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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.

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

Historical artefacts

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.



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

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

Contemporary Indian artwork

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.



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

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

Intricate triumphal arch

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Apollo Bunder, Mumbai, 400001

Transport

Churchgate train station

Elephanta Island, Mumbai. Courtesy of First PR
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Elephanta Island

Ancient carvings

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.



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

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

Holy Hindu temple

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.



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

Oval Maidan, Mumbai. © Emma Levine
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Oval Maidan

Anyone for cricket?

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

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

Transport

Churchgate train station

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

Family seaside spot

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Back Bay, Mumbai, 400007

Transport

Charni Road train station

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

Temple pool

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Walkeshwar Marg, Malabar Hill, Mumbai 400 006

Transport

By Train: to Grant Road station, then taxi

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

Traditional Indian massages

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.



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

Website

Kerala Ayurvedic Website

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