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Navi Mumbai

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Navi Mumbai (or New Bombay) [10] is a beautiful city in Thane district to the Northeast of Mumbai. It was founded in 1971 as a satellite township to take the pressure off Mumbai city. In that, it has been only partially successful. Though many residents moved into Navi Mumbai, businesses did not. As a result, most people continue to commute to Mumbai. This has been changing in the past few years, with many IT and ITES industries setting up shop here. It is known to be around 10% cheaper than mainland Mumbai because of less tourists hence less touts and price gouging.

Navi Mumbai is separated from the island of Mumbai by the Arabian sea and from Thane city by the Thane creek.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The city does not have an airport yet, though that will change in a few years when the new international airport to serve Mumbai will be built in Navi Mumbai. Work on City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra's airport project in Navi Mumbai has already started (as of June 2008), after some issues relating to land acquisition are sorted out and clearance of the Union Cabinet is obtained. The closest airport is in Mumbai. Once you get off, you can take a train, bus or cab to get here.

By train[edit]

There are two train lines running through the city. These suburban railway stations are cleaner than those in mainland Mumbai. Navi Mumbai's railway stations are one of the very few stations in India which boast of beautiful infrastructure. The trains really are the best transportation option for Navi Mumbai, considering the region's high traffic and pollution.

Mumbai's Harbour Line has been extended to serve Navi Mumbai. The most important and crowded station is Panvel, but there are many stations within the city, including Sanpada, Juinagar, Nerul, Seawood, CBD Belapur, Kharghar, Mansarovar, Khandeshwar. The Panvel station is last station on Harbour line and Mumbai's Central Line also runs through Panvel railway station connecting Navi Mumbai to all over India.

There are two rail line that connects Thane Railway Station from Vashi and Panvel. Service on this line has improved a lot now because of more trains added.

There are 5 suburban trains daily between Panvel and Goregoan (2 in the morning and 3 in the evening).

Since January 2011, the Central railway have started 12 car coaches between Thane-Panvel, Thane-Vashi lines. There are also fast trains running on Thane-Panvel route.

Panvel-CST bound trains are soon be increased in carrying capacity from 9 to 12 coaches. This will ease the rush in the wee hours of the day in this line.

By car[edit]

Navi Mumbai is well connected with Mumbai. There are two entry points from Mumbai, via Chembur/Mankhurd and via the Airoli exit on the Eastern Express Highway. It will cost you Rs. 35 in toll. From Thane, you can enter the city via the Thane-Belapur road, and in fact the Airoli exit joins the Thane-Belapur road. This road has numerous entry points into the city, so you need to confirm which one to take.

The Thane-Belapur road also links up to the Mumbai-Pune expressway & Sion - Panvel Highway (from Sanpada).

By bus[edit]

Mumbai's BEST and Kalyan - Dombivli's KDMT bus services run a few buses into the city. BEST bus numbers in the 500 series are the ones to look for. Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) bus services run buses inside Navi Mumbai. NMMT has extended A/C bus service to Bandra & Borivali and is a very convenient way to travel to Mumbai as it has pressed latest Volvo buses in service. BEST has also started its A/C king Long buses from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai but the fares are higher and buses are not as comfortable as NMMT Volvo buses.

By taxi[edit]

Mumbai's taxis are allowed into Navi Mumbai. Hired cars are also a good way of getting into the city. If you are travelling from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai most taxis will expect the passengers to pay the toll on the bridges connecting the cities, in addition to the metered fare.

Here is an advice - Most taxi/rickshaw meters are doctored, at least in Navi Mumbai. So, better go by branded cab services - Mega Cab (022-42424242), Meru Cab (022-44224422), Gold Cab etc. You would get them at 30-60 minutes notice, they are sparkling clean, air-conditioned, punctual, honest, GPS-equipped-monitored and thus far secure at anytime. You get an SMS saying driver name, mobile number and car number 30 min before scheduled departure. 03-box cars only - Indigo Marina and Maruti Esteem only. Call center 24 hours, and not much difference in the day or night charges. Charge Rs.15 per km point-to-point, with just Rs.2 extra for first km in the night time. Infact, domestic airport has a dedicated areas in the common taxi stand for Mega and Meru cabs. e.g. You would shell out Rs.450-600 from airport to navi mumbai depending upon where you go, whereas other cabs may fleece you to the tune of 1000-1600 easily while giving poor service.

