Lovingly called the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai is known for its pulsating vibe and an amazing charm that spreads like magic. Though the city serves as the commercial capital of India but it also home to a number of tourist attractions. It attracts business as well as leisure travelers from all around the world in huge numbers, every year. This city, formerly known as Bombay, knows how to capture the fast-pace mode of life. From beaches to caves and temples, it has everything. The blog enlists some of the most famous places to visit in Mumbai that should not be given a miss. Read On…
Gateway of India
Constructed during the British Raj in 1924, the colossal Gateway of India in Mumbai today is one of the best place to visit in the city. Placed along the Arabian Sea, it overlooks Mumbai’s harbor. Designed in the Ind-Saracenic architectural style, it was mainly constructed to memorialize the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay.
The complete construction took 4 years. A prime attraction in Mumbai, Gateway of India is a hit destination among domestic as well as foreigners. The area around it is surrounded with vendors selling street snacks and other items, photographers and balloon sellers. This attraction attracts crowd all-day long. Placed in Colaba area of South Mumbai, it is very close to Elephanta caves which is another popular sightseeing option.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta caves located on around 11 km north-eastwards from gateway of India. These caves placed on an island, called Gharapuri. Also called the ‘City of Caves’, this place is a prized-possession of rock art culture of India. The ancient archaeological relics are a proof of the rich cultural past.
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These caves were etched-out between mid-5th and 6th centuries AD. Though there are 7 cave excavation caves here but the most important is Cave number 1, which belongs to Lord Shiva with ‘Trimurti Sadashiva’ statue on its entrance.
Lying inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Kanheri caves is also famous place to visit in Mumbai. Located on the western outskirts of the city, these caves are a collection of rock-cut architecture remains, dedicated to Buddhist religion, culture and art. Kanheri caves have been etched-out from a huge basaltic rock formation and are around 7 km from the main gate of the national park.
A total of 109 caves, these were carved between 1st century BCE and 10th century CE and contain carvings of Buddhist scriptures as well as sculptures on the pillars and walls. While most of them were used as Buddhist Viharas for studying, living and meditation, the larger ones were Chaityas or caves for group worship.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is also known as Prince of Wales Museum. It is the famous place to visit near Gateway of India. Probably the best and the biggest museum of the Mumbai city, it showcases artifacts from all over the country. Built in 1923 and designed by George Wittet, it has an interesting architecture that is a mix of Hindu, Islamic and British styles. It houses over 50,000 memorabilia of ancient Indian History and those from other countries, placed under 3 sections- Art, Archaeology and Natural History.
The museum also displays artifacts of Indus Valley Civilization and remnants of ancient dynasties of India like Mauryas, Guptas and Chalukyas. After recent renovation, new gallery of contemporary art and a new miniature-painting gallery have been added.
Jehangir Art Gallery
Inaugurated on 21st January 1952, Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai is placed right behind the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Located in the Kala Ghoda area of Mumbai, the gallery is known as an important venue for Indian artists to showcase their works.
There are a total of 4 exhibition halls in Jehangir art gallery. The popularity and the prestige of the gallery can be guessed from the fact that the popular artists have to wait for a couple of months to showcase their work here. If you are an art lover, this gallery is a must-visit. It is open all days between 11:00 am to 07:00 pm and the entry is free.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
If you are fond of wildlife, Sanjay Gandhi National Park should be in your Itinerary! Formerly known as Borivali National Park, it surely comes in the list of best places to visit in Mumbai. The rich flora and fauna of the park attracts a huge number of visitors each year and makes it one of the most-visited national parks in Asia. 2400-yr old Kanheri Caves, lying within the park is another attraction here.
Spread in 104 sq km of an area, the Sanjay Gandhi national Park is home to 40 mammal species, 38 reptile species, 50,000 insect species, 251 avifauna species, 150 butterfly species and around 1000 species of plants. Do not miss spotting the big cats here during your wildlife safari.
A famous Hindu temple in Mumbai, Siddhivinayak Temple is located in Prabhadevi area, near Dadar railway station. This temple was constructed way back in the year 1881. The temple receives thousands of devotees on daily basis. The small hall or mandap has the idol of Lord Vinayaka or Lord Ganehsa who fulfills wishes of all his devotees.While the huge wooden doors gave carvings of the 8 manifestations of Lord Ganesha, Ashtavinayak, the inner roof is gold plated.
The beautiful idol of the Lord in black stone stands in the middle. On the both sides of this idol, there are idols of the better-halves of Lord, Riddhi and Siddhi.
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Built by a Hindu merchant Dhakji Dadji in 1831, Mahalaxmi temple is one of the religious site in Mumbai. The temple is dedicated to Mahalakshmi, the main deity of Devi Mahatmyam. Located on Bhulabhai Desai Road in Mahalaxmi area, it attracts the followers of this Goddess of wealth in huge numbers.
The temple has well-adorned idols of Goddess Mahalaxmi, Goddess Mahakali and Goddess Mahasaraswati, beautified with necklaces, bangles, nose rings and more. The temple bustles with heavy pilgrim rush during Navaratri festival. The complex of the temple also has small stalls selling garlands and other things that are used by the devotees during worship.
