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aarosh Nov 19th, 2013 10:22

Places and Attractions to see in Mumbai
 

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Places and Attractions to see in Mumbai

A list of places to see and things to do in Mumbai, India, compiled by our very own India Miker Aarosh. If you haven't spent time in Mumbai, be sure to check out this article, which includes brief descriptions for attractions like the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, Wellington Fountain, Colaba Causeway and more! ... read more »


nadreg Nov 19th, 2013 10:25

Another brilliant article by our very own Aarosh!

What are some of your favorite places to see in Mumbai?

mheredge Dec 2nd, 2013 17:21

Thank you very much for this! I now know a bit more about the places I was taken around yesterday on a city tour. Although the guide didn't explain much in English, it was an excellent day and great fun.

tripsammy Jan 8th, 2014 05:17

Great article, I will certainly use this info when I visit Mumbai next. :)

DrRudi Jan 8th, 2014 05:42

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Wondering what to do in Mumbai? Here's a list of 101 places to visit -- yes, 101 places! No matter what your interest, you're sure to find something that appeals.
http://goindia.about.com/od/mumba1/t...-In-Mumbai.htm

iamsomnath Mar 31st, 2014 11:11

A lovely and informative thread regarding a City which is so close to my heart. My good friend Ayaz , an avid photographer and a good old Bombay Boy has compiled a list from the point of view of a photographer. Sharing the same. Any feed back will be appreciated :)


Nagla Block – A restricted part of the national park that is across the creek if you are headed on the highway in the direction towards vasai from the main gate of the borivali national park. It’s a walking distance from a popular landmark called Hotel Fountain.
Genre – macros
Best time – early morning
Tripod allowed - yes
Any other details – there is a ticket that needs to be purchased as well as parking charges to be paid


Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP) – Located at Mahim (east) near Dharavi.
Genre - macros
Best time – early morning
Tripod allowed - yes
Any other details - Needs prior permission if you are visiting on a Sunday. Has space for parking.

BPT Garden (Sagar Upvan) – Located ahead of Sassoon docks in colaba.
Genre – macros, photos of the sea, birds if you are lucky
Best time – early morning
Tripod allowed - yes
Any other details - One of the few photography friendly gardens where you can officially shoot after paying some nominal amount for camera & tripod usage. Good for flowers, macros if you can search well. Though a lot of what you end up with depends on how lax the gardeners have been with their shears.


Hanging Garden / Kamla Nehru Park
Genre – flowers, butterflies, birds eye view of the Mumbai skyline
Best time – early morning
Tripod allowed - yes
Any other details – a lot depends on the gardeners. I’ve been disappointed on some occasions when I can’t see any flowers because the gardeners have gone on a chopping spree. The place is not really recommended for a serious macro shooter.

Banganga
Genre – ancient Indian architecture, street
Best time – early morning
Tripod allowed - yes
Any other details -located at Malabar hill. You need to park and walk down towards the place. Ask around for directions if needed. Its basically just a rectangular pond with some old pillars and temples around. Nice place if you don’t have very high expectations.

Chowpatty beach (Girgaum)

Genre – people, street, sunset, Mumbai skyline
Best time – before sunset
Tripod allowed – no
Any other details -

Marine Drive
Genre – sunset, Mumbai skyline, street
Best time – before sunset
Tripod allowed - no
Any other details - you can walk along the promenade and take pics of the sunset as well as street type photos. Tripods are not officially allowed but I’ve seen people use one. Try it at your own risk.


Gateway of India –excellent at sunrise as there are not too many tourists around. You can get good photos of the structure as well as the harbor. Tripod usage is prohibited. Best time to visit – early morning. I recently shot some long exposures in the evening too – they were okay..not as good as the ones shot in the morning


Dhobi Ghat – if you like to take street type photos. At times you may have to pay some of the locals for shooting at the outdoor laundry there. It’s a unique photo opportunity and you’ll find the place featured in some old bollywood movies.

Juhu Beach -
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Chor Bazar – street type photos of shops selling antiques and some filmy looking shop keepers

Bandra Fort

Carter Road – fishing boats, sunset. Best time to visit – before sunset. Check tide timings before you visit the place

Sewri jetty – sunrise, flamingos, birds, abandoned boats. Take a look at the tide forecast before you visit. Best time to visit – early morning before sunrise

Sea link photos – can be taken either from the bandra fort (you’ll get a photo of the sea link turning away from you at an angle) or from the Shivaji park beach (front view of the sealink stretching from bandra to worli). Best time to visit - Sunset

Haji Ali – you can get good photos from the promenade. If you want to shoot inside you can walk up to the structure. Photography is allowed inside however if you set up a tripod on the promenade you will get harassed by the cops. Best time to visit –sunset

Colaba Causeway to Fort – nice street type photos, old British architecture. Early morning or before sunset would be the best time to do this stretch. Photography is allowed as long as you don’t point the lens towards any government building. Be careful in the lanes that branch out from the main road if you are alone.

Asiatic library – popular structure located at fort. Photography is allowed. Tripods are not. The rest of the area is a restricted area where photography is prohibited so be careful.

Victoria Gardens (Zoo) – if you like photos of animals in a zoo. I don’t. Photography is allowed.

