Tourist Attractions in Mumbai
Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Mumbai...
Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra state and is India's biggest metropolitan centre, as well as being the country's financial and commercial hub. The city was named after the goddess Mumba Devi; in Marathi, which is the official language of Maharashtra, 'aai' means 'mother', and thus 'Mumbai' was created.
Mumbai is truly cosmopolitan. It is a city that reflects India's many castes and religions, as its inhabitants come from all over India, and it is also home to many foreigners.
Main Tourist Attractions
Gateway of India and Marine Drive: This monument was built in 1920 on the shores of Mumbai to welcome England's King George, who arrived by ship. Today it is Mumbai's chief landmark. Short ferry rides out to sea depart from the monument; near by is Marine Drive, a 4.5 Km stretch of coastline in a semi-circular shape. Also known as the Queen's Necklace, it is particularly beautiful at night.
Ferries leave from the Gateway of India every 15 minutes from 07:00 to 15:00 daily for the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Situated on a small island, the Caves take about four hours to visit and contain carvings representing Hindu mythology, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Juhu Beach: This beach in west Mumbai welcomes visitors from early morning to late at night. It is a popular place to watch the sunset, go horse riding and other activities. Street food is plentiful such as vada pav, bhel puri, pani puri, pav bhaji, chaats and ice gola (ice candy) in various flavours.
Siddhivinayak Temple: It is believed that when you visit this 200-year-old temple to Lord Ganesh and wish for something, your wish will be fulfilled. It is because of this belief that on Monday nights, people from all over Mumbai walk barefoot to reach the temple by Tuesday morning, which is supposed to be an auspicious day to visit.
RBI Monetary Museum: The RBI is India's central bank. On display at the museum are coins – from ancient currencies used in the bartering system to modern coins, cards and currency – as well as financial documents.
- At: Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Open: Monday to Saturday 10:45-17:15
Mani Bhawan: Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation, used to stay at Mani Bhawan during his visits to Mumbai. On display are items he used, his collection of books and other articles related to his life history.
- At: Laburnam Road, Gamdevi, Mumbai
Open: Daily 09:30-18:00
Haji Ali: Surrounded by water, this shrine is dedicated to a Muslim saint known as Haji Ali. It is located on the main road of Worli Mumbai.
Taraporewala Aquarium: Built in 1951, sharks, octopus, kite fish, coral, sea horses, pearls and shells are some of the sea life that inhabit this aquarium. Articles crafted from shells and pearls are also displayed here.
- At: Marine Drive, near Charni Road Station, Mumbai
Mahalaxmi Temple: Laxmi is the Goddess of wealth, so this old temple has a strong following. It is situated in a fashionable shopping and residential area on Beach Candy Road, and is open daily.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: Once known as the Prince of Wales Museum, it was built in 1922 and is a marvel of Indian Victorian architecture. Artefacts and sculptures from the ancient Indus Valley civilisation are on display.
- At: MG Road, Fort Mumbai
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:15-18:00