyone 01/12/2017
    • Shopping 25/11/2017
    • Linking Road
    Address:
    Main Market extends from, Near National College, Bandra To Khar Telephone Exchange. Khar
    Mumbai
    India
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