Exceptionally energetic, astoundingly fast, brazenly challenging – Mumbai is all this and a lot more. The city of slum-dwellers and dreamers, arduous pollution and a striking skyline, crowded corners and serene landscapes, Mumbai is not just a place you visit but an experience in itself. Let us help you decide which wonders to add in your itinerary when you visit it.
1. The Gateway of India
Often considered as the most famous symbol of Mumbai, this 85-feet tall arch monument was inaugurated in 1924. A reminder of India’s colonial past, this beautifully designed structure overlooks the Arabian Sea, the famous Taj Mahal Hotel and numerous stalls and hawkers who contribute to the overall charming atmosphere.
Right time of the day to visit the place: Evenings Reasonable time to spend: 2 hours Tips: Take one of the reasonably priced boat rides.
2. Juhu Beach
This place is less of a beach and more of a colourful, luminous fair, especially on weekend evenings. You will find everything from mouthwatering pav bhaji and ice gola to entertaining monkeys and toy sellers on this 6km-long beach. Those seeking serenity can visit the beach during early mornings.
Right time of the day to visit the place: Sunset or sunrise Reasonable time to spend: 2 hours Tips: Make sure you visit The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a beautiful temple of Lord Krishna, located close by.
3. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Mumbai’s traffic, population and speed can get overwhelming. If you want to escape the city hullabaloo, head straight to this verdant park. Home to rare flora and fauna, this massive park attracts visitors due to its beautiful nature trails and treks, lion and tiger safaris and fresh air.
Right time of the day to visit the place: Anytime of the day is fine but mornings and evenings are cooler. The park is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm. Reasonable time to spend: 3 hours Tips: Check out Kanheri Caves, a protected archaeological site, located in the park.
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4. Colaba Causeway Market
Calling all shopaholics. This pulsating sidewalk in Colaba is the perfect place to find clothes, accessories, knick-knacks and bags at steal-worthy prices. The best part? You can buy all these fashion-forward items while sipping your favourite coffee or munching on a burger, thanks to the various restaurants and cafes there.
Right time of the day to visit the place: Early evenings; avoid weekends Reasonable time to spend: 2 hours Tips: Bargain!
5. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Local trains are the lifeline of Mumbai and what better way to experience them than to visit this iconic railway station. Built in 1887, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its Victorian Gothic architectural style (think tainted glasses and carved rooftops).
Right time of the day to visit the place: Afternoons to avoid peak-hour rush Reasonable time to spend: An hour Tips: Take care of your belongings!
6. Elephanta Caves
A cheap, hour-long boat ride from The Gateway of India takes you back in history – to the Elephanta Caves. Rock cut temples, beautiful pillars and Hindu sculptures await you there.
Right time of the day to visit the place: Start in the morning; closed on Mondays Reasonable time to spend: A day Tips: Read up a bit about Lord Shiva to understand the sculptures better.
7. Shree Siddhivinayak
Mumbaikars have immense faith in this Ganesh temple and once you visit, you will know why. Experience unadulterated spirituality and solitude amid a crowd of thousands.
Right time of the day to visit the place: Anytime during the day; avoid Tuesdays Reasonable time to spend: An hour Tips: Take note of the arti timings and plan your trip around it.
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Time needed to see places in Mumbai While you cannot experience everything Mumbai has to offer even in a lifetime, spend at least 4-5 days in the city to explore the most remarkable spots.
How to reach Mumbai? Mumbai is well connected to the rest of India with many non-stop flight options available. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has two terminals – Terminal 1 at Santacruz for domestic flights and Terminal 2 at Sahar for both domestic and international flights. To grab the cheapest air tickets to Mumbai, set a Price Alert and we’ll let you know when to book your flights.
Now that you are all set with an all-round itinerary for Mumbai, it is time to go ahead and book that trip! Book your flights, hotel or rent a car with Skyscanner today. You can do all of these on our mobile app too.