It is rightly said that Mumbai is the ‘City of Opportunities’ - a land where dreams come to reality!
The city of dreams, Mumbai is a place where thousands of people visit on a daily basis. And the best part about the city is its embracive charm that accommodates everybody irrespective of the size of pocket. Right from the limelight of tinsel town to the bustling chawls, the megapolis on the southwestern part of India is among the most populated cities that never sleeps. What’s more exciting about Mumbai is a gamut of mind blowing experiences that you can gather only in this part of the country. Vibrant art, rich heritage, colourful culture, delectable street food, theatre scene, buzzing nightlife, stunning cityscape, striking architecture, old world charm, modern vibes, luxury living, shopping arcades, flea markets; you name it and you find a big list of free things to do in Mumbai.
But like it is said, you cannot do everything in one go so we have curated a special list of 10 best things to do for free in Mumbai that will keep you sorted with the iconic experiences you can’t afford to miss. Take a dekko!
1. Click Instagram-worthy shots at Gateway of India
Often reckoned as the jewel of Southern Mumbai, Gateway of India is the top attraction of the city that is known for its timeless architectural beauty and the breathtaking seafront promenade. This elaborate archway overlooking Arabian sea makes for a gorgeous backdrop for your instagram-worthy pictures and the good thing is, it is absolutely free for the visitors. Reminding us of the British Colonial Era, this marvellous monument invites a large number of visitors on a daily basis. Trust me, your trip to Mumbai is incomplete without getting photographed at this iconic spot.
2. Experience the old world charm of Colaba Causeway Market
Keeping intact its old world charm of British colonisation, Colaba Causeway Market is indeed one of the exciting places in Mumbai where you can have a splendid time without spending a dime. You can simply keep a day to stroll around its flea market where you can window shop. And if you are keen to shop, this place is perfect as you can find all sorts of fashion stuff at a dirt cheap price. Also, there are renowned food joints in the area where you can try some of the most popular regional specialties.
3. Watch sunset at Marine Drive
Mumbai is the financial capital and is among the busiest cities of the country but there is this one place in the city where you can forget all the maddening rush. Any guesses? Well, Marine Drive is the place in Mumbai where you get that quick respite from all the hustle and bustle. Even if it is thronged by a large number of people during evening hours, there is a certain charm at this place that immediately brushes off all the stress and makes you feel rejuvenated. Sitting next to the seafront, listening to the sound of crashing waves and grabbing the ethereal view of sunset at Marine Drive is definitely one the best things to do in Mumbai. So get yourself this fascinating experience without spending a penny.
4. Pay homage at Siddhivinayak Temple
The city is known for its cosmopolitan culture and embraces every religion. To witness the religious aspect of the city, do pay a visit to Siddhivinayak Temple that is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. There are long queues in the temple as a large number of devotees from all walks of life visit here to seek blessings from Lord Ganesha. Besides paying homage to the Lord, you can also enjoy the beautiful architecture of this massive temple complex that houses gold-plated domes and stands 6-stories tall. If you are lucky enough, you might also get a chance to spot celebrities as they are the frequent visitors here.
5. Attend evening prayer at Haji Ali Dargah
Can you imagine a mosque floating in the middle of the sea? If not then you must pay a visit to the famous Haji Ali Dargah that sits off the west coast of Mumbai. You can visit this breathtaking mosque that is built on an islet for free. It is accessible through a narrow, pebbled walkway that leads you to the revered shrine of a Sufi saint, Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. Besides enjoying the religious aspect and picturesque location, you can also unravel the mysteries related to this fascinating island mausoleum during your visit. You can consider visiting here for special evening prayers held on Thursdays and Fridays and make sure you carry a headscarf if you are a woman.
6. Check out the residence of Bollywood stars at Bandstand & Juhu
If you are a big time Bollywood fan then you can’t afford to miss the top neighbourhoods of the city where most of the stars from the industry reside. Juhu and Bandstand are the areas where famous Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Alia Bhatt etc reside. These celebrities step out once in a while in their balconies to wave to their fans and who knows, if you also get a chance to spot them. Mark these locales on your wishlist because this could be your greatest freebie from your fun-filled Mumbai trip.
7. Enjoy the beachy vibes at Juhu Beach