Best Places In Mumbai To Visit For Tourist, Family, Friends and Couples
There were actually more than these 10 Places, to be considered as the best places to visit in Mumbai with friends, family and couples for tourist . We are going to discuss about the Top 10 Best Places In Mumbai, india to Visit were: The Gateway Of India, Red Carpet Wax Museum, Juhu Beach, Haji Ali Dargah, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Elephanta Caves, Prince Of Wales Museum, Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, Chota Kashmir, Kune waterfall, Lonavla. Here, we are considering some of the best places in Mumbai, where you should visit once in your life. These places can also be considered as the best places in India too, to visit once in your lifetime.
1) The Gateway Of India
So, the first place to be considered is: The Gateway of India.
This is the arch-monument which was built in early twentieth century, in the Bollywood city of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was built to commemorate the landing in December Of 1911 at Apollo Blunder, King George V and Queen Mary, the first monarch by British to visit India.
At the time of their royal visit, this monument was not built, and a cardboard structure greeted the monarch. The foundation stone for the Gateway of India was laid on March 1913 of the Indo-Saracenic Style.
After the construction, this was used to be known as a symbolic ceremonial entrance for important colonial personnel. The Gateway of India is also that monument where the last british troops left India at 1948.
The gateway has a central dome of height as 15 meters and the arch’s height of 26 neters. The Gateway stands opposite to the one of India’s best Palace- Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel. These hotels and palace was running since 1903. In the opposite of the monument in the ground is the statue of the great Maratha emperor- Shivaji.
The Gateway of India is one of the prime tourist place in Mumbai, where more than, 10,000 Tourists used to visit the place, every single day. It is the greatest tourist attraction place in Mumbai. It is the regular meetup place for the locals, photographers, vloggers, media, and daily street vendors.
The Maharashtra Tourism Development has moved the Elephanta Festival of dance and music from Elephenta caves to Gateway Of India. There is the reason behind this, as the Elephenta caves can host only 700-800 people but, the Gateway can host more than 2500 people. So, it seems to be profitable for the tourism of India.
People usually take the ferry ride, to have the most adorable view of the monument from the sea, and also visited the nearby attractive places by ferry only. There were many Bollywood as well as Hollywood movies captured in the Gateway of India and it’s nearby places.
There is no timing to visit the Gateway of India. People can even visit the place at 2:00 am and there will be no restriction to them. The entry fee of the place is zero, but the ferry rides were chargeable.
2) Red carpt Wax Museum
You must be wondering, about what this Red carpet Museum is actually. As it’s name suggests, The Red carpet Museum is another best place to visit in Mumbai, or we can say, tourist attractive places in Mumbai, where there is the statues of the actors, leaders, scientists, politicians, and other prominent people, look like a real world entities, in front of you.
Now let’s talk about the prominence of this place. Each statue is surrounded by the real world themes(ambience), which will give the tourist a real lookalike view and feel of that statue.
There is no restriction with photography, i.e., you can take whatever pose, you want to take. But there must be restrictions on videography, so, it’s better to consult their authority once, before performing any kind of shoots.
The statues were made of wax, so it’s completely restrictive for any person to take any kind of fire or smoking substances with them.
People can visit any day, as this is the evergreen place to visit in Mumbai.
Address : It is in the located 1st Floor of R City Mall, in Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West, in Mumbai.
Entry Fee: The Entry Fee is generally Rs. 250 on weekdays, and on weekends, it will cost you Rs. 350, earlier it was Rs. 300, though.
Timing: The place is generally opened from 9:45 am to 9:30 pm.
3) Juhu Beach
The beach of Mumbai, popularly known to be Juhu Beach, is located in the Shore of Arabia Sea. The sandy plus rocky formation in this beach makes it look like and comparable to the marina beach in Chennai (that beach is sandy though).
It is the popular tourist attractive places in India, and is one of the best places in India to visit too. The film shooting adds one more level for its tourism.
On Weekends and Public holidays, the Juhu Beach is usually more crowded. The street vendors and food court usually been found there, every day. The food court is famous for its Mumbai style food(street food) like vada pao, sev puri, pani puri, bhelpuri etc.
The beach seems to be more crowded on the days, when there were the days for the immersion of god’s statues (visarjan) which in India is a way to say Good Bye, to gods, like Ganesh Chaturthi.
The best time to visit Juhu beach is usually from October to February. As it is more enjoyable for people; and people can also enjoy the beauty and scenes of this place, during this time.
Some of the tourist places near Juhu Beach:
People usually visited Juhu Beach to also visit ISKCON Temple, which is also known as radha Ras Bihari Temple. This one of the most beautiful temples in the city, Mumbai. Even if you are outside from India, and is searching for best places to visit in India, then, you must check this temple too, for once.
