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Pritha Manchanda Jan 22 2014

What are the best things to do in Mumbai for free?

Reema Bhalla Jan 22 2014
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Want to enjoy the 'city of dreams' without shelling out a single penny? Sounds far-fetched? Well, take a look at the best things to do in Mumbai for free, which reflect the statement, 'the best things in life are free'. Enjoy the experience and come back with wealth of memories.

Explore the Beach Life!

Juhu Beach

Welcome to one of the most popular tourist spots in Mumbai, Juhu Beach. You will be greeted by tempting food stalls, loud bollywood music and cheerful faces when you are here. Widely famous all over the country, Juhu holds a special memory for everyone who has visited this bustling spot. It is a perfect place to indulge in some local flavours while you enjoy the hustle bustle around you. And if you are looking forward to an eventful evening, make sure you don’t miss out visiting this place. However, do keep in mind that if you have someone for company if you are planning to visit late at night.

Photo of Juhu Beach (by Vishu)


Chowpatty has slowly evolved as one of the most well-maintained beaches in Mumbai. Located at one end of the famous Marine Drive, it plays a perfect host to several festivals and rituals, mainly the colorful Ganesh Chaturthi. When the festival commences, numerous idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed here as per the tradition. There are umpteen food stalls lined along the beach, offering a range of local delicacies, ranging from vada pao, bhel puri to the gold old chuski. Head here to discover Mumbai in its true colors.

Photo of Chowpatty Beach (by Toksave)

Visit a Landmark!

Gateway of India

Symbolizing Mumbai in arguably the best way, Gateway of India stands tall with its strong historical connections. Overlooking the majestic Arabian sea, it was indeed the gateway to India way back during the British era. It was built to commemorate the arrival of Queen Mary and King George V on Apollo Bunder in the year 1911. It took almost 13 years to complete the grand structure we see today. Made of yellow basalt and reinforced concrete and 85 feet high, the structure of Gateway is a study in architecture in itself. Just next to it is the magnificent and grand Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel. If you want to experience Mumbai at its best, make sure you head to Gateway of India.

Photo of Gateway of India (by Mayur Thakare)

Get some Spiritual solace!

Haji Ali Dargah

One of the highly revered religious sites in Mumbai, Haji Ali Dargah is a place which magnifies your faith in divine power. Situated on a small islet located 500 meter off the coast, in the middle of Worli Bay, it is a dargah and mosque which has the Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a rich Muslim merchant. Built way back in the year 1431, its structure is a splendid example of Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The path that will take you to the dargah is known as Mahalaxmi causeway and it has sea on both the sides. However, the lane is not accessible during high tides as it get completely submerged and the dargah is cut off from the rest of world, looking more like an island.

Photo of Haji Ali Dargah (by Humaayun Peerzaada)

Siddhivinayak Temple

Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this imposing temple is one of the significant religious attractions in Mumbai. Built in the year 1801, initially the temple was place of worship with a 3.6 m x 3.6 m square brick structure having a dome shaped brick shikhara and today it stands tall with six storeys. On your way to the temple complex, there is a small Hanuman shrine which was constructed in 1952 for the Hanuman icon which was found during a road extension project. Inside the main temple, there is a mandap which has the shrine of Siddhi Vinayak (Lord Ganesha). You will be surprised to hear that the temple receives donation of about 100-150 million (INR) every year,which makes it the richest one in Mumbai. Lord Ganesha’s statue resides in the sanctum and the deities you see on both sides of Lord Ganesha are Riddhi and Siddhi, who stand for fulfillment, holiness, wealth and prosperity. Don’t be surprised if you spot many celebrities who flock this temple regularly to seek blessings.

Photo of Siddhivinayak Temple (by Abhijeet Rane)

Soak in some pretty view!

Marine Drive

Visit Marine Drive place to enjoy one of the best views of this city and you will be amply rewarded. It can be only explored on foot and while you are walking around you will be making your way around joggers, exercisers, kids and couples. So, don’t be disappointed if you are looking for some solitude and peace as the place is always bustling with people, mainly during mornings and evenings. It is also known as Queen’s necklace due to its appearance at night as the light twinkles in a row like jewels in a necklace.

Photo of Marine Drive (by aam442)

Absorb the local flavour!


You must have heard the name before? Right, so its time to make your way to the largest slum in Asia. Bustling with people, the area is lined with several shops that offer anything and everything under the sun. It is suggested to stick to the shops on the main road unless you are quite well versed with the place. Don’t miss visiting Dharavi for a little flavour of Mumbai!

Photo of Dharavi (by Mark Hillary)

Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat

Don’t forget to visit the 140-year old Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat which is a popular tourist attraction in itself. You will find it interesting and unique that around 500 men are engaged in washing clothes together at one place. You will see hundreds of people beating kilograms and kilograms of dirt from different varieties of clothes. It boasts of being the biggest dhobi ghat across India and may be the most unique as well due to the fact that traditional way of treating the clothes
is still followed here.

Photo of Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat (by Nicholas)

Local Markets

If you want to experience Mumbai to the fullest, make your way to the bustling and vibrant local markets in the city. There is a lot to explore in markets like Fashion Street, Linking Road, Chor Bazaar and Colaba Causeway among others. It’s time to head to these places and take home a true Mumbai experience!

Photo of Fashion Street (by Vishalngp)

Watch the glam side of the city!

Celebrity Houses

As we all know that Mumbai is home to some globally famous personalities including cricketers, bollywood celebrities, eminent politicians among others. If you are interested in having a look at their elegant and designer homes, you can happily do that but only from outside. Juhu and Bandra are the areas which have arguably the maximum number of celebrity houses, so make sure to include these places in your Mumbai itinerary.

Revisit the connoisseur in you!

Jehangir Art Gallery

A perfect place to enjoy the display of of varied art creations, Jehangir Art Gallery is a must visit for art lovers. With artists from every nook and corner of India making a beeline for it, no wonder the art gallery holds a special for them. It has 2 main wings with specialist gallery areas which showcases the work of veteran artists as well as newcomers.

Photo of Jehangir Art Gallery (by Suryanarayan Ganesh)

Explore your book worm side!

Asiatic Society of Mumbai Library and Reading Room

Located in the Town Hall building in South Bombay, the library is a landmark in itself and with its Greek and Roman influences is a delight to visit. One of the oldest libraries in the city, it stocks some rare manuscripts, coins and books on almost every subject. One can read a book in the premises free of cost, however you have to be a member to take it home. The steps leading to the library are popularly called Asiatic steps and is a favoured spot to catch up on during the evenings.

Watch Mumbai embracing change!

T-2 Terminal

The swanky T-2 Terminal built at an exuberant cost of INR 12,500 crores with granite flooring that can cover 27 foot ball fields and a 3 km long art walk is a good enough reason to board flights even more frequently. The terminal is such a beautiful sight that it does not really matter if you are travelling or not, just grab every chance to drop or receive friends or family travelling and experience its magnificence.

Photo of T2 Terminal (by Dashpot)

Mumbai has so much to offer on its platter that it never ceases to mesmerize you with its charm. So, its time to pack that travel bag and head here for a lifetime experience and enjoy the best things to do in Mumbai for free.

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