12 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Mumbai

Mumbai is a city of contrasts and the supposedly the richest city of India. Though the city is known for hosting colorful Bollywood events, celebrities, and their homes yet it houses a series of monumental heritage to explore. The city is endowed with Lord Ganesha's blessings as it celebrates the magnificent Ganesh Chaturthi every year. Much to surprise, the city has kept its culture and heritage intact.

We have listed the top 12 tourist places of Mumbai for you to explore on your visit. Mind, there are many other popular travel attractions of Mumbai which will try to cover in another blog.

1. Gateway of India

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The Gateway of India is one of the most famous tourist spots of Mumbai. It is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. The gigantic structure was developed in the year 1924. The Gateway of India is a monument that marks India's chief ports and reflects the splendor of the British Raj once in India.  The construction of this monument was embraced by the celebrated engineer George Wittet, to remember the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. Also known as the ‘Mumbai's Taj Mahal', the memorial is a beautiful union of Indian, Arabic and Western architecture.

Around 21 lakhs were spent to construct this monument and the entire expense was borne by the Indian Government. The Gateway of India is a noteworthy monument as well as an illustration of sublime design in itself.

Nowadays, the Gateway of India is a most loved get-together spot in Mumbai for local people as well as travelers.

  • Address: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
  • Entry fee: Free 
  • Nearby Attractions of Gateway of India:  Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • Get Directions to Reach Gateway of India
  • Shree Gateway of India Timings: Throughout the day.
  • Gateway of India Official Website: https://mumbaicity.gov.in/tourist-place/gateway-of-india/
  • Location: On the waterfront in Colaba, south Mumbai. Opposite the Taj Palace and Tower Hotel
  • Best Restaurant Around Gateway of India: Souk, Bombay Vintage, Masala Kraft, Café Free India

2. Shree Siddhivinayak temple

The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple is one of the most popular tourist spots of Mumbai. It is home to Lord Ganesha and is thronged by devotees from all over the world. The devotees include people from Bollywood and politicians. It is a revered temple and the best time to visit the temple is during Ganesh Chaturthi.

Situated in Prabhadevi, the Siddhivinayak temple was constructed in eighteenth century by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil. At that time, the temple had small edifice with black idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, carved out of stone. Today, you will find a six storeyed building with a golden dome with blessings of Lord Ganesha.

Lord Ganesh sited here has four hands known as Chaturbhuj.

It is also the opulent temple in Mumbai as it generates INR 100 Million in donations every year from devotees across the world.

The temple has two gates- Ridhi and Siddhi. The Siddhivinayak Temple organizes exceptional darshan for Senior Citizens, Physically Challenged, NRIs and Foreigners, etc.

  • Address: S.K.Bole Marg, Mumbai 400028 India
  • Entry fee: Free 
  • Nearby Attractions of Shree Siddhivinayak:  Dadar Chowpaty Beach, Playboy Club, Shivaji Park, Worli Sea Face, Kochu Guruvayoor Temple
  • Get Directions to Reach Shree Siddhivinayak Temple 
  • Shree Siddhivinayak Timings: 05:30 AM - 10:00 PM.
  • Shree Siddhivinayak Official Website: https://www.onlinepooja.siddhivinayak.org/#
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Shree Siddhivinayak Temple: Hard Rock Café, Oven Fresh, Bombay Vintage, Chaitnya

3. Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mumbai

The Global Vipassana Pagoda appreciate and praise the life of Buddha. This religious memorial has marked space for itself as one of the city's prime structural and social monument within a short span of time. Less than a decade, the amazingly wonderful pagoda contains the world's biggest stone dome with no supporting blocks. It can accommodate around 8000 people. It is a flawless model of Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar.

It is also known as one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra. It promotes the teaching of Buddha and Vipassana. The pagoda foundation was laid back in the year 2007 and the edifice got completed in 2008. The pagoda mesmerizes its visitors with Myanmar Gate and a tall marble statue of Buddha.

The pagoda is thronged by travellers from all across the world and supposedly is the biggest stone monuments across the Asiatic continent.

It is half an hour distance from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

  • Address: Near Essel World Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Mumbai 400091 India
  • Entry fee: Free 
  • Nearby Attractions of Global Vipassana Pagoda:  Gorai Beach, Marve Beach, Mandapeshwar
  • Get Directions to Reach Global Vipassana Pagoda 
  • Global Vipassana Pagoda Timings: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM.
  • Global Vipassana Pagoda Official Website: https://www.globalpagoda.org/
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Global Vipassana Pagoda: The Boston Butt, Bayview, Chottu’s Kitchen

4. Red Carpet Wax Museum, Mumbai

Red Carpet Wax Museum situated in R City Mall, Ghatkopar is an exhibition of worldwide celebrities showcased through 'life-like' wax sculptures. Sorted out in a rich setting which is interesting and captivating, the exhibition provides a genuine feeling of red-carpet event to the crowd. The rationale for running this exhibition is to help craftsmanship and present craftsmen's viewpoints. The museum span over an area of 1,000 sq ft.

