No Money, No Problem: Fun Things You Can Do For Free In Mumbai

The city of dreams never disappoints, but I heard someone saying that you can’t enjoy Mumbai if you don’t have a loaded wallet, which is completely false. So, to prove this wrong, here are a few things you can do in the city for free, because Mumbai doesn’t need money to show how life runs in its every vein. And after all, the best things in life are for free! 

Step Away From The Chaos And Take A Walk Down Ranwar Village

The quaint village consists of bungalows on each side, divided by Veronica Street. We always talk about how magical Waroda Road and its eateries are, but if you stray from the usual route, you’ll stumble upon something magical. The streets of Ranwar Village are almost like like a river’s tributaries, all venturing into a peaceful place.

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Spend A Day In Khotachiwadi To Find A Part Of Goa In Mumbai

Khotachiwadi is a small Portuguese-Catholic hamlet in Girgaon with the kind of colourful bungalows, guitar-playing locals and food that’ll remind you of Goa. Colourful bungalow-cottages built in the typical Portuguese style take up residence besides the tiny lanes there. You can interact with locals, visit churches and eat very famous wafers from an iconic shop.

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Spot Some Flamingos

Flocks of flamingos can be found in Mumbai during their season which is usually from December to May. If you want to sight these tall-legged birds, you can find them from the Thane Creek to the Sewri jetty area till the Elephanta caves area, which is a 15-20 km stretch.

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Attend Free Plays, Gigs And More At QTube In Bandra

Qtube Cafe is a unique space in Mumbai for everyone – they offer free WiFi, free coffee and come with no judgement. Supported by the NSPA group and a corporate firm – Qtube cafe hosts a variety of plays, live gigs and more. It’s a perfect place for a blogger’s meet, to artists meeting up to just jamming with fellow artists.

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Soak In The Bird's Eye View At Sion Fort

Just about 500 meters away from Sion station sits the Sion Fort. It’s a blessing in disguise for those looking to hear the chirping of birds, feel the gush of clean air and a bird’s eye view of the city.

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Admire Contemporary Art In Jehangir Art Gallery

You'll be surprised to know that  lot of contemporary art galleries in Mumbai don't charge a penny - visitors are more than welcome to come and explore the spaces - a concept that has been followed by top-notch art galleries and museums in London (The TATE Modern and The National Gallery).

One of the being the popular Jehangir Art Gallery in Fort. Founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir and opened to the public in 1952, Jehangir Art Gallery is in the heart of South Bombay – Kala Ghoda in Fort. It hosts a lot of contemporary art exhibitions and is a two-floored gallery. The first floor showcases a lot of exhibitions. The gallery area on the first floor can often get really crowded, especially over the weekends, so be warned. Right outside the gallery, you can also find street artists selling their artwork and artists who’ll make your portrait in under 10 minutes. 

Spend Hours Playing With Furry Friends

Mumbai as many pet cafes and animal shelters which let you play, feed, bathe and cuddle with our favourite four-legged companions. Cat cafe studio in Versova lets you play with kitties for hours. Apart from cafes, there are animal shelters like Welfare for Stray Dogs, In Defense Of Animals, PAWS, etc which allows animal lovers to spend quality time with stray animals in their shelters. 
Cafes

Cat Cafe Studio

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Bungalow 63, Harminder Singh Road, Andheri West, Mumbai

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Explore Mumbai's Very Own Chinatown

Tucked away in a tiny corner of Mazgaon, we discovered what is left of Mumbai’s very own Chinatown, complete with the Kwan Tai Shek Chinese temple and cemetery.

Located a few metres away from the busy Dockyard Road train station, it is difficult to imagine that this area was once a thriving Chinese neighbourhood and community. Though nothing to rival Calcutta’s famous Chinatown, the one here in Mazgaon once had thousands of Chinese families, largely traders, up until the 1960s.The old caretaker who opened the temple for us told us that there are now fewer than 3,000 Chinese people left in the area, many of the old and more at home in India. We had interrupted his afternoon nap, and he was little less than welcoming and after much discussion and hand gesturing he finally opened the temple for us.

On the second floor of a two story building, there are no large dragons or obvious Chinese figurines that might mark this as a temple, except for some Chinese inscriptions on the door and building front. One enters through a simple yet elegant red and gold door on the ground floor and as you climb up to the second floor you are greeted by wise words of Confucius and other saints along the walls.

The temple itself is also simple, with the alter, a large table with artifacts, markings on the walls and scriptures all in red and gold. It was a striking difference to the blueness of the mosque we had seen earlier. The temple is more of a shrine dedicated to an army general and is an important place of worship during the Moon festival and Chinese New Year.

Outside the temple, we didn’t see any other members of the community to speak to and it is a little disappointing, though all the houses and buildings have ethnic Chinese names on the doors giving the street a sense of distinction. Perhaps it was the heat of the afternoon, but the little street seemed rather forlorn as we left, as though waiting to open itself up to more curious visitors and travelers.

Tourist Attractions

Chinatown

Wadi Bandar, Mazgaon, Mumbai

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    Take A Long Walk At Marine Drives

    Starting from Nariman Point, and going all the way till Malabar Hill, this lovely route provides you with the best view of Mumbai’s skyline, lovely breeze and cyclist friendly tracks too. Either take a walk, sit and have a long chat with a friend or simply capture the beauty of nature while the city moves by. The best time to go there would be late evening or late night.