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Top 10 things to do in Mumbai

If you've never been to India, a trip to Mumbai is a leap straight into the deep end! The country's richest and poorest live side by side in cultural, historical, and spiritual contradiction. Here are a few sightseeing essentials to get you started.

Gateway of India

Mumbai Harbor's vast monument was built to commemorate 1911's royal visit. The vibrant streetlife that has formed around it makes it a great starting point if you're new in town!

Photo: araswami @Flicrk (CC-BY-2.0)

Shree Siddhivinayak Mandir

As one of India's most extravagant Hindu temples, the astonishing Shree Siddhivinayak provides tourists with fascinating insight into Mumbai's spiritual life.

Elephanta Island

Also known as Gharapuri, the island was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the labyrinth of Hindu temples carved into its stone caves between 450 and 750AD.

Photo: zadeus @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mount Mary Church

The Catholic Basilica annually attracts thousands of pilgrims to its shrine of the Virgin Mary. If you can, go during September's Bandra Fair, which celebrates the Virgin's birth!

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Built in 1888, the vast train station blends Neo-Gothic, Hindu, and Islamic design into one of the city's architectural highlights. Just don't expect it to be as pretty inside!

Haji Ali Dargah

This imposing mosque is also the tomb of Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. It can only be reached via a narrow walkway at low tide so plan your visit accordingly!

Dhobi Ghat

Open-air laundries are a common sight across India, but Mumbai boasts the world's largest! You can go inside, but the best views of washermen at work come from the bridge above it.

Global Vipassana Pagoda

Learn to meditate from 10:00AM to 6:00PM at the breathtaking Buddhist Stupa modelled on Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda. Entrance is free, but foreign visitors must provide ID.

Photo: Maurice Haak @Flickr (CC-BY 2.0)

Bollywood

Mumbai is the center of India's film industry, so why not catch a flick at the famous Eros Cinema? Alternatively, enjoy a tour of its largest studio complex – Film City!

Sanjay-Gandhi-Nationalpark

Surprisingly, the sprawling, densely populated metropolis has a national park within its city limits! Arrive early though – many of its attractions are closed by lunchtime.

Planning Your Mumbai Visit

How many days?

Mumbai is perfect for a quick weekend visit, but if you're planning on more than simply sightseeing, book 3 or 4 full days.

How safe is it?

Mumbai is a busy, unpredictable city, and while it might not be especially dangerous, it pays to keep your wits about you. Avoid flaunting your cash in public and giving out personal details (including your travel plans). Also, visit with a companion. Violence against tourists is uncommon, but when it does happen, it tends towards those travelling alone.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Marathi, Hindi and English
  • Currency
    INR (₹)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+05:30)
  • Country Code
    +91
  • Best time to visit
    The best weather can be found from December to February, when it's dry, with comfortably warm temperatures.

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What People Are Saying About Mumbai

The staff was very professional and polite

Very good experience The meeting point before departure for the trip should be better defined.
Elephanta Caves Guided Tour from Mumbai Reviewed by Hasan, 01/03/2016

Hands on Curry was fun, friendly, and fantastic!

Jenny D'Souza opened up her home to me on New Year's Eve 2015 and showed me how to make (from scratch) pea palau, fish moilee, coastal dry chicken, yellow dal, and kadai paneer. I've always enjoyed the amazing flavors of Indian food but been intimidated by overly-complicated online recipes and a lack of understanding of the techniques. Jenny's friendly and welcoming guidance was amazingly fun and instructional and I received a book of recipes to take home with me as well as several tips and tricks for quick, simple, and delicious Indian dished. After cooking, we sat down and enjoyed the meal and I left her home satisfied in knowledge and belly, and with a new friend. You simply must do this when you visit Mumbai.
Mumbai Cooking Class: 5-Hours Reviewed by Leah, 01/02/2016

We will never forget these impressions...

Do not be afraid these slum to visit with a guide. In addition to many workshops with poor working conditions, you can also see how the people live here. Our guide "Sunil" himself lives in a slum and was able to give us lots of information. We have no pictures made out of respect for the people. God protected these lovely people!
Dharavi Slum Group Tour in Mumbai Reviewed by PASCAL, 11/15/2015

A piece of the human puzzle on a lush, remote island; beautiful, rare!

I was picked up, escorted & dropped off at my hotel by Mr. Naren, who spoke English, was kind, knowledgeable & courteous. The tour includes passenger ferry to & from the island (about 1 hr each way), & gave me a great view of the geographic area, trade activity & energy sectors in the region. The "ferries" are very basic & those prone to motion sickness may reconsider. For Westerners, leave expectations on safety, cleanliness and comfort behind! My guide Mr. Nitin met us at Elephanta Island. He knew the area well, spoke fluent English, was mindful of my needs & took many pictures for me. The island is tropical; paths were slippery so good treads are a must. The climb to the caves is gradual but may be strenuous for some. Bring Rupees for cave entry & savvy merchants - safest to deal in Rupees! The caves & history are mind blowing - a testament to the tenacity & skill of past generations, & humbling reminder of our human origins. I was well looked after; truly a unique experience!
Elephanta Caves Guided Tour from Mumbai Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/10/2015

Excellent guide who provided insight into life in the slums of Mumbai

Whilst living conditions are difficult for those in Dharavi, this tour gave us an understanding of how people there work very hard to build a life for themselves and their families. There was industry, education, markets, construction in a multicultural, multi-denominational socity. The resilience of these people in a very difficult environment is remarkable and it is a pity that their initiative and labour is not better rewarded.
Mumbai: Private 3-Hour Dharavi Slum Tour Reviewed by Michael, 07/16/2015

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