Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India and the ninth most populous agglomeration in the world. It is also known as “City of Dreams” because of the Hindi Film Industry located in the city. The name Mumbai has been derived from the name of a Hindu Goddess Mumbadevi. The city is a major hub of industrial and commercial activities that contribute to around 70 % of India’s capital trade and investments. Mumbai tourism has procured a place on the global map due to the Hindi film industry which is popularly known as ”Bollywood”. The city houses many renowned properties and the Taj Hotel is one of the prominent ones that is located opposite to the Gateway of India. If you are in Mumbai then mentioned below is the list of places you must visit.
Gateway of India
A very famous monument in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is located in south Mumbai overlooking the Arabian Sea. The structure is Basalt arch and 26 meters high. The Gateway has also been referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai and is the city’s top tourist attraction. The structure was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V andQueen Mary at Apollo Bunder, when they visited India in 1911. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, the foundation stone for the Gateway of India was laid on 31 March 1911.
The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh. It is located in Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was originally built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on 19 November 1801.It is one of the richest temples in Mumbai.
Often called as Queen’s Necklace due to the breathtaking lightings during the light, Marine Drive is a very popular attraction in Mumbai. 4,3 km long overlooking the Arabian sea, Marine Drive is one of the very posh areas of the city and houses famous personalities. Along the drive, tourists can find many luxury hotels, bars, restaurants, and pubs.
Essel World is an amusement park located in Gorai, Mumbai and established in 1989. The park is owned by Pan India Paryatan Pvt. Ltd. (PIPPL). Essel World along with its counterparts, Water Kingdom are stretched over 64 acres of land. Together, they are recognized as one of the largest Amusement and Water Park. It is a must visit place if you have children along with you.
Located atop the Malabar Hill and close to the Kamala Nehru Park, the Hanging Gardens is one of the major tourist attractions of Mumbai. Also known as the Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, it is a popular picnic spot among locals and tourists alike. Built in the year 1881, it is famous for animal shaped hedges. It is open all days of the week from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the entry is free.
Haji Ali Dargah
An amazing tourist attraction and a renowned pilgrimage site for Muslims, the Haji Ali Dargah is located in the middle of the Arabian Sea about 457.2 meters away from the Mumbai shoreline off Lala Lajpatrai Marg. Constructed in the year 1431, the sculpture and elegant whitewashed structure of the dargah showcases the brilliant work of Indo-Islamic style of architecture. Spread over an area of 4,500 square meters, the dargah is actually a complex that houses the tomb of the Muslim Saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari and a Masjid. It is open all days and entry is free.
The Elephanta caves are on the Elephanta Island. The island is easily accessible by ferry from Mumbai, being about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) from the southeast coast of the island city. Boats leave daily from the Gateway of India, taking about an hour each way. The tickets for these can be bought at the Gateway itself. From the boat landing stage on the island, a walkway leads to steps that go up to the famous caves.
The sprawling Juhu Beach of Mumbai is one of the most famous Indian beaches. The beach is located in Ville Parle area of Mumbai and stretches along the Arabian Sea shore for approximately 18km. Juhu Beach has emerged as a hot spot of Mumbai where people including celebrities, tourists, and locals flock day and night. One can enjoy the splendid view of the sunset in the evening and children can also enjoy horse carriage rides.
Dharavi in Mumbai is one of the largest slums in the world. Sandwiched in between Mahim and Bandra, Dharavi houses people from different religions. It grounds numerous mosques, temples, and churches to serve people of Islam, Hindu, and Christian faiths. Nonetheless, people here are largely dependent on pottery work, textile goods manufacturing, retail and trade and distilleries. The Dharavi slum was founded in the year 1880 by the British and under the colonial government, the region grew in part because of the expulsion of factories and residents. Today Dharavi has an active informal economy and the Dharavi Leather Market is one of the largest leather markets in India, where one can shop for genuine leather bags, jackets, wallets, and belts.