‘Where stories come alive!’ is the motto of India’s first international theme park, featuring 26 attractions and numerous themed restaurants, accommodation and shopping. Opened in 2013, Adlabs Imagica has become an instant hit among people of all ages with its creative and innovative standard of amusement rides and activities. One of the most popular attractions is the floorless rollercoaster ride based on the movie Mr. India, though the other rides are no less adventurous and thrilling. Completing the entire 300 acres of land filled with remarkable rides in one go needs plenty of time, so make sure to devote an entire day.
Opening hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Watch out for: The VIP pass which gives you queue jump for all rides
Address : 30/31, Khopoli-Pali Road, SH 92, Off Mumbai-Pune Express Way, Sangdewadi, Khopoli +91 22 4213 0405
Blue Frog Club is where music thrives. This venue which premieres live music performances six nights a week, brings remarkable artists from all around the world together with a music-loving audience. What could be ‘heavenlier’ than good music and food? Performances range from jazz, blues, funk, soul and afro/latin to electronic, club, rock, folk, and everything in between. The Blue Frog Club does not only limit itself to music; their regular Golden Nights feature live musical performances, stand-up comedy and poetry readings.
Opening hours: Check with club
Watch out for: The Golden Night
Buddha believed that gratitude and helpfulness are the two virtues that must reside in every being; the Global Vipassana Pagoda strives to educate and create awareness among visitors regarding the teachings and footprints of Buddha, and the values he espoused. The pagoda is a meditation hall, a symbol of harmony and peace, aiming to keep the practice of Vipassana alive. Featuring a Burmese architectural style exactly like the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, the pagoda also features the world’s largest stone tomb built without supporting pillars.
Opening hours: 7am to 6pm
Watch out for: The 10 day meditation course
Address: Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400091 +91 22 3374 7501
If Bollywood has always been a source of fascination or curiosity, then the Walk of Fame in the Bandra Bandstand Promenade is the perfect spot to go. With six statues of Bollywood’s legendary actors and 25 hand prints or autographs of other actors and actresses who rule the kingdom of Indian cinema, visitors get a chance to have a sneak peek at the personal marks of these performers themselves, and truly appreciate the pride India takes in its cinema.
Opening hours: Always open
Watch out for: The beauty of the bandstand
Even though Adlabs Imagica is the new popular kid in town, Essel World is the grandfather of amusement parks, surviving far longer than Adlabs Imagica, and still standing strong and tall. Essel World is a throwback to the vintage days of theme parks – not only is it pocket friendly, but visitors are welcome to hop onto the rides any number of times. On visiting India, Essel World and Adlabs Imagica are a must, in order to experience the stark difference in the old school and new technology of rides, and to understand India’s love of and fascination with theme parks.
Opening hours: 9am to 7pm
Watch out for: The Water Kingdom
If long drives on wide open roads with scenic beauty all around are your kind of thing, then get the ignition on and head towards the outstanding marvel of construction that is the Bandra-World Sea Link. This incredible steel bridge passes over the expanse of water that separates the suburb of Bandra from that of Worli, cutting short a one and a half hour journey to just 20 minutes of driving. Officially called the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, the bridge is particularly breathtaking on night drives, when the cable wires of the bridge are lit up like golden rays of light.
Watch out for: The incredible views
Flora Fountain is a book lover’s fantasy and piece of heaven for any bibliophile. The moment Churchgate subway ends, the first scene is huge piles of books everywhere. The piles of books are so tall and spacious, that the sellers have created narrow pathways between them for already-ogling readers to browse. And it doesn’t stop here, the further you browse, look out for little open fortresses whose walls are made of books. Ranging from classics, thriller, erotic, encyclopedias, academic, self help, romance or even comics dating back decades, Flora Fountains has something for everyone.
Opening hours: All day until 10pm.
Watch out for: Literary events
If Mumbai is known for anything, it is famous for its bazaars. Every locality in Mumbai has a bazaar that is always crowded and brimming with lovely and cost-friendly items to buy, ranging from accessories, clothes, party items and electronics to food and books. The best markets that every traveler should visit are the Lokhandwala Market in Andheri, The Link Road and Hill Road market of Bandra and the famous Colaba Causeway of Mumbai Fort area. It is a delight to walk through these markets simply to revel in the liveliest city of India and take beautiful, colourful photos.
Opening hours: All open until 10pm
Watch out for: the best bargains