Top Tours & Activities 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.
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!
As one of India's most extravagant Hindu temples, the astonishing Shree Siddhivinayak provides tourists with fascinating insight into Mumbai's spiritual life.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Mumbai is perfect for a quick weekend visit, but if you're planning on more than simply sightseeing, book 3 or 4 full days.
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.
- LanguageMarathi, Hindi and English
- CurrencyINR (₹)
- Time ZoneUTC (+05:30)
- Country Code+91
- Best time to visitThe best weather can be found from December to February, when it's dry, with comfortably warm temperatures.
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The tour was very well organised with a fluently speaking young guide living in Dharavi. He provided a lot of information on a broad variety of inhabitants, their jobs, daily routines, stories and migration backgrounds. We were talking about tough challenges that the inhabitants are facing every day but also about many positive aspects like recycling, cultural richness and strong identity. Pick-up from hotel worked like a charm. I called the organiser ahead to double check the confirmation. He was reachable on phone and provided the right information which gave me good confidence. As a city planner this was an great opportunity. Getting insights into the inner workings of India's largest city and an alternative perspective on development projects. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Its hard to believe that these majestic sculptures were made 100s of years ago without benefit of the tools we have today, and that they have survived so well for such a long period of time. Our guide was Nitin, the local guide who lives on the island, and he was terrific. He explained all the meanings of the sculptures and their relative positions to each other and to the rising sun, and he clearly loves this island. He also took us through to see the simple local temple used by the villagers.
The experiencie with the family was excellent, i was expdcting the hotel and the things that my app says but that dosnt matter when we start the cooking lesson, for me as a foreing its and adventure to see, smell, taste and cooked some off the more comon recepies on another country and city, along the know off how to use the main spices was the perfect star of my trip, soon you will view one off my main plates in Mexico on my table Thanks for the experience to the host family in Mumbai
Very good experience The meeting point before departure for the trip should be better defined.
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.