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Welcome to Mumbai

Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is India's eastern gateway and, with a metropolitan population of more than 20 million, an accurate introduction to the country's unique mix of madness and majesty. Both a booming financial center and the heart of the Bollywood film industry, Mumbai attracts ambitious professionals, hipsters, and hopefuls from around the world. But it is also home to some of India's largest and poorest slums. Many of Mumbai's tourist attractions are centered around Colaba, the rounded tip of the peninsula that juts out into the Arabian Sea. While parts of the city are walkable, a sightseeing tour by air-conditioned vehicle will help you avoid the extreme heat and air pollution. Historical highlights include the iconic Gateway of India, which overlooks the harbor; Victoria Terminus, the city's gothic architectural masterpiece; and the 14th-century Haji Ali Mosque. Take a private street food tour to sample spicy and savory snacks such as South Indian dosa and panipuri, as well as typical sweets like jalebi (deep-fried pastry covered in syrup) or rasgulla, a sweet-cheese dumpling. When you're ready to return to air-conditioned comfort, tea at the grand Taj Mahal Palace Hotel makes a perfect afternoon break. For a slightly longer urban escape, some of the best options are tours of the rock-carved monuments nearby: the UNESCO-listed Elephanta Caves are just across the harbor at Elephanta Island, while Kanheri Caves and the Bhaja and Karla Caves lie north, within the green respite of Sanjay Ghandi National Park.

Top 10 attractions in Mumbai

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Gateway of India

Gateway of India

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One of Mumbai's most recognizable attractions, the triple-arched Gateway of India was built during the early 20th century in honor of the 1911 visit of King George V. Built of basalt and concrete, this monument was designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, which blends traditional Indian, Victorian, and Mughal architectural elements.More
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Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves

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The Elephanta Caves are among the most beautiful, historically significant attractions in Mumbai. Situated on an island off the coast, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features multiple rock-hewn cave temples and statues dating back to around the 7th century AD, including a celebrated statue of Shiva in his three-faced form.More
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

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Formerly known as Victoria Terminus (and still called "VT" by many), this train statio, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is best known for its over-the-top Indo-Saracenic architecture, which blends neo-Gothic elements with Mughal and Indian features. It's Asia's busiest train station—one you may have seen in the film Slumdog Millionaire.More
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Marine Drive

Marine Drive

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Stretching along the Arabian Sea in the southern part of Mumbai, Marine Drive is a two-mile-long promenade and road with lovely sea views. The buildings flanking this stretch are also worth checking out; the only place on earth with more beach-facing art deco buildings than Marine Drive is Miami.More
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Dhobi Ghat

Dhobi Ghat

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At the world’s largest outdoor laundry, every day for over 120 years the dirt has been washed from thousands of kilos of clothes by the dhobis (washermen and women) of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat.Formed back in 1890, the famous laundromat is much loved by photographers who come to take colorful images of row upon row of washing troughs where hundreds of families clean piles of laundry that come from all over the city. Strings of brightly-colored clothes drying under the Mumbai sun also make for a popular picture. More than just a laundry, Dhobi Ghat is also a great place to see old saris being brought back to life under expert hands.Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat is owned by the city council, who charges rent and maintenance costs to the dhobis. If you love the smell of clean laundry and want to get right into the thick of things at Dhobi Ghat, an escort can show you around and introduce you to the workers for around 200 rupees per person.More
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Hanging Gardens (Ferozeshah Mehta)

Hanging Gardens (Ferozeshah Mehta)

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Also known as the Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, Mumbai's Hanging Gardens is a beautifully manicured park known for its extensive topiary, primarily carved into animal shapes. Due to the park’s location atop Malabar Hill, it's long been a popular spot to take in views of the Arabian Sea, particularly at sunset.More
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Haji Ali Dargah

Haji Ali Dargah

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Dating back to the 15th century, this white-marble mosque and shrine (dargah) is among Mumbai's most important sights for Muslim pilgrims. It was built to honor a Muslim saint, Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who was known for spreading knowledge of Islam. Today worshipers and tourists come from across India to pray and learn about the mosque.More
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Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya

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Situated on a quiet, leafy street, the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya occupies an old home where Gandhi would stay during his frequent trips to Mumbai from 1917 to 1934. Today it's one of many Gandhi museums spread across India that serve to educate the public about the mahatma and his mission.More
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Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple

Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple

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The towering white dome of this famous temple stretches high into the sky of bustling Mumbai. Travelers to this popular religious destination will find an idol of Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple carved from a single stone, in addition to a number of other gods and religious artworks.Travelers and locals warn that long lines and major crowds are typical of this beautiful temple, but also say those in charge handle the large number tourists and worshipers like pros. Visitors looking for a peaceful, reflective experience should stop at the temple just before closing (around 8 pm) when a bit of quiet falls over Shree Siddhivinayak, and the city.More
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Churchgate

