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100 Things to do in Mumbai

1. -25 Things to do in

  1. Admire the British era architecture in Fort: Churchgate station,  Western Railway headquarters, High Court, General Post Office, Telegraph  Office, Police Headquarters
  2. Check out an art exhibition: Jehangir Art Gallery, Fort; Tao Art Gallery, Worli; Piramal Art Gallery, Nariman Point
  3. Bury your nose in books for hours at Strand
  4. Bow your head before city’s famous deities: Mumbadevi, Mahalaxmi, Walkeshwar, Siddhivinayak, Iskcon
  5. Enjoy a play in Prithvi Theatre
  6. Savour a fine authentic meal of East Indian cuisine at Anant Ashram in Kotichawadi
  7. Read a Bombay book (Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City?) in Azaad Maidan
  8. Jog on Juhu beach
  9. Haggle for non-antiques in Chor Bazaar
  10. Eat South Indian fare in Matunga
  11. Drink cutting chai, eat vada pav
  12. Guess what RFID system they use to tag clothes at the Dhobi Ghat
  13. Explore the churches: Gloria Church, Byculla, Portugese; Mt Mary  Church, Bandra W, Portugese, 1640; St Michaels Church, Mahim, 1565,  rebuilt 1973; St Thomas Cathedral, Flora Fountain, 1718; Wodehouse  Church, Colaba, 20th century; Afghan Church, Navy Nagar, Colaba, 1858;  Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar W, Portugese, 19th century; St John  Baptist, Seepz, 1579; St Peter’s Church, Bandra, 1852, rebuilt 1938; St  Andrew’s Church, Bandra, Portugese, 1575
  14. Stroll in Bombay University
  15. Climb the airport wall in Kurla to gain phenomenal views of Boeings
  16. If you have made it to a penthouse in Bombay, you might as well enjoy the view
  17. Discover the underbelly of Bombay in Dharavi
  18. Eat nihari, kebabs and sweetmeats around Masjid on the eve of Eid (Ramzan)
  19. Explore the Powai and Vihar lakes
  20. Swing to some live music as you enjoy your continental meal at Not  Just Jazz By The Bay. Do pay attention to the witty hoarding outside as  you leave the place
  21. Crane your neck to see the Bombay Stock Exchange building
  22. Spot a celebrity at Juhu PVR
  23. Spot a leopard in IIT Bombay campus. If you can’t, then settle for an IITian girl
  24. Discover the charm of marble tabletops, bentwood chairs and irani chai at Parsi cafes
  25. Silently stare at the Towers of Silence and Agiaries

2. -50 Things to do in

  1. Find out who is grittier. You or Crawford market?
  2. Get high on qawwali at Haji Ali
  3. Hike up the Mazgaon Hill
  4. Catch movies at art-deco cinemas: Regal (1933), Eros (1938), Metro (1938)
  5. Catch behind the scenes action at a Bollywood studio
  6. Indulge yourself with fruity flavors of Naturals ice cream. And if  it’s summer, try a cup of alfonso mangoes with malai ice cream
  7. Buy a camera from D N Road’s gray market
  8. Sit down on the steps of Asiatic Society library
  9. Stand still on flyover bridger at Dadar station and watch the crowd whiz by you
  10. Bet money on race horses at the Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalaxmi
  11. Cheer a football match at Cooperage ground
  12. Shadow the dabbawalas for one full day
  13. Ride a vintage lift in a 100 year old building
  14. Feel the sufi mysticism at dargahs of Haji Ali and Maqdoom Ali Mahimi
  15. Gaze at the Queen’s Necklace from the Hanging Gardens at dusk
  16. Eat pav bhaji, pani puri, bhel puri, sev puri at Girgaum Chaupaati
  17. Watch thousands of pink flamingos in the mangroves at Sewri (Nov-May)
  18. Run the Bombay Marathon (Jan)
  19. Chew a paan outside Shoppers Stop, Bandra W
  20. Drink Kingfisher, Cobra or Zingaro in your neighborhood look-alike bar of Nightlovers
  21. Dangle your feet, lean back on your palms and enjoy the sea from the Marine Drive promenade
  22. Learn about the rock-cut architecture: Elephanta, Kanheri, Mahakali and Karla caves
  23. Jack you car bonnet using a cold-drink bottle and eat kebabs at Bade Miyan in Taj’s back alley
  24. Find the Fort wall
  25. Dare the red light district of Kamatipura