Elephanta Caves – photography is allowed but tripod usage is restricted by the ASI. You need to take a ferry from the gateway of india.

Vasai Fort
Genre – macros, photos of the sea, old architecture of the fort
Best time – early morning
Any other details –be a bit careful as it’s a lonely place. Don’t go alone you can get mugged. There are locals who object to tripod usage and try and fleece you out of some money.

Mandwa – Its around a one hour ferry ride from Mumbai or about 3 hours by car. Excellent for some sunset photos with fishing boats etc in the foreground. Take a look at tide forecast for the day before you go.

Karnala – this is supposed to be a bird sanctuary but most people end up not seeing any birds. You need to reach there early, wait patiently and avoid Sundays when the place is crowded. There are some 3 to 4 different trails which can be done including a hike up to the karnala fort. I’ve always shot loads of spiders here including giant wood spiders, funnel web spiders, signature spiders etc…no birds though.

National park – Borivali

Genre – nature, photos of caves
Best time – early morning
Tripod allowed - yes
Any other details - I’m referring to the borivali end. Also includes a place called the kanheri caves. Photography with a tripod is allowed in all areas apart from inside the caves. There are some trails which are restricted and need permission like the shilonda trail. The safari has animals in cages so wouldn’t really advise any photographer to do safari as that’s a waste of time. The Thane / Yeoor side of the national park is better for macros.


Lonavala / Khandala
Genre – landscapes, sunrise, sunset
Best time – early morning / evening
Tripod allowed - yes
Any other details - it’s a nice hill station 2 hours away from the city if you know where to go to shoot.

Matheran
Genre – landscapes, street
Best time – sunrise, sunset, evenings, early mornings
Tripod allowed - yes
Any other details –it’s a hill station about 3 hours away from Bombay where cars and motorcycles are not allowed so you need to walk everywhere or hire a horse. Can do a day trip if you drive there early and come back at night.

Annual Events
Mumbai Marathon – held on a Sunday between Jan and Feb
Vintage & Classic Car & Bike Rally – held on a Sunday of February / March
Super car Show – held in January on a Sunday
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival – held for a week in February

cheers
Somnath

Kaberi Apr 3rd, 2014 22:01

Full day tour by MTDC in Mumbai
 
I am planning a trip to mumbai and goa with my family .
I like to take one full day tour programme conducted by maharashtra tourism development corporation .
please help me to get the timing and cost and tour programme of maharashtra tourism development corporation .

aarosh Apr 3rd, 2014 22:13

I do not think there is a any full day sight seeing tour organized by MTDC. See http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in...endeckbus.html.

You can try the Mumbai Darshan by Neeta. http://neetabus.in/AvailableRoutes.aspx

Kaberi Apr 4th, 2014 11:28

Mumbai Full day tour programme
 
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Originally Posted by aarosh (Post 1729143)
I do not think there is a any full day sight seeing tour organized by MTDC. See http://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in...endeckbus.html.

You can try the Mumbai Darshan by Neeta. http://neetabus.in/AvailableRoutes.aspx


I want to see Juhu beach , Sanjoy Gandhi national park , lions safari park , kanheri caves .
How I can visit these places ? How much time do i need to visit these places ? and how much cost to bear ?
We are 7 in group .

iamsomnath Apr 4th, 2014 12:03

a bit of googling will clear the doubts and questions a lot.

regards

somnath

aarosh Apr 4th, 2014 12:09

Re: Places and Attractions to see in Mumbai
 
How are you reaching Mumbai? Do you plan to stay overnight? What is the group composition? Would you be travelling on a weekend?

Kaberi Apr 5th, 2014 02:25

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Originally Posted by aarosh (Post 1729276)
How are you reaching Mumbai? Do you plan to stay overnight? What is the group composition? Would you be travelling on a weekend?

We are reaching Mumbai hotel at 7/7.30AM by train on Friday and that day we like to see these places . Yes we will stay overnight and next morning we will go to Goa by Mandovi Ex . Group of 3 are 74,63,61 age & 4 are 51,41,23,17 years .Our plan is coming back to Mumbai from Goa in the morning and that day plan to go to elephanta caves and that night we will catch the train for home at 8.30PM from mumbai cstm . Is it okay ?

aarosh Apr 5th, 2014 04:35

In that case ask the hotel to arrange an Innova or Tavera for the day and cover Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Juhu Beach. You will need around 5-6 hours for Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Lion Safari and Kanheri Caves. You can spend around 2 hours in Juhu Beach.

For Elephanta remember that there are around 100 steps to climb to reach the caves.

amit chaturvedi Apr 5th, 2014 16:30

Hey
 
you really have posted such a great post.. there are so many places that i haven't ever heard of you have mentioned here thanks.....

Kaberi Apr 5th, 2014 18:46

Thanks Aarosh
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aarosh (Post 1729572)
In that case ask the hotel to arrange an Innova or Tavera for the day and cover Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Juhu Beach. You will need around 5-6 hours for Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Lion Safari and Kanheri Caves. You can spend around 2 hours in Juhu Beach.

For Elephanta remember that there are around 100 steps to climb to reach the caves.

I have heard that there is a toy train from lonch ghat to the gate of the elephanta caves !!!!!!
Is there any alternative arrangement than to climbing 100 steps to reach the caves ???????


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