By auto-rickshaw[edit]

Mumbai's auto-rickshaws are not allowed into Navi Mumbai. However, you can catch one right up to the toll gate at Airoli, walk across and catch one on the Navi Mumbai side. Similarly you can catch one to Mankhurd and then change over to a taxi to get to Vashi. But sometime if you are lucky , you can get auto rickshaw to makhurd from vashi also to vashi from mankhurd. Since these auto rickshaw come to mankhurd for gas filling since there are still less number of GAS stations in Vashi.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

By car, you can go through the Vashi-Mankhurd Bridge built over the sea, just by paying the over-valued toll tax. To welcome you in Navi Mumbai, there is a beautiful toll plaza at the end of the bridge to welcome you which acts as the entrance gate of Navi Mumbai.

Navi Mumbai's main arterial road - called the 'Palm Beach Road' will help link you to the various nodes of Navi Mumbai viz Vashi, Nerul, CBD Belapur, Khargar, Panvel. It also links Navi Mumbai to Mhape and Thane. Palm Beach Road is a beautiful 4-lane highway with smooth tar roads and several exits to the nodes of the city.

Navi Mumbai is well connected with the Mumbai through Local Trains and Roads and also the upcoming Navi Mumbai International airport at Panvel will ensure that it gets traffic from overseas as well. There are many local buses operated by BEST (Brihan Mumbai Electric Supply and Transport) and NMMT (Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport) which help people for their transit facility but for comfortable services better to opt cab services to roam around and explore the glimpse of attractive places in Navi Mumbai some of well-known cab service provider like Travelocar Navi Mumbai, Taxi Guru, Balajicab, Jayshri Travel, etc.

By bus[edit]

Buses are convenient way to travel in & out of Navi Mumbai. There plenty of Municipal operated Buses to various routes within & to neighboring cities; such as BEST, NMMT, KDMT, etc. NMMT (Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport) also plies Fully Air - Conditioned buses to major cities of Mumbai like Bandra, Dadar, Borivili, etc.

By auto-rickshaw[edit]

Auto-rickshaw is a popular mode of travel within the satellite city. You will see 'rickshaw stands' at several busy corners of residential and commercial areas. The minimum fare is Rs. 15/- and most rickshaw drivers abide by the meter reading. But in case of doubt, please request for a meter card to confirm if you are being charged the correct amount.

Advice - If you wish to travel to any of the nodes of the city (say from Vashi to Nerul), most rickshaw drivers will ask for half or full return fare upfront. It is NOT mandatory to pay them the return fare and is entirely the discretion of the passenger whether or not he/she wishes to pay the fare. The rule of the land: if you do not wish to pay the return fare (or what the driver asks), you should not board the vehicle. Boarding the vehicle indicates your consent to pay the stipulated fare. Lastly, always let the DRIVER specify the markup on the fare. DO NOT ASK HIM IF HE WANTS A MARKUP TO GO TO ANY OF THE NODES!

