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Things to do in Mumbai

Boats depart to Elephanta Island's ancient carvings from the iconic Gateway of India in Colaba, straddling Fort and Churchgate. Oval Maidan hosts informal cricket matches. Jasmine fills the air at Babulnath Mandir temple, while Chowpatty Beach, tucked inside the curved bay flanked by Marine Drive, offers beautiful sunset strolls. Kala Ghoda boasts museums including the National Gallery of Modern Art. Most major attractions open 10am-5pm, and close Monday.

Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai. Photo by Manali Jagtap, © Whatsonwhen

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Mumbai. Photo by Manali Jagtap, © Whatsonwhen

    Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum in Kala Ghoda houses an impressive collection of ancient Indian historical artefacts. Art, archaeology and natural history dominate the museum's collections and there are galleries devoted to Tibetan bronzes, Buddhist scrolls and miniature paintings.Show this on map

    Cost

    Rs300

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10.15am-6pm

    Address

    Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mumbai

    Telephone

    +91 (0) 22 2284 4519

    Transport

    By Train: to Churchgate station

    Website

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum Website

  2. 2. National Gallery of Modern Art - Museums and Galleries

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    National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. Photo by Manali Jagtap, © Whatsonwhen

    In Fort's artistic Kala Ghoda district, the National Gallery of Modern Art showcases India's contemporary arts. The permanent collection features painter Abanindranath Tagore and sculptor Meera Mukherjee. An ornate teak and chromium stairway connects the galleries.Show this on map

    Cost

    Rs150

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 11am-6pm

    Address

    Sir Cowasji Jehangir Hall, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, 400032

    Telephone

    +91 (0) 22 2288 1971

    Transport

    Churchgate or CST (VT) train station

    Website

    National Gallery of Modern Art Website

Attractions

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  1. 3. Babulnath Mandir - Attractions

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    Babulnath Mandir, Mumbai. Photo by Manali Jagtap, © Whatsonwhen

    Holy Shiva temple Babulnath Mandir sits majestically more than 300m above the Arabian Sea in Chowpatty. Its devotees climb up to the ornate, jasmine-filled temple in search of a divine vision, and to offer blessings. Usually tranquil, Mondays are busiest.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 5am-10pm; restricted entry 12-12.30pm

    Address

    Babulnath Marg, Kalbadevi, Mumbai, 400007

    Telephone

    +91 (0) 22 2367 3602

    Transport

    Grant Road train station

    Website

    Babulnath Mandir Website

  2. 4. Oval Maidan - Attractions

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    Oval Maidan, Mumbai. © Emma Levine

    Imposing colonial masterpieces surround Oval Maidan (maidan means 'ground'), a large grassy area in the middle of Churchgate. Young locals play on the back-to-back makeshift cricket pitches at the weekends. A visit here provides an authentic, chaotic Mumbai experience.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    between Maharishi Road & Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Marg, Mumbai, 400020

    Transport

    Churchgate train station

  3. 5. Elephanta Island - Attractions

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    Elephanta Island, Mumbai. Courtesy of First PR

    UNESCO Heritage Site Elephanta Island is named after the elephant sculptures discovered there. Its famous caves contain 5th-8th-century stone carvings, dedicated to Hindu gods. The highlight is the imposing six-metre-high carving of Shiva. Beware of the aggressive monkeys.Show this on map

    Cost

    Rs250 (entry to caves); Rs120 (boat)

    Opening hours

    Elephanta Caves Tue-Sun; boats operate daily 9am-2.30pm (weather permitting); last boat leaves Elephanta Island 3.30pm

    Address

    Off Colaba Coast

    Telephone

    +91 (0) 22 2202 6364

    Transport

    50-minute boat ride from Gateway of India

  4. 6. Gateway of India - Attractions

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    Gateway of India, Mumbai. Photo by Manali Jagtap, © Whatsonwhen

    Mumbai's most striking landmark, the Gateway of India in coastal Colaba is a turreted basalt stone arch with intricate latticework. Originally built for King George V's visit in 1911, it became a symbolic farewell to the Raj in 1947.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, 400001

    Transport

    Churchgate train station

Special things to do

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  1. 7. Chowpatty Beach - Special things to do

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    Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai. Photo by Manali Jagtap, © Whatsonwhen

    Thousands of locals descend on famous seaside promenade Chowpatty Beach for sunset strolls, savoury bhel puri snacks and pony rides - although the Arabian Sea is not for swimming. Head for Chowpatty to ride on the human-powered Ferris wheel.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Back Bay, Mumbai, 400007

    Transport

    Charni Road train station

  2. 8. Kerala Ayurvedic Health Spa - Special things to do

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    Kerala Ayurvedic Health Spa, Mumbai. Courtesy of India Tourism Office

    Kerala Ayurvedic Health Spa in Prabhadevi follows the centuries-old Indian tradition of natural healing. A full-body massage with natural oils, followed by oil bath and face pack, takes two hours but its relaxing effects will last for days.Show this on map

    Cost

    Rs990 (full-body massage)

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-8pm

    Address

    10, Prabhadevi, Veer sarvarkar marg, Mumbai 400025

    Telephone

    +91 (0) 22 2430 2336

    Transport

    Dadar Western train station

  3. 9. Banganga Tank - Special things to do

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    Banganga Tank, Mumbai. Photo by Manali Jagtap, © Whatsonwhen

    Banganga Tank in Mumbai's Malabar Hill area is a sacred rectangular pool where pilgrims bathe. Surrounded by ancient turreted temples, garlanded shrines and towering apartment blocks, traditional life coexists alongside unbridled modernisation, making for an interesting trip.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Walkeshwar Marg, Malabar Hill, Mumbai 400 006

    Transport

    By Train: to Grant Road station, then taxi

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