August 25 marks the beginning of the joyous festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. This 11-day festival of vibrant lights, life-size sculptures, modaks, and pandaals truly brings out the spirit of Mumbai. With the line-up of celebrations and immersions during the festival, commuting in Mumbai with family and friends can be a bit difficult, but with a few tips about what to expect and how to prepare, you’ll be well on your way to the ultimate festival experience.
5 Must-Visit Pandaals in Mumbai
Pandaals or temporary, fabricated structures are set up in each corner of the city during the festival. These pandaals host miniature to life-sized Ganpati idols. Read on for your list of 5 must-see pandaals in Mumbai.
1. Lalbaug Cha Raja
The King of Lalbaug is undoubtedly the most famous and iconic pandaal in Mumbai. More than 1.5 million devotees wait for over than 24 hours to get a glimpse of the auspicious idol.
2. Girgaon Cha Raja
An eco-friendly 22 feet long Maharashtrian- Kolhapuri style idol, Girgaon Cha Raja is one of the most prominent Ganesh idols in Mumbai. As this pandaal embarks on their 70th year in the city, it’s definitely a must-visit for you.
3. Parel Cha Raja
This year, Parel Cha Raja is a 31 feet long standing Ganpati idol. This eminent pandaal sets new records for taller idols every year!
4. Mumbai Cha Raja
The well known Ganesh Galli pandaal is celebrating its 90th year in Mumbai with a unique Vishnu themed idol to mark the occasion.
Where: Ganesh Lane, Lal Baug, Parel
5. Chinchpokli Chintamani
Notable for the idol’s glorious throne and poses, this pandaal provides an out-of-the-ordinary experience. As it completes its 98th year, it has adopted a magnificent theme of ‘Bahubali Maheshmati Darbar’, the royal court of King Bahubali.
Where: Chinchpokli, Mumbai
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Due to heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic during Visarjan or Immersion days, the Mumbai Traffic Police has released a route map to help riders navigate the city as the streets erupt in celebration. In all, there will be several road closures across Colaba, Pydhunie, Kalbadevi, Malabar Hill, Tardeo, Byculla, Bhoiwada, Dadar, Matunga, Chembur, Trombay, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Santacruz, Dindoshi and Kandivali.
Certain traffic restrictions will be imposed on Visarjan days between 12 noon and 6 am. During these times, we expect a higher volume of requests and slightly longer wait times. Request uberPOOL, save up to 50% off and share your ride with Mumbaikars traveling in the same direction.