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23 Mumbai must-see attractions

People and cars, the super-rich and poverty, cows and sights - Mumbai has a lot of it all. So that you still have a clue as to which places are absolutely worth seeing in the lively hustle and bustle, you will find below my 23 favorite Mumbai attractions.

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Mumbai attractions:Key facts at a glance


What are the best Mumbai attractions?

The most famous landmarks in Mumbai are Gateway of India, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the Elephanta caves and the Marine Drive. The city also has a lot of exciting architecture to offer, including the Mumbai University, the Rajabai bell tower and the Mumbai High Court. Also are the Fish Market (Sassoon Docks), the “Washing slum” Dhobi Ghat and the Mahatma Gandhi Museum very interesting.

What Are The Best Outdoor Activities In Mumbai?

They are particularly recommended Elephanta caves on the island of the same name Elephanta in Thane Creek (reachable from the Gateway of India by ferry in about 1 hour) as well as the Kanheri Caves.

What day trips can be done from Mumbai (Bombay)?

I recommend one to you Excursion to Matheran! The Mountain village is located around 30 kilometers east of Mumbai and offers you a wonderful opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle in the metropolis for a day. Here you can fresh air enjoy, hike go and numerous Monkeys in the wild observe.



Mumbai sights at a glance| map


With a population of 12.5 million, Mumbai is the largest city on the Indian subcontinent. The metropolis of millions in the state Maharashtra is located directly on the Arabian Sea and is considered to be economic and cultural center of the country.

Until 1996, the port city was still called under British colonial rule Bombay. The name of the typical Indian film industry Bollywood is derived from this city name (Bombay + Hollywood = Bollywood).

If you can see the most popular sights of Mumbai in one day and with Insider knowledge and insider tips from the locals If you want to be taken care of, I recommend a private sightseeing day tour with a local guide *.


Infographic Mumbai sights, India - © - Map Data: OpenStreetMap ODbL


Reading tip: The best attractions and highlights across the country can be found in our article India Attractions!



Gateway of India| Top 1


As a famous landmark of Mumbai, the Gateway of India (German: Gate of India) is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mumbai.


Mumbai Landmark # 1: The Gateway of India. | © Photo by PDPics on


The archway is located in the south of the city, in the Colaba district.

The 26 meter high and 50 meter wide archway was built from 1911 to 1924 in memory of the visit by the British King George V. built. It took 13 years to build.


Since numerous people meet here, including locals and Indian tourists, you can be prepared that a lot of people will ask you, especially in this place, whether they can take a photo with you.

My boyfriend (very tall) and I (blonde) myself took more than 20 locals here with no lie and for some it was apparently a bigger attraction than the Gateway of India itself.



Taj Mahal Palace Hotel| Top 2


You will find the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel right next to the Gateway of India. The luxury hotel with 240 rooms is absolutely worth seeing - both inside and out.


Mumbai Sight # 2: The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel - right next to the Gateway of India. | © Photo by sushmaghadge on


Even if we weren't hotel guests ourselves, we were allowed to come in and see the inside of the Taj Mahal Palace.


The luxury hotel in the Colaba district was built by the Indian Entrepreneur Jamshedji Tata. You will probably not be able to avoid this name in the metropolis of Mumbai (and all of India). The Tata group of companies currently comprises 98 companies (including from the fields of energy, metal processing and vehicle construction) and employs around 660,000 people.

After Tata himself had been denied access to another hotel in Mumbai, he decided without further ado to have a magnificent hotel built in Mumbai himself. The hotel was finally opened in 1903 - and has been one of them ever since most impressive buildings in Mumbai.

After the entrepreneur Tata himself, the Beatles, Bill Clinton and Prince Charles stayed the night.


If you are interested in spending one or more nights in this remarkable hotel, you can compare the prices of the different rooms on and book your dream room at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel *.


You can easily get to these two landmarks, the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, by bus, train and taxi. The best train connections in India can be found on the website 12goAsia *. You can also book your tickets directly here.

The nearest train station is Churchgate Train Station, approximately 1.5 km from the archway. From here you will need about 20 to 25 minutes on foot.

Speaking of Churchgate ...



The Dabbawallas at Churchgate Railway Station| Top 3


If you pay attention, you will see numerous men in Mumbai carrying metal cans with them. These are so-called Dabbawallas. you deliver lunch for around 200,000 Indians every day out. The food is not (as one might assume) delivered by restaurants. Instead, the food is mostly made up of Mothers and wives cooked and delivered to work for their husbands and sons.


Our Indian AirBnB hosts in Mumbai were absolutely convinced that the Dabbawallas nevere a mistake was undermined during delivery and that accordingly every worker always the right food can