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If you've never been to India, a trip to Mumbai is a leap straight into the deep end! The country's richest and poorest live side by side in cultural, historical, and spiritual contradiction. Here are a few sightseeing essentials to get you started.

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

Mumbai Harbor's vast monument was built to commemorate 1911's royal visit. The vibrant streetlife that has formed around it makes it a great starting point if you're new in town!

Shree Siddhivinayak Mandir
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Shree Siddhivinayak Mandir

As one of India's most extravagant Hindu temples, the astonishing Shree Siddhivinayak provides tourists with fascinating insight into Mumbai's spiritual life.

Elephanta Island

Elephanta Island

Also known as Gharapuri, the island was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the labyrinth of Hindu temples carved into its stone caves between 450 and 750AD.

Mount Mary Church
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Mount Mary Church

The Catholic Basilica annually attracts thousands of pilgrims to its shrine of the Virgin Mary. If you can, go during September's Bandra Fair, which celebrates the Virgin's birth!

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Built in 1888, the vast train station blends Neo-Gothic, Hindu, and Islamic design into one of the city's architectural highlights. Just don't expect it to be as pretty inside!

Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah

This imposing mosque is also the tomb of Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. It can only be reached via a narrow walkway at low tide so plan your visit accordingly!

Dhobi Ghat

Dhobi Ghat

Open-air laundries are a common sight across India, but Mumbai boasts the world's largest! You can go inside, but the best views of washermen at work come from the bridge above it.

Global Vipassana Pagoda

Global Vipassana Pagoda

Learn to meditate from 10:00AM to 6:00PM at the breathtaking Buddhist Stupa modelled on Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda. Entrance is free, but foreign visitors must provide ID.

Bollywood
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Bollywood

Mumbai is the center of India's film industry, so why not catch a flick at the famous Eros Cinema? Alternatively, enjoy a tour of its largest studio complex – Film City!

Sanjay-Gandhi-Nationalpark

Sanjay-Gandhi-Nationalpark

Surprisingly, the sprawling, densely populated metropolis has a national park within its city limits! Arrive early though – many of its attractions are closed by lunchtime.

Planning Your Mumbai Visit

How many days?

Mumbai is perfect for a quick weekend visit, but if you're planning on more than simply sightseeing, book 3 or 4 full days.

How safe is it?

Mumbai is a busy, unpredictable city, and while it might not be especially dangerous, it pays to keep your wits about you. Avoid flaunting your cash in public and giving out personal details (including your travel plans). Also, visit with a companion. Violence against tourists is uncommon, but when it does happen, it tends towards those travelling alone.

Good to know

  • Language
    Marathi, Hindi and English
  • Currency
    INR (₹)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+05:30)
  • Country Code
    +91
  • Best time to visit
    The best weather can be found from December to February, when it's dry, with comfortably warm temperatures.

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What people are saying about Mumbai

Everything was perfectly executed, we really enjoyed it.yhow

Everything was done as planned: pick-up at the hotel, flights, warmly welcomed by our driver Amar at Delhi airport. He managed to drive through congested Delhi in an hour efficient way. During the whole road to Agra (and back) we enjoyed his friendliness. At a hotel in Agra we met our guide who accompanied us to the Taj Mahal and later on to the Fort. He was also very friendly and helpful. Just One small suggestion for other people who would bok the tour: don’t take a photographer (it is an option that is proposed by the guide, bu not really worth the money). Anyhow, our guide did a good job and knows the visited placets very well. Conclusion: It was a perfect experience, no surprises and I would certainly recommend it (and hopefully you will have the same driver and guide)

Absolutely wonderful and totally safe (as a woman, travelling alone)

The female guide was very well informed about everything, her English was perfect and very understandable. We walked, went with different caps and had a ride with a train (women's section). So I experienced a lot of different parts of Mumbai, even a Fishing Village, Second hand Market, Lokal Market ... The guide (Sukanya) always asked in what I would be interested. It was definitely worth the money. I would always book it again. !! Thank you for the great experience.

Mumbai: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Alexandra, 02/03/2018

Absolutely wonderful and totally safe (as a woman)

The female guide was very well informed about everything, her English was perfect and very understandable. The chauffeur was a very good driver and stayed always near when we got out to see places. It was definitely worth the money. I would always book it again. !!

Mumbai/Bombay - Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Alexandra, 28/02/2018

Fabulous day out - more like being with a friend than a guide :-)

I had an amazing time wandering around, and taking many auto-rickshaw rides and definitely would do it again. Highly recommend this option for anyone wanting something a different to the ordinary tourist day out.

Mumbai: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Anni, 16/02/2018

Amazing experience! Highlight of our trip!

Dhaval was an incredible guide- really smart and personable, and so sweet. We felt like a part of Dharavi and were amazed at how much pride residents have. Truly a must-see if you’re in Mumbai. And Mystical Mumbai is way more than a guide company- they run classes for students, and give generously to the community. Look no further and make sure you do this one!

Private Dharavi Slum Tour Reviewed by Joshua, 11/12/2017