While smaller Go Karting tracks do exist if you are looking for the best in Mumbai it is advisable to head to the one in Powai. This 600m long track overlooks a lake and is extremely picturesque.
There is the option of using a beginner’s single engine Go Kart and if you feel you are up to a bigger challenge you can switch over to the expert’s faster twin-engine model. The crowds hit the track mostly in the evenings so if you are looking for a relatively relaxed outing it is better to head there earlier in the day.
- Location: Powai, near the Hiranandani Garden Estate, suburb of Mumbai, about an hour’s drive from central Mumbai.
A beautifully designed garden with well laid out paths, this park was the place where Mumbai’s first 'Yoga Laughter Club' was started in the 1980s. That it acts as a little reserve of small animals and is near the sea only adds to its allure. Most mornings and evenings you will find groups of regular walkers or joggers at the park. Being a host to rabbits, ducks, geese, parrots and similar animals makes it a very popular outing for children as well.
- Location: Near Autos Club, on Bandra-Carter Road, within walking distance from Bandra Station.
The Mahalaxmi Racecourse offers horseback riding out of the racing season. The stables are located on the race course and regular coaching classes are also available. If you are just looking for a ride on a beach, try Juhu and Chowpatty beaches. The horses there are docile enough for children and beginners to try. Do remember to bargain and fix a price with the horse owner before the ride to avoid any unpleasantness later on.
- Location: Mahalaxmi Racecourse, about half an hour from central Mumbai.
Unfortunately bowling has not really caught on in Mumbai and though a lot of bowling alleys opened up, not many of them have survived. Here are the three most popular ones.
- Location: PDR Bowling. 99, old Prabhadevi Road, about half an hour’s drive from central Mumbai.
The Presidency Golf Course offers an 18-hole course with a par of 72 for men and 70 for ladies. It also has deluxe air-conditioned rooms, a health club, a swimming pool, a couple of restaurants and a conference hall on the estate. This golf course covers around 110 acres and was built in 1827. It is designed after international standards and the 5th hole on the course is said to be its most challenging.
- Location: On Dr. Choitram Gidwani Road, Chembur, a suburb of Mumbai around an hour’s drive from downtown Mumbai.
The Forces Golf Course
Also exists but is for members exclusively, so unless you know a member who is willing to take you there as his guest, you will not be able to play golf there.
Water and Amusement Parks
Essel World was the first major water and amusement park to open in India, around two decades ago. The park is reached by taking a boat ride to the island on which it is located. It is best avoided in the monsoon season as it can be quite unhygienic at that time.
- Location: On an island off the Mumbai mainland, approached by regular boat service.
- Remarks: There are other smaller amusement parks on the outskirts at Thane, and also along the ghats enroute to Khandala. These are off the Mumbai - Pune highway.
Most major star-rated hotels such as the Taj Mahal, The Leela, and The Trident offer top-range spa treatments. There are some special places which offer whole day or weekend treatments as well. It is best to get word of mouth references if you are heading to a Spa that is not housed in a five-star hotel. Treatments usually start at around 500 rupees for an oil basic massage and can be astronomical at the luxury end.
- Location: Taj Spa, the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, Appollo Bunder, Colaba, South Mumbai, about half an hour from central Mumbai.