Film City: You must have heard about this place. This is the place where most of the serial, movies shooting, were taken place. This place is 14km from Juhu Beach and is located in goregaon east, Mumbai.
Shree Siddhivinayak Temple: If you are searching for some flourishing and most holy places in India or even Mumbai to visit once, then, this place is for you. Dedicating the temple to God Ganesha, the temple features a sanctum and wooden doors. The ceiling is plated with gold and the images of Lord Ganesha is featured on the wooden floor.
People usually visit the Juhu beach to take photos, videos of the place. As there is no restrictions on doing so. But it is completely restricted to spread the waste on that beach, as it can cost you more than you think.
People can also try boat rides in that beach, like banana rides ski rides, which can generally cost you from Rs. 600-Rs. 15000.
Even there were many stalls in the beach, where the women can paint Mehendi on their Palms.
You will generally, see the locals wandering there in the beach, as compared to the tourists.
3) Haji Ali Dargah
This is a mosque and a tomb or we can say monument of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari which is located in the coastal area of Worli, in the southern part of the city, Mumbai.
Pir Haji Ali was a Sufi Saint and was merchant(wealthy merchant) from Uzbekistan. It is one of the most recognizable place of Mumbai, as it is near the heart of the city.
This monument was constructed in 1431 in the memory of that wealthy merchant, Sayyed Pir Haji Ali Bukhari.
Hailing from Uzbekistan and travelled all through the world, the Pir Haji, eventually, settled in Mumbai. There is many stories of him with the mother earth. You can check his stories in Wikipedia or any other sites.
The dargah is located in the middle of Worli Bay, 500 meters away from the coast. The entrance to this dargah is depending on the tides. If the tides were against you, then it will be inaccessible for any person to enter the dargah. So, people usually, like to visit this place, when there is low tides.
The 600 Years old Dargah was eroding from many years due to saline winds, and more than 50,000 visitors every week. Though the renovation was took place in extensive form from 1960 to 1964, but still the renovation was happened on October 2008 for the structural improvisations.
Though More than 50,000 visitors, visited every week, most of them were the locals, who just came here to pray for themselves and others.
As the monument was built on the Islamic structure, there were usually separate rooms for the praying, for gents and ladies.
The hall has marble pillars, which have different colors of pattern engraved in them.
You should visit this place, once, as this is one of the best places in Mumbai, as well as in India.
Entry Fee: There is no entry fee for this place.
Timings: People usually visited this place from 6 am to 10 pm, it all depends on the tides of that place.
5) Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus(CST)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was firstly known to be Victoria Terminus, is nothing but a modern along with archaic railway station, in the city Mumbai. The structure of this railways station will made everyone speechless.
This terminus was designed by the British engineer Frederick William Stevens, in Italian Style. The construct began in 1878 and completed in 1887. That year was marked as the 50 Year rule of Queen Victoria, and hence named as Victoria Terminus.
The terminus was renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in March 1996 to honour the Maratha emperor- Shivaji.
The Terminus is the headquarter for the India’s Central Railway. It is no doubt, one of the busiest railway station in India. The railway station serves for the suburban and long distance trains.
The CST has to face many things. Many of the Indians must be remembered about the 26/11 attack on 26 November, 2008. The two terrorists attacked the railway station armed with grenades and AK-47 rifles. Though one of them caught alive by Mumbai police and was witnessed by the eyewitnesses. Not getting more emotional on this section. Let’s change the topic to tourism.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus has 18 platforms, from which 7 is for suburban trains and eleven were for long distance trains(from platform No-8 to 18).
The station has air conditioned rooms too, where 58 beds were there for men and 20 for women.
From outside the station, the view is something, which can’t be describable. During daytime, the view of the CST from outside is something which you can call adorable. But the view at night times, completely made you speechless.
The lighting of that place made that place look more than a palace.
6) Elephanta Caves
One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Elephanta Caves is a collection of cave temples which dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. These caves are located in Mumbai’s Harbour- Gharapuri or the Elephanta island.
This island is in the east of Mumbai, 10 km away from the main city. The cave consists of rock cut sculptures which signifies, Hinduism and Buddhist Ideas and Ideality.
Since it was built from 2nd Century BC, hence many of the artifacts got damaged with time.
The Elephanta Island is 2.4 Km in length have two hills of 150 m height, one rises gently from the western part of the island through the sea, whereas the other stretches to extreme east.
One the western part, there are five rock cut caves. While in the eastern part of the island, a brick stupa is there along with two Buddhist mounds and hence is known as Stupa Hill.
This monument is a protected monument as per UNESCO.
People usually visited to that island through ferries. The ferry ride will somehow cost on the per person basis.
