See and Do in Mumbai
A city of contrasts steeped in history yet famously modern, there's an endless variety to see and do in Mumbai.
Home to millionaire tycoons and Asia's biggest slum, the city's residents party until dawn and pray at day break. People say the city is too crowded, too fast and too polluted – and yet it's still the choice for millions.
To truly experience the city, expats will need to let go of their inhibitions and dive in.
Recommended attractions in Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
An outstanding example of late 19th-century architecture characterised by a combination of Victorian Gothic Revival and traditional Indian features. Built in 1888, it looks more like a cathedral than a terminus.
The Gateway of India
Erected in 1911 to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary, the beautiful basalt structure was built to be the first thing seen when approaching the city by boat and stands as a testimony to the British rule.
An impressive-looking complex that encompasses an art gallery, planetarium, discovery centre and a culture wing, the centre is a great way to discover the sciences and a little bit more about Indian culture.
The Jama Masjid is a spectacular mosque in Kalbadevi neighbourhood. Located just next to Crawford Market in South Mumbai, visitors will find this historic religious building which houses the tomb of Sheikh Maktoum Fakih Ali.
Mumba Devi Temple
An old Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Mumba, the local incarnation of the Devi. It is believed that this temple was built in 1675 near the main landing site of the former Bori Bunder creek against the north wall of the English Fort Saint George by a Hindu woman also named Mumba. While the surrounding fort is in a state of disrepair, the temple itself remains active.
A short drive to the east of Mumbai visitors will find a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island. A spectacular site and a great day out for those of all ages.
A small fort in northern Mumbai, located on Madh Island, the Madh Fort was built by the Portuguese settlers. They eventually lost the fort during the war against the Maratha Empire.
Jahangir Art Gallery
A must for all art lovers. This gallery was founded by Sir Cowasji Jahangir in 1952. Centrally located behind the Prince of Wales Museum in South Mumbai, the Jehangir Art Gallery has four exhibition halls which house a great collection of pieces.
A fun day out for the kids or the young at heart. Esselworld is an amusement park located in Gorai which was first established back in 1989. Along with its counterpart, Water Kingdom, it occupies 64 acres of land.