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Visitors to Mumbai usually end up focusing on a few major monuments in the south of the city, but the city has many other interesting places to discover too. This list features some of my top picks, but don't be afraid to look further — there are many more off-beat places tucked away in hidden corners of the city.

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10 Places

Banganga

Religious Sites

Bandra Fort

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Speciality Museums

Bombay Panjrapole

Other Ranches & Farms

Mumbadevi Temple

Religious Sites

Aai Museum

History Museums

Sewri Jetty

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Magen David Synagogue

Religious Sites

Chor Bazaar

Flea & Street Markets

Dharavi

Neighbourhoods

Deepa_Krishnan's City Tips

  • It's easy to navigate the city by public transport: local train, bus, taxis, and auto-rickshaws. Note that autos run only in the suburbs.
  • Trains and buses can be very crowded during peak hours.
  • Parts of the city are also covered by the metro and the monorail.
  • Taxis and autos can easily be flagged down and fares run by the meter.
  • Eat your way through the city! As you explore diverse neighborhoods, don't forget to taste local/regional specialties.
  • Irani cafes like Yazdani, Koolar, Kyani, Merwan, etc. are veritable Mumbai institutions. Try "brun maska" (fluffy, crunchy bread with butter), Irani chai (tea), and mawa cakes.
  • For authentic home-style Maharashtrian food, there are "upahar gruhas" (restaurants) in Dadar like Mama Kane, Prakash Shakahari Upahar Kendra, Aaswad, and Jai Hind.
  • Tipping is considered good form, 10% is normal unless the bill is very low. In high-end restaurants, service charges (different from service taxes) may already be included.
  • When walking through residential and traditional neighborhoods, please dress conservatively.
  • Be respectful of people’s privacy when you take photos; many temples also have a strict no-photos policy so please check first.
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    Banganga
    Religious Sites
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    This is one of the oldest sacred pilgrimage sites in Mumbai, where it is believed that Lord Ram shot an arrow into the ground and brought water from the Ganges to Mumbai. The Walkeshwar Temple at Banganga is dedicated to Shiva, to whom Lord Ram offered worship by shaping a linga of sand (wallu). The Banganga Temple Tank precinct has several temples, myths, and samadhis of holy men to explore too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You could take a taxi to see Haji Ali Dargah, and try strawberries and cream at Haji Ali Juice Centre. Mango and "sitaphal" (custard apple) are yummy here too!
    • The area is very active on festival days. During the Pitru Paksha (September-October), many congregate here to make offerings to their ancestors.
    • Typically temples close in the afternoon and open again in the evening.
    • You could also head to Chowpatty beach and have a meal at Thackers, a famous Gujarati thali restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Myths & legends of Mumbai 22/07/2015
    • Neglected site 19/06/2015
    • Banganga
    Address:
    Walkeshwar Rd
    Malabar Hil
    India
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    Bandra Fort
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Not many tourists go to Bandra Fort, but it’s a great place to hang out with friends and watch the sunset, with fantastic views of the Bandra Worli Sea Link. The sea breeze and the characteristic 'taad' palms of Mumbai add to the charm of this old Portuguese fort.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If your auto-rickshaw or taxi driver doesn’t know where Bandra Fort is, tell them to take you to the Taj Lands End Hotel as the fort is right behind it.
    • You can also do a bit of "star-spotting" since Bollywood legend, Shah Rukh Khan’s home is nearby.
    • There are often events and shows in the amphitheater; check local newspapers for details.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth being here once 03/07/2015
    • Another Citizens Action Enterprise 30/06/2015
    • Bandra Fort
    Address:
    Bandstand Road, Mount Mary, Bandra W
    India
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:30
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    Bhau Daji Lad Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Bhau Daji Lad is a small museum focusing on two niche areas: the history of Mumbai, and the traditional products and crafts of India (dyes and resins, delicate pottery, musical instruments, weapons, and jewelry). It's housed in an award-winning restored building with beautiful interiors. It is well-run and there’s always something interesting going on.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check the museum website for the latest film screenings, workshops, lectures, performances, and exhibitions. There's something for every age group.
    • The museum conducts free tours on weekends — see the website for timings. Private tours may be booked in advance, on request, and audio guides are also available.
    • The museum shop has some nice knick-knacks, and the cafe and garden are pleasant places to relax.
    • The museum is wheelchair accessible.
    • The stone elephant that lent its name to Elephanta Island — one of Mumbai's two UNESCO sites — now stands in the garden.
    • The figurines representing the diverse communities of Mumbai are interesting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Jijamata Udyan- very much more than a zoo 27/06/2015
    • Experience better than expected 13/06/2015
    • Bhau Daji Lad Museum
    Address:
    91A Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road
    Byculla
    400027
    India
    Phone:
    2223731234
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Bombay Panjrapole
    Other Ranches & Farms
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Hidden in the by-lanes of Bhuleshwar, past streets selling flowers, vegetables, fabrics (and a hundred other things!) you’ll find a quiet serene place where animals are cared for. The Panjrapole shelter is spread over two acres, and looks after 350 cows and other stray animals like donkeys, dogs, and birds. You can feed the animals and/or donate money for their upkeep.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Photography is discouraged.