Churchgate

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Churchgate is a pedestrian-friendly, seaside neighborhood in South Mumbai. It occupies a narrow patch of land that stretches from just north of Nariman Point to just south of the Marine Lines commuter railway station. It's best-known for its art deco and neo-Gothic architecture, and visitors enjoy its ample dining opportunities.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Mumbai

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Authentic Mumbai Experience
Kelly_R, Nov. 2021
Best of Mumbai Private City Tour with Lunch and Transport.
Our tour guide was a young gentleman named Tiger, very knowledgable and pleasant; he spoke very good English and was obviously incredibly proud of his home city.
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Dharavi, open for tours!
Stephen_M, Sep. 2021
Walking Tour of Famous Dharavi Slum
Dharavi is one of the areas I wanted to visit and quickly found the tour through Viator.
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Excellent Mumbai cooking experience
Barbara_B, Jun. 2020
Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert
The English from our host was excellent.
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Great experience
Michael_M, Mar. 2020
All in one Combo of City ,Slum,Dhobighat & Dabbawala tour
This tour was a great experience to see the basic Mumbai tourist spots before venturing out on your own.
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Great trip
ALAN_R, Feb. 2020
Private Mumbai Sightseeing Shore Excursion
His English was very good and he had a great deal of information for us at every stop.
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slum walking tour
danivdmeer, Feb. 2020
Mumbai slum walking Group Tour in Mumbai
I read about Mumbai slum life in books, and it was really interesting to see it in the real!
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Great Tour.
Colin_B, Jan. 2020
See the Real Mumbai: Half-day Small-Group Tour
He then advised us on other things to do whilst in Mumbai.
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Great
Melissa_H, Jan. 2020
Mumbai Bicycle Tour
Highly recommend to anyone looking to see all the great spots of mumbai.
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Great tour
corton, Jan. 2020
The Original Mumbai by Dawn - Recommended by Nigella Lawson & Nat Geo Traveller!
We have a great informative tour with our guide Namrata, we were picked up as agreed, first went to the Fish Market, our driver was very friendly and good, we have seen a lot of Mumbai we never had before and highly recommend this tour to see early daily live, living in Mumbai
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Mumbai taster
Duncan_C, Dec. 2019
Mumbai Full-Day Shore Excursion
Visited all of the main tourist attractions in Mumbai..........
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Didn't make the tour but he was still accommodating!
sarahderbymurphy, Dec. 2019
Mumbai Walking Tour
Unfortunately, we overbooked our time in Mumbai and were unable to do this tour; however, our guide was so accommodating and reached out to see if there was a better time to schedule it and was so kind and helpful.
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Mumbai and Elephanta caves
dominique_r, Nov. 2019
Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion
spoke English really well.
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See Mumbai highlights in a day
Amanda H, Sep. 2019
Highlights of Mumbai: Private Sightseeing Tour of Mumbai
This was a good way to see the sights of Mumbai in a day.
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Perfect day tour from cruise ship
Sharon_A, May 2019
Mumbai Full-Day Shore Excursion
When we told him what we wanted to see in Mumbai, he personalized the tour for us.
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Great tour, great guide
Juliet W, Apr. 2019
See the Real Mumbai: Half-day Small-Group Tour
This is a great opportunity to see some of the real Mumbai.
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This tour was excellent. We first...
swahlroth, Jan. 2018
Private Mumbai Sightseeing Tour Including Dharavi Slum
Our guide was excellent, spoke perfect English and despite bad traffic conditions managed to get us to all the highlights!!!
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We had an exceptional time with our...
Dan B, Dec. 2017
Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Kanheri Caves Excursion
I was laughing that 3/4 through the tour we hadn't seen any of the normal Mumbai tourist attractions and having the best time.
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Good tour to see the main spots in...
Dina H, Jul. 2017
Highlights of Mumbai: Private Sightseeing Tour of Mumbai
Good tour to see the main spots in Mumbai all in one day!
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Fabulous Tour of Mumbai city on the...
Samir_K, Oct. 2017
Private Full-Day Mumbai Motorcycle Tour
It was a great experience to cut through traffic and get to the doorstep of Mumbai's main attractions.
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Experienced all the wonderful sights...
Sonja M, May 2017
Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion
Experienced all the wonderful sights of Mumbai - seafront promenade, Malabar, English influence on architecture and the wonderful colours different stalls and caves that are still intact in Elephanta Caves after so many years - were just awesome.

All about Mumbai

When to visit

Mumbai’s climate can be best described as steamy. Avoid the worst of the humidity—as well as the monsoon season that runs June through September—by planning your visit for winter. Those prepared to brave the rains, however, find summer filled with Bollywood events, water-sports opportunities, and the colorful Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

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