3. -75 Things to do in

  1. Figure what all the fuss is about having a beer in Mondegar or Leopold
  2. Discover theatre scene in the city at venues other than Prithvi and  NCPA: Sophia Bhabha Hall, Breach Candy; St Andrews, Bandra W; Rangsharda  Auditorium, Bandra W; Ravindra Natya Mandir Hall, Prabhadevi; Gadkari  Rangayatan, Thane W; Shivaji Mandir; Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, Chaupaati;  Tejpal Hall, Grant Road
  3. Travel in a local train. How about the Virar Fast?
  4. Explore the Sanjay Gandhi national park. A national park in city limits? Oh yeah!
  5. Say hello to the fauna at Byculla zoo
  6. Buy books from roadsides around Flora Fountain
  7. Sing “Govinda aala re aala” as 40 feet high human pyramids take the prized matka (Aug-Sep)
  8. Discover the city’s Jewish connection at Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue
  9. Learn out the art of ordering tea in a streetside cafe. “Ek paani kum dena.”
  10. Party on a ferry in the Arabian Sea off Gateway of India
  11. Visit the museums: Prince of Wales, Monetary, Modern Art, Mani Bhavan
  12. Party at Hard Rock Cafe and mourn for a minute the death of mills around Parel
  13. Walk through a koliwada
  14. Gorge on late night sandwiches in Juhu
  15. Getaway to the beaches around Bombay: Alibag, Kashid, Murud, Nagaon
  16. Ride a double decker bus. Isn’t Bombay the only city where they still run them?
  17. Trek in Sahayadris
  18. Swoon at a concert in Bandra Kurla complex
  19. Dine where Shahrukh Khans and Ness Wadias dine: Olive, Indigo
  20. Get lost in the crowds of Ganesh Chaturthi (Sep)
  21. Take a break from the city. Vasai offers the ramparts of Bassein fort, ruins of Portugese churches and East Indian food
  22. Stay for a night at Taj Mahal Palace hotel. You definitely want to  tick off this luxury address for the oh-I-stayed-there-for-a-while  conversations, don’t you?
  23. Cheer ‘Mumbai Indians’ in an IPL cricket match at Wankhede statdium (May-Jun)
  24. Try the green chilli ice cream at Bachelorrs
  25. Buy a vintage bollywood poster in Mini Market or Lamington Road

4. -100 Things to do in

  1. Find some calm around the Banganga tank
  2. Enjoy the NCPA in a play or opera
  3. Loft the ball for a six in your neighborhood ‘galli’ cricket but make sure you don’t break any window panes
  4. Watch sunset over Aksa beach in Madh Island
  5. Sip some wine at an expensive seaside restaurant: Vie Lounge, Juhu;  Dome, Intercontinental, Marine Drive; Aurus, Juhu; Salt Water Grill,  Girgaum Chaupaati; Bayview Bar, Nariman Point
  6. Watch DDLJ at Maratha Mandir
  7. Gape at famous residences: Shahrukh Khan’s Mannat, Amitabh Bachhan’s Jalsa
  8. Get drenched to the bone while biking in the monsoons (Jul-Sep)
  9. Soak in the Victoria Terminus
  10. Run a ‘free hug’ campaign. This is Bombay, meri jaan!
  11. Ride the Victoria on Marine Drive. Yeah, cheesy, we know
  12. Take a power nap at David Sassoon Library
  13. Buy fish at Sassoon Docks, Cuffe Parade or Dockyard Road, Mazgaon
  14. Shop at the Bandra boutiques or if they are too expensive, give Hill Road or Fashion Street a shot
  15. Face the high tide on Worli seaface
  16. Catch the national madness of cricket in Oval Maidan
  17. Go for a heritage walk in the Naval Dockyard (first Sunday every month, Indian nationals only)
  18. Hunt for antique furniture (real or fake?) in Oshiwara
  19. Envy the private palaces of Malabar Hill
  20. Travel to places overnight: Goa, Ajanta Ellora, Mahabaleshwar, Pune, Khandala and Lonavala
  21. Eat a Gujrati-Marwari thali at Friends Union Joshi club in Kalbadevi
  22. Sit on a tetropod at Nariman Point in midnight till police constables shoo you away
  23. Enjoy the Kala Ghoda arts festival (Feb)
  24. Smoke a hookah at roof-top restaurant Koyla in the Arab quarters of Colaba
  25. Find the forts of Bombay: Bombay Castle, Fort; Castella de Aguada,  Bandra; Madh Fort, Versova; Mahim Fort, Mahim; Sion Fort, Sion; Sewri  Fort, Sewri; Worli Fort, Worli

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