    • Opens late — around 11am — and closes by 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #202 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Cow Shelter 18/07/2015
    • Cow Central 15/03/2015
    • Bombay Panjrapole
    Address:
    Panjarapole Rd, Gulal Wadi, Bhuleshwar
    400004
    India
    Phone:
    02222425493
    Other:
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    Mumbadevi Temple
    Religious Sites
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    In the middle of the busy bazaar area of Kalbadevi, this small but iconic temple is dedicated to Mumbadevi: the goddess from whom the city derives its name. To reach the temple, you can walk from Crawford Market through narrow streets, visiting Mangaldas Market — where you'll find great prices for fabrics and textiles — Jama Masjid and Zaveri Bazaar (jewelry market) on the way.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Just outside the temple, try lunch at the famous Bhagat Tarachand. Or at the very least, try their famous "kutchi beer" (buttermilk served in a beer bottle!)
    • There is a security check to get inside the temple precinct.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Goddess of Mumbai 18/07/2015
    • One of the oldest temples.. Do visit.. !! 03/07/2015
    • Mumbadevi Temple
    Address:
    Mumbadevi Road
    Sheikh Memon St.
    India
    Phone:
    02222424974
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    Aai Museum
    History Museums
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    If you’re at the domestic airport with an hour on your hands, step into the Orchid Ecotel and take a look at the Aai Museum ('Mother' Museum). It’s a one-man collection of interesting objects from daily life of the past era: betel-nut crackers, children’s rattles, 'paan-daans' (home decorations), combs, and many other items. It's rare to see a museum inside a hotel and worth seeing.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The rooftop restaurant at the Orchid is a nice place to relax while waiting for a flight.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #161 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    • That's not to be missed 19/07/2015
    • A rare & unique collection of artifacts from everyday life of Maharashtra 02/07/2014
    • Aai Museum
    Address:
    Orchid Hotel , Nehru Road, Vile Parle East, Adjacent to Domestic Airport
    400099
    India
    Other:
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    Sewri Jetty
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Sewri is definitely one of Mumbai’s hidden surprises. In the middle of what looks like industrial wasteland, it is one of Mumbai’s best birding spots. In winter, thousands of flamingos arrive, making for an amazing spectacle.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best time to go is November through March. Check local newspapers and birding blogs for flamingo sighting reports.
    • You can go by yourself or join a group. Check the BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society) website for trail dates and timings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #164 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Amazing gift of nature in Mumbai 09/04/2015
    • Unusual sight in Mumbai 25/03/2015
    • Sewri Jetty
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    Magen David Synagogue
    Religious Sites
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    Mumbai’s many synagogues are a reminder of the city’s once-numerous Jewish community. Magen David is well worth a visit for its beautiful interiors.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can easily combine it with a visit to Chor Bazaar — or Bhau Daji Lad Museum or Gloria Church — all a short taxi-ride away.
    From the community
    Ranked #179 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Serene Place 02/07/2015
    • Seeing is believing 17/06/2015
    • Magen David Synagogue
    Address:
    340, Sir J. J. Road
    Byculla
    400 008
    India
    Phone:
    91-22-23006675
    Other:
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    Chor Bazaar
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    If you enjoy flea markets, Chor Bazaar can be a whole lot of fun! It has a wide range of things on offer, including brassware, ceramics, handicrafts, glass lamps, clocks, gramophones, old maps, paintings, dowry chests, coffee tables, rocking chairs, and everything else under the sun!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Closed Fridays but there is a street market instead.
    • During Ramzan (the end of Ramadan), the area is famous for its fantastic food. Lanes are crowded and traffic will not move so I recommend you go on foot.
    • Be prepared to bargain!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #129 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    • If yiou can not get it here, you will never get it anywhere. 26/07/2015
    • Fantastic find, though bustling and be prepared to bargain! 21/07/2015
    • Chor Bazaar
    Address:
    Mohammed Ali Rd
    Pydhonie
    India
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    Dharavi
    Neighbourhoods
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    Deepa_Krishnan Says:

    There is much to learn from a visit to Dharavi. It is a giant entrepreneurial township housing around 4000 small-scale industries. Visiting Dharavi gives you a fascinating glimpse into the dynamics of the informal urban economy, cooperatives, 'urban villages', and the cosmopolitan culture of migrants from all over India. It also highlights the challenges of infrastructure in this fast-growing urbanized country.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Exploring by yourself is difficult, as there are no clear addresses or maps — and the area is vast — but there are many local tour guides.
    • Please be discreet and do not photograph people and places without permission.
    • Golden rule: Do not hand out pencils, money or other gifts. The people who live in Dharavi are not beggars and may find it offensive.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 409 things to do in Mumbai (Bombay)
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Do not miss it! 19/07/2015
    • A must. You will learn so much. 14/07/2015
    • Dharavi
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