So we all know that Mumbai is an extremely popular tourist destination with people travelling from all over the world to see what this great city has to offer. Here, you will find the top 25 amazing things to do in Mumbai. In this list, there will be everything from ancient monuments to modern nightclubs and everything in between.
1. The Kanheri Caves
The Kanheri Caves consist of multiple caves and monuments made of basalt. The caves are located in the forest at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which we’ll read more about later (spoiler alert!) The caves contain all sorts of interesting artefacts such as paintings, carvings and inscriptions that can be dated back to 1st century BCE! In total there are one hundred and nine caves inside the complex with the first caves looking plain and modest, considering the contrast when looking at the newer caves.
2. Dhobi Ghat
The next place on my list is a must see! In the Dhobi Ghat Laundry District you can see hundreds of washers, known as Dhobis, that clean the clothes of the hospitals and hotels in Mumbai! Visiting the Dhobi Ghat will most definitely take you back 40 years in regard to advances in modern life. But you will not be disappointed. It is most definitely one of the amazing things to do in Mumbai!
3. Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple
Are you interested in different cultures and religion? If your answer was yes, I recommend this temple. When built this was used to help run an orphanage following the traditional Gurukul system. In July 1988, there was a function held here where more than 400 people attended, this was fulfilling the prophecy by Srila Prabhupada. This is one truly magnificent place the energy within the building Is great. The architectural work is exquisite, and the detail every wall possesses is truly remarkable. A marvellous room, that with time and care, transformed into a wonderful home for lordships. The temple is breathtaking, and is another must see when visiting Mumbai.
4. The Bandstand Promenade
Situated, in West Bandra, The Bandstand Promenade is a 1.2km walkway notoriously known as a chill out spot, jogging track and park for the family. The best aspect of this amazing thing to do in Mumbai is the fact that it’s Free! It is quite simple, a picturesque environment for you to enjoy everyday life in Mumbai. Of course, with any attraction that is an open space like a park or walkway, you will find street performers! And that is a great way to experience what Mumbai has to offer.
5. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
So, to kick this one off, I will just say it is the oldest museum in Mumbai! It’s located in Byculla East and originally housed the decorative and industrial arts projects from 1855. Amazingly, in 1857 it became closed to the public and transformed into the Town Hall. A committee was later formed comprising of George Birdwood, Bhau Daji Lad and Jaganath. These four guys were trying to raise money to create the museum. Which they started in 1872. But enough of the dates and facts. How cool is this structure? It also underwent a huge restoration project in 2003 and so it is fancier than ever! Woo!
6. Prince of Wales Museum
Okay so you might be thinking that I have already used so many Museums for this blog but come on, give a guy a break! The Prince of Wales Museum – or the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya which it is now called – is the largest, and most popular museum in Mumbai. I think for time consumption purposes we’ll still be referring to it at the Prince of Wales Museum, okay? Right, so it was founded at the beginning of the 1900’s to commemorate the visit of Edward VIII. It is littered with tourists (in a non-rude, non-disrespectful way) each and every day. People come from all over the world to visit such an aesthetically gifted piece of architecture. Due to its pure size it must be on your list of things to do in Mumbai
7. Pandavkada Falls
This beautiful waterfall is in Kharghar, a suburb of Mumbai. The huge scale comes in at a whopping 107 meters high and pours in massive amounts of water on the rocks beneath. Thousands of tourists visit this exquisite natural waterfall for picnics with the family or a swim in the lake below. I would totally recommend this place purely because waterfalls always deliver! How many times have you heard someone come back from somewhere amazing and said, “it was good but the waterfall was rubbish”? Waterfalls have a strange way of tugging on human emotions and continue to force you to stand in awe at an incredible display of nature and the elements.
8. Powai Lake
To continue the theme of water, the Powai lake is remarkable and for sure it is one of the things to do in Mumbai. It is an artificial lake located in the Powai valley where you can witness first-hand what life in a hut is like. This is because there are plenty of huts plotted around in the Powai village. So, let me start with the backstory; when the lake was created it was around 2.1 square kilometres with a max depth of around 13 metres. The lake was actually built by the British in 1799 and has changed hands – in terms of ownership – many times. Quite simply, it is another beautiful, not so natural, place that the great city of Mumbai has to offer.