Get astounding experience by clicking photographs alongside stars like Michael Jackson, Barak Obama, Mr. Bean statues. There are around 40 realistic wax figures of famous personalities. You can also purchase DVDs and souvenir photos. Please bring your own camera to click photos and selfies with the statues. The museum an informational and an entertainment section with 3D painting for a photoshoot.

It took around five years to complete this museum and was opened to the general public in the year 2008. Since then, the museum is one of the most visited tourist spots in Mumbai.

  • Address: LBS Marg 1st Floor South Wing, R City Mall, Mumbai 400086 
  • Entry fee: Weekdays – ₹250 per person, Weekends – ₹350 per person 
  • Nearby Attractions of Red-Carpet Wax Museum
  • Get Directions to Reach Red Carpet Wax Museum  
  •  Red Carpet Wax Museum Timing: 9:45am to 9:30pm. (Mon-Sun)
  • Red Carpet Wax Museum Official Website: https://www.redcarpetmuseum.com/
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Red Carpet Wax Museum: Hitcki Ghatkopar, Rajdhani Thali, Shvatra

5. Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

It is one of the most revered spots of Mumbai visited by tourists of all religion. It is a pilgrimage site for Muslims and been listed in World Book of Records as one of the most visited shrines. This 552-year-old dargah encapsulates the indo-islamic architecture. It was constructed in the year 1431 and settles itself in the middle of the Arabian Sea about 457.2 m away from the shores of Mumbai. The dargah house the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari and a Masjid. The dargah is connected via a pathway, that can be accessed only during low tide.

Spanning over an area of 4,500 square meters, the dargah is visited by approximately 10k visitors every day. The dargah comprises of three main buildings – a dargah, mosque, and sanatorium.

  • Address: Lala Lajpatrai Marg Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mumbai India
  • Entry fee: Free 
  • Nearby Attractions of Haji Ali Dargah: Mahalaxmi Temple, Nehru Planetarium, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple
  • Get Directions to Reach Haji Ali Dargah  
  • Haji Ali Dargah Timing: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m
  • Haji Ali Dargah Official Website: http://hajialidargah.in/
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Haji Ali Dargah: Café Noorani, Sangeeta Sweets, Bombay Vintage, Copper Chimney

6. Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves is an example of rock-cut craftsmanship and engineering. The caverns are situated on the Elephanta or Gharapuri island, 11 km away from the city of Mumbai. They are an important example of Indian sculpture art from Medieval age dedicated to Lord Shiva.

  • Location: Gharapuri, Mumbai
  • Entry fee: Citizens of India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, & Thailand – ₹10 per person
  • Other foreign citizens – ₹250 per person
  • Nearby Attractions of Elephanta Caves: Nhava Sheva, Sewri Jetty, Kwan Kung Temple
  • Get Directions to Reach Elephanta Caves  
  • Elephanta Caves Timing: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm; closed on Mondays
  • Elephanta Caves Official Website: http://elephanta.co.in/ 
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Elephanta Caves: Pot Pourri, India Bistro, Sadguru Pav Bhaji Center

7. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

Also known as the Borivali National Park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) is a respite to the city of Mumbai. Established in the year 1969 as a protected national park, it is blessed with immense flora to cherish your trip. The park is not as exotic for animals but it definitely house 2000 year old, Kanheri Caves in its complex. You can enjoy the jungle safari and if you are privileged, you may sight a lion or a tiger.

Apart from being a home to around 250 species of local & migratory birds, this national park also has a ‘Butterfly Garden’ that houses around About 140 to 160 Species of butterflies. Don’t forget to take a Jungle tour on “Vanrani”, Forest Queen in English, a mini train with 4 coaches.

