Places to Visit in Mumbai

Mumbai was earlier known as Bombay, a distortion of the Portuguese phrase bom bahia meaning "good bay". The promulgation of an act by the Parliament in 1997 was responsible for its present name that pays tribute to the local deity Mumba Devi.

Located on Salsette Island, Mumbai city consists of an archipelago of seven islands namely Colaba, Mazagaon, Old Woman's Island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel and Matunga-Sion. The city is steeped in history from the days of Mauryan emperor Ashoka's rule to the Portuguese invasion, the Parsi migration from Iran, the British rule and the fight for India's independence.

Mumbai witnesses a large influx of visitors all over the year who come here for sightseeing, pilgrimage as well as employment opportunities. The city is home to those rolling in wealth as well as those shrouded in extreme poverty, extending from the posh Cuffparade and Juhu areas to the poverty stricken slums of Dharavi, Asia's largest slum.

Whether you like beaches, history, shopping, art and culture, or have an affinity for religion and spirituality, the city has something for everyone. Its wide range of tourist attractions include the Gateway of India, Bombay Natural History Museum, Elephanta Caves, Chowpatty Beach, Juhu Beach, Chor Bazaar, Crawford Market, Film City, Essel World, Prithvi Theatre, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Afghan Church, Haji Ali Dargah and Shangrila Water Park to name a few.

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Tourist Places in Mumbai

The Flora Fountain

The Flora Fountain In the middle of the mega city, amidst the modern skyscrapers of Mumbai, lies this architectural masterpiece. The Flora Fountain has an aesthetically sculpted monument on the top. It is situated on the Dadabhai Naoroji Road at the Fort business district in South Mumbai. Read More >>

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market All Mumbaikars and those who have been to Mumbai will definitely vouch for the fact that the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market, also known as Crawford Market, is the liveliest and the most crowded shopping arcade in the city. Located right in the heart of the city in front of the iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station, the Crawford Market was built during the time of the British Raj. Read More >>

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Category : Religious
A perfect example of Indian architecture with a three-spired structure, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Mumbai is counted among the popular temples of the city. It is made of pink stones with intricate carvings. Read More >>

Radha Ras Bihari Temple

Radha Ras Bihari Temple Category : Religious
Spread over four acres of land, Radha Ras Bihari Temple (or commonly known as ISKCON temple) in Mumbai is among the most beautiful temples in the city. It is located near the Juhu beach with over a hundred-feet high marble domes. Read More >>

Essel World

Essel world situated in the city of Mumbai has earned the honor of being the best amusement park in the country. Designed on international patterns, the park attracts numerous visitors across the country. Around 1.8 million people make their way to the park every year. Essel World is just the place you would like to be at if you love thrill and excitement. Read More >>

Film City

The very name of the "Film City" of Mumbai, is a source of inspiration for many young and budding talents of our country. The Indian film city is fondly called as "Bollywood" which is an important source of entertainment for the entire country. The Film City is also a major spot of tourist interest. The travel agents who organize the sightseeing of Mumbai keeps almost an hour for the tourist to go round the Film City. Read More >>

Beaches in Mumbai

Chowpatty Beach

Chowpatty Beach is located on the north of Marine drive. Especially on weekends and holidays, the lively Chowpatty Beach turns into a picnic spot for the people of Mumbai. On working days, people come here in the evenings for a break from the tedious routine life. Read More >>

Juhu Beach

Juhu Beach lies in the suburbs of Mumbai. To its west is the Arabian Sea and to its east are Santacruz and Vile Parle. The Versova Beach is towards the north of Juhu. Juhu Beach is situated 18 km north of the Mumbai city centre and is one of the poshest areas in Mumbai. A number of well-known film personalities of the Indian film industry live here. People even come here to immerse the idols of Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi. Read More >>

Marine Drive

Marine Drive is a stretch of 3 km in South Mumbai, from Nariman Point to the end of the Malabar Hill. It is in the form of an inverted 'C', with a metalled six lanes road running along the coast of Arabian Sea. It is popularly known as the 'Queen's Necklace', because during the night the street lights shine like diamonds from a higher elevation. The Chowpatty Beach lies on the northern fringe of Marine Drive. Read More >>

Famous Monuments in Mumbai

Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves have large halls, courtyards, inner cells, porticos and vestibules that connect one part of the cave to the other. The Caves have many images of Hindu gods and goddesses..Read More >>

Mumbai High Court

The Mumbai High Court was an important seat of legal and judicial jurisprudence since1672. Under the strict supervision of Gerald Aungier, who was the Governor of the Surat Factory, George Wilcox became the Judge of the First British Court of Justice in Mumbai. However after the Revolt of 1857, the British Court was dissolved and the Bombay High Court came into prominence on 14th August 1862 under the 'Indian High Court Act' of 1861. After several decades of British rule, on 26th January 1950, the present day Bombay High Court acquired a separate federal identity under the Supreme Court of India. With a long historical background, the High Court of Bombay is one of the oldest serving High Courts of India..Read More >>

Kanheri Caves

The Kanheri caves are spread over a wide area. Each cave served as the room of a single monk which had a stone podium that was probably used as a bed. There is also a huge hall which houses the 'Dagoba' , a Buddhist image. The Hall was used as a place for mass religious meetings or for group worship.Read More >>

The Gateway Of India

The Gateway of India is one of the most notable architectural marvels of our country. Located on the southern part of Mumbai on the shores of Arabian Sea, the Gateway is an important landmark of the city. It is virtually the starting point for any tourist who wants to get acquainted with the exuberant and exciting life of Mumbai. The huge monument speaks at length about the history of our country. The beautifully engraved designs and the well-built pillars remind us of the colonial rule and the sacrifices of our fellow country men.Read More >>