Travel within any of the Nodes is always by meter and without a markup. So please do not accept any other price quoted by the driver.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Kharghar Hills, (Belapur). On the way to Kharghar, take a left on uphill as u leave the boundaries of CBD. A very cool place on hilltop. People prefer to come here for morning and evening walk. Youngsters come here to have fun and just chillout. It is closed most of the times in the rainy season because of the landslide. A must to visit this place in evening hours if you are around. It is best to visit this place when the monsoon just starts. During this time there is an enchanting dew and also a slow waterfall often called the pandavakhada waterfall.  edit
  • Vihar Sarovar Garden, (attached to the creek at 15 minutes distance by rickshaw near Vashi Station). Like a second marine drive, provides a beautiful view of the sea, a drive from Vashi via the Palm Beach Road ends at Belapur  edit
  • Waterfalls, Sector-8 (On the way from Mumbai to Panvel). Pandav kada at kharghar and artist village dam in CBD Monsoon tourist attraction for people from far and wide  edit
  • Rajiv Gandhi Maidan. Several temples for doing Pooja and meditiation, and a good trek  edit
  • Rain Tree Marg, (Belapur). Has beautiful views of Navi Mumbai  edit
  • Mango Garden, Belapur (opposite to the CBD Belapur bus depot). Mango Garden,a must visit place for couples and children.It is a small garden for almost all age group people.Children can play on the  edit
  • Central Park, Kharghar, [1]. London’s Hyde Park and New York’s central park are few of the best examples of huge amusing park that standout in the history. The project of Central Park is an attempt of CIDCO, not rival to these historical parks, however to make public park creating these park’s concepts, relay the park to current times, in specific-Navi Mumbai’s ethos and additional reflect into future. It is presently under construction but is open to public. The large amphi theatre has hosted many public shows as well.  edit
  • Wonders Park, Seawoods Nerul. Good place to visit with family on weekends  edit
  • ISKCON Temple, Hare Krishna Land, Sector: 23, Kharghar (Adjacent to Central Park). Largest ISKCON Temple in India (Under Construction)  edit
  • Utsav Chowk, Kharghar (Opposite Kharghar Main Entrance).  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Valley Park, Sector-9. A hot-spot for joggers of all ages  edit
  • Sagar Vihar, sector 6 vashi (near vashi depot, 10 minutes from vashi station). a cool place to chill out with friends, a must to visit during evening hours.  edit
  • Central Park, It is being developed by the CIDCO, a beautiful landscape. A ISCON temple is attached to this park. 70% work has been completed. There is no entry fee to this park. The west to this park is Pandav Kada waterfall and CIDCO developed Golf Course.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The shopping market throughout Sector-17 is a good place to buy a variety of things at reasonable rates.

  • Vashi Central, (near Vashi Station). Center one, also known as one of the oldest malls in Navi mumbai has now been converted into Vashi Central. It's a good outlet for buying clothes and accessories. The ground floor has a live cooking section. Aroma's cafe is present on the top floor.  edit
  • Raghuleela, (outside vashi station,left). Directly opposite Vashi station, a regular spot for many on-the-go shoppers. Awesome food court as well as INOX cinemas here for watching movies.  edit
  • Inorbit Mall, (opposite Vashi station, right). This mall is very good for food and clothes. Wide variety of brands under a single shed, wonderful place to hangout with family while shopping. Vareity of food here in food court, pub and bar at 3rd floor. A must visit place. Try Sbarro's here on the ground floor for varieties of Italian food. Other good eateries include Cream Centre, Zaffran, Garden Court, Ice Cream Works and BBC.  edit
  • Sector 17, Vashi. About a small drive from Vashi Station, this sector is one of the most happening spots of Navi Mumbai. Sector 17 is a general shopping zone along with various mini electronics marketplace.  edit
  • Little World, Sector: 2, Kharghar (Kharghar Station Road).  edit
  • Haware Centurion Mall, Seawoods Nerul East.  edit
  • Glomax Mall, Kharghar.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

The food caters to all kinds of palates which includes Pan Indian (South, North, Central and Western Indian), of course Pizza Hut, Smokin Joes, Dominos and McDonalds, Chinese and other oriental and lots more. Some Indian food you could try includes Dosas, Idlis, Bhel, Sev Puri, Samosas, Ragda patties, Pulavs, Rajma Chawal and more. Indian food is really what food should be. There are more varieties of Indian food than probably any other cuisine in the world. After all that hot stuff you can try out the Indian slush called the ice gola in Kalakhatta flavor, which beats Pepsi and Coke hollow. You'll get those two in manned fountains at the food counters.

