By- Urusha Mhatre

Mumbai might be known as the commercial capital of India and for its nightlife. But, the city also has plenty of iconic and culturally-rich places to see. Most of these are in South Mumbai and, considering how crowded city trains are and the never-ending traffic jams, it can be hard to go sightseeing.

If you are in the city for a short while and want to visit all the iconic sites that Mumbai has, book a journey on the Mumbai Darshan bus. It takes tourists sightseeing too all the important places in Mumbai.

How can you do a Mumbai Darshan?

The Mumbai Darshan is conducted by the MTDC and a few private operators. You have the choice to pick either operator. Bookings can be done online at the MTDC website or through recognized travel agents.

MTDC Mumbai Darshan Bus Route

This router operated between Dadar and CST. It takes you to the following places:

Dadar (E) MTDC Counter -> Bhau Daji Lad Museum -> Bandstand -> Siddhivinayak Temple > Bandra Worli Sea Link -> Nehru Science Centre -> Taraporewala Aquarium -> Hanging Garden > Mani Bhawan -> Gateway of India -> Hotel Taj -> Hutatma Smarak -> Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay -> Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus -> Dadar (E) MTDC Counter

▪ Fare: Packages begin from Rs. 499 onwards per seat

▪ Time: 9 am to 6.30 pm

Private Operators

There are a few private operators that conduct Mumbai Darshans Daily. You can book tickets on Red Bus or on Make My Trip. Buses ply all day from morning till the evening and just like the MTDC tours, take you to some iconic places in Mumbai.

▪ Fare: Rs. 350 onwards

▪ Time: 6 am to 8 pm

Places You Will Visit

1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

The CST Station picture

One of the oldest railway stations in Mumbai, it was built by the British and has some fabulous artwork. DOn’t forget to take a picture of the large clock on the building facade.

▪ Location: CST

▪ Timing: Open all day

2. Gateway Of India

The Gateway of India picture

This is an iconic structure in Mumbai and it incorporates Islamic architecture. The gorgeous structure stands at the tip of Apollo Bunder, bang opposite the famous Taj Mahal Hotel. Normally boat rides are held from the Gateway, but since you’ll be on the Mumbai Darshan, you won’t be allowed to go.

▪ Location: Apollo Bunder

▪ Timing: Open all day

3. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya picture

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was designed by George Wittet and contains traces of Islamic, Hindu and British architecture. The museum is Mumbai’s biggest and houses some great western and local exhibits.

▪ Location: Fort

▪ Timing: 10 am to 6 pm

4. Taraporewala Aquarium

Taraporewala Aquarium picture

The Taraporewala Aquarium is Mumbai’s only aquarium. You can spend a few hours exploring the place. Browse through the different species of fish and other marine life, fossils and old seashells.

▪ Location: Marine Drive

▪ Timing: 10 am to 8 pm

5. Siddhivinayak Temple

Siddhivinayak Temple picture

Believed to be miraculous, the temple is gorgeous and has interesting Hindu architecture. The Lord Ganesh idol inside the temple is sculpted from a single black stone.

▪ Location: Prabhadevi

▪ Timing: 5 am to 8 pm

Now that you know all the details of the Mumbai Darshan, it is time book your tickets and checks out all the important places in Mumbai. Book tickets in advance as seats can get full on the weekends and during the summer season.

6. Go, Explore at Nehru Science Center

The informative science exhibition that offers all sorts of knowledge regarding energy, sound, kinematics, and mechanics, Nehru Science Center has been constructed in Worli with its prime objective of spreading science education among all and it’d be one of your most enjoyable day trips ever. The dedicated team conducts a gamut of activities including science seminar, teachers’ training

programme, film festival, sky observation programme, 3D films and odyssey shows. The center remains opened 10 AM to 6 PM all days throughout the year except two days: Holi & Diwali.

7. Turn Your Camera towards Worli Seaface

Undoubtedly, Worli Sea face has a world-class promenade where you wouldn’t like to miss out a leisurely stroll in the sunshine with your loved ones. Featuring picturesquely scenic view characterized by endless electric-blue waters, Worli Seaface is one of the must-visit attractions in Mumbai and the best place to visit if you’ve planned to explore the financial capital of India.

8. Be Adventurous at Mahalaxmi Racecourse

A horse racing might immerse you at Mahalaxmi Racecourse with the adventurous environment and unfamiliar sensation. As an added bonus, it’s located just half-an-hour drive from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and one of the thrilling episodes of Mumbai Darshan city. The best time to be the witness of an equestrian tournament is during Derby, a special type of horse race that has been organized once a year in February that shows the thrills and spills of the event.

9. Witness the Sunset at Hanging Gardens

Thinking holidays in Mumbai or one-day Mumbai Darshan Tour? Set at the edge of less popular and well-liked Hanging Gardens, situated on Malabar Hill in Mumbai offers bright greenery, kitschy objects, and top-notch sunset views which were designed to arrange a suitable space for citizens to socialize & unwind. Also referred as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, it opens at 5 in the morning till 9 PM all days.

10. Feel More Power at ISKCON Temple

Spread over 4 acres of land, this Hindu Temple is a well-known international society for Krishna Consciousness and this beautiful addition to the city is located within a walking distance from Juhu Beach in Mumbai. Visiting ISKON with a golden walk along with Juhu Beach might be one of the best things to do on your Mumbai tour. You can go anytime except 1 PM to 4:30 PM and 9 PM to 4:30 AM.