Ganesh Chaturthi is not only about modaks; instead the true festive spirit lies in the specially designed pandals. It is believed that if you really want to dive into the festive mood, visiting these pandals must be on your to-do list. The long queue of devotees visit gigantic Ganpati idols at various pandals, and celebrate the festival with full gusto. If by any chance you’re in Mumbai, here’s our guide to 10 must-visit Ganpati pandals in the city.

Lalbaugcha Raja

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The King of Lalbaug tops the chart when we talk about Ganesh pandals. Around 1.5 million people visit the temple every day and so there are two lanes of devotees that go till 5 km long. This is one of the must-visit pandals.

Location: Lalbaug market, GD Ambedkar Road, Lalbaug (Central Mumbai)
Nearest Train Station: Parel

Mumbaicha Raja
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(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Located in the Ganesh Galli, Mumbaicha Raja pandal is known for its versatile themes of projecting famous monuments and temples of India.

Location: Ganesh Galli Lane, Lalbaug (central Mumbai).
Nearest Station: Chinchpokli

Andhericha Raja
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(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

One of the oldest pandals in Mumbai, Andhericha Raja was established way back in 1966 by Azad Nagar Sarvajanik Utsav Samitee. It is known for its grand and exquisite set-ups.

Location: Veera Desai Road, Azad Nagar, Andheri (western Mumbai suburbs)
Nearest Train Station: DN Nagar Metro Station

Girgaoncha Raja

Girgaoncha Raja

This pandal in Girgaon has got one of the tallest eco-friendly Ganpatis in Mumbai.

Location: Girgaon, southern Mumbai, Maharashtra
Nearest Train Station: Charni Road Railway Station

 Khetwadicha Ganraj
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(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Khetwadi area is flooded with Ganesha idols in several lanes that have their own pandals, with tall Ganpati idols. Khetwadi Lane no.12 has got the biggest, richest, vibrant and most popular idols of Ganesha.

Location: Grant Road Khetwadi Back Road & 12th lane Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal
17, Cambhay House, Shop No. 8, 12th Khetwadi Lane, Girgaum
Nearest Train Station: Mumbai Central Railway Station

GSB Seva Mandal
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(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

It brings the most expensive idol of Ganesh, which is adorned with ample amounts of gold. It is not only beautiful but also eco-friendly, as it is made with eco-friendly clay. It is located in King Circle, Matunga.

Location: Shree Guru Ganesh Prasad, Bhookailash Nagar,
Near Sion Fort, Sion (E)
Nearest Train Station: Sion Railway Station

 Bhandarkarcha Raja
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(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Located in Matunga, this pandal feeds over 20, 000 people throughout the ten-day festival.

Location: Bhandarkar Road Matunga East Mumbai
Nearest Train Station: Matunga Central Station

 Tulsiwadi Cha Maharaja
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(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

One of the most glaring and shining idols of Ganesha can be found in Tardeo. It is adorned with lakhs of artificial diamonds, making it one of the brightest Ganesha in the city.

Location: Tardeo, South Mumbai
Nearest Train Station:  Mumbai Central railway station

Chinchpokli Cha Chintamani
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(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Ganesha of thrones is here, it is one of the oldest pandals in the city.

Location: 3/57, Saraswati Building, Dr. S. S. Rao Road, Near Income Tax Building, Lalbaug

Nearest Train Station: Parel railway station

Chandanwadi (Chira Bazaar) Ganpati
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(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

Many devotees visit  this pandal which is tall and mighty, it is located in the Gujarati area of Chira Bazaar in South Mumbai.

Location: Jagannath Shankar Seth Rd, Pungeswari, Kalbadevi

Nearest Train Station: Charni Road Railway Station