  • Flavours, Sanpada (opp. Sanpada railway station). Intercontinental cuisine. You can actually sit at the counter and enjoy your drinks (Don't forget the Bartender's Special)  edit
  • Hot Cross Cafe, Nerul, Palm Beach/Kharghar (opp. Hiranandani Towers, near Utsav Chowk). A very relaxing coffee shop where they serve a variety of hukka (sheesha) at a very minimal rate. One of the best places in Navi Mumbai for hukka and mouth watering and fresh pastries.  edit
  • Jaslok, (at Nerul/Station). All sorts of snacks and sweets. Pani Puri, Vada Pav and Rasmalai, Jamun are the delicious items  edit
  • Nanumal Bhojraj, Nerul-Sanpada Palm Beach Road. Damn good restaurant for Sindhi and Punjabi food...  edit
  • Bhagat Tarachand, (Turbhe-Sanpada & Inorbit Mall). Pure veg restaurant.  edit
  • Sri Krishna, Sector-11, CBD Belapur (Near K Stars Hotel), 022-6511162. Nice and good vegetarian food. Best Watermelon Juice! Home Delivery available. Don't forget the Gadbad icecream  edit
  • Tunga, Vashi. Good place to eat. Try ghee chapaties...they are awesome  edit
  • Vasundhara, (opposite Vashi station). Pure veg restaurant.  edit
  • Viscious circle, Sector 6, Vashi. Mouth watering kebabs and non veg dishes, good ambience, drinks and a large projector screen.  edit
  • Navaratna, Vashi, Sec-17. One of the oldest restaurants in Vashi. It serves great food in the traditional Udipi style. A must try!  edit
  • Hotel Ruchi, Koparkhairane. Possibly the best Keralite food you can find in the city. The restaurant itself is pretty small and unnoticable but if you notice it, don't miss it. Try the Kerala Parotha with Chicken Masala and the idiyaappam and appams for breakfast  edit
  • Barbeque Nation, Nerul Palm Beach.  edit
  • Panchavati Gaurav, 1st floor, Inorbit Mall, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, 02227815550. Affordable, family-friendly, authentic Gujarati and Rajasthani vegetarian cuisine that will make your taste buds water for more.  edit
  • Hotel Dwarka, in nerul station bulding (sector 20(west)).  edit
  • Chenab (Rooftop), 133 A, Near Sagar Vihar, Sector 8, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, [2]. delicious punjab food from tandori, nice atmosphere on the rooftop of an old building next to the see. from 150.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Coral Lounge, Sector 17, Vashi (Above hotel Navratna). please help out with more info  edit
  • Dusk, (at The Park in C.B.D. Belapur), +91 (0) 22 2758 9000. please help out with more info  edit
  • Flames, CBD Belapur (Opposite to BEST Depot), 022-27573737. 12. please help out with more info 250 average.  edit
  • The Angrezi Pub (TAP), C.B.D. Belapur (It is 5 minutes away from CBD Railway station). Its is a lounge bar. Good ambience and good place for drinking .Great music which people love. It is one of the top 10 pubs of Navi Mumbai  edit
  • Ice'n'Spice, Nerul (Opposite to Sea-Woods Station), [3]. The Biggest Lounge Bar and Restaurant of Navi Mumbai.  edit
  • Rain Forest, Sector 11, Belapur. Great ambience, good music. It is literally a dark forest inside with huge trees. Expensive.  edit
  • Spices, Kopar Khairane (near Teen Tanki). Best non veg in KK  edit
  • Oven Hot, Near Gaondevi Mandir (The next stop after Gaondevi Mandir to the left). Lovely chicken and veg snacks, superb pastries, delicious frankies. They make any sort of birthday cakes you desire, any shape, any cartoon character. Ask them and you have it. I suppose they make 1/2 kg cakes within 15 minutes or something. Also they make different kinds of breads and sliced breads and egg/eggless cakes (200 gms each packaged ones. walnut brownie, fruit and nut, mawa, tutty-fruity, choco walnut, etc.). All in all, an awesome place for a small party.  edit
  • Rockville restaurant, hotel and bar, sector-15, CBD-Belapur (Near D. Y. Patil University), 9320123881, [4]. It's a good restaurant/hotel/bar in cbd belapur.  edit
  • Celebrations, Plot L 1, Sector19, Vashi, Navi Mumbai (Palm Beach Road, Vashi.), 91 22 41023456, [5]. 7hrs to 15hrs 19hrs to 24hrs. Business Deluxe Hotel with Multi-cuisine Restaurant, Tycoon Bar, and modern amenities stay. Rs. 500 onwards.  edit
  • The Pub Street, Sector 15, near D.Y.Patil college,Belapur (riskhaw from Belapur station takes 5 mins). A place where you will find a host of Pubs and Lounges....The best hangout place if you like to party hard.....Best time to visit Christmas n New year's eve.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]



