Mumbai’s Unique Hangout Spots

Tired of visiting the same mundane places? Here are some unique spots in Mumbai that you must visit.


Wondering what’s more to the city than your usual Marine Drive, Churchgate and CST? Tired of visiting the same mundane places? We got you covered. Here are some unique spots in Mumbai that you must visit.

1. Chota Kashmir

Amidst the concrete jungle, Mumbai’s got its very own Kashmir. This gateway in Goregaon’s Aarey has a glistening lake and has featured in many Bollywood films. Acknowledged as a picnic spot, it’s popular amongst all. Visit this place and get a sense of serenity. Open seven days a week, you can boat or just unwind in the garden. It’s also home to a variety of flora and fauna which will make your visit picturesque. With a minimal fee for entry and boating, this place isn’t just pocket-friendly, but will make you feel like you’ve gotten out of the city.

2. Powai Lake

An artificial lake in Mumbai’s Powai, it derives its name from Framaji Kavasji Powai Estate. Next to the Powai village on Salsette Island, it's an escape for all who wish to leave the city life behind. It gives the bird’s eye-view of IIT-Bombay, Mithi River and the National Institute of Industrial Engineering. Originally a valley, in 1891, the British created the lake by constructing two dams to control and supply water to the city. From the Powai lake garden to running along the lake’s stretch, visitors can also experience distinct flora and fauna that includes crocodiles and a range of other species.

3. Sanjay Gandhi National Park

With a history that dates back to the 4th century BC, this park is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. Revered as a weekend getaway, many often visit the park for picnics when they are seeking a break from their hectic city routine. From a boat ride in the lake or a ride in the famous mini train, many choose to trek through the wilderness in the heart of the city. Home to innumerable species, its recent animal adoption program has caught the eye of many. Its lakes host migratory birds and mugger crocodiles. The Kanheri caves are also situated in the park that has relics of Buddha, along the chiselled rocks. There’s also a souvenir shop where you can grab items to commemorate your trip.

4. Daana Pani

Looking for a gateway? Located near Malad, what makes it different from all your other beaches is that it isn't crowded. You could either relax by the beach or indulge in some delicious, iconic food like vada pav, Maggi and so much more. If you plan on visiting this beach, don’t forget to stay back till the gorgeous sunset. Ideally, the most fun you will have is if you visit this site with a group. It also has some spectacular resorts if you plan to stay the night in the vicinity.

5. Vasai Fort

A few kilometres from Palghar City, the Vasai Fort, also known as the Fort Bassein, is situated in the old city. It was once the headquarters of the Portuguese in the north. Interestingly, some claim that a few parts of Coldplay’s famous song, “Hymn For The Weekend”, was also shot here, apart from the shooting of many Hindi films. The fort played a pivotal role in the First Anglo-Maratha War. Located near Bassein Beach it is nestled between many other interesting places too like beaches and a temple. Open all days of the week, you can visit it from 9 am to 6 pm. We recommend that the best time to visit the fort is between October to March.

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