Rajabai Clock Tower

Located within the University Complex of Mumbai, Rajaji Clock Tower is one of the important landmarks of Mumbai. Modelled on the lines of London's "Big Ben" , the Rajaji Clock Tower was built in the 19th century between 1869 and 1878 by George Gilbert. The tower derived its name from "Rajaji" who was the mother of a stock broker Premchand "Cotton King" Roychand who had borne the entire cost of building the clock tower.Read More >>

University Building

The University Building of Mumbai reflects the rich architecture and history of the city. It has intricately engraved pillars and ornamented arch. Spread over a huge area, this building was planned by Sir George Gilbert Scott and is a living example of French Gothic style. The large circular windows with stained glasses skylights showing the various zodiac signs are the main features of the University Building.Read More >>

Worli Fort

The Worli Fort was built by the British as a precautionary measure around 1675 overlooking the Mahim Bay. The Fort is situated at a strategically important place from where the British Navy could see the vessels approaching the western coast of our country. The Worli Fort does not attract as many tourists because of the surrounding fishing areas. The Fort is in the middle of the Worli Fishing Village that makes it a little inaccessible.Read More >>

Gardens in Mumbai

Hanging Garden

Mumbai has many parks and gardens where its people head to for a break from the daily routine. The Hanging Garden is one such getaway. It was built in 1880 on the Malabar hills and later renovated in 1921. It is so called because this terraced garden lies on the slopes of Malabar hills. Read More >>

Jijamata Udyan Zoo

Jijamata Udyan Zoo is located in Rani Jijamata Udyan. Established in 1861, it is one of the oldest zoos in India. The zoo is a habitat for a number of uncommon and endangered species of birds and animals. The garden covers a total area of more than 48 acres in Byculla, in the centre of Mumbai.Read More >>

Kamala Nehru Park

Kamala Nehru Park in Mumbai is the perfect spot for nature lovers, who want to spend their evenings or mornings in the lap of nature. It was established in 1952 and spread over an area of 4,000 sq. yards. The park is named after the wife of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.Read More >>

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is situated in the northern part of the suburbs of Mumbai and spread over a total area of 104 sq. km. The beautiful park is decorated with a wide variety of flora and fauna.Read More >>

Religious Places in Mumbai

Babulnath Temple

It is one of the most ancient temples in Mumbai. The residing deity, Lord Shiva, is worshipped in his form as Babul tree. The Babulnath Temple is situated south of Malabar Hill towards the end of Marine Drive at an altitude of almost 1,000 feet.Read More >>

Buddhist Temple

The Buddhist Temple of Mumbai is a renowned place of worship among the Buddhist people of India. It is located on Maulana Abdul Gaffar Khan Road in the north-west suburbs of Worli. The temple remains open all through the week. Read More >>

Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque in Mumbai built in the middle of the sea with a constricted path leading to the dargah. It is the tomb of Saint Haji Ali. The white mosque is located 500 yards into the sea and can be accessed only during the low tide. Read More >>

Jain Temple

Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji Jain Temple is a very beautiful Jain Temple in Mumbai. Jain Temples are as it is famous for their beauty and the one in Mumbai is considered to be one of the most wonderful Jain Temples in India.Read More >>

Mahalaxmi Temple

The atmosphere around the temple is filled with serenity. Three deities reside in the Mahalaxmi Temple namely Kali, Saraswati and Lakshmi. However, as the main idol is of the Goddess Lakshmi, the temple is named after her.Read More >>

Mount Mary Church

Mount Mary Church is located on a beautiful hill on the outskirts of Mumbai. It is one of the most well-known churches in Mumbai. It was constructed by the Portuguese in 1640 and was later reconstructed in 1761. It is believed that Mount Mary Church was destroyed in 1738, during a Maratha raid. Later Mother Mary's statue was recovered from Arabian Sea by local fishermen and eventually moved to the newly constructed Mount Mary Church.Read More >>

Mumbadevi Temple

Mumbadevi Temple in Mumbai is the temple of Maa Mumbadevi, the deity from whom the city has derived its name. There is a great mythological story attached to the creation of this temple.Read More >>

Siddhivinayak Temple

The Siddhivinayak Temple is a very famous temple in Mumbai. It is also known as Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple. This temple is situated at Prabhadevi in Mumbai. It is a two hundred years old temple.Read More >>

Walukeshwar Temple

The Walukeshwar Temple was built around 1050 years ago by the Silharas. It got destructed by the French during the sixteenth century. The temple was re-constructed in 1715 by Rama Kamath. The recent structure of Walukeshwar Temple finally came into being in the 1950s.Read More >>

Tourist Destinations Near Mumbai

One can make excursions from Mumbai to hill resorts and historical places around Mumbai. Bassein, which bears a close resemblance to Goa, is a quiet place where tourists can enjoy solitude away from the hustle and bustle of crowded cities. Aurangabad is a historical destination famous for its medieval monuments and cultural heritage. It is well known for the world heritage sites Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Khandala is an exotic hill station ideal for trekking. Lonavala is another beautiful place with lush green scenery. Matheran is a small hill station near Mumbai known for its freshness and beauty. Pune, the second largest city of Maharashtra, also offers many tourist attractions. It is famous for the Ashram of Osho Rajneesh and many gardens along with the banks of river Mula-Mutha.

Last Updated on : November 7, 2016