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Must Visit Places In Mumbai, India - Updated 2020

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Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra in India and is one of the most famous and recognisable places of the country. It is also a very important city as it is the commercial and financial capital of India. Mumbai has garnered much popularity across the globe largely because of the presence of the Hindi language film industry or Bollywood, the largest film industry in India. Mumbai has gradually become a synonym for Bollywood and vice versa but it is not the only notable aspect of the city. Mumbai is home to many other attractions to occupy visitors and the locals alike. So, come and experience Mumbai like never before. Here are 10 of the most popular must-visit places in Mumbai, India.

1. Gateway of India


The Gateway of India is the second most famous icon of India just after the Taj Mahal. In fact, this monument is also known as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai. The building’s foundation was laid in the year 1911 but it was inaugurated in 1924. This monument’s magnificent architecture was designed by George Wittet and it was erected to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. This edifice has a unique design with its structure embodying an unparalleled confluence of Western, Arabic and Indian architecture. It is resplendent with both Hindu and Muslim motifs thus it is a true representative of the secular social fabric of the country. This monument overlooks the Arabian Sea as it is situated in the Apollo Bunder waterfront and thus it affords the visitor picturesque views along with a piece of history.

Gateway of India

Address: Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Price: No entry fee

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2. Siddhivinayak Temple


The Siddhivinayak Temple is one of the holiest and revered places in the country. It is a shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha and was built in the year 1801. Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil, a childless couple, erected this temple so that infertile women could pray here and have their wishes of having a child fulfilled. Besides being one of the most famous, it is also one of the richest temples in India. The temple contains a Ganesha statue that was carved out of a single piece of black stone. The idol is flanked by Goddesses Riddhi and Siddhi who are deities of wealth and prosperity respectively. A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is also present within the premises.

Siddhivinnayak Temple

Address: SK Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028

Opening hours: 5:30 AM- 10 PM

Price: No entry fee

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3. Girgaum Chowpatty


The Girgaum Chowpatty or popularly known as Chowpatty is a beach located in southern Mumbai. This stretch of sandy beach has an atmosphere that is in stark contrast to that of Mumbai. While Mumbai is a hectic and chaotic city, Chowpatty is calm and serene. It is a place to unwind and relax, a much-needed respite for the Mumbaikars. The cool breeze and the white sands beside the sea creates a beautiful environment. The beach turns into a fair at night with children happily playing about and enjoying various rides while the adults walk the seashore while snacking on the famous street food of Mumbai. This beach is never deserted; at the least, you will always find someone lazing on the beach or children building sand castles.

Girgaum Chowpatty

Address: Mumbai, Maharashtra

Opening hours: After sunset

Price: No entry fee

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4. Victoria Terminus


The Victoria Terminus, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, is the busiest and largest railway station in India. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site what with it being one of the standing structures of pre-independence India. It was built in 1887 and currently is the Central Railway Headquarter of the country. The station is a magnificent structure embodying the Victorian Gothic style of architecture. This bustling and busy station is the symbol of the commercial capital, Mumbai. The noise, the crowd and the lively colours and music in between them is the representative of the varied and massive commercial activity that happens in the country. It is also the location of the famous “Jai Ho” song of the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.

Victoria Terminus

Address: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

Opening hours: Open 24 hours

Price: No entry fee

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5. Essel World


Essel World is an amusement park in Mumbai that is loved by locals and visitors alike. Essel World along with the Water Kingdom is one of the largest amusement parks in the whole of Asia. It has been a favourite destination for the Mumbaikars to beat the summer heat or go on family picnics. Tourists can also visit Essel World for a day-long picnic or stay overnight in one of the hotels around the park to tour both Essel World and the Water Kingdom. The park has some of the most enjoyable and exciting rides thus making it a must visit for tourists.