  • Hotel Apex, 15A Laxman Commercial Complex Opposite Mafco Market, Sector 18 Vashi Navi Mumbai, + 91 2227888421 (30),+91 2227888422 (), [6]. Single (Non AC), Rs. 700 ; Double (Non AC), Rs 1100; Double (AC), Rs. 1300; Double (AC, Excutive), Rs. 1700; Special (3 bedroom, AC), Rs. 2000.  edit
  • K-Star Hotels, Sector 11, C.B.D. Belapur (Opp. C.B.D. Belapur Rly. Station (E)). checkout: noon.  edit
  • Days Inn, L-1, Sector 19, Palm Beach Marg, Vashi. US$35 std rate..  edit
  • Hotel Heritage Dakshin, Sai Chambers, Sec 11, CBD Belapur, 91 22 2757 1812. Rp 1,200–2,000.  edit
  • Hotel Vishwa Sai, 1st Floor, Hemraj Bldg. Sector 11 (Opp. C.B.D. Belapur Rly. Station (E)), Tel: +9122 27574508. checkout: noon. Has Aircondition  edit
  • Pooja Heritage (Nerul), Near DY Patil college (Near DY Patil college). checkin: 1200; checkout: 1200. nice hotel at lowest budget Rp. 1200.  edit
  • Centr point, sector 11 CBD belapur.. pocket frndly and quiet decent..  edit
  • Hotel Three Star, Hiranandani, Kharghar. A good mid range hotel  edit
  • Hotel Abbott, Vashi. An old nice and cozy place to stay  edit
  • Hotel Solitaire, Plot No. 40, Behind Sony World Showroom, Off. Palm Beach Road,Sector 19C, Vashi, Navi Mumbai - 400 705 (Near APMC Market, Vashi), Tel: +91-84258 85116, [7]. checkout: noon. Has Aircondition  edit


  • Mango Hotels, Navi Mumbai - Airoli, 10th Floor, Reliable Tech Park, Gut No. 31, Behind Reliable Plaza, Off. Thane-Belapur Road, Airoli, Navi Mumbai - 400708 (Near Times of India /Mindspace), +91 22 6150 6150 / +91-22-7118-8611 (), [8]. checkin: 12:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM. Hotel is conveniently located in the business hub of Airoli, quick access to business areas of Airoli, Rabale, Mahape, Vashi, Belapur & Navi Mumbai's shopping Centres. The hotel is situated on the thane Belapur Road, 2KM away from Airoli Station & accessible by road and rail to Mumbai, Thane and Pune. INR 3000-INR 10000. (19.169299,73.001961) edit
  • Four Points by Sheraton - [11] - Plot 39/1, 6 To 15, Sector 30A,Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 400701
  • Royal Orchid Central Grazia - [12] - Plot # 67, L-3, Sector 19, Palm Beach Rd, Vashi, Navi Mumbai - 400705
  • Royal Tulip, 26/B, Sector: 07, Kharghar (Behind Hiranandani's Crystal Plaza). Five Star Hotel in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. Is a restaurant too. 5000-15000.  edit

Stay Safe[edit]

Although the likelyhood of experiencing crime is as much as 22% less likely as in Mumbai, criminal activities in Navi Mumbai such as chain snatching, pickpocketing, cellphone snatching have occured on odd occasions. These crimes are possible but rare affectly mainly sparsely populated areas. Navi Mumbai has witnessed several vehicle thefts and burglaries involving unoccupied houses. Murder and armed robbery have rarely taken place. Riots and community feuds take place, especially in the Ghansoli area. Nerul has a couple more cases of robbery. The biggest danger is traffic, a bigger number of accidents happen on the Palm Beach Road caused by are growing at an alarming pace due to non existent traffic police or security cameras. The absence of street lights on the highway between Belapur and Kharghar poses a continued danger to motorists. Crime is pretty much an odd occurance with police being almost all honest and helpful. There is much more safety than in the bigger area of Mumbai. You are pretty much safe anytime.

Get out[edit]

  • In Rainy season go to Pandavkada Waterfalls in Kharghar. Authorities are strict in not allowing people to visit this place in Monsoon on account of accidental deaths in the waterfall.
  • Trek Karnala Fort, 13 km From Panvel

Mumbai (Bombay) is a short train ride away from Navi Mumbai, and many people travel to Mumbai for the day.

The beautiful hill stations of Lonavla and Khandala are less than an hour's drive from Navi Mumbai.

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