Last Updated: July 5, 2018 Nidhi Singh
Life in Mumbai is often described as fancy and why shouldn’t it be called so. The hub of India’s biggest film fraternity, the centre of country’s commerce, the home too many eminent business houses, Mumbai is jittery yet delights in its glitters. The land of unlimited dreams, this Mayanagri is absolutely a place that every travel should see to witness paradoxes. Now, we know, it is not possible for every one of us to sit in a sky bar and sip of expensive spirits or dine in a showy restaurant while enjoying the bird eye of the Marine Drive or Gateway of India. BUT, this doesn’t we need to miss out on the best of Mumbai city. Here’s a list of top ten affordable things that one must experience in Mumbai.
Witness the Gigantic Bandra -Worli Sea Link
Photo: Anshul Kamra
If you are in Mumbai, you have to see this giant and gorgeous bridge called Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Officially called Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this is the first cable-stayed bridge to be constructed over the open sea in India. The gigantic bridge reduces the travel time between Bandra and Worli from 60-90mins to 20-30mins. It has become a prominent landmark and a symbol of accomplishment on the face of Mumbai. If you are in the city you have to try taking the ride over it. Crossing the toll will cost about Rs.50 in a car and a day pass shall cost nothing more than Rs 150.
Have Time of Your Life at Essel World and Water Kingdom
Photo: Snehashis Sur
Ok so Essel World and Water Kingdom is obviously on each travellers’ itinerary. For a fun-filled day, these two destinations are perfect, I mean an adventurist and fun loving person can go crazy all day splurging into water and taking countless big rides and all this at a cost of Rs.1500 (including entry fee to Essel World and Water Kingdom).
Visit Film City: Here’s where All the Action Takes Place
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Home to India’s biggest film industry, Film City is one of the most popular places in Mumbai. Situated at a short distance from Mumbai in Goregaon, Film City is everything that you have fancied: large studios, fancy set ups, superstars etc etc. For a tour of film city you need to pay a small sum of Rs.500 and that’s not at all bad for all the stuff you are going to see here!
Walk Down the Historical Lanes at Elephanta Caves
Photo: Bodhisattva Sen Roy
Ferry down to the green island from Gateway of India, where the 7th century rock-cut caves await for you to be explored. Displaying an excellent artistic skill, these rock cut caves are absolutely a must see in Mumbai. The fine sculptures that of Hindu gods and goddess makes the place quite interesting. The entry fee for the caves is only Rs.10 and the ferry ride costs minimum Rs.30 and maximum Rs.150 (for luxury boats).
Enjoy Horse Racing at Mahalakshmi Race Course
Photo: Chetan Rana
Rated as one of the best racecourses in Asia, the Mahalaxmi Racecourse was built in 1883 inspired by Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. Horse racing is held at the racecourse from November to the end of April, on Sunday and Thursday afternoons. Towards the end of the season, races are held on Saturday and Sunday. The Indian Derby, which takes place in February, is the major occasion there. The inner lane of the main racing track is open to everyone for walking or jogging, during certain times in the mornings and evenings. Enjoy innovative food and drinks at the classy Tote on Turf bar and restaurant.
Take Colaba-Borivali BEST Bus Ride
Photo: Kunal Jadhav
This is going to be pretty hectic but it is truly worth it! The Colaba to Borivali bus ride is the longest bus ride that you could opt for but it is capable of offering you several flavours of Mumbai. The A-76 Express as it is called; this BEST bus ride is in an AC vehicle passes through Mukesh Ambani’s $2 billion castle in the air – Antilla; the Bandra-Worli Sea link; the Bandra reclamation; the jam-packed Western Express Highway; the airport’s fancy Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower (second highest in India) and a whole lot of other interesting places. The bus ticket costs only Rs.120.
Shop to Your Heart’s Content at Colaba Causeway Market
Photo: Bhagyashree Dev
Shopaholics this is your paradise in your very own Mumbai city! From trendy clothes to antiques, Colaba Causeway Market is a place to hit in Mumbai if you wish to buy some good stuff at affordable prices. The wide range and the thing for bargain can get you some excellent deals here.
Hangout at Classy Café Mondegar
Photo: Parul Gupta
Situated near the Colaba Causeway Market, Café Mondegar or Mondys as it is affectionately called by its regular visitors is a fabulous place to get drunk and enjoy some good food. The unchanged interior and pretty much the same menu for almost a decade now, Mondys let its loyal ones keep coming back again and again. You as a newbie are likely to become a fan of this place to with its comparatively cheaper rates and vibrant ambiance.
Take a Walk in the Universe at Nehru Planetarium
Lose yourself under the starry sky and learn the mysteries of our universe when you travel to Mumbai. The Nehru Planetarium is an interesting place for those seeking all together a new experience. Offering shows and exhibitions that impart knowledge on our solar system, galaxy and our universe, this place is no less than a world of wonder. In order to cut more on your budget, you can reach here by taking a BEST bus.
Enjoy Day Outing in Borivali National Park
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Also known as Sanjay Gandhi National Park, this wildlife reserve is no exotic place but a decent place to take your kids to. What makes this place interesting is its accessibility within the limit of a metropolitan city. You can pack picnic lunch and enjoy a lovely family outing at a minimum budget here.
So, now you know that you need not have ample of money to enjoy life in Mumbai. Proper planning, little smartness and determination can help you see the best face of the city. We hope, this list of top ten affordable things was helpful to you. To get further assistance on how to make your trip to Mumbai exciting you can seek our help at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also give us a call on +91-8744012086/88.
Published: 28 May, 2015
From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.