  • Address: Borivali East, Mumbai 400066 India
  • Entry fee:  64 rupees for anyone aged 12 years and above. Children aged five to 12 years pay 34 rupees. Children under five years old can enter free.
  • Nearby Attractions of Sanjay Gandhi National Park: Kanheri Caves, Salsette Island, Jama Masjid, Makarandgad Trek, Chota Kashmir
  • Get Directions to Reach Sanjay Gandhi National Park
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park Timing: 7:30 AM- 6:30 PM
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park Official Website: https://sgnp.maharashtra.gov.in/Site/Home/Index.aspx
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Sanjay Gandhi National Park: Fusion Dhaba, MH09-Shetkari, India Bistro

8. Prince of Wales Museum

Also known as the 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya', The Prince of Wales Museum is one of the famous heritage buildings of the city of Mumbai. The foundation of this heritage edifice was laid by the Prince of Wales in the year 1905.. The museum was later established in 1922. It is a blend of blend of Indian, Mughal and British architecture and holds around almost 50,000 beautiful artefacts relating to the opulent history of India.

  • Location: M.G Road, Fort, Mumbai
  • Entry fee: INR 30.
  • Nearby Attractions of Prince of Wales Museum:  Gateway of India, Horniman Circle Garden, National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Get Directions to Reach Prince of Wales Museum
  •  Prince of Wales Museum Timing: 10:15 AM - 5:00 PM, Open on all days except Monday
  • Prince of Wales Museum Official Website: https://www.csmvs.in/ 
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Prince of Wales Museum: Fusion Dhaba, MH09-Shetkari, India Bistro

9. Mahalaxmi Temple, Mumbai

The temple is devoted to three indian goddess–Durga (Mahakali ), Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati. It is one of the famous temples of Mumbai located at the coastline on the northern side of malabar hills.  According to historians, these three goddesses were immersed in water to save the city from invaders.  Being a pilgrimage spot, the temple is visited by number of people.

  • Address: Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai-400 026
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Nearby Attractions of Mahalaxmi Temple:  Haji Ali Mosque, Snow World, Bhagirath Falls, Kidzania Mumbai 
  • Get Directions to Reach Mahalaxmi Temple
  •  Mahalaxmi Temple Timing: 6:00 AM – 10 PM
  • Mahalaxmi Temple Official Website: http://mahalakshmi-temple.com/
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Mahalaxmi Temple: Cafe Free India, Lazeez Rolls and More, Cafe Noorani, H. Ramanlal Vithaldas & Sons

10. Mount Mary Basilica, Mumbai

Also called as the Mount Mary Church by the locals, The Mount Mary Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church is located in Bandra, Mumbai. Situated above 262 feet above sea level, the church celebrates Blessed Virgin Mary every year with full vigor. The fiesta is celebrated on the first Sunday after 8 September followed by a week-long celebration known locally as the Bandra Fair. The Church is visited by people of all faith.

  • Address: Mount Mary Road Bandra West, Mumbai 400050
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Nearby Attractions of Mount Mary Basilica:  Masala Bay, Taj Lands’ End, Mumbai, The Playlist Pizzeria, Ming Yang
  • Get Directions to Reach Mount Mary Basilica
  •  Mount Mary Basilica Timing: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Mount Mary Basilica Official Website: http://www.mountmarybasilicabandra.in/
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Mount Mary Basilica: Cafe Free India, Lazeez Rolls, and More, Cafe Noorani, H. Ramanlal Vithaldas & Sons

11. Fort Bassein

It is also called the Vasai Fort or Fort Baçaim, derives its name from the Portugese word, ”Bacaim. The monument is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. Built during the 16 th century, the fort is an o an ideal destination for photography enthusiasts

  • Address: Killa Rd, Police Colony, Vasai West, Vasai-Virar, Maharashtra 401201
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Nearby Attractions of Fort Bassein:  Shivneri Fort, Devkund Waterfalls, Prati Shirdi
  • Get Directions to Reach Fort Bassein
  •  Fort Bassein Timing: Generally open on all days,9:00 AM to 5:30:PM
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Fort Bassein: Local Restaurants

12. Titwala Ganesh Mandir

The Titwala Ganesh Mandir is one of the revered tourist spots for Mumbaikars. Especially those who worship Lord Ganesh, the titwala Ganesh temple is thronged by thousands of followers every month. 

  • Address: Killa Rd, Police Colony, Vasai West, Vasai-Virar, Maharashtra 401201
  • Entry fee: Free
  • Nearby Attractions of Titwala Ganesh Mandir:  Wonderpark, Nerul Balaji Temple, Jewel of Navi Mumbai
  • Get Directions to Reach Titwala Ganesh Mandir
  •  Titwala Ganesh Mandir Timing: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Titwala Ganesh Mandir Official Website: http://titwala.com/pages/
  • Best Restaurant(s) Around Titwala Ganesh Mandir: Achija Veg Restaurant, Dawat, Bakers Treat, Diamond Sweets