Mumbai’s iconic arc-shaped road by the Arabian Sea is a delightful place to spend early mornings, late nights, or anytime in between. Perfect for walks or quietly gazing at the waters of the sea, this famous boulevard is also known as Queen’s Necklace since the lights on it resemble a string of jewels if one were to look from an elevated point. While there are plenty of places to stop by on the road if you want to spend money, including the National Center For Performing Arts, a walk along Marine Drive is a fantastic Mumbai experience by itself—and one that is free.
Mumbai has a lot of beaches, almost all of which you can visit for free. Juhu Beach is the city’s most famous and, therefore, worth a visit, especially when you’re looking for a taste of the city without having to spend much. You will find Mumbaikars and visitors from all walks of life heading here for a quick breather from the city.
Walk through the Colaba Causeway
While walking through the famous Colaba Causeway may be a bit of a struggle, it is a Mumbai experience you shouldn’t miss out on regardless of your budget. With numerous shops selling all sorts of items, from jewelry to eccentric antique pieces, this bustling stretch in South Mumbai is one of the best places in the city to people-watch.
Gateway of India
You are free to gawk at this architectural masterpiece by the Arabian Sea for as long as you want without having to pay a single rupee. Taking from Indo-Islamic, Indian, and Roman architectural influences, the Gateway of India happens to be the point from where the last British troops departed the country after India gained independence.
Haji Ali Dargah
A visit to this pristine white marble dargah (shrine), located on an island just off the coast of Worli, is bound to be rewarding for anyone who appreciates history or art. With free entry, there’s no reason to not go to this Mughal-style building constructed in 1431.
This stunning Gothic church was built by the British as a memorial to the thousands of soldiers who died during the First Anglo-Afghan War—a disastrous attempt by the British to encroach into present-day Afghanistan—and the subsequent retreat from Kabul in 1842. Featuring some of the most stunning stained-glass windows in Colaba, a 60-meter-high (197 feet) tower and spire, the Afghan Church is a fantastic site you can visit for free.