Hangout Places Nearby Mumbai Airport
Mumbai (formerly called as Bombay) is the commercial capital of the country. The crowded and electrifying place is also synonymous to Bollywood where many eminent personalities from the Bollywood industry reside. Considered as the economic hub many migrants relocate to Mumbai in search of better opportunities or to improve the quality of their life. Due to its ability to fulfil many dreams this city is also commonly termed as the land of dreams.
So if you just landed to the airport or in case you need to catch a connecting flight from Mumbai and your flight is delayed by a few hours you can consider visiting some of the places in Mumbai listed below:
Places to hangout near Mumbai Airport
1. Juhu Beach
The oldest beach of Mumbai is famous to both locals and tourists. If you are taking public transport, you can reach here at approx. 22-25 mins via Vaikunthlal Mehta Road. However, if you are availing the cab service in you reach here in 9-10 mins. This is dodgy and not a typical bathing beach.
However, you can on the banks of the beach and feel the nice warm sand under your feet. If you reach here in the morning time, you can find a lot of people doing physical activities like jogging, cycling, skipping etc.
As part of their fitness regime. If you arrive here during the evening you can a horse riding and try out some local street food delicacies like Bhelpuri, Panipuri, Sevpuri etc. You can also have colourful chuskis. With the hawkers selling balloons, candy floss etc., this beach may seem colourful.
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2. Iskon Temple
The famous temple of Lord Krishna is situated in a stone-throw distance from Juhu beach. The magnificent temple complex made of marble is famous worldwide and has many devotees visiting the temple throughout the year. This temple is featured by a huge auditorium, a restaurant and a twin-towered seven-storied guest house.
If you visit during festivals like Janmashtami, Ratha Jatra, Makarsankranti etc. you can witness the goddess adorned with expensive clothes and pieces of jewellery.
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3. Chhota Kashmir Park Mumbai
If you are a nature lover and if photography is your passion, this might be the ideal place for you. You can reach here in approx 25-30 mins from the Mumbai Airport and enjoy the greeneries or for free.
However, if you want to use your camera or do boating you may need to pay 20 Rs for each activity. This park is characterised by its magnificent trees with colourful, fragrant flowers blooming almost throughout the year. For this reason, it has acted as a scenic background for many Bollywood songs. You can also find here a Lotus pond and plenty of cozy places to relax.
This is a great picnic spot and is a great place to spend some quality time with your family or spouse. Alternately, if you are alone, you can be self- indulgent with yourself and rejuvenate yourself by enjoying the serenity of nature. This is opened all days of the week from 10 am to 6 pm.
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4. Bandra Fort
Originally designed as a watchtower by Portuguese in 1640, this beautiful masterpiece has a lot of history related to it. You can reach here from Mumbai in approx. 38-45 mins by the local transport and in 10-15 mins by cab. This is a favourite destination to history-buffs, photography lovers and solivagant travellers.
The Portuguese also called this Castella de Aguada meaning fort of the water point. You can enjoy the crystal-clear view of the Arabian sea from this fort without paying a single penny. The fort remains open between 6:30 am to 7 pm.
But, the best time to visit this place is between 2 pm-4 pm.
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5. Bandra-Worli Sea link
Commonly known as the Rajiv Gandhi sea link, this is the first cable-stayed bridge which was built in open seas of India. This classic piece of art was designed by an engineer architect named Seshadri Srinivasan. This is an architectural masterpiece, adorning the arc of Mumbai's coastline. It gives clear visibility to the Mumbai and Indian Ocean.
You can enjoy a long drive in the night and experience the breathtaking view of the twinkling, sparkling skyline of the city. The 5600 m sea link links Mumbai suburbs to South Mumbai. The sea-link has drastically reduced the travel time between Bandra and Worli to 10 mins from 20-30 mins. If you take the public transport from the airport, can reach here in 26-30 mins and if you avail a cab service you can reach here in 10 mins. The best time to visit this is during the rainy season.
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6. Borivali National Park
This is also known by the name of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. If you love wildlife and greeneries this may be the best place for you as this place is characterised by its richness of flora and fauna. Spread across 104 sq. km, this is one of the largest forest reserves in Asia and remains highly protected. It remains closed on Monday and on the other days it remains open from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.
You can enjoy the bustling forest and the nature trails by paying a minimal entry fee of Rs. 44 per person. If you want to enjoy jungle safaris to a boat ride you need to pay extra for the same. You can also enjoy a ride in the toy train that runs on a narrow-gauge railway named Van rani or Jungle queen.
The walking trail- Ashok Van trail leads you to a dense cluster of Asoka trees. The return journey is usually via the Gaumukh trail that leads to an open volcanic rock face and ends at the Kanheri caves. The Viewpoint trail will lead you to the highest point in Mumbai, which allows you a bird's eye view of the entire city and its three lakes namely Tulsi Lake, Vihar Lake and Powai Lake.
From the airport, you can reach this destination in 36-40 mins via local transport. However, if you take a car you can reach in 19-20 mins.
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A. Kanheri Caves
This is located inside Sanjay Gandhi National park. The group of 109 caves were originally carved from Basalt rock by Buddhist residents around 1st century BCE. Inside the caves, you can witness the paintings and inscriptions dating back to 1st century BCE To 10th century CE.
You will also find here the shrines, Buddhistssculptors and many paintings especially on the ceiling of the caves. This has nearly 51 legible inscriptions and 26 epigraphs which makes Kanheri, a popular destination to the archaeologist and researchers. This is located on the hillside and you can climb via the rock-cut steps. If you are a food lover, then this place has many restaurants that can offer many options in Indian cuisines.
You can also enjoy the nuts, baked chips and chaats from the local food vendors. This is approximately 3.8 km away from the Mumbai Airport. By car, you can reach here in 43-45 mins from the airport.
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7. RBI Monetary Museum
This museum is located next to RBI's main building. This remains crowded with students, numismatics and coin collectors. This is a great learning destination for currencies, finance and economy. If you have the hobby of collecting different types of coins, this may be the best place for you, as it has a souvenir shop for purchasing coins and other souvenirs.
You can find here a huge collection of coins from ancient time till that of 6th century BC. This also has a variety of financial instruments like promissory notes, cheques and bills of exchange. However, you are not allowed to carry your camera here.
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8. Haji Ali Dargah
The monument constructed in 1431 in the memory of a saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari whose tomb is located inside. This has a beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture. The 600 hundred year old dargah is also considered as the historic landmark of Mumbai.
The hall inside is characterised by its marble pillars with astounding mirror-work in kaleidoscopic Arabic pattern. The patterns spell 99 different names of Allah or God. You can reach here in 34-35 mins from the airport by public transport and in 19-20 mins by cab. You can offer your prayers and seek blessings of the saint.
Additionally, you may get lucky and receive the rose water in the mosque which is said to have powers to cure any diseases.
If you visit on Fridays you can enjoy Sufi music. If you are a food lover, you can find many nearby stalls selling street food and local delicacies. Also Mughal dishes like Kebabs, Mughal Biryani etc. are found here.
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Hence these are some of the places you can visit near the airport. Depending on your preference you can choose your destination and enjoy other activities along with enjoying the beauty of the places mentioned. It can be extremely annoying to deal with delayed flights or cancelled flights. In order to eliminate boredom, you should visit the famous destinations in proximity to explore new places.
Also, if you are new to Mumbai city and have just landed in the airport, use the suggestions given above to enjoy some of the most popular tourist destinations near airport.