Go for a heritage walk
The Gateway of India and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) aren’t the only heritage buildings in Mumbai. There are many more. Take a walk about the lanes of Mumbai and marvel at the colonial buildings that dot the landscape. These Victorian buildings are the remnants of the past when Mumbai was under the rule of the British. Walk about places like Fort, Colaba, Nariman Point and Ballard Estate where you can find numerous stone-lined structures. Explore the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya and the textile museum at CST as well.
Find inner peace at the Vipassana Pagoda
The Global Vipassana Pagoda at Gorai is one of the biggest stone monuments in Asia. Built in honor of Lord Buddha, it is a large meditation center. The main dome of the structure houses the sacred relics of Gautam Buddha. At 325 feet, it is the largest pillar-less dome in the world. You can mediate at the Vipassana Pagoda and find your inner peace sitting alongside over 8000 meditators from all over the world. If you are new to meditation, you can do a 10-day meditation program. There is no fee.
Go cave hunting
The Elephanta Caves are only about 10 kms from the Gateway of India. These rock-cut caves are famous for their ornate sculptures and the 7th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Elephanta Caves attract both tourists and history buffs.
The Elephanta Caves used to form the backdrop of the famous Elephanta Festival organized by Maharashtra government. Starting this year, this event will be organized at the Gateway of India. The Elephanta Festival is a cultural event that promotes art, culture and heritage.
Indulge the book lover in you
The Asiatic Library in Mumbai houses over a hundred thousand books. If you love reading, this is the best place to spend your spare time. Visitors can tour the building and explore its architecture. The iconic stairs that lead to the entrance of the building has been featured in many films. There is no fee.
Get on an open air bus
MTDC organizes open air bus rides in the evenings on weekends. The one-hour ride starts at Gateway of India and gives a sneak peek into the archeological and historical attractions of the city. Major attractions along the path include Vidhan Bhavan, Marine Drive, Churchgate Railway Station, Eros Theatre, Oval Maidan, Rajabai Tower, CST, Hutatma Chowk, Horniman Circle and Asiatic Library. The open air bus ride costs Rs. 60 per person.
Unwind by the beach
After spending the day exploring the city, head to Juhu Chowpatty to watch the sunset. Treat yourself to a spicy plate of chaat. The Chowpatty beach forms the horizon of Mumbai.