The Great Mumbai
Whether the ‘City of Dreams’ or the ‘Bollywood City’ or whatever you wish to call it, the fact Mumbai has always been and will be one of the favourite travel destinations in India. From exotic nature and vibrant lifestyle to cosmopolitan culture and beautiful attractions, Mumbai is surely a place which you can’t afford to miss while vacationing in India. And if you make up your mind to travel to this surreal city, here is a guide to some top tourists attractions which you dare not to miss while in Mumbai.
- Gateway of India – Mumbai’s most recognized monument, the Gateway of India, was constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the city. It was completed in 1920 and remains as a striking symbol of the British Raj era. After this era ended in 1947, the last of the British troops departed through the Gateway of India. The looming Gateway is designed to be the first thing that visitors see when approaching Mumbai by boat. It’s also a popular place to start exploring Mumbai. These days the atmosphere around the monument resembles a circus at times, with numerous vendors peddling everything from balloons to Indian tea.
- Haji Ali Mosque – The imposing Haji Ali is both a mosque and tomb. It was built in 1431 by wealthy Muslim merchant and Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who was inspired to change the course of his life after going to Mecca. It also contains his body. Situated in the middle of the ocean, Haji Ali is only accessible during low tide from a narrow, 500 yard long walkway. On Thursdays and Fridays tens of thousands of pilgrims flock there to receive blessings from the dead saint. If find you need to pass some time until the tide lowers enough, there’s a shopping center on the opposite side of the road. Unfortunately, women are no longer permitted to enter the shrine’s inner sanctum. However, they can still visit its large open area.
- Film City Bollywood – Mumbai is the center of India’s booming “Bollywood” film industry. The architecturally resplendent Eros Cinema, adjacent to the Churchgate railway station, is a great place to take in a Bollywood movie. Alternatively, it’s possible to go on a tour to the heart of the action in Film City. Or if you’d rather be in a Bollywood movie than simply see the set of one, that’s possible too!
- Elephanta Caves – Surely a delight for every history lover are the caves of Elephanta. Located on Elephanta Island, these caves are the listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Elephanta is Buddhist and Hindu Caves that includes some astonishing artwork and sculptures. However, an imposing cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Bandra-Worli sea link : This complex engineering marvel connecting Bandra to Worli was opened in 2009 and is India’s first cable-stayed bridge constructed over open seas. An estimated Rs 1,600 crores were spent on this project by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC).
Drive down this eight lane bridge and the travel time from Bandra to Worli is reduced from 45 minutes to a mere 10. The best time to take a ride is during late evening when the cable on the link is illuminated. Autos and BEST buses aren’t yet allowed on the sea link, but one can drive across in a car or cab.
- Chowpatty Beach – One of the Mumbai’s star attractions, officially known as “Girgaum Chowpatty”. Chowpatty Beach has been an important centre for many celebrations over the years, including Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The beach is lined with many restaurants and street vendors, where you can savour street food like bhelpuri, pao bhaji, sev puri, batata puri, and the mostly loved one of mumbaikars i.e Vada Pav. It is the nearest place from Mumbai central (approx 2 km).
Juhu Beach – The Juhu Beach in Mumbai is one of the most famous Indian beaches. This beach is known to be the one of the most-visited beaches of India and is situated in ‘Ville Parle’. It is located approximately 18 km from the city center and is a desired location for most film shootings.
Mount Mary Church – Mount Mary Church, also referred to as Mount Mary’s Basilica, stands atop a hillock in Bandra. The church is popular for a week-long festival of Mother Mary in the month of September. It is an ideal place for peace-seekers. One of the scenes from the 1970 blockbuster Amar Akbar Anthony was shot here.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was previously known as Victoria Terminus, is among the busiest railway stations in the country. The terminus serves as a terminal for both local and long-distance trains of the Mumbai Suburban Railway.
Don’t forget to use local train while travelling. You will more enjoy while using local train in mumbai.