There are so many places to see in Mumbai, but I’ve managed to condense this list to the top 15 things to see and do. This crazy, chaotic but charming Indian city is known as the front door to India and what a welcome it offers.
Wondering what to do in Mumbai? Wonder no more!
15 Places to See in Mumbai
1. Elephanta Island
If you’re looking for a memorable experience in Mumbai head to Elephanta Island in the Mumbai harbour. Here you’ll find the Elephanta Temple Caves that date back to the 5th Century. They were actively used for worship up until around 1500. Understandably it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The island itself is covered in rich forest and offers a peaceful alternative to the city vibe. You’ll need to catch a ferry from just by the Gateway of India (see number 2) and it takes around an hour to get there. The caves are open 9am – 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
2. Gateway of India
Yes, it’s touristy but for good reason. The Gateway of India is a good photo opportunity as not only is it a beautiful piece of architecture, but it also looks out to the Arabian Sea. Locals beg tourists for selfies, there are balloon sellers and in some months you may be lucky enough to see dancers and musicians.
It’s a busy place, making it another place in Mumbai that’s perfect for people-watching.
Address: Apollo Bandar, Colaba , Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400001, India
3. Chor Bazaar
Ready to get your shopping fix? Whether you have money to burn (and it’ll obviously go far in India!) or you just want to window shop, this is definitely a place to see in Mumbai.
Nicknamed Thieves’ Market. it’s one of the largest flea markets in the country, selling everything you could possibly think of, from antiques and treasures to more useful things like car parts and food.
- Sun: 10am – 9pm
- Mon: 10am – 9pm
- Tue: 10am – 9pm
- Wed: 10am – 9pm
- Thu: 10am – 9pm
- Fri: 7am – 8pm
- Sat: 10am – 9pm
Address: Mutton Street, Ajmer, Kumbharwada, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400003, India
4. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Lovingly nicknamed as the ‘Lungs of the City’ and previously known as Borivali National Park, this large expanse of greenery is one of Asia’s most visited parks. You’ll find flowers and trees, but also keep an eye out for tigers. Head on the View Point Trail to reach the highest point in the park.
Opening times: 7.30am – 5.30pm every day
Address: Gujarat Road, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400066, India
5. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Also know an CSMT (and formely known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) this is India’s most famous railway station and rightfully so, an iconic, historical landmark in Mumbai. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a functioning work of art, with many trains arriving and departing. Take some snaps of the gorgeously over the top building and spend time people-watching.
Address: Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
6. Colaba Causeway
There’s a lot to see in Mumbai, but especially here in Colaba Causeway. Stalls line the streets, offering bargain jewellery, books, food and well, everything you can think of. Restaurants, bars and cafes spill out, creating an atmospheric vibe that’s been attracting visitors for years and years.
Address: Colaba Causeway, Colaba, Mumbai, India
7. Kamla Nehru Park
If you’re travelling to Mumbai with kids, visit Kamla Nehru Park to show them the boot house. This park spans 4,000 square feet and so it’s also a great chance to run them around!
Address: Babulnath, Dadi Sheth Wadi, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006, India
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8. Haji Ali Dargah
You’ll need to time your visit for low tide when the narrow path seemingly magically appears to connect this striking shrine to the mainland. Thousands of pilgrims, especially on Thursday and Friday cross it daily, which is a sight to see in itself.
Don’t expect a gleaming building as parts have been damaged over the years in various storms, though they are gradually being restored.
Address: Haji Ali Dargah, Dargah Road, Mumbai, India
9. Hanging Gardens
Looking for a perfect picnic spot in Mumbai? Head to these manicured gardens and make sure you stay for sunset as the views over the Arabian Sea are beautiful. The terraced gardens sit at the top of Malabar Hill and are beautiful.
Address: Ridge Rd, Simla Nagar, Malabar Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400006, India
10. Marine Drive
Marine Dr is a popular 3.6 km promenade walk along the coast (and multiple lanes of traffic, but let’s ignore that bit!) and is best visited at around sunset. Nicknamed the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ because of the twinkling lights at night, it’s a good place to meet locals (or people-watch if you’d prefer!).
Address: Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400004, India
11. Sewri Jetty
At Sewri Jetty you can expect to see flocks of pink flamingos between October and March. Throughout the year other birds visit the mudflats.
Address: MPT, Sewari, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400015, India
12. Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
This historical hotel is definitely a place to see in Mumbai. You can’t miss the iconic dome and the views to the Arabian Sea are worth checking out.
Few facts for you – it was the first hotel to employ women and to have electricity.
Address: Apollo Bandar, Colaba , Mumbai, Maharashtra, , 400001, India
13. Juhu Beach
Juhu Beach is super famous and as such it gets rammed and messy. It’s chaotic and crowded, making it the perfect place to people-watch, especially around sunset when locals flock here. It’s not about tranquil relaxation – head to Marve Beach for that.
Address: Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
14. Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
Looking for something unusual to do in Mumbai? This has to be one of them! This is Mumbai’s biggest human laundromat and is over a century old. Hundreds of people beat and wash the dirt out of linens in 1026 open-air troughs. The best view is said to be from the bridge across the railway tracks near Mahalaxmi train station.
Address: Shanti Nagar, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
15. Dadar Flower Market
Looking to get that classic shot for your Instagram? At Dadar Flower Market (or “Phool Gully” as it’s nicknamed) you’ll find pretty roses and marigolds, and lots of other colourful flowers. It spills out from a covered market onto an alley. Get here for 6am to watch the prettiness unfold.
Address: 302, Tulsi Pipe Rd, Dadar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028, India
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