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Pali Bhavan
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Elephanta Caves
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ISKCON Temple
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Chor Bazaar
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Bandra
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Banganga
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Thackers
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Kala Ghoda
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Haji Ali
Mumbai

The Best of Mumbai with Creative Director Kshitij Kankaria

Kshitij Kankaria is a stylist and creative director who is proud to call the city of Mumbai his home. Often characterised as busy, bustling and always moving city, Mumbai is India's commercial, fashion and cinematic epicentre. With his guide, Kshitij gives an insight into some of the quieter sides of Mumbai -- places of spirituality, natural beauty, and also some of the best places to experience traditionally Gujarati food.


"Mumbai was and always will be a quintessential big city for me but in the last six years, I have developed a deep bond with this super chaotic and overwhelming city. I have found peace here and now call it my home. These are some places which are close to my heart."

Kshitij Kankaria is a stylist and creative director who is proud to call the city of Mumbai his home. Often characterised as busy, bustling and always moving city, Mumbai is India's commercial, fashion and cinematic epicentre. With his guide, Kshitij gives an insight into some of the quieter sides of Mumbai -- places of spirituality, natural beauty, and also some of the best places to experience traditionally Gujarati food.


"Mumbai was and always will be a quintessential big city for me but in the last six years, I have developed a deep bond with this super chaotic and overwhelming city. I have found peace here and now call it my home. These are some places which are close to my heart."

Pali Bhavan

Hands down the best Indian restaurant in Mumbai. It's also beautifully designed and if you are scared to try street food off the carts, go here for the greatest feeling of satisfaction.

Elephanta Caves

A short trip from the city, these caves date back to more than 3,000 years ago and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hire a guide and take a half-day tour to explore enigmatic Indian sculpture art. Makes for a great break from Mumbai's constant noise of horns!

ISKCON Temple

This historical temple is located in Juhu devoted to Lord Krishna is known for its good vibrations and serenity. If you are visiting around a festival, you could witness a celebration and the prayer which is an experience you must have.

Chor Bazaar

Chor Bazaar literally translates to 'thieves market'. It’s essentially a street market full of vintage gems. From furniture to clothing, to artefacts to stationary to old photo frames, I’ve found some great treasures here which I hold really close to my heart. Every piece here has a rich past and a story to tell.

Bandra

This is my neighbourhood for the last 6 years in Mumbai and I absolutely won’t live anywhere else in the city (or the world). There are a lot of outsiders (from different parts of the country/world) that live here and it’s full of life with some of the best nightlife options as well as best small coffee shops and eating spots. Walking around the sea promenade around sunset or getting a coffee from a local brewery around the corner are some of the favourite parts of my day. And it makes me feel like I’m home.

Tip: Walk in the sub-lanes of Bandra to discover some of the most beautiful colonial architecture, small catholic houses, all giving a lesson in its history.

Banganga

This religious-historical site is a small waterbody surrounded by temples. To me, it's an oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the maximum city. I often go here to clear my mind at dusk or dawn.

Thackers

Go here for the Thackers Special Thali. Local flavours and delicacies are all served in one platter as part of the ritual. Experience a traditional Gujarati vegetarian meal in all its glory! Food coma to follow.

Kala Ghoda

Also known as the art district of Mumbai. It has come up as the centre of everything artsy and trendy. Find here a mix of great cafes, art galleries and small homegrown designer stores. Make a detour to Colaba Causeway (a great place for street shopping!) for a true taste of the old and young Mumbai!

Haji Ali

A mosque or dargah located on an islet off the coast of Worli. It’s one of the most recognised and iconic landmarks in Mumbai and has a very charming Islamic architecture. It’s beautifully lit every night and at the end of your visit, tuck into a cup of the iconic fruit cream from Haji Ali Juice Center outside.