Essel World

Address: Global Pagoda Road, Essel world Amusement Park, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091

Opening hours: 10 AM - 7PM

Price: from 5.46-10.49 USD

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6. Prince of Wales Musuem


The Prince of Wales Museum, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, is one of the heritage buildings in Mumbai. The Prince of Wales himself laid the foundation stone of the building in 1905 and it became a museum in 1922. This monument is known for its intricate and beautiful architecture which is a blend of British, Mughal and Indian styles. The facade of the museum is a sight to behold and the expansive garden in front of it adds to its magnificence. The museum showcases ancient artefacts and artworks that gives us a glimpse into India’s rich and glorious past.

Prince of Wales Museum

Address: 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023

Opening hours: 10:15 AM - 5 PM

Price: 0.42 USD

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7. Film City


The Film City is the birthplace of Bollywood or the Hindi film industry. It is located in Aarey Colony, in a secluded spot that allowed enough open space to build gigantic sets for larger than life movies for which Bollywood is famous. The Film City boasts of an area where as many as a thousand sets can be built simultaneously and is a place as many as 900 films are shot. Now it has been converted into a high tech studio that has all the modern equipment to meet the technological demands of present-day films. If you are a movie buff then a visit to this place is a must as you can see how films are made.

Film City

Address: Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri ,Goregaon (East), Mumbai - 400065.

Opening hours: 10:00 AM - 5 PM

Price: 8.36-23.72 USD

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8. Mumbai Zoo


The Mumbai Zoo, also known as the Veermata Jeejabai Bhonsle Uddyan and Zoo, is the only zoo in the city. It was built in 1861 by the British and then was known as Victoria Gardens. It is located in the centre of the city or Byculla and is easily accessible to the residents living in any part of the city. In the zoo, one can see wild animals like lions, tigers, monkeys, crocodiles, elephants and more. The aviary section is filled with colourful and noisy birds. Recently a penguin section was inaugurated where visitors can see the antics of eight cheerful penguins.

Mumbai Zoo

Address: 91A, Lalbaug Flyover, Near Railway Station, Byculla East, Mazgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027

Opening hours: 9:00 AM - 6 PM

Price: 0.35-1.40 USD

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9. Global Pagoda


The Global Pagoda is a meditation hall built along the lines of ancient Buddhist architecture. It specialises in Aanapana Meditation, a type of meditation that teaches the mind to release itself from the cycles of life and death, temptation and sorrow. In fact, visitors can experience a 10-minute free meditation session before deciding to enrol for the full course. The Pagoda was built as a tribute to a Burmese Vipassana monk named Sayagyi U Ba Khin. He was responsible for reigniting the practice of this meditation in India, the original birthplace of Buddhism after it had almost ceased to exist in the country. The purpose of this structure is to garner and spread spirituality among the masses through meditation and following the teachings of Gautama Buddha.

Global Pagoda

Address: Global Pagoda Road, Near Esselworld, Gorai, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091

Opening hours: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Price: No entry fee

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10. Kanheri Caves


The Kanheri Caves are alcoves and rock-cut monuments that stand as proof of ancient Buddhist architecture and religious practices in India. It is located in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and is a site of both religious and historic significance. The Caves are famous for its 109 special entrances and its water system which is a proof of the brilliance of ancient Indian engineering. The water system is such that it harvests and utilises rainwater. The Caves were built over some years and the older caves are simple in design but the newer caves have much more intricate architecture. The walls of the caves are resplendent with carvings, inscriptions and paintings dating back to the 1st century. There is also a congregation hall decorated with carved pillars and traditional Buddhist stupas. A cave has been segregated and turned into a Buddhist monastery that holds special importance to this religious community.

Kanheri Caves

Address: Global Pagoda Road, Near Esselworld, Gorai, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091

Opening hours: 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Price: 0.07 USD

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Mumbai is one of the most important as well as attractive places in India. The city has a deep history and is vibrant with the energetic culture of the Marathis, the ethnic group native to the place. These 10 places in Mumbai will give you a true experience of what Mumbai is all about. So, get yourself ready to experience the city of dreams.

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