As being the responsible citizens, it is our duty to avoid waste spreading on these national heritage sites, and if possible, avoid using plastic stuff, as much as possible.
Timing: The time is generally from 9:00 am to 5:00pm
Entry Fee: The entry fee for the people from Myanmar, Thailand, SAARC costs Rs. 10. While for the foreigners, it costs around Rs. 250-300(not sure, price fluctuates most of the time). For Children under 15 years, there are no entry fees, while village entry fee is Rs.10.
Also there will be no expense for the people who were interested in photography. But to them who were there for videography, it cost them, Rs. 25.
7) Prince Of Wales Museum
The Museum was setup in early 20th Century to commemorate the landing of “The Prince Wales”, King George V.
The Prince Of Wales Museum was built in Colaba. The central dome was designed by George Witter. He was that architect who also designed the India Gate.
This museum was later on known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum.
No doubt, most of the monuments and artifacts were named on the great Maratha emperor, Shivaji, and thus, this museum was too.
There were more than 50,000 artifacts in this museum and is classified into three sections. Those sections are: Art, Archaeology, natural History.
Some artifacts are from the Indus Valley Civilization, while some are relics of Maurya, Chalukya and Gupta periods.
The museum has statues of Justice and Grace, which is an example of colonial architechture.
Address: The Museum was located in Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
People also used to go to Museum to visit The Bombay high Court, which is the oldest court in India. For more details of the court, you can also visit their website: https://www.bombayhighcourt.nic.in
8) Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo
One of the main city’s landmark tourist spots, The Veermata jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, which is also known as Rani Baug is come under the category for Botanical Garden and Zoo. This is the oldest punlic garden in Mumbai.
The name of this garden was on the name of Shivaji’s mother, jijamata.
The story behind this garden and how the garden was built, is available on many sites, if you are interest you check it on Google too.
The garden has a museum too- Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, which was erected in the memory of Lady Frere.
The museum was made of black marbles, also known as Kala Ghoda. The land of this zoo covers up to 50 acres.
This was owned by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, and is operated by Zoo Director, MCGM, Mumbai.
Usually More than 8000 people used to visit this zoo every day, but on holidays, the number increases to 30000.
There were more than 840 species in this garden. Some of the collections are: Sundari, Castanopermum austral etc.
Though we have no idea about it’s entry fee and opening time, so it’s better if you can collect further information from the locals, or the officials itself.
9) Chota Kashmir
The city has many adorable places to visit, and this Chota Kashmir is one of them. The Mumbai has many surprises also, from which Aarey Colony is one of them, where Chota Kashmir is located. In the busy life of this city, people usually, wanted to visit some peaceful and silent places too.
Hence, Chota Kashmir is one of the most natural and peaceful place in Mumbai, where people used to go for vacations and tours.
Chota Kashmir, lake and garden are the places, which is evergreen for people of all age groups.
Address: Aarey Colony is the Mumbai and Ahmadabad roadway.
This place is located 5 km away from the Goregaon railway Station.
Timing: The opening and closing times are 10:00 am and 6:00 pm respectively.
Entry Fees: The pricing is somewhat affordable, which is on the per person basis. You just have to pay some extra money for the camera stuffs.
Even the boat rides in Chota Kashmir are also quite affordable, as it is somewhat around Rs. 20-50 per person.
The place is best suited for the shooting. Long time back, when Bollywood, couldn’t afford for their shoot in Kashmir, they usually, used this place for the shooting.
The name of this place also based on the lake in Chota Kashmir, which seems to be the Kashmir Lake, as the lake is spread in the 4 acres of that place.
So if you are planning to search for some best places in Mumbai to visit, then don’t miss this place. Try to visit once.
10) Kune Waterfall, Lonavla
The Kune Falls is one of the best waterfalls of Mumbai, which is located in Lonavla. The height of this waterfall is somewhat around 200 meters.
This area, came under the district- Pune.
It is in the rank 14th in the list of highest waterfall in India.
The valley, where this waterfall is located is in Khandala Valley.
Though being in the 14th number in highest waterfalls in India, it is usually restricted for the people to get into the water. But I don’t know, why most websites shows, that, “it is suitable for the children for swimming and rappelling too”. I have no idea about why they declare such an warned thing in their website, like a normal stuff.
But I would like to tell you, taking children, into the water, is all up to you. Somehow, I would like to warn you for that, as this can be dangerous sometime, as the water level increases suddenly most of the time.
Still, that place is great for shooting, and has no restrictions though. Also being one of the best picnic spot, it’s also dangerous at the same time.
Have a safe journey for this place.
So, this is all about the Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Mumbai With Friends, Family and Couples. Hope you have a great journey to these places in Mumbai.
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