Things To Do
There are fun things to do in Mumbai all year round. The culturally inclined will feel well catered for at the Jehangir Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Prithvi Theatre and more. Be part of the citywide celebration and chaos during the many religious festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Eid (with the best street food appearing on Mohammed Ali Road), Diwali, Holi, Christmas… the list goes on. Take a stroll down Juhu beach. Go away for the weekend to Lonavla or take a short ferry ride from Apollo Bunder to Alibag, and leave behind the city’s maddening crowds! And be sure to catch a cricket match at Wankhede Stadium.
Events & Festivals
Kalaghoda (meaning Black Horse) is Mumbai’s art district and home to its eponymous art festival. With exhibitions of painting and sculpture, theatre, literary events and concerts, the Kalaghoda Festival is a big draw every year for art-lovers of all ages. And it’s free!
It’s a fortnight-long party in October/November against the backdrop of the sea. Mumbai musicians fill the air with everything from punk rock to ghazals, on stages set up at the Carter Road and Bandstand promenades.
Prithvi Theatre Festival
The renowned Prithvi Theatre in Juhu lends its stage to the best performers and ensembles in Indian theatre for two weeks in November.
The Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) treats Mumbaikars to the best of Indian and world cinema.
Visit the Parks
Kamala Nehru Park & the Hanging Gardens
Picnic high above sweeping Marine Drive and step away from Mumbai’s buzz in these adjacent parks set in the stylish Malabar Hill area. See the idiosyncratic ‘shoe’ from the nursery rhyme There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Go on a tiger and lion safari and visit Buddhist hand-cut caves in this protected, sprawling park near the world famous Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), on the northern border of crowded, chaotic Mumbai. Formerly known as the Borivili National Park.
Drives Along The Sea
The lights on the crescent-shaped Marine Drive look like pearls on a ‘Queen’s Necklace.’ The calm 3-kilometer stretch of Mumbai’s back bay is great for a breath of fresh air. Step out and join other Mumbaikars, old and young, on their morning walks. Marine Drive and the Worli sea face are also great vantage points to witness the full glory of the Mumbai monsoon season.
Shop in style at Mumbai’s cutting edge concept stores: Bombay Electric, Bungalow 8 and Le Mill. Buy unique home design at Good Earth and hand crafted textiles and clothes at Fab India and Anokhi. Lose yourself—but hang on to your wallet— in the maze of shops in Colaba Causeway and the Thieves Bazaar (Chor Bazaar) off Mohamed Ali Road. Treat yourself to handmade, open toed Maharashtrian leather sandals called Kohlapuris at Anupam Chappals or Joy Shoes. Buy Ayurvedic cosmetics and toiletries from Forest Essentials.Forest Essentials.