a VirtualTourist member asked on Jan 19, 2016
After a long hectic schedule, I am actually thinking for a break from the busy professional schedule of the office life. I along with family is all set to plan a trip to Mumbai. Since it comes under top weekend getaway list, What all are the best places to visit around Mumbai?
Welcome to VT and take a look at what our members have written about Mumbai and you may find a few things to interest you.
From a personal point of view i would recommend the Gateway to India, Chor Bazaar Thieves Market, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Haji Ali, and the National Park.
Hi - welcome to VT. Some things I recommend:
From Gateway of India take boat ride to Elephanta Caves
Chowpatty and/or Juhu Beach (if you go to Juhu visit ISKCON Temple)
Shree Siddhivinayak Mandir
Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
Kala Ghoda area for Art (Galleries/Museums)
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Prince of Wales Museum
If you like, take a look at my Mumbai page for more info - [original VT link].
Are there children in your group? If so, how old are they? I can suggest some things for them.
Good suggestions by Donna
Here re a few more (scroll down the page for tips etc)
[original VT link]
Tried to enter ISKCON Temple the other day. Entry fee (registration), strict timing, no photographs of the exterior, etc. Very putting off. Snooty.
Go to the Dargah.
Relax in the Chowpatty sands (rolled mats available on rent for a nominal amount).
Eat pau bajji - images here:
Britania & Co. Restaurant - authentic Parsi food
Mangal Dass Market, Opp. Jumma Masjid, Mumbai 400002 - inexpensive ladies' wear
Iranian Restaurant bang opposite Leopold Café - very tasty food - competitive price
Afghan Church, Duxbery Lane, Colaba (Ph-22183349) - oldest Church
Elephanta Caves has 300 steps. Wear sturdy walking shoes and take along an umbrella. In December, 2015 the temperature was 30 degrees Celsius. Forget the narrow gauge train from the ferry landing to the start of the steps. Very crowded and 'might is right' policy. Walk the kilometre to the start of the steps. Try to go very early in the morning - less crowded and not so sultry.
Experience the Sea Link. Toll tax for a vehicle in INR 60/- one way.
Wow, sorry to hear that about ISKCON Anil. We visit every year - one of Kasha's favorite places. There has never been an entry fee (and I don't think there have been timings either). We'll check it out anyway in a few weeks.
@Donna_in_India=My profuse apologies. I was thinking of the Pune OSHO ashram! Serves me right for wandering off to too many places. Coming to Delhi?
Here is my my suggestions for places to visit around Mumbai:
Gateway of India
Bandra-Worli Sea Link
The Flora Fountain
Chatrapati Shivali Terminus
Around Bombay -- you must visit the Kanheri caves. Try not to go during a weekend -- the weekdays are empty and the caves are wondrous. Besides this, I suggest the weekend around the Kala Ghoda area - it is relatively empty and very beautiful architecture