Mumbai is the city of dreams which welcomes every visitor with open arms. Its fast pace is intimidating to some and exciting to others. Its vibrant nature is so addictive that many who come to visit end up staying here forever. Many think of Mumbai as a city of skyscrapers. However, there is a lot more to Mumbai from the high-rise buildings. Ranging from spacious British avenues to cramped slums, busy markets to secluded streets, Mumbai has it all. You may have visited many of the famous landmarks of the city like Gateway of India and Juhu beach. However, if you want to go off the beaten track, Mumbai has loads to offer to you. (ALSO SEE 10 best places for a one-day picnic near Mumbai) Here are top 10 offbeat things to do in Mumbai. Also Read - Rajasthan News: Shops, Parlours to Open in State, Govt Offices to Function in Full Strength From June 1

Watch a play at NCPA

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Tata NCPA at Nariman Point is one of the finest auditoriums in Mumbai. It hosts several amazing plays and performances and is a cultural hub for those who are interested in Indian art and heritage. Some of the most well-acclaimed and celebrated plays are staged at NCPA and you must catch one of them when you are in Mumbai. DO SEE 5 best libraries in Mumbai every bibliophile must visit Also Read - Unlock 1.0: Tarapith, Tirupati, Jagannath, Meenakshi Temples | What is Opening And From When?

Chopper ride at Vile Parle

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A newly available service, the chopper rides starting at Vile Parle have been gaining popularity of late. A 15-minute helicopter joy ride costs around Rs 5200 per adult/child. Imagine watching the coastal city of Mumbai and its scenic landscape from up in the air. DO SEE Helicopter ride experiences in Mumbai you cannot miss!

Qawwali at Haji Ali Dargah


Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most famous mosques in India and a popular landmark in Mumbai. Not only is it spectacular, it is also a major pilgrim centre of Mumbaikars. Every Friday, the Qawwali khaana here hosts qawwali recitals which must be witnessed for their spiritual aura.

Explore Warli village in Thane


The Warli Art is a special form of art practiced by the Warlis, a tribe living in the mountainous and coastal areas of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The indigenous people behind the Warli art are an intriguing lot. You can get a feel of their daily life at the Warli village in the Thane district. You can also take a walk down the Dahanu beach and try out delicious sea-food!

Check out the Vasai fort

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

One of the most offbeat places in the city, the Vasai Fort or Fort Bassein is is used for shooting by several Bollywood and amateur filmmakers. Much of the fort is in ruins but it makes for an excellent one-day picnic.

Participate in the open mic at Prithvi theatre


Another prominent theatre place in Mumbai is the Prithvi theatre which is known for its stunning ambiance and artistic brilliance. Be it the theatre auditorium which has the best acoustics to witness a performance or the cafe outside which is where you will see many a celebrity discussing work and life, Prithvi is as alluring an evening spot as you can imagine.

Visit the Fratelli vineyards in Solapur


While Sula vineyard near Nashik is extremely famous, Fratelli is a lesser known yet equally majestic place to visit from Mumbai. It is situated in the interiors of Maharashtra in Akluj in the Solapur district. The six hour long drive frpom Mumbai is quite scenic and will take you through sugarcane fields and lovely little peaks. CHECK OUT Fratelli Vineyards: the perfect weekend getaway for wine lovers!

Shop at Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar Mumbai

A popular landmark in Mumbai, the Chor Bazaar gives you a great idea of market life in Mumbai. From second hand goods to vintage stuff, you will find it all in this market of south Mumbai. It is knwon to be one of the largest flea markets in India. DO SEE 25 photographs of Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar like you’ve never seen before

Go kayaking at Girgaum chowpatty


Not many may be aware of this but you can actually go kayaking in south Mumbai’s Girgaum chowpatty. The H2O water complex offers kayaking experiences guided by professionals. You can explore the picturesque Queen’s necklace as you glide through the waters of the Arabian Sea.

Hike up to the Kondana caves in Karjat


The Kondana caves are not as popular as some of the other attractions near Mumbai but they are equally astonishing. They will give you a sneak peek into the ancient life of Buddhist followers. The sculptures and stupas are a delight for history buffs!


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