9. Moped, Vespa, Scooter Hire
Okay, so this one has got me so excited! If you love speed, culture and tonnes of danger all wrapped up in one vehicle released on the congested streets of Mumbai then this you have come to the right place. Just got to any other shop in the city centre and you will find cheap bike hires. Of course, I would not advise riding in Mumbai if you are not a confident driver. However, just whack a helmet and some knee pads on and you’ll be sorted. Good luck!
10. Bandra-Worli Sea Link
This is a great option for someone who likes to be out at night. Because the bridge looks phenomenal when it is lit up at night, hundreds of thousands of tourists and natives will be inspired by such a great structure. It was built in 2000 and was finally completed in 2010 however it was open to the public nearly a year before the construction finished.
11. Gateway of India
The stunning building formally known as the Gateway of India is an absolute must see while in Mumbai. It was built in the 1900’s and has attracted millions of people to its front door. It is located in the Apollo Bunder area and overlooks the Arabian Sea. How can anyone not enjoy the sound of that? For me, that would be enough of me to visit Mumbai just for the exquisite views and incredible history of the Gateway to India. And what a great name might I add!
12. Shree Siddhivinayak
In case you’re in Mumbai on a spiritual journey or just love religious tourism, this Hindu temple – which is dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh – is situated in Prabhadevi. Originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil at the start of the 19th century. Also, if you like money (not that it will make you wealthy but) this temple is one of the richest in Mumbai. In the ceiling of the Sanctum is plated with gold. Yes, you read correctly, gold! There is also a statue of Ganesh in the middle of the sanctum. One of the absolute must things to do in Mumbai!
13. Marine Drive
So, I’ve included this one on the list because I know just how great it can be to soak up the country you are visiting (or living in) while seated firmly and comfortably in your car. This road is a 3.6-kilometre-long boulevard across the coast in South Mumbai. It has six lanes and is considered a natural bay. The road itself creates a meeting point for Nariman Point and Babulnath and Malabar Hill. You can sit back, drink a beer – if you’re a passenger of course – and soak up an incredible city without having to burn any calories! Perfected I’d say.
14. Sightseeing Tours
Of course, when you visit a city as populated by tourists as Mumbai you are bound to find sightseeing tours everywhere. I know you might be asking yourself “but why would I need a tour guide when you’ve listed all the great things to do in Mumbai in one great, convenient place?” and the answer is simple. If you have ever spoken to a tour guide (or been on a tour) then you would know that they will often take you away from the main excursion to point out other brilliant and less “touristy” places. With a tour guide at your service you know you won’t be missing out on all the cool things to do in Mumbai.
15. Mount Mary Church
Okay so I know that there has been plenty of temples on the list and so I reckon I am inclined to make you more religiously aware! The Mount Mary Church is a Roman Catholic Church but you will know that just by its appearance. An incredible ritual that takes place in the Church is one you won’t forget. People suffering from disease or illness will bring wax figures depicting their illnesses in hope that they will become healthy again! I should bring a wax figure of a broken heart and see if it gets mended!
16. Cultural Tours
So along with the sightseeing tours, the cultural tours are a great way to really open your mind to another culture. On these tours you will attend temples, Mosques, Churches and Synagogues, taking in the diversity of India and the people of Mumbai. Many religions inhabit Mumbai and it is a great way to experience them.
17. High Street Phoenix
This incredible shopping mall, formerly known as Phoenix Mills, is one of the largest malls in India and is in Parel. The sheer size of the floor stretches 3,300,000 ft2, with 500 stores and services. Along the mall also has a five-star hotel. The mall has the palladium, sky zone, grand galleria, and South Asia’s largest bowling alley so you and the family can enjoy an impressive 20 lane bowling experience.
Water and amusement park, you say? Between EsselWorld and Water Kingdom it is known as one off the largest! Stretching over 64acres of land. This was established in 1989. There is so much to do here so be prepared for a fun packed day when visiting! Great for family’s as it consists off 14 family rides, 11 adrenaline thrill rides and 15 children’s rides, great, right? That’s not all, EsselWorld also has Mumbai’s first ice skating rink being 3400 square feet you must go for a skate! A 6-lane bowling alley, which also has an arcade and Indian restaurant. Domino’s pizza is also located here. So, for a great day out I highly recommended EsselWorld.
19. Elephanta Caves
So, the Elephanta caves are located on Elephanta Island just 10 km east of Mumbai city. There are incredible artefacts and sculptures within the caves and people have been known to find incredible and very expensive things inside. The cave is actually dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva. The rock cut outs display incredible artistic abilities and can be dated back to 400 AD. Also, the caves were painted when their sculptures were being produced but after a long time, there isn’t much evidence left. Enjoy one of the best things to do in Mumbai.
20. Bombay High Court
Well, this one is a bit more alternative for you. The Bombay High court can be found in the state of Maharashtra. It is one of the oldest High Courts in the country and has been a great platform for judges to be promoted to Supreme Court and even further to Chief Justice of India. It is a must see if you are into history and law. It was established in 1862 and work was later done to improve the building in 1871. Many tourists travel far to view such an incredible piece of Indian history and you should too.
21. Jehangir Art Gallery
This one is most definitely for the more artistic of you guys. Founded in 1952 the Jehangir Art Gallery was opened to the public for all to enjoy. The founder (and bill payer) of the gallery was Sir Cowasji Jehangir after finding his love for art. The displays inside will suit any audience as the exhibits are random and enjoyable. It is located behind the Prince of Wales Museum in South Mumbai and houses four exhibition halls. The entire design and architecture of the gallery was created by GM.Bhuta. With such great art to adored, I would certainly recommend you make the visit to the Jehangir Art Gallery. Is it on your list of the best things to do in Mumbai?
22. Rajabai Clock Tower
A stunning piece of architecture that in my opinion trumps the Big Ben of London any day of the week. It is located in South Mumbai and stands 85 m tall! It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, who clearly has an eye for beauty, and admitted he got his inspiration from the Big Ben. Construction started in 1869 and finished in 1878, that’s a long time for a clock! One of the most expensive structures in India was paid for by a successful Indian broker who founded the Bombay Stock Exchange on the condition that the tower would be named after his mother Rajabi.
23. Mahalaxmi Racecourse
The Mahalaxmi Racecourse is a racing track for horses situated in Mahalaxmi, obviously. It is an oval shaped arena nearly 800 ft straight chute and covers nearly 225 acres. The course was built in 1883 based on the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. It is such an incredible course that people travel long and far to witness such a great display of the sport with a roaring atmosphere all around.
24. Taraporewala Aquarium
Okay so we all love aquariums, maybe because we love the idea of feeling inside the sea – but with oxygen. Or maybe because we just love the alternative world below sea level that we know little about. At the Taraporewala Aquarium you can enjoy hundreds of different species of fish and other aquatic life. It is the oldest aquarium in India and for that reason attracts plenty of tourism. Fun for all the family for sure and one of the things to do in Mumbai.
25. Horniman Circle Gardens
This garden is located in south Mumbai and is very, very big. The surface area covers nearly 11 thousand m2! Also, because it is situated in such a populated area in Mumbai, it is surrounded by offices, stores and restaurants. Originally the park was called the “Bombay Green” in the 1700’s while the area around it was known as Elphinstone Circle. The park is a very popular tourist attraction because of it’s beautiful flora and fauna, as well as it’s great locations. I would definitely recommend a visit if in the area of South Mumbai and enjoy a picnic, a sunny stroll or just a quick glimpse.
Well, that concludes my 25 most amazing things to do in Mumbai. I hope you have discovered some hidden treasures, booked your next holiday or just simply learned something new.