Best Things To Do In Mumbai, India

PUBLISHED: May 19, 2019

The magical city of Mumbai is not only enchanting but also one of the most interesting cities in the world. Although Mumbai does have its share of slums, it is also home to India’s film industry as well as some of the most gracious homes in the world. In Mumbai, you’ll find a massive urban rainforest, an exciting nightlife and an abundance of history. While you are in Mumbai, there are a number of fascinating sights that you won’t want to miss.

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

One of Mumbai’s most notable landmarks includes this stunning hotel which also happens to be among India’s most photographed monument. Built in 1903, the Taj Mahal Palace has become a symbol of beauty for locals and visitors alike. After the 2008 terrorist attack, on Independence Day, 2010, the fully restored hotel reopened to the public 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

This train station is housed in one of the city’s most prolific Gothic building and a reminder of colonial-era India. The architecture is a combination of Victorian, Hindu, and Islamic styles, creating an impressive structure of beauty. Featuring stunning detail rarely seen in modern buildings, you’ll see gargoyles adorning the breathtaking central tower and magnificent stained glass windows overlooking the courtyard.

The building was designed by Frederick Stevens and completed in 1887.

Bademiya Seekh Kebab Stall

These popular street stalls are in Bademiya’s original location. Open late into the night, they remain a primary Colaba attraction for their hustle and bustle, as well as delicious food. There are also sit-down restaurants, as well as a number of stalls.

Elephanta Island

Northeast of Mumbai Harbour you’ll find the rock temples on Gharapuri. Also known as Elephanta Island, this is a Unesco World Heritage Site featuring wondrous sights that capture the imagination. The temples were constructed between AD 450 and 750, and feature a labyrinth of caves with some of India’s most impressive temple carving.

The main temple is an impressive maze of courtyards, halls, and shrines. Its main attraction is the statue of Sadhashiva, depicting Shiva as the destroyer, creator, as well as the preserver of the universe. Although there are guides, the temples can be enjoyed as a self-guided tour.

Royal Opera House

After refurbishment, the Royal Opera House reopened in 2016 to host a performance by Mumbai-born Patricia Rozario. There was a six-year restoration project to restore this beautiful opera house to its former glory. Originally commissioned by King George V and completed in 1916, the Royal Opera House features  Portraits of playwrights and musicians adorn the dome-shaped ceiling.

Facilities for the Royal Opera House include a cafe and jazz bar. Tours are available for ₹600.

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

This beautiful museum was built in 1872 as the Victoria & Albert Museum. This museum contains 3500-plus objects focusing on Mumbai’s history, including photography, books, manuscripts, weaponry, and impressive pottery. The museum was renovated in 2008, restoring it to its former magnificence.

In the Plaza area, there are performers and musicians, as well as a cafe and shop. The museum also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions and located in the lavish gardens of Jijamata Udyan.

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