Haji Ali Dargah
Visited by people of all religious faiths, Haji Ali Dargah is a popular landmark, placed on an islet around 500 yards from the seashore in the Arabian Sea. A superb display of Indo-Islamic architectural styles, this dargah or mosque, also consists of the tomb of Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a merchant who denounced all worldly matters and later became a saint. A narrow cemented path leads to the mosque and it is accessible only during low tides. Visit the mosque and soak-in the spirituality.
You can see the courtyard full of people. The cool breeze coming from the sea side enlivens the atmosphere. The marble courtyard behind the entrance consists of the main shrine- a tomb covered with red and green brocaded chaddar, within a silver frame having support of marble pillars.
Cathedral of The Holy Name
Located in Colaba, South Mumbai, Cathedral of the Holy Name is a Roman Catholic cathedral that is also the seat of the Archbishop of Bombay as well as the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Bombay. This magnificent cathedral was constructed as a replacement of an older church in Bhuleshwar.
Opened in 1905, this cathedral has walls and ceilings adorned with some beautiful artworks, pipe organ and beautiful frescoes. There is a huge hanging bell outside the church that is a gift from Pope Paul VI who came here in the year 1964.
Chowpatty Beach is counted as a popular beach in the city. It is not only popular amidst the tourists but is also famous for being the best place for outing in Mumbai with loved ones. Located northwards of Marine Drive, the Chowpatty beach bustles with activity as a picnic spot, on all the days of a week. One can not only indulge in fun activities but can also gorge on sumptuous street food of Mumbai such as sev puri, bhel puri, batata puri, pao bhaji and so on.
Quench your thirst with fresh coconut water. During the evening, children and their families can be seen enjoying rides such as ferry wheels, taking a leisure stroll, riding a pony and enjoying the cool sea breeze.
India’s largest amusement park, Essel World is one of the most amazing place to go with children in Mumbai. Opened in the year 1986, this amusement park can be visited on all the days of the week between 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (weekdays) and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (weekends). Placed on Gorai Island, this park has activities and fun rides for children as well as adults. It also an adjoining water park offering interesting water-based games and rides.
There is a huge food court also inside the park. Monsters in the Mist, Crazy Cups, Super Telecombat, Slippery Sultan, Rio Grande Train, Mini Telecombat and Happy sky are some of the most entertaining rides here.
Adlabs Imagica Theme Park
Open on all days of the week, Adlabs Imagica Theme Park Mumbai, is gradually becoming a popular picnic spot for the locals of the city. That is not all. Even tourists visiting Mumbai can add this theme park in their bucket list, if they love rides. Opened in the year 2013, this amazing theme park offers a number of star rides that have become its prime attraction. Some of the most popular rides include Happy Wheels, Humptys Fall, Wagon-O-O-Wheel, The Detective Bow Wow Show, Salimgarh and Rajasaurus River Adventure.
Adlabs Imagica Theme Park Mumbai also boasts of 5 theme-based restaurants serving lip-smacking variety of food. If you have an interest in water-based rides, a water park has also opened recently, adjoining to it, offering some terrific rides.
Founded in 1977, Nehru Planetarium is one of the best places to see in Mumbai. This dome-shaped building is placed in Worli and is quite popular amidst space enthusiasts, astronomers and children. The Planetarium is also the site of logical study for amateur scientists of space science and astronomy.
This building does not only has an astronomical center but also gas concert and movie auditorium. Adjoining to the main building, there is a library, an art gallery with 14 galleries, a cultural center and a restaurant. One of the prime attractions here is the 9 cubicles where one can calculate is weight on all the 9 planets of the solar system.
Nehru Science Museum
Named after and dedicated to Pandit Jawaharl Lal Nehru’s ideals of enlightened inquisitiveness and scientific temper, Nehru Science Museum is a place of interest for those who have a scientific mindset. This place has over 500 science displays and exhibits on different topics like sound, transport, energy, kinematics, mechanics and so on, placed in the various galleries and the science park.
This museum also becomes the venue of numerous science expositions of different themes. It is the largest interactive science center of India and is placed in Worli. It was inaugurated in the year 1985.
Also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, Hanging Garden is a layered or terraced garden, placed on the western top-side of the Malabar Hills, right in front of Kamla Nehru Park. The garden offers some amazing sunset views over the Arabian Sea. Established over a reservoir by Ulhas Ghapokar in 1881, it also houses a number enclosures carved into shape of a number of animals.
This well-maintained garden is a real treat to the eyes due to its lush vegetation and greenery. Enjoy the cool breeze and a leisure walk around the garden. Do not miss clicking photographs. The garden is also popular amidst locals for walks and yoga sessions. It is one of the best places to enjoy in Mumbai tour.
Chhota Kashmir Park
A relatively lesser-known park, Chhota Kashmir Park is an ideal place to enjoy along with your loved ones during the weekends. A former popular location of a number of Bollywood songs, this park also has a lake where visitors can enjoy boat riding here. Visitors can treat their eyes to the lush greenery and colorful flowers all around and plan some great picnics here.
This picturesque park is located in Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East. During boating, one can also spot several colorful birds such as sunbird, cuckoo, parrots and so on.
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