Mumbai is a paradise for tourists. The city is filled with a whole range of beautiful and interesting places. If you like traveling, then you must visit it. If you live near Mumbai, then traveling cost can’t be a big issue for you. For example, Delhi to Mumbai flight price varies between Rs. 2,548 and Rs. 13,876.
Mumbai is famous for inspiring its tourists. To guide you, we have made an interesting list of the 10 Best Places to Visit in Mumbai.
1. Gateway of India
Gateway of India is a beautiful combination of three different architecture styles- Islam, Hindu, and British Gothic. The 85 feet tall edifice was made to celebrate King George’s fifth visit to Mumbai. You can visit the Gateway of India any day without any ticket fees.
The place is famous for its street food and sea breeze. Another plus point about the Gateway of India is that Elephanta Caves, another popular tourism site, is a 40-minute ferry ride away from it.
2. Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves is one of the seven wonders of India. It resides on Elephanta Island and belongs to 600 AD. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site. The site has beautiful sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist gods. Unfortunately, Portuguese people used the statues for their sword practice and damaged them in the process.
Yet, the sculptures still captivate visitors and make them wonder about the excellence of medieval artwork. You can visit the site any day except Monday. The ticket fee is 10 INR for Indians and 250 INR for foreigners.
3. Marine Drive
Marine Drive is three kilometers long and forms the border of the Arabian sea. It is in the near center of Mumbai and so anyone can easily visit it from other parts of Mumbai. The place offers a beautiful view of the sunset. People who visit the place love to take walks in the walkway and feel the fresh sea breeze. Eating street food at Chowpatty is especially popular.
4. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a colonial structure whose construction was completed in 1897. It was originally known as Victoria Terminus. The architecture of the edifice is influenced by Victorian, Indian, and European Gothic styles.
UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2004. Due to the building’s beautiful architecture, it is not uncommon for people to visit it even when they don’t have any plans to board trains.
5. Haji Ali Shrine
Haji Ali Shrine covers a 4500-meter land area and resides in the middle of Worli. The shrine is 85 feet long and is made with the same kind of marble that was used in the Taj Mahal. Though Haji Ali Shrine is an Islamic structure, people of various faiths pay their visit to it. If you visit the shrine on Fridays, you can attend its qawwali sitting.
6. Sanjay Gandhi National Park
According to reports, around 2 million people visit Sanjay Gandhi National Park each year. That makes it the most visited national park in Asia. The tourist site is famous for two things, Kanheri caves, and Karvi Shrub.
Kanheri caves are dated to be 2400 years old while the Karvi is a special shrub that blooms after a cycle of eight years. The national park doesn’t charge any entry fee. You can visit it any day from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.
7. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya has around 50,000 historical and cultural artifacts stored in it. Many of these artifacts are part of the Indian legacy. Some of these artifacts even date back to Indus Valley Civilization. It was constructed in 1905 to honor Edward VIII, the then Prince of Wales. You can visit it from 10.15 am to 6.00 pm.
8. Markets of Mumbai
Mumbai is famous for its flea markets. Hill Road, Colaba Causeway, Fashion street, and Linking Road sell high brand clothes at ridiculously low prices. 150-year-old Chor Bazaar of Mumbai has the distinction of being India’s greatest flea market. These markets are open from 11 am to 7.30 pm.
9. Global Vipassana Pagoda
Global Vipassana Pagoda is a structure that is built to practice Vipassana meditation. In the meditation hall, Gurus give lessons about Buddha’s teachings and Vipassana meditation. The Global Vipassana Pagoda has a dome in its center. You can visit it any day from 9 am – 6:30 pm. It has no entry fee.
10. Siddhivinayak Temple
Siddhivinayak Temple counts among the most popular worship places in Mumbai. It is not uncommon to see Bollywood celebs and politicians visit this Hindu worship temple. Interestingly, the CEO of Apple Tim Cook paid a visit to this temple when he was visiting India. The temple has no entry fee. You can visit it any day from 12.30 pm to 7.20 pm.