Mumbai is the city of dreams, glamour and showbiz. A lot of us living here for most of our lives who proudly call ourselves Bombayites or Mumbaikars love with the city warts and all. There are no in-betweens with Mumbai — you either hate it or you love it. And in a city where you can find your peace and quiet in the midst of all the chaos, we give you five things that we think you’ve probably not done before (or in a long, long time). This list of things to do in Mumbai doesn’t include the cliched walk along the Marine Drive or visiting the Gateway of India or eating a vada pav (though we love all of these very, very much). This is a list of places to visit in Mumbai that have been here since decades, some even centuries and yet a lot of us haven’t visited them at all or haven’t visited them in a long time. Some of these places you have always driven past, but probably never pulled over at. These aren’t five things every ‘true Mumbaikar’ or every ‘badass Mumbaikar’ should do, but these are places that you’ve heard of, and have mentioned a gazillion times but have not done. Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'
The Taraporevala Aquarium is India’s first and oldest aquarium. It was fully renovated in 2015 and has been renovated to compete with aquariums on an international level! It is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna from across the world. And yes, it does have sharks. In the last one year, the number of people visiting the aquarium has increased tremendously especially because of its 360º acrylic glass tunnel. Also Read - JNU Violence Highlights: Student Protests Emerge Across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata; Film Fraternity Joins in
Where: Near Charni Road Station on the Marine Drive Also Read - PMC Scam: With Rs 90 Lakh Stuck in Beleaguered Bank, ex-Jet Airways Staffer Dies of Cardiac Arrest After Attending Protest
Entry Fee: Adults: Rs 60, Child: Rs 30
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
2. Purchase something old, something stolen or something vintage from Chor Bazaar
Chor Bazaar is an old market in south Bombay. Initially, the market was called Shor Bazaar as it was a crowded and noisy market place. However since the British couldn’t pronouce it the right way, it got to be called Chor Bazaar. Eventually a lot of stolen goods started being sold here. A visit to Chor Bazaar is a must for lovers of all things vintage.
Where: Mutton Street, near Bhindi Market, Kumbharwarda
Entry Fee: Free
Time: All day long
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Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National park is the world’s biggest national park located in a metropolitan city. It is home to a large number of leopards, deer among other animals. You can also visit the Kanheri Caves within the national park. Mini train rides, boating and safari options are available too. However, the SGNP cycling trail will give you a pleasant experience close to nature in the city.
Where: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East
Entry Fee: Rs 45 for entering the national park (Bicycle renting: A deposit of Rs 200-300 and rental charges of Rs 20/hour)
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4. Visit Raj Bhavan, home to the Governor of Maharashtra
Photograph courtesy: Raj Bhavan
Raj Bhavan is one of the iconic houses in Mumbai and is located in Malabar Hill. It is surrounded by dense forests on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. There government organized tours to the Raj Bhavan that take you through all the parts of the house of the Governor of Maharashtra.
Where: Walkeshwar Road, malabar Mill
Entry Fee: Free, but prior online booking is required
Time: 6 am to 9 am
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5. Go on an astronomical journey at the Nehru Planetarium
This one you’ve probably visited as a child and if astronomy didn’t interest you, you must’ve napped through it. However do consider visiting the Nehru centre just to walk around the art galleries, visit the planetarium, attend lectures, participate in quizzes and debates. In fact, there is a lot to learn about the history of India here. If you connect with these subjects, you must visit the centre.
Where: Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Entry Fee: Rs 20